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LetÔÇÖs not forget our other crisis amid the land debacle

Mon, 20 July 2015 04:14
by Linekela Halwoodi

I think as a young person, I understand where the Affirmative Repositioning is coming from, I support their cause but not the manner in which it is all being carried out. It is very hard to have a dialogue with someone who is only interested in throwing insults but I think the elders must also sympathise with our generation.
We are the generation of children who have been consumed by the flames of neo-colonialism, a generations living in an economy that is not even controlled by our own. We are frustrated by the fact that we cannot own homes unless we inherit them from our parents.
 We cannot afford to live in our own hometowns because it is taking government a very long time distribute all the resources countrywide. We are a generation of children who are trapped in paying off home loans, paying off school loans and paying off car loans.
However in the midst of all these struggles for land, we cannot forget that the generation that will be in charge in two decades or so we cannot forget that our other crisis.
The Namibian struggle which is being felt most by the youth right now is not the only struggle that we will face this year of the coming years. In fact the lion that is stalking us in the wilderness at this moment is not only that which is concerned with land issues but that which will attack in many forms.
Long before anyone started waking up about the crisis of land, before anyone acknowledged that people are being robbed in broad day light by those who want to get rich quick and live debt free. That we could foolishly live in this free market economy where anyone could put any price tag on anything and expect even someone who makes less than N$1000 a month to be able to afford a decent living.
We must not forget the monster that is the constant rise in fuel prices which equals to the constant rise in taxi fare, we cannot forget how expensive it has become to switch on a bulb or cook dinner for your family. These are the monsters that will come back to bite use when we have settled our crisis for land.
While we sit around a debate how we will go about making sure that every son and daughter of the soil can afford somewhere to call home, we cannot forget that we are facing a crisis of water.
Although we have done well for a desert country to keep the taps running for 25 years, we cannot ignore the fact that Namwater is in trouble, our reserves are not what they used to be and because of the drought we have experienced in the last decade.
We are however not aware if Namwater is having talks with experts to deliberate the way forward regarding water supply. We do not know what the water supply plan is for Namwater, with a population that is only expected to increase, while industries which consume a large amount of water every year are also expected to increase production.
Before the land issue escalated everyone was looking at Nampower and the Ministry of Mines and Energy to find solutions to our soon to be power crisis. We understand that our main suppliers South Africa and Zimbabwe are also fighting their own struggles which means that the little handouts that they could give us might no longer be available and then what will we do?
When we plunder into sudden darkness, and run into constant water cuts that is when we will realise that we should have faced the lion that is stalking us head on instead of climbing up a tree and avoiding the confrontation all together.