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I met a bitter white Namibian expat, the other day.
Now, if you have anything to do with Southern Africa, you’ll know that ‘bitter white expat’ is the last sort of person you want to meet.

Lap dances at school

Parents send their children to school in the care of the teachers and administrators hoping they will be equipped with the necessary training for skills development, to learn new things, to prepare for life as adults, to learn self-respect and to practice good behavior in society. 

Le feu à Notre-Dame

When I saw the great Cathédrale de Notre-Dame á Paris (850 year old structure!) burning this week and the steeple collapsing into the inferno, I cried. 
Its funny how, if you have some privilege in this society of ours, you tend to not even think how everyday things that you take for granted are denied to people who look different from you, or are from the wrong side of the Western Bypass.
Once considered a hero of the country, our Founding President seems now to be a scapegoat in many people’s minds.  But not me.  I have read history and I know what this great man has done.  But, why is this negativity happening?
In times of economic depression when cash is low and desire is high, selfishness prevails.  People look out for themselves first, at the expense of everyone else. Those living at the top have no problem putting their feet on the heads of those below. 
In tough times, we tend to feel uninspired and unmotivated; our desire to achieve goes down.  Today in Namibia, many people aren’t inspired – things are just too difficult. Hearing a budget speech that basically says things are not going to get better any time soon; being unable to find a job or pay university fees drains away positive feelings.  As things get worse, people feel darker about life’s potential.
The education ministry will spend N$10 billion of their N$13.7 billion budget on salaries alone.  The government's wage bill more than doubled over the past five years, from N$13 billion in the 2014/2015 financial year to about N$30 billion by 2018.  The high percentage of civil service salaries and benefits are drowning this country. 
Just like the biblical Cain and Abel, Jariretundu “Kozo” Kozonguizi and Sam Shafishuna Nujoma are organic creation of the apartheid system with its far-reaching tentacles of divide, control, repress and rule.
Yesterday, the Republic of Namibia turned 29 years old. In exactly a week’s time, the United Kingdom may leave the European Union, its political home since 1973 (although an extension to the negotiating timeframe now looks more likely). As I write this, the world is still reeling from a white supremacist terrorist attack in New Zealand that left 49 people dead.
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