‘The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.’~Hannah Arendt

Children wait to collect water at a communal standpipe. Photo The Namibian

Dear Mayor,

She lived in DRC in Swakopmund with her mother and two small brothers in a small three-room shack. Like others in DRC, they had no electricity or water supply at home…

The prepaid water system that the City of Windhoek and other near-bankrupt councils want to introduce means automatic water cut-offs for those who cannot afford to pay upfront.

A woman at Paaie Kamp’ at Noordoewer in the //Karas region waits to collect water. Pic: The Namibian

Higher water tariffs

Under Windhoek’s proposed prepaid water system people who are currently struggling to afford water will be compelled to pay an extra N$4,293 for the installation of a prepaid meter, which is presented as a miracle solution to debt management.

If the residents can’t…

In recent days we’ve heard reports of water cut-offs at towns across the country. New councillors at the helm of near-bankrupt municipalities are eager to balance the books and want the residents to cough up.

Rundu residents fetch water from a communal tap. Photo Contruction Review

At Narraville in Walvis Bay the new council started cutting water supply to households in debt this month. At Aranos in the south people protested vehemently against water cut-offs this week.

Small places like Arandis, as well as big municipalities like Windhoek have also warned their financially stressed residents that mass water cut-offs are imminent if they do not pay up.

The way the…

Despite their best efforts to smile and hide their frustration, many of us would have noticed the exhaustion and despair in the eyes of the super-exploited cashiers that serve us in the supermarkets.

In 2018, Shoprite sued 93 of its workers for taking strike action over low wages. Photo The Namibian

The rise of Covid19 in 2020 has shown beyond doubt that these underpaid and undervalued workers are in fact essential to the survival of society. …

For one thing, there is so much to be done, and yet so many of people are jobless. The world produces so much wealth, but the more we produce the poorer we ourselves become. One person owns more wealth than half the world population…

‘Swakopmund son of the soil, journalist and activist Jade McClune recently announced his entry into Namibian politics after he was nominated as one of the Landless People’s Movement’s candidates to run for a seat on the Swakopmund Municipal Council,’ writes Adam Hartmann in The Namibian today.

Below is a transcript of the full interview with Adam Hartman of The Namibian on 26 October.

You recently announced your entry into Namibian politics and your candidacy for LPM. Is this correct? What led to this decision?

Yes, I was nominated by Swakopmund LPM to stand as a candidate and after the vetting process to check my qualifications and background, the party confirmed me as an eligible candidate. As a journalist I’ve been covering…

Key issues in Namibia’s 2020 municipal elections — Part 1

A man walks past burning shacks at Twaloloka in Walvis Bay, where over 100 makeshift places of shelter went up in flames in mid July.

The following Sunday, at the DRC in Swakopmund two children and their mother also perished in the flames that incinerated their shack. They were among a vast number of shack fire victims over the last two decades, whose names rarely make it into the news.

Addressing the housing crisis…

Part 2 — Key issues in Namibia’s 2020 municipal elections

The Right to Work should be key theme and main topic of our community campaign in the run-up to the 2020 municipal election, for how can we have the majority of people sitting around unemployed while we are running short on all basic supplies, including essential food supplies?

If we are serious about social…

Representatives of various community groups and political organisations gathered in the DRC to the north of Swakopmund on Friday to hand over a petition to the governor of Erongo region to demand that the government begin to supply fish parcels to all households affected by the lockdown restrictions and the consequent economic fallout of the state of emergency.

Jade McClune (right) addresses delegates from the Landless People’s Movement, Affirmative Repositioning, and members of Swakopmund Concerned group n the DRC on Friday in support of the Fish for All campaign. Photo: Contributed

Michael Rooi of the Landless People’s Movement said the government should realise that all communities were affected by the lockdown restrictions and face an urgent hunger crisis.

Rooi said LPM had offered suggestions to mitigate the crisis, “which fell on deaf ears”, and urged the authorities to redirect funds earmarked for bailing out…

Over the past few months we’ve watched with shock and awe as the economy continued to crumble and collapse on all sides. While official statistics have been hard to come by, it is clear that thousands of jobs were lost and many businesses went under.

A small boy searches for something to eat among discarded rotten tomatoes. Photo: The Namibian

Following four years of economic decline, the coronavirus pandemic has struck lethal blows to the capitalist economy, disrupting production, trade, travel and distribution, wreaking havoc on global supply chains.

In the absence of a viable vaccine for the deadly new strain of coronavirus, it will not be possible to reboot the economy, for every attempt…

Jade Lennon

Writer, reporter, activist

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