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Fredericus Rex
Tuesday, December 20th, 2011, 10:07 PM
When what is today Namibia was German Southwest Africa, several thousands of Germans settled there. Are the descendants of the settlers still there? I have heard Windhoek described as "the only German city in the Southern Hemisphere".

Hilderinc
Tuesday, December 20th, 2011, 10:23 PM
Swakopmund and Walvis Bay have some Germanics still living there. I'm sure there are many other towns that have them, as well.


A lot of neat German colonial architecture (http://forums.skadi.net/showpost.php?p=1126588&postcount=8) still exists there.

RoyBatty
Tuesday, December 20th, 2011, 10:38 PM
When what is today Namibia was German Southwest Africa, several thousands of Germans settled there. Are the descendants of the settlers still there? I have heard Windhoek described as "the only German city in the Southern Hemisphere".

Yes, a fair number of them are still there. Many of these Sudwest Deutschen aka German "Namibians" also have residence in South Africa, Cape Town in particular.

A novelty fact which may or may not interest you, it's not uncommon for local blacks in Namibia to still know / speak a bit of German, for example at petrol filling stations.

Germaid
Thursday, December 22nd, 2011, 08:32 PM
A novelty fact which may or may not interest you, it's not uncommon for local blacks in Namibia to still know / speak a bit of German, for example at petrol filling stations.

Yes, it's called "Küchendeutsch" (kitchen German), or officially called NBG Namibian Black German. I don't know if it's only spoken in Windhoek or somewhere else as well.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namibian_Black_German
http://www.sagv.org.za/edusa/edusa_2-07-2/sha_2007_2.pdf

Gerhardt Maritz
Friday, December 23rd, 2011, 02:11 PM
.....and there are more Jagermeister than water....lol