On The China Debate

On The China Debate

READING the letter of Mr Yangunfu, one comes to the conclusion that you are one of the Chinese construction managers.

Yes, the Chinese may be cheaper than the local Namibian builders. Why? Do they have minimum wages? Namibian contractors are required to pay a decent salary, not the pittance you give your workers.Do they have the required weekends, public holidays off according to Namibian (not Chinese) law? What hours do your labourers work – it would be illegal for Namibians to work the way your people are subjected to.And I disagree with the quality of the Chinese builders.The Chinese-constructed houses and buildings may fall apart soon – it serves the companies and private individuals right who hire them.So much for MTC who are here to “invest” in Namibia and support Namibians, then hire Chinese contractors.My, MTC, you have double standards! And, Dear Mr “Yanganfu” – may I add, what about all the Namibian labourers that have been retrenched by local builders due to the fact that our Government is repaying yours for favours of the past? When last was a local builder given a big Government contract? Oh, of course, you and your Chinese counterparts could not give a damn, you are all here to take what you can get.What about their families they can no longer support? What about our unemployment? Just wondering, if I apply to work as a labourer in China, would they accept me and give me work in that country? While I am at it, since your people have arrived in our country, we have just seen an increase in crime and scams.So quite frankly, I and many other Namibians have no time for you and your fellow Chinese contractors.Let our own Namibians do the work – they are perfectly capable of doing it – and you can go back to China.Only if all Namibians stand together can we prevent the above happening in our country.What would happen if we all refused to pay taxes for one year until our Government would listen, and give jobs back to Namibians instead of dishing them out to Chinese or Koreans.Pro-Namibian Windhoek Note: Real name and address provided – EdWhy? Do they have minimum wages? Namibian contractors are required to pay a decent salary, not the pittance you give your workers.Do they have the required weekends, public holidays off according to Namibian (not Chinese) law? What hours do your labourers work – it would be illegal for Namibians to work the way your people are subjected to.And I disagree with the quality of the Chinese builders.The Chinese-constructed houses and buildings may fall apart soon – it serves the companies and private individuals right who hire them.So much for MTC who are here to “invest” in Namibia and support Namibians, then hire Chinese contractors.My, MTC, you have double standards! And, Dear Mr “Yanganfu” – may I add, what about all the Namibian labourers that have been retrenched by local builders due to the fact that our Government is repaying yours for favours of the past? When last was a local builder given a big Government contract? Oh, of course, you and your Chinese counterparts could not give a damn, you are all here to take what you can get.What about their families they can no longer support? What about our unemployment? Just wondering, if I apply to work as a labourer in China, would they accept me and give me work in that country? While I am at it, since your people have arrived in our country, we have just seen an increase in crime and scams.So quite frankly, I and many other Namibians have no time for you and your fellow Chinese contractors.Let our own Namibians do the work – they are perfectly capable of doing it – and you can go back to China.Only if all Namibians stand together can we prevent the above happening in our country.What would happen if we all refused to pay taxes for one year until our Government would listen, and give jobs back to Namibians instead of dishing them out to Chinese or Koreans.Pro-Namibian Windhoek Note: Real name and address provided – Ed

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