Minister of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security, Frans Kapofi said the Mid-Year Budget Review presents a glimmer of hope for the local economy, although from a cautious vantage point. The Namibia press agency quotes Kapofi as saying that he sees nothing sinister in the budget of the Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service being reduced while that of the Ministry of Defence and Veterans Affairs being increased. This, according to Kapofi, does not mean the government prioritises former soldiers over the country’s youth, saying “All government activities are equally important, that’s why they were created. We cannot say I must do this and abandon the other.” Agreeing with Kapofi was Public Enterprises Minister Leon Jooste, who credited Shiimi for presenting a realistic yet honest budget amidst difficult circumstances.