Stop Land Reform
THE rather tragic exercise called ‘Namibian Land Reform’ should be brought to an end in its present, counterproductive form.
We all know that land, be it agricultural or urban land, is of the highest importance to this non-manufacturing nation; playing political games with agricultural land or leaving urban land in the hands of speculators - here called ‘developers’- and ignorant municipal councils and officials, is of no good use. Lacking land to build your home on has the potential of becoming a powder keg awaiting the spark.
Land is so immensely important, leaving it in the hands of the incompetent and the greedy will never do.
Agricultural land should be seen by us as finite; nothing is more valuable than land in an overpopulated environment. Developing agriculture in a sustainable form is only possible if expert farmers and expert managers manage the land – keep politicians out.
To advance political aims above the economical necessity was a mistake since independent Namibia began reforming its land and prolonging this policy will soon spell disaster and will ruin our agriculture.
To continue with yesterday’s ways would constitute the continuation of blunders and counterproductive measures that only serves a few for a short while. It is obvious that Namibia needs a very new approach, a very new plan.
The urban poor people of Namibia also demand a piece of land and rightly so. They don’t ask for a luxury! If our municipalities cannot service enough erven, the state has to do it.
If the state has the money to afford luxuries, it certainly must make the money available to connect the townships to the basic amenities. People should be given the chance to erect cheap basic houses - cheap but sturdy and fit for raising a family.
People do not ask much, but in the cold of the winter, accessibility of drinking water and a basic toilet to go to if nature calls would constitute a ‘must have’.
First the people, then the people again, and forget about the undeserved luxuries for the few as long as our people do not have shelter.
Katie J Stuurman