A study by Chobe Population office, which aims to inform evidence based planning at a district level, has indicated a decline in dependency ratio that stands at 47.7 per cent compared to 57.2 per cent in 2001 and 61.1 per cent in 1991 respectively.
Chobe District Council chairman, Mr Mwanota Kachana said when addressing the ongoing full council that the decline in dependency ratio was a positive development which means reduction in the burden felt by the financially active members of households.
Mr Kachana noted that the decline of dependents (0-14 years and 65+ years) opened a window of opportunity for economic growth. Nonetheless, he said this required a healthy and educated population with means of employment.
Furthermore, he said the study showed a decreasing growth rate, with Chobe’s annual growth rate at 2.5 per cent which is less than 2.6 per cent growth rate noted during the Population and Housing Census of 2001.
The profile, he said, indicated that Chobe has a young population with 15-35 years at 45 per cent while children below 15 years constituted 29 per cent.
He said the study also revealed that 61 per cent of the whole of Chobe population resided in rural areas, while 39 per cent is found in Kasane which is considered an urban area; therefore Kasane has the largest population of 9, 008. On other matters, Mr Kachana said the Kasane/Kazungula facelift project is in progress. He said a consultant; Pinagare Architects has been appointed beginning of June to develop design guidelines for the development plan.
He said the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) consultancy on infrastructure development of the redevelopment plan was ongoing.
Source : BOPA