The population of Kavango Region has increased in absolute numbers, by 20,658 people between 2001 and 2011 the latest 2011 Population and Housing Census Regional Profile for Kavango Region show.
The population in this region was 116 830 people in 1991, grew to 202 694 in 2001 and now stands at 223 352 people.
The report also reveals that urban population has been growing constantly over the three census years. Today more than 28% of people live in the towns of Kavango region compared to 18% in 2001.
On education, the adult literacy rate stands at 79%, while enrolment for primary school age group stands at 84%.
Governor, Samuel Mbambo speaking at the occasion of the dissemination of the 2011 Population and Housing Census Regional profile of the Region said there are many interesting factors that emanated from the report.
“Given the situation as indicated above, as a nation, as the Government, business men and women we need to ask ourselves whether we are making any progress in improving the lives of our people in terms of providing for shelter, education, health services and in order for our people to enjoy high quality life which is our goal for Vision 2030. And we need to ask ourselves, what more can we contribute to the development of our region,” he said.
He said that the Region faces many challenges that must be addressed urgently and said they need to note that solutions to these challenges lay in their hands.
“These include unemployment, poverty, socio-economic inequalities, labour skills shortages and narrow industrial base to create employment. Therefore, when we study the census report we must pay particular attention to information that is associated with these challenges: unemployment, education and literacy, orphan hood, maternal death and mortality rates, people living with disabilities, water, and sanitation and housing conditions,” he said.
The 2011 Census was conducted under the legal framework of the then Statistics Act, Act number 66 of 1976, which empowered, at that time, the Department of the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) in the National Planning Commission, to undertake the Population and Housing Census.
The new Statistics Act No. 9 of 2011 was promulgated by Parliament in June 2011 and the Namibia Statistics Agency was establishment in April 2012 which took over the functions of the former Central Bureau of Statistics.