‘Location’ is the word used to describe the neighborhoods where black people were confined to during Apartheid. The locations are separated from the center of town, and, in the case of Outjo’s locations, take about an hour to walk to. Most of my work is in the location so I give you pictures of my daily life in typical Namibian locations…
If you live in Namibian locations sanctioned by the local Municipality, you are probably lucky enough to have access to water and electricity. The box below dispenses water, but it’s BYOH (bring your own hose). It turns on when you slip a magnetic key card into a slot, and the box reads how much money you loaded on the card.
‘Shebeens’ are the informal bars in Namibian locations that sell a locally made grain alcohol called ‘tombo’. Most of the time they don’t abide by liquor laws, don’t have licenses, and will serve any man, woman, or child with money. The hilarious names give a silver lining.
This is the emptiest I’ve ever seen this shebeen.
Namibian locations closest to town are the nicest, often with running water inside the houses. During Apartheid people were separated by tribe into different neighborhoods. Because of that, this neighborhood is still called Damara Location.
Food Industry Advertising
Classic advertising in Namibia, punny, but doesn’t really make sense. Is it magical sugar that replenishes itself?
Coke is advertised in Namibian locations ad nauseam. It’s basically part of a successful Namibian business model to have coke ads.
This is an abandoned building…. Pepsi ads are part of a failing business model.
Home Security Systems
The sign says ‘Beware of the dog’ in Afrikaans. The dogs here are abused and scary, and they will bite you. I carry big stones around as protection because that’s what they’re owners throw at them to make them go away.
Adversity breeds innovation, and in Namibian locations this means creative housing structures. This one is particularly beautiful.
I love lamp. They love house.
One of the hospital drivers calls himself Mr. Lion, and he has a great mural at his house to remind you of this.
This advertisement is Hage Geingob (the president of Namibia) shaming you with his face into voting local representatives from his party into office. SWAPO holds the majority of the offices, winning more local elections in 2015 than ever before.
Viva la Revolución
Namibia loves them some communism. Namibia has close ties to China and North Korea because the two countries helped Namibia with money and weapons during independence.
There is a 33% unemployment rate in Outjo, so a lot of people set up informal ‘cuca’ shops in their house to make some extra money.
God Will Provide
97% of Namibia is Christian, everybody loves Jesus and wants him to come back.