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14 thought leaders Friday, October 13 2017| NEW ERA Restitution claims suitors need re-awakening and paradigm shift Today, Friday 13 th October – it’s omen aside – we need a somewhat a historic month in the political history of this country, especially in the wars of the Namibian people’s resistance against German imperialism and These wars culminated in two infamous extermination 1904, against the Ovaherero th , was only Last Thursday also saw to be of victims of the two But more pertinently, this month, two separate delegations shuttled in and out of the country to two different continents but for the very same purpose, albeit missions of which are related to the issue of Genocide and Ngavirue, the Namibian government’s special envoy on the negotiations on genocide and reparation, returned from Berlin, Germany presumably from yet another round of negotiations on this issue with his German counterpart, The results of the latest many others before, remains for now the privy of the few, and strangely a closely guarded secret, even to those such negotiations matters most and should belong to them, the affected This Tuesday, a section of the affected communities under the leadership of Ovaherero Paramount Chief, Ovambanderu delegations, among them the Paramount Chief of the Ovambanderu, Aletha Nguvauva, left for the United States of America (USA), for the much-awaited hearing of the class action by these communities against the Federal Republic of Germany, in the Federal This case, in which plaintiffs are pleading for damages suffered by their forebears for genocide committed against them during 1904-1908, as well for inclusion in the ongoing negotiations, was supposed to have been heard this because of the dilly-dallying, if not shenanigans of the government of the Federal Republic of Germany, to accept the court documents, and react to them one way It is not even clear if this time around Germany have received the documents and she would appear and/or has responded to the notice to answer to the plaintiffs’ transpires in the court in New what may have transpired during the negotiations in way from any conclusion the victims communities are the German government, the affected communities of either claiming legitimacy to the issue and thus the right to steer it towards a solution and T h e N a m i b i a n government and its German counterpart, well conscious that an important component communities, is and has been missing from their ongoing bilateral negotiations, have nevertheless been trying to steamroll full steam towards such a deal may and is not the affected communities has been against the negotiations in principle, from its conceptualisation can be no denying the fact that the ongoing negotiations have not been grounded on the right and genuine As much the extent to which a section of the community can claim legitimate representativeness of all, albeit a substantial bona communities, also needs have been pushing on as if internationally there are no precedents and lessons to be Both in terms of the locus standi of the Namibian government in this matter, and in terms of a broad representative structure, representing all affected c o m m u n i t i e s , w i t h i n Namibian, and in the Surely one can borrow a leaf or two from the Israel’s government, and the Jewish claims against Germany for the holocaust against the to the negotiations for the holocaust claims not as a representative the Jewish While the negotiations in terms of Israel and Jewish claims for the holocaust could be a good lesson to learn from but not necessarily a blueprint for the claims of the Namibian people, it is any wonder why Namibia seems to have been reluctant, if not ignorant, of the example set by Israel and the Jewish claim against Germany as affected communities, and reconsider its role in this claim, one cannot but doubt the futilities and fallacies of ongoing efforts at restitution, if not the genuineness of all those currently involved Certainly we need a serious paradigm shift in this matter! Something isn’t right Oomwenyo odhi li moshidhile, Unwohl; Omuinjo kauri naua,!Gai se ta ge tsa tama ha; Halu ikutwi hande; Kapi twa kulizuva nawa; Yitjato payipo; Gare ikutlwe sentl! in our national life of selfrule, there is a feeling of disaffection and unhappiness It matters not who it is that Twelve out of ten people anywhere in the country regardless of tribe, profession, age, class, tribe, profession, age or political party say that something is wrong, very those who are singing for their supervision would say all is The politics of succession, which is upon us as a nation bigger, meaner, nastier and the nation went through in 1998 with the formation of At no time since independence did Swapo’s top leadership been so unrevered and despised from within, such that the political game is no longer about the rules of the party or the ethics of In a way we are in a similar situation as America where the White House is a subject of ridicule more than honor custodians of ethics and moral leadership, it is seen as the villain stamping the ground trampling upon the rules set Let us consider honestly and patriotically where our leaders went wrong so that we can move towards correcting the errors in the spirit of admitting that our leaders case has been in the last several months, we all and the nation fail, in one way following circumstances we have been under and decide whether there is nothing wrong or not: has been expanded from not grown exponentially to warrant the overgrowth of its representatives except to accept the development as a jobs for loyal comrades scheme; A small and poor nation that we are that cannot feed itself has an executive president, an executive vicepresident, an executive prime minister and executive deputy full cabinet ministers with deputy minister or more, permanent secretaries and deputy permanent secretaries, 14 executive yet unelected governors with advisers and a team of presidential advisers, who are salaried more than cabinet ministers, and who are state-driven and secured, plus the bill to build retirement homes for our add an Executive First Lady, a salary of a deputy minister; Several decisions by the top leadership of Swapo have been proven to have been wrong, unprocedural leaders are caught to be they are devoid of reverence, integrity and respectability that are needed to orchestrate discipline and order so that This means that a leader that is either found to be selfishly opportunistic has great problems leading or It can never be good that the top leaders of the ruling party have been accomplices to the violations of their own political parties are truly democratized, the top leaders resign in admission that they can no longer be relied upon as the custodians of their party, and by extension the national There can be no stable future without careful planning and the leadership mouths the importance of the youth for fundraising purposes, the current leadership is blatantly anti-youth and anti- Emphasis is placed on recycled people, not because they have indispensable ideas old, have been around and not love them and appreciate that they have done their bit and deserve respectful rest? The late Myles Munroe most important moment in the ahead of others, but when the baton is passed from Swapo leadership is clearly not interested in passing the elders prefer to hold onto the their legs can no longer carry they blame the commentators This reminds one of the West A bad dancer always blames the drummer! Mahatma Gandhi taught that one must be the change leaders are by no means representatives of the good values of change and for political power and more material wealth, the very people who are expected to represent the best in us, as Obama said in his obituary to Mandela, but are now the villains stomping the ground and to cannibalising the political space and by any means necessary frustrate the process of intraparty democracy that the ruling party ably introduced and in so doing earned itself a high reputation in leading by example, not only in the party or the nation but around Corruption is deepening in democracies where leaders are not only expected to be clean, but are expected to be tenderpreneurship would not whoever points out that it unpatriotic and disloyalty to the liberation struggle, thus deserving of condemnation

NEW ERA INSIDE BUSINESS This news is your business NCCI calls for accelerated local value addition Photo: Edgar Brandt Windhoek yesterday launched his ministry’s updated customer service charter. The 26-page booklet clearly stipulates all policies and procedures for “This customer service charter should be on each and every the ministry and its customers. This charter is meaningless if we don’t visibly enforce it. This charter can have the most beautiful words but these words will be meaningless if the ministry’s staff don’t enforce these words,” said Mutorwa, adding that the charter is integral to the ministry to uphold its image and credibility. “We, the ministry’s staff, need to change our attitude towards are here to serve the public,” Mutorwa stated. Mutorwa encouraged the public to give regular feedback on the level of service they receive from ministry staff. “The best evaluators are the customers. These customers have to bring both good or bad service to the attention of supervisors through the feedback boxes provided at all levels. Where necessary, corrective measures will be taken to ensure that we provide the best service we possibly can to our public,” Mutorwa concluded. Windhoek The Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) hopes that government’s policy the beneficiation idea and diversify the economy from an over-reliance on commodities towards industrial sectors with stronger economic links, sustainable growth and job creation potential. “We also acknowledge that to successfully industrialise and create greater value addition for mineral downstream industries, we require greater market access and a pool of resources that we alone, as a single country, cannot achieve, said NCCI president, Sven Thieme. In a recent statement, Thieme emphasised that the NCCI unequivocally supports national industrialisation and to facilitate broader development. “Namibia has a vast comparative and competitive advantage through its massive natural endowments of minerals that are not being certain long-entrenched economic and social practices, we at NCCI hereby call on all Namibian businesses to embrace value addition,” said Thieme. Put simply, he added, value-addition derives its importance from the fact that it increases businesses’ revenue, as every value. This has the effect of improving the income of the producers. Thieme noted that the NCCI ascribes fully to government’s stand on valueaddition. “Government is clear on its approach. For government, promotion of local value addition is perhaps the most important feature of Growth at Home. Taking cognisance of the fact that Namibia is well-endowed with numerous raw materials, this presents a tremendous opportunity for value addition, job creation, accelerated economic growth and reduction in inequalities,” said Thieme. He reiterated NCCI’s full support for the “Growth at Home” narrative, which says that whatever raw materials Namibia has, whether minerals; agricultural commodities or any other commodity, local value addition should take place before it is exported. This is because the export of raw materials equates to the export of job opportunities. “Value addition will be achieved by strengthening the local and national value chains, and even regional value chains forward linkages to our raw materials. The key point is to make the most of available natural resources and to add as much as possible value to raw materials before they are exported,” said Thieme. Central to value addition is the manufacturing sector and the NCCI’s desire to embrace value addition is primarily informed by its support for a common vision - a shared and inclusive growth in a prosperous Namibia as articulated in the Vision 2030. NCCI believes value-addition is the way to go because it is synonymous with national reason is the overwhelming evidence that value addition (industrialisation) and structural economic change enables a country to fast-track its development. Virtually all cases of rapid and sustained economic growth in modern economic development have been associated with value-addition (industrialisation), and particularly growth in manufacturing production. “Conversely, those countries that remained focused only on the extractive industries - usually minerals and basic agricultural commodities - and did not move up the so-called value chain, have amongst a small segment of society, and have not experienced the same strong sustainable economic (or GDP) growth of their peers. They may have experienced short bursts of growth, especially during times of commodity booms, but never the kind of relentless growth that persists over decades,” Thieme explained. Value-addition also guarantees sustainable growth and the NCCI believes it is only growth that persists over decades that would transform Namibia, innovation that brings about the creation of new industries this country so badly needs. “It’s only growth that is sustained over long periods of time that results in intergenerational wealth creation and the reduction in many social ills such as poverty, inequality and unemployment. Whilst we wish to emulate those countries that have successfully transformed their economies, by undertaking reforms to promote industrialization and structural change, we acknowledge that no country has ever walked this path alone. Rather, countries have integrated their efforts with those of their neighbours and often adopted a regional approach. They have plugged their productive capacity into global value chains. They have analysed the needs and demands of other nations, and utilized or complemented, the strengths endowments of others. We too are calling for greater partnership in this journey,” Thieme added. Value-addition has, for most countries, been the precursor to periods of accelerated growth. This is because manufacturing drives productivity and structural change, moving the economy from low to high productivity activities. But it also drives technological progress and is, globally, the main driver of innovation. These innovations and technologies emerging from industrialisation, and the This is because backward and forward linkages and spill-over effects tend to be stronger in manufacturing than in other sectors. Combined with productivity and innovation, manufacturing is able to “pull” along economic growth in ways that growth in other sectors do not. This pull factor can also stimulate employment growth in other sectors – particularly the services sector, but also potentially the agricultural sector. Thus, the manufacturing sector results in economy-wide inclusive growth and employment creation. The manufacturing sector offers special opportunities for capital accumulation and investment in developing countries – which in turn drives growth. Capital accumulation and clustering effects can be more easily realized in spatially concentrated manufacturing than in spatially dispersed agriculture or services.

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