Working towards a cleaner country

The search is officially on for the cleanest town in Namibia.

27 January 2019 | Environment

Tourism remains one of the strongest pillars of the Namibian economy and has the potential to address unemployment and poverty. Namibia Media Holdings (NMH) is committed to contri-buting to the growth of tourism through auspicious events such as the Namibia Tourism Expo as well as its tourismus Namibia publication.

NMH continues to support local authorities through their participation in the Namibia Town of the Year competition. Over the past two years, the competition has turned its focus to both small and larger towns in the country, with a total of 38 competitors.

Ongwediva walked away with the maiden town of the year title in 2016, while Otjiwarongo won in 2017. In 2018, the concept was changed to focus primarily on smaller towns with Oranjemund being announced as small town of the year.

This year, NMH has taken the initiative of promoting cleanliness around the country by engaging towns and allowing them to compete in the 'Working Towards a Cleaner Town in Namibia' competition.

This is an ongoing project for the next three years, with assessments to be carried out annually. The initiative is aimed at instilling a set of values that will encourage citizen pride in their residences and towns. It is also aimed at encouraging continuous efforts to clean up towns and improve their appearance.


The competition is linked to the Namibia Tourism Expo and encourages participating towns to make their environment more pleasant for tourists and residents alike. It also supports government efforts towards a cleaner Namibia.

An invitation to participate was extended to all 38 towns in Namibia to compete and so far 21 have responded positively. The project is supported by the Namibia Tourism Board, the Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia, Coca-Cola and Kanaal7.

The participating towns are Walvis Bay, Oranjemund, Swakopmund, Henties Bay, Arandis, Usakos, Karibib, Omaruru, Otjiwarongo, Otavi, Eenhana, Oniipa, Okahao, Okakarara, Rehoboth, Keetmanshoop, Tsumeb, Outapi, Ongwediva, Oshikuku and Ondangwa.

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