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Cobra-aka-Grobler got it wrong (Continuing)

By Simon Kapenda
Etosha National Park is one of Southern Africa's finest and most important Game Reserves. It covers an area of 22,270 square km and it is home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and, surprisingly, one species of fish.

The Etosha Park is one of the first places on any itinerary designed for a holiday in Namibia.

The entire area is the central gateway to Namibia's northern regions en-route to and from Angola, Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

South Africa on the south is just a few hours of flight time from it and it's just less than an hour by road to Okaukueyo Main Entrance of the Etosha National Park, Africa's 3rd largest wildlife park for tourists.

According to Namibia Tourism Board, Namibia's tourist industry is growing at an average rate of 13% annually. In 2008, 981,111 tourists visited Namibia, while in 2009, the number decreased to 980,173, with 73% of them coming from Africa, namely from Angola, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

German tourists also ranked high in number. Angolan tourists alone spent an average of US$417 million (N$3 billion) in retail outlets in Namibia.

Hence Groot is destined to become the best and ultimate destination for everything about working, shopping, living, and playing in Southern Africa.

Market Analysis for Groot According to the Human Development Reports of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (www.undp.org), Africa's combined population is more than one billion with a combined GDP (real) of US$2.2 trillion (N$16.1 trillion) and the GDP (PPP) per capita is US$2,200 (N$16,060).

However, Africa's combined potential wealth value, based on its endowed natural resources, is more than US$100 trillion (N$730 trillion), which is bigger than the aggregate wealth value of South and North America and Europe, but 65% of the African population lives on less than US$2.00 (N$14.60) a day, while only about 15% of the population earns decent salaries of more than US$100,000 (N$730,000) a year.

While it's estimated to have a great number of overseas tourists as the prospective patrons for Groot, the majority of Groot customers are expected to come from the SADC region, whose combined population is 257.7 million with more than US$471.1 billion (N$5.38 trillion) (2010) of aggregate GDP and a potential wealth value of more than US$65 trillion (N$474.5 trillion).

However still 45% or 116.0 million of the SADC population lives on less than US$2 (N$14.60) a day, and only 15% or 21.3 million of them earns annual salaries of more than US$100,000 (N$730,000) with a gross buying power of about US$2.1 trillion (N$15.5 trillion).

Potential Customers for Groot Consumers today are more sophisticated and selective of what or where to buy based on the quality of products, designs, styles, shapes, atmosphere, price levels, locations and services. Hence we are developing Groot as an upscale multi-use marketplace to offer only the top-of-the-line products and services. Prospective customers for Groot are those discerning individuals with disposable income to splurge, and demanding only the best in what they want.

Since Groot will be composed of only retail store outlets and facilities that offer superior quality and luxurious products and services, our targeted customers are generally 15% or 21.3 million of the SADC population plus overseas tourists, which would make up about 55,000 daily visitors to Groot.

The individual annual incomes of the stated number are in the income bracket of US$100,000 (N$730,000), and their combined annual income is about US$2.1 trillion (N$15.5 trillion). Out of that number of visitors, we estimate each visitor to Groot to spend an average of US$250 (N$1,825) per visit, which comes to about US$13.8 million (N$100.4 million) a day or US$5.0 billion (N$36.1 billion) a year, and this is the estimated total revenue of the retail tenants at Groot.

Market Growth for Groot

The 10-year plan for the Walvis Bay Corridor Group, a consortium of major Namibia's transportation companies and Namibia Ministry Agencies, is to develop multi-trans highways in Namibia (such as the Trans-Caprivi Highway, Trans- Kunene Highway, Trans-Kalahari Highway, and other similar highways in Namibia), that will interconnect in Grootfontein.

Tsumeb, which is just less than 45 minutes by road from Grootfontein, is the smelting Center for Copper. Countries such as Zambia and DRC are making Tsumeb their Copper smelting Center for their Copper production.

Therefore, the construction of a new highway in the Okavango region designed to link Namibia's border at Katwiwi to Angola with a modern highway, has already reached Tsumeb.

Like all other multi-trans highways aforementioned, this highway to Tsumeb from Katwiwi border in Namibia and Angola will bring heavy traffic to Tsumeb and the surrounding areas, and eventually to Groot. Angolans are already the largest buying group in Namibia, and an entry point with a highway via Okavango will attract a larger influx of Angolans to Groot.

Based on this highway infrastructure, visitors to Groot are expected to exponentially grow by more than 200% within the first 5 years.

Is our Ecosystem Development Feasible?

We are a privately owned Namibian company, and there is nothing wrong with what we are doing by developing our Groot ecosystem projects in Namibia or elsewhere. There are governing laws in Namibia, such as The Foreign Investment Act, The Financial Intelligence Act, The Company Registration Laws, etc., all equally governing all the businesses and operations in Namibia.

Through any of our projects, we are not breaking any laws, either local or international. Our Feasibility Studies for all of our projects are all based on The World Bank Standard. We subscribe to the principles of caring for the environment in which we are working and good citizenship.

Our Company is governed by the Memorandum of Incorporation under the Company Registration Act of the Ministry of Trade and Industry as well as by our Board of Directors.

There are strict laws and rules set up by international agencies such as in case of our Steel Mill development, power plant development, etc. Our Business plan has to meet these standards, rules and regulations in order for our financing institutions and partners to invest in our projects. There is no shortcut to any of these.

Stupid Arguments by John Grobler

His arguments are foolish, baseless, and attention seeking. We are privately financed, not government funded. Any of our efforts, whether feasible or not, are our own concern. We approach each project with sound business mind. As a private company, we are motivated by profit, just like any other businesses in the world. But the end outcome is meeting the needs for our shareholders, customers, socio-economic development, and improving the quality of life for the people, animals and the environment in which we operate.

To realize our ecosystem development, we are partnering with Namibian entrepreneurs from all different backgrounds, local governments and foreign investment partners to work in tangent with the Namibian central government for the planning, development and implementation of our Groot ecosystem, which encompasses nearly every industry from light to heavy manufacturing, tourism, transportation, energy, medical, agriculture, mining, engineering, and more, all have been specifically designed to help fast track the realization of Namibia Vision 2030.

In doing so, some of these entrepreneurs, which we make all of our available project opportunities through our Facebook page, there are some of those who are children's, or brothers, or sisters of high ranked government officials and business executives, who have taken up the challenge and the risk for venturing into entrepreneurship for them to making a living with our ecosystem development. There is no law any where that prevents anyone, regardless of his or he family dynasty or background, to go into private business practice or any form of personal choice of career opportunity in order to make a living, just like anyone else, anywhere.

For this, John is also targeting some of our entrepreneurial partners, but there is no wrong doing for them or us to doing so, because we are not committing any crime or corruption to anyone of any kind.

Namibia is one of the finest countries in the world. The SWAPO led government has set up institutions conducive for good business environment, such as the Anti Corruption Commission. And we are doing everything we can to abide by each law in developing our Groot ecosystem.

Mr. Jonathan Cobra in his new life is a so-called Investigative Journalist reporting occasionally for the Namibian newspaper and the (RSA) Mail & Guardian. In his natural being as John Grobler, he was a SWATF soldier. After the SWAPO Party government introduced the policy of national reconciliation (forgive but not forget) at independence John Grobler embarked on a vicious strategy to abuse this gesture by demonizing the architectures of that very policy and did not spare Namibia either, the only country where he can have a bedroom.

In short, basically John Grobler has been an Anti-Namibia, hence his grave hatred against anyone who poses to doing something decent for Namibia and the Namibian people. Anyone who dares to do just that, then that individual becomes a sharp thorn in John Grobler's foot, and he would want to make sure that he removes that thorn by any means necessary.

Motivation for John Grobler's Hate Against our Ecosystem Development John has a brother who is involved or wants to go into the Steel business in Namibia. And for us to develop our Steel mill, that basically may prevent his brother from pursuing his steel business idea.

And this is his core motivation to try to write bad about our Steel mill development in order to kill our projects and yields the opportunity for his brother. It may also be possible that John may have been offered some monetary value by someone or anyone for the same purpose, and if our Groot ecosystem development fails, then who really benefits?

More Factors of Motivation for John Grobler

There are some white Namibians who are not in favor of any of our industrial projects, which these projects are designed to efficiently help equalize the distribution of wealth in Namibia, especially among those who have been previously disenfranchised and disadvantaged.

Remember the case with Pupkewitz against the Asian cars in Namibia? Pupkewitz never wanted Asian cars to enter the Namibian market because of the fear of competition, but now he is one of the largest dealers of Asian cars in Namibia.

For some white Namibians like John Grobler, they know the fact that they still control the Namibian economy, but as these projects start to offer better paying employment opportunities and benefits to all the Namibian people, they know that they will no longer be able to be the only employers of choice in Namibia. Hence they hate the idea of someone else coming in and take their cake away, which for ages they have been rudely controlling and eating it.

And some black Namibians are so naive that they do not stand up and defend what is to be their only way of getting out of the informal ghettos and enjoy the Namibian dream that these whites have for years been enjoying.

The Namibian independence that we are enjoying today was not due to only a few people fighting for it, it was a joint effort by the majority of the Namibians. Hence the Namibian economic independence should not be toppled for development just by a small group but should be everyone's effort to making it happen, the best way and the fastest.

Here we have a Steel mill, which will make Namibia to be self-sufficient and independent from importing steel from elsewhere, same as with our Power Plant, which will make Namibia to no longer import electricity for the first time ever, but all what John is singing, writing, and complaining is, this is bad and that is bad. If it is bad, why doesn't he stand up and offer a better solution?

John, if you have a better solution to the current economic woes in Namibia which has left many black Namibians with lousy paying jobs or no jobs, then stand up and offer your version of better solution. Sitting back and offer cheap shots on what is wrong what we are doing or not doing right will not solve anything but make you look like a greedy and scared moron.

Personal Attacking of Simon Kapenda

Yes, this is me, Simon Kapenda, and yes my educational background as listed is real and I worked and I am still working hard for it.

Everything I have or I am about, I made it for myself. Yes, I have family members in key government positions in different ministries but I have never asked any of them any favor of any kind. I work hard for everything I attain in my life. I have never been arrested for any crime of any wrong doing.

Selling and buying Internet domain names, which I used to do, is not a crime. Some of the world's largest companies such as GoDaddy, Yahoo, Register.com, etc., are in business of selling and registering Internet domain names. And no, I have never operated a porn Web site as you claim.

The WEA Lawsuit is baseless and unfounded that never made it to the court, read my statement on my blog on the link given in this article.

If you want to debate me on any subject, or simply want to meet me for your own publicity stunt, then meet me in a public space such as on NBC One on One program, or if it is in the boxing ring, then let us do it and I will gladly and rudely knock your freaking brain out. Yes, I have obtained my Bachelor of Science in Economics from the College of Arts and Science, The Department of Economics, at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio USA, and I am currently doing my PhD in Economics and Finance.

You heard me right!

My name is Simon Kapenda, CEO of Groot Group, and Project Director of our Otavi Steel mill development and the Sitentu Power Plant.


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