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The young manufacturer of a cardboard car

At around 6 p.m. a sports car parks on the main road in Ondangwa. At first glance it appears to be a real car, but if you look closer you will see that it is made of cardboard. It has real wheels, a steering wheel and a 12V battery to power the headlights and play cassettes, but it has no engine. The constructor pushed it from his house onto the street to try to attract potential investors and tourists. The 16-year-old Namibian, Oshiwambo (seen here at the left of the picture) has enormous potential as a car designer. He has laid down his hat on the bonnet, hoping for donations that would enable him to show his creation at the Ongwediva trade show. The thought goes through my mind that Namibia is not a car manufacturing nation. How can a young person like this contribute to progress in his country when he has no chance to design and manufacture cars in Namibia.

Joseph Madisia
Windhoek, Namibia

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