Oshakati

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Oshakati
town
A street market in Oshakati
A street market in Oshakati
Official seal of Oshakati
Seal
Nickname(s): shanangobe kashiiwa nambelela
Motto: Unity, Justice, Development
Oshakati is located in Namibia
Oshakati
Oshakati
Located at the north of Namibia
Coordinates: 17°47′.9594″S 15°41′57.84″E / 17.783599833°S 15.6994000°E / -17.783599833; 15.6994000Coordinates: 17°47′.9594″S 15°41′57.84″E / 17.783599833°S 15.6994000°E / -17.783599833; 15.6994000
Country  Namibia
Region Oshana Region
Government
 • Mayor Onesmus Shilunga[1]
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 36,541
Time zone South African Standard Time (UTC+1)

Oshakati is a town[3] of 37,000 inhabitants in the Oshana Region of Namibia. It is the regional capital and was officially founded in July 1966. The city was used as a base of operations by the South African Defence Force (SADF) during the South African Border War and Namibian War of Independence. Oshakati is considered to be the largest town and capital of the northern area known as Ovamboland.

Oshakati contains the electoral constituencies of Oshakati East and Oshakati West.

History[edit]

In Oshiwambo, the language of the Ovambo, the town's name means "that which is in between", although some believe that the name (Oshakati, also Otshakati) was used to refer to the Tower, tallest freestanding structure downtown. Oshakati is one of Namibia's largest cities and it is located near the B1, Namibia's main highway, which stretches from South Africa through the capital Windhoek and on to the Angolan border. The Oshakati town, (popularly known as 'Otshakati tsha Nangombe' by the native Kwambi people) is within the Kwambi traditional authority.

In February 1988, a bomb blast occurred in Oshakati at the First National Bank, killing 27 people and badly injuring nearly 30 others, most of them nurses and teachers. No one was ever officially convicted of the bombing and the issue was dropped upon independence in 1990 in favour of national reconciliation.[4]

Development and infrastructure[edit]

Oshakati has experienced much development since Namibia achieved independence on March 21, 1990. In April 2006, the Oshakati Town Council building was inaugurated by Botswana's President Festus Mogae.

Oshakati has a football team, Oshakati City FC.

In Oshakati there are many primary and secondary schools like Iipumbu, Oshakati, Ngolo, Erundu Secondary School, Kabatana and others, including Afoti Combined School in Uuvudhiya constituency in Oshana Regionin the Omapopo cluster of Oshakati Circuit.

There are also many shops and stores like Jet, Mr Price etc. apart from that there are also furniture stores, shoes stores e.g. Mandoza. There are three main shopping centres: Game, Etango, and Yetu. There is also Oshakati Independence Stadium and UNAM Northern campus.

Geography[edit]

Climate[edit]

Oshakati has a semi-arid climate (BSh, according to the Köppen climate classification), with hot summers and relatively mild winters (with warm days and cool nights). The average annual precipitation is 472 mm (19 in), with most rainfall occurring mainly during summer.

Oshakati
Climate chart (explanation)
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Average max. and min. temperatures in °C
Precipitation totals in mm
Source: World Climate Guide

Culture[edit]

Oshakati Town Council hosts the annual Oshakati Totem Expo, which combines the celebration of local traditions with a modern business exhibition.[5] The event was launched by the governor of Oshana Region, Hon. Clemens Kashuupulwa, on 9th June 2012. It takes place annually for a period of four days in the months of June or July.

Notable residents[edit]

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