Why I love the 'Cattle Country'

29 April 2016 | Opinion

To the untrained eye, the capital of East, Gobabis, is a sleepy village-cum town with one long street, lined up with butcheries and clothing shops. I guess that is the notion of what people do in Gobabis – eat meat and buy clothes for their children. Here is what you did not know about the cattle country, as the Omaheke region – of which Gobabis is the main town, is also known.
You must learn to pronounce the town name correctly. It is not Ngo-mba-mbis. It’s just plain Gobabis (your tongue must be pressed firmly against the front teeth, and rolled backwards towards the inner cheeks – or something like that). Or if you, like many of the natives here, are struggling with the ‘mb’ and ‘ng’, then simply revert to ‘Epako mbuae’ – everyone does!
Forget about traffic rules you learnt elsewhere. Here everything happens in slow motion; think a Nigerian African movie when Ramsey Noah gets ready to slap Geneviève – he lifts his hand, after three seconds the hand is still half way from its target…and then eventually after a whole minute it finally lands on Geneviève’s cheek. When she falls to the ground, the same rule applies.
All directions at Gobabis start with “Go down Lambaba Service station….” or “After passing the Lambaba service station, you turn left…”In fact, the service station is centrally located and one would think it was all part of the plan. Ja, a journey to the village for my people of the great Omaheke Region is never complete until you pass by the Lambaba Service Station for those juicy steak.
Kamunamunine Torobotlegendst can only be pronounced by natives. The same goes for Itumeleng Magone Ipulegeng Nguatjitavinai and Riritiriviviboo road. If you come upon these names during your brief stay in Gobabis, simply smile and point to the name, while scratching your neck. It works like a charm all the time.
The repair of the large pothole in the centre of town is a lifetime entertainment – they have to keep the flame going and as such no permanent solution is sought. You see, whenever the municipality’s bull dozers move in to repair roads or grade them, the whole town takes to the streets to witness the spectacle.
If a driver actually has his turning signal on, it is probably a defect. All you have to do here is watch the other driver closely and study his action. If he revs his car and looks to the right, chances are he will be turning left and vice versa. If he does not rev his car, nor look left or right – he is from Windhoek, just like you.
All laddies clad in the stylish Victorian dresses and driving a Toyota Hilux 2.4 diesel should be given right of way. After all, they are the ones that gave birth to all these aspiring farmers that you find in AGRA wearing those big hats and khakhi uniforms. O yeah, farming is the ‘in-thing’ here; whatever you do make sure you are seen reversing your Hillux bakkie into Kaap Agri or AGRA. Chicks here dig that!
Donkey carts, horse driven carts and other remnants of the Wild West are permanent road users of Gobabis. Whenever you encounter them on a day that you are late for a meeting with the Governor or the Mayor (I mean, what other meeting you will truly attend now?), simply smile and wait for the entourage to pass.
Asking for money to quench your thirst is a fashion statement. If you have been asked by over ten people for a N$10 in a single night at one of the town’s bars, it is not because they really need the money. They are simply keeping in touch with the latest trends. Trust me, they do not ask for N$1.00 anymore – they have upped the game. If you offer them N$9.50, they will not take it – how dare you insult their intelligence!
Everyone knows everyone and everything about everyone! Don’t be fooled by the fact that you live in town and the majority of the people live elsewhere; they know about you as much as they know about their white employers’ secret visits to ‘the locations’ under the cover of darkness. They might not know your name, but that has never been a limitation.
Such is life in the eastern town of Gobabis. Have a safe trip back home and call again.
Until then…

Similar News

 

EDITORIAL: Leaders fail to inspire on vaccination

15 hours ago | Opinion

It is often said that leaders must know when to lead, when to follow and when to accompany. At the time when leaders from across...

This week, My Zone set out to find out...

15 hours ago | Opinion

Mia Botha It’s definitely self-discipline and the ability to adapt to any situation at hand. You’ll have to be able to focus on what...

EDITORIAL

1 day - 21 June 2021 | Opinion

We are not okay. Most of us are struggling. Uncertainty, fear, anxiety and depression have become deeply interwoven into our collective psyche as Namibians amid...

EDITORIAL: The good and bad of Kenneth Kaunda

4 days ago - 18 June 2021 | Opinion

Zambia’s founding president Kenneth Kaunda passed away yesterday – and Namibia owes him a debt of eternal gratitude.Kaunda was a witty politician, revered statesman and...

EDITORIAL: Kudos on shutting down Agribusdev

5 days ago - 17 June 2021 | Opinion

One thing the Geingob administration is getting right is culling public enterprises that continue to be a burden on fiscal coffers.The principle of establishing these...

EDITORIAL: Making teachers the sacrificial lambs

6 days ago - 16 June 2021 | Opinion

Yesterday the National Assembly slammed its doors closed after it reported nine cases of Covid-19, including Speaker Peter Katjavivi.The precaution taken is correct. But it...

EDITORIAL: No genuine appetite to fight poverty

1 week ago - 15 June 2021 | Opinion

Research by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) shows that almost half of the Namibian population lives in multidimensional poverty.Multidimensional poverty essentially means a concoction of...

Schools rugby players react on sports ban

1 week ago - 15 June 2021 | Opinion

The Zone Team went out to find out how the HTS rugby team feels about the new suspension of contact sport amid an alarming increase...

EDITORIAL: President must address the nation

1 week ago - 14 June 2021 | Opinion

The clarion calls for President Geingob to crawl from under his rock and provide leadership insofar as the deadly surge in Covid-19 infections is concerned...

EDITORIAL: Mitigate Covid with productive measures

1 week ago - 11 June 2021 | Opinion

We are reliably informed that plans are afoot to tighten Covid-19 regulations in the coming days, as the country undergoes its most deadly spell of...

Latest News

Geingob’s vaccination status is unimportant...

15 hours ago | Health

JEMIMA BEUKES AND OGONE TLHAGE WINDHOEKPresidential advisor Alfredo Hengari says questions over when President Hage Geingob is expected to get vaccinated for...

Leadership at core

15 hours ago | People

She is passionate about mentoring and grooming young girlsEnzo Amuele Gift Dapewa Amwaalwa (26) is an aspiring young leader who believes in improving the...

Congo says investor Gertler's permits...

15 hours ago | Economics

Democratic Republic of Congo said exploration permits from companies controlled by Israeli investor Dan Gertler for two huge oil concessions near the eastern border with...

Nigeria could launch pilot digital...

15 hours ago | Economics

CAMILLUS EBOHNigeria's Central Bank is preparing a digital currency pilot that could launch as early as the end of this year, its director of information...

EDITORIAL: Leaders fail to inspire...

15 hours ago | Opinion

It is often said that leaders must know when to lead, when to follow and when to accompany. At the time when leaders from across...

Education ministry talks AS level...

15 hours ago | Education

Elizabeth Joseph On Monday, 14 June, education minister Anna Nghipondoka said for all the schools to successfully implement the AS level as part of...

Photo of the week

15 hours ago | Education

CAPTION: Amid the closure of schools and the announcement of the winter holiday, we are reminded about the educational booklets that help learners remain active...

This week, My Zone set...

15 hours ago | Opinion

Mia Botha It’s definitely self-discipline and the ability to adapt to any situation at hand. You’ll have to be able to focus on what...

South Africa's economy to grow...

15 hours ago | Economics

VUYANI NDABASouth Africa's economy is on track to grow 4.1% in 2021, above recent median forecasts for Sub-Saharan Africa as a whole but not enough...

Load More