Namibia’s construction sector contracted by 11.8 per cent during 2020 as activity in the sector declined severely owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. This, is according to FirstRand Namibia economist Ruusa Nandago, who explained that the decline was mainly reflected in reduced expenditure by the government on civil engineering works as a result of the redirection of funds from the development budget towards COVID-19 related expenditure. Nandago further revealed that several private sector projects were also delayed owing to uncertainty regarding the pandemic and raw material shortages due to supply chain disruptions.