By Dishonourable Ember
For all prospective aviators who would like to visit Namibia: Get all your ducks in a row and all the necessary permits, permissions,
visas, inoculation certificates and whatever else may be required and you will have a whale of a time .... Guaranteed! Namibia is beautiful and offers some absolutely unique vistas from the air.
BUT... if you think you are the
bees knees and arrogantly do
bother to do the initial work or you
rely on someone else to do it for
you, I can equally guarantee that
you have a world of trouble ....
Just ask the Ondangwa 12. It pays
to do everything yourself and to
double-check. Never assume!
And always also remember:
Namibia is an independent sovereign
country with its own laws and
regulations - just like any other
country in the world. They may
be similar or even the same as those
in your own country, but need to
be adhered to the same as at home!
More than 90% of all Namibians profess to be Christians
belonging to one or the other of
the multitudinous branches of the
churches in Namibia. Our state
was established as a secular state.
That simply means that one cannot
just hold the book that majority
calls holy as the alpha and the
omega in our schools. Then we are
no longer a secular state. So, the
onus is on the parents and the community
to keep the tenets of their
religious belief system and to inculcate
these into their youngsters.
AS everybody will have it, more
FDI is flowing towards Africa in
general and Southern Africa (including
Namibia) in particular.
Good! We need it!
It is also always heartening to
see new developments taking
shape, but what irks me tremendously
is when I see the following
hateful and fateful phrase in a news
article or a press release: " ...which
owns the rights to ............. in southern
Oh yes, and that without anybody
in the countries of 'southern
Africa' being any the wiser about
this. This usually happens when a
citizen of our great and beloved
southern big brother is concerned.
My question - my burning question
- is how can they usurp the
rights of sovereign independent
countries? How can anybody have
a virtual carte blanche to obtain
such rights. Don't the countries
themselves have any say in this?
And don't think the case above
(very new!) is an exception to the
rule! It happens each and every day
and has been happening for many
years. Any Namibian wanting to
obtain a franchise (for instance)is
immediately directed to the 'holder
of the rights in southern Africa' and
these invariable sit in Cape Town
or Durban or Johannesburg and
that means we pay through the
nose for those rights were we to
express an interest.
An urgent investigation into this
anomaly (and, yes, call it plain old
exploitation) is needed to put a stop
to it. Our government needs to do
something about this because, once
again, a lot of money will be leaving
the country each month.