'Extreme measure are needed': Namibia's battle with drought comes to its cities

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Coca-Cola has had to partially relocate and small business workers are being hit hard. Yet still not enough is being done to address the water crisis

Two weeks ago, the President of Namibia officially declared the country to be in a state of emergency. The country is facing its most severe drought in more than 25 years. In rural areas, crops are failing and livestock is dying. Just as destructive is the impact the drought is having on people in towns and cities.

Coca-Cola, for example, which employs 815 people in Namibia, recently decided to stop producing all canned drinks in the country and instead import them from South Africa. The company has two plants in Namibia – one in the capital, Windhoek, and another in the town of Oshakati in the far north. Frik Oosthuizen, head of Coca-Cola in Namibia, said the decision to stop producing canned drinks was “a direct result of the water crisis”.

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