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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Beyond the smoke screen - Namibia - part 1


Namibia is a small nation in sub-Saharan Africa

with a population

    of 

  less than three million


 according to a census that was carried out
 
over ten years ago.


It is characterized by vast open spaces between

 towns and villages and has summer for most of


 
the year. The tourism industry in Namibia is
 


thriving because of national attractions such

 
Sosusvlei which boasts the highest sand dunes

 
in the world, the Fish River Canyon, the


 
Skeleton Coast, the Etosha and other world



famous game parks and the first class train


rides through the desert.








Namibia’s official language is English because it is the language


in which all indigenous Namibians learn in school. The

 
Namibian population is made up of the Oshiwambo,
 
Ovaherero, Nama-damara, San, Rukavango, Afrikaans and
 


German people. The Afrikaans speaking groups are divided in

two, namely the Afrikaners (white South Africans) and the



Coloreds (descendants of whites and Native Namibians who


chose to associate themselves with Afrikaners instead of their





black parents. They are not white but they have Afrikaans and


German names and surnames and they speak kitchen



 Afrikaans).



Namibian Children
 
 
 
 
The Germans are the descendants of Namibia’s first colonizers who controlled Namibia in the 1800’s and the early 1900’s. The Afrikaners are the descendants of the South Africans who colonized Namibia until it gained its independence in 1990 with the help of the United Nations Organization.
 
 
Ujandja Veii and Uendjii Kamatoto
 

The Afrikaners and Germans still own most of

 the land today which they inherited from their

 ancestors who took it from the indigenous Namibians about a





century ago.  

Namibian leaders have also sold large portions of land to foreign



 
nationals. It has been reported that Namibians own only 20% of the land. The land issue has very recently come to the fore when a young political activist called Job Amupanda quit from his position in the ruling political party and illegally grabbed a piece of land in the upscale suburb of Kleine Kuppe in Winhoek, coining the phrase, “Affirmative Repossession Erf.




Namibia desert


His action was to point out young Namibians’ frustration with the current situation of escalating housing prices and the Municipalities’ unwillingness to service land for construction country wide. Most working class citizens cannot afford to buy a house as the housing and land prices have more than tripled since independence due to the states’ lack of control on the market. Many young people nation-wide are standing behind
 


him because they want land.


On 21 November 2014, Mr. Amupanda called on Namibians to flood the Windhoek City Municipality with applications for land. Young people from Windhoek and towns outside of Windhoek showed up in numbers and overwhelmed the municipal office to the point where they had to put tables outside where they could receive the applications.

A total of 14 059 applications were submitted that day


Job Amupanda
Job Amupanda





Many speculate that this could be the beginning of a revolution in peaceful Namibia as the citizens are growing increasingly unsatisfied. Namibia has an unemployment rate of over 50% with less than 20% of people having medical insurance and access to decent health care as the state health system is overwhelmed and unable to meet the health care demands of the nation. Recent reports in 2014 even pointed to some clinics and hospitals running out of ARVs after the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health cut ties with existing medical suppliers and entered into contracts with companies he co-owns and others owned by his friends.

 

 

Recent reports on how members of parliament and government elites are squandering state funds on mansions, retirement homes, private planes and expensive cars have sparked outrage on social media networks and newspaper columns.



Namibian corruption
Namibian companies at risk of fraud and corruption
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




Windhoek, Namibia




















by Ujandja Veii
 


Ujandja Veii
 
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