Namibia-based News Media Hate the Country and Its People?

I wished that Namibian news media write more news articles that promote Namibia in a good and positive way. There’s so much, many great things, that happen each day in Namibia, and the beauty of the country is so inviting… and if the Namibian news media would write more about these good things, then you’d see a more great impact in the country’s economy.

In the US, my home in Beverly Hills, California is just about 10 kilometers away from Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in Hollywood. And even Hollywood itself, it’s not that as extravaganza as the US based news media promote it. It’s really a dirty, old looking place but those outside Hollywood would never know until you visit Hollywood to your own surprise how the US media hype up Hollywood.

If the Namibian news media could do more, write and publish more about the good things that happen in Namibia and the beauty of Namibia, then this could really help make a change. Namibia is even to be said the “Garden of Eden”, the birthplace of modern humanity, according to some of the world’s leading research Universities including Oxford University, Stanford University, etc., (just google this) and the Namibia-based news media don’t grab on this to write and exploit to promote Namibia in this sense, as the cradle of life, the birthplace of modern humanity, and this could exploit people from all over the world to come and visit Namibia.

When foreign people come from wherever to visit Namibia, they would spend their money, lots of money, in Namibia, and that’s just great for the Namibian economy.

Namibian news media, please write more stories to promote the country and its people’s efforts, right now you focus more on stories that depress the readers and demote the country, which simply deters more prospect visitors to Namibia.

Namibia, the Next Best Hub for the Medical Tourism?

The NEXT best thing that could happen to the Namibian economy to benefit the Namibian people is; Medical Tourism.

“Medical Tourism or health tourism is the travel of people to another country for the purpose of obtaining medical treatment in that country.” This is a multi-billion dollar industry, and India, South Africa, Cuba, the US, etc., are some of the world’s leading destination for medical tourism. (More about Medical Tourism at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_tourism).

Namibia, as one of the most peaceful, stable, fast growing economies, and democratic countries in the world, can benefit tremendously if Namibia could focus and invest in building some of the finest medical centers equipped with the world’s best medical technology and staffed with the world’s best medical personnel (can hire foreign doctors in the mean time, while training Namibians) to offer the best medical treatment at the most affordable offerings.

By doing so, Namibia could attract foreign medical tourists from all across Africa and the world, who would travel to Namibia to seek medical treatment. These medical patients generally spend thousands of dollars in medical treatments, lodging and food as well as shopping. All of which, is direct cash to follow into the Namibian economy, and at the same time, further creates thousands of direct and indirect employment opportunities for the Namibian people.

This post, I hope it can get your attention, to trigger your investment curiosity to invest in setting up world’s leading medical centers in Namibia, a country on an African continent with a fast growing population of over one billion people. A country which, through Walvisbay, is the Gateway to the world’s largest shopping mall, the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), with a population of over 400 million and a GDP of over US$700 billion. A community, the richest trading community in Africa, which holds more than 30% of the world’s richest natural resources.

Namibia as a peaceful, most stable, democratic country, with one of the fast growing economies, ranked by Forbes and Bloomberg as the #1 top emerging economy in Africa, and ranked by The New York Times as one of the top ten best destinations in the world in 2014, it’s a hub for fishing, mining, tourism, shopping, and entertainment with its vast Namib desert, the world’s best and oldest desert, which is unlike anything else, where this desert meets the Atlantic Ocean, thrusting the world’s most incredible natural beauty.

Namibia is a great place for your medical tourism investment, the country has some of the best favorable conditions and institutions conducive for entrepreneurship and business environment.

When thinking about medical tourism, think about Namibia. Namibia is open for business. It’s your gateway to SADC, the world’s largest shopping mall.

Visit and contact us at Groot Group to learn more about how to invest in Namibia.

Develop Your Idea Into a Global Brand, Ignore the Butt-head Naysayers

First you need to come up with an idea, basically an easy-to-use solution to the current one, then develop that idea into a workable simple-to-use solution, then if needed, build and test the prototype, then setup a company to develop the idea/prototype, don’t worry about funding your idea, once you have developed your idea into a practical solution and put a bankable business plan together, money will flow from financiers to fund your business, then get the best team together to develop your idea into a marketable product/service, and then build your company into a brand name, globally.

Those who never had ideas, those whose brains are basically dead rotten, who can’t be innovative to come up with simple and easy-to-use solutions of their own, once they hear about your idea, because they are so dumb and stupid as they can’t see far ahead than the shadow of their own buttocks, they will laugh at you and call you names, saying all kind of bad stuff about you just because of their own stupidity because they fail to see the long-term effects of your idea. However, once they finally see your idea developed into a finished product/solution, then suddenly they become your biggest fans. But don’t hate them, take their money by selling them your products/solutions. You can even employ them, don’t hold any grudge against them.

So don’t sleep; go on and dream! dream Big, do Big, so you can live well for the rest of your life. And in the long run, you are empowering yourself, your family, your community, your country, and live better than those short sighted butt-head naysayers.

Your Dream, Your Passion, Your Family Legacy

A family legacy such as those of Nelson Mandela, Sam Nujoma, Martin Luther King Jr, John F. Kennedy, Barack Obama, Aupa Indongo, Bill Gates, etc., in their respective fields, are created by not everyone in the family, but just one in the family who stands up to do something different and be so persistent until that someone realizes his or her dream. And that dream eventually becomes the legacy of the whole family.

I hope you’re pursuing your dream. I hope you’re the one in your family that will one day make your family to be remembered for hundreds of years to come. I hope you’re the one with a dream and you refuse to let your current circumstances kill your dream. I hope you can stand up and face the struggle now so you can make your dream come true and then enjoy the best fruit of your dream later.

Don’t give up on your dream, no matter who says what, no matter how difficult the situation may be, keep on doing what you believe is right for you, your family and your community. If you don’t stand up and do it, no one else will do it for you. And you don’t have to be from a well-to-do family, you can be you, just as simple and empty as you, but when you have a passion to make your dream come true and you don’t quit, you can eventually make it happen big. It’s yours to keep, make it happen. Don’t give up on your dream.

Merry Christmas and have a blessed happy New Year. Let the year 2014 to be the year of many breakthroughs in your life. May the God of Heaven bless you and keep you. May the Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ fuel your passion to overcome your fear to pursue your dream in 2014 and far beyond.

Thank you very much for your continued support and prayers.

Ben Affleck is a Great Pick for the Next Batman

When I first learned that Matt Damon, who’s Ben Affleck’s high school friend was gonna play Jason Bourne, I was like; what a heck? Matt Damon doing hard fighting, heck no; but then the Jason Bourne movie sequel has become one of the most successful brand.

Now, many people think Ben Affleck’s pick for the next Batman movie is a spoil, but I bet that Ben is actually a good pick; he has the physique and he can actually transform into a great Badman figure that we all love. I hope they won’t remove him from Batman, so he can actually surprise the movie industry.

Same thing I thought when they picked Craig to be the next 007, I was like, heck no; but then Craig surprised us all, and so as Affleck, he’s a great pick!

Where are the Black-owned Engineering Firms for Industrial Ecosystems Development in Namibia?

We’re just coming from our intense technical planning for both @Groot Steel and @Tses Glass, with our Local Project Management team, and I feel really sad; I’m so sad that, as we put in so many hours developing these projects each day, hoping that in the end, we’re helping to economically empower those who have been left out by the wave of lucrative opportunities in Namibia, it’s very sad that in our technical team of engineers, many local partner companies involved, that there’s no single black-owned or operated firm offering technical expertise for these projects, and only white-owned. And this is so sad. It’s just too sad, that money paying for these technical services is flowing from one already-wealthy hand to more other already wealthy hands.

It’s sad that it seems like more black people in Namibia or rather Africa at large, tend to rather more focus on short term goals instead of investing their time and energy in long term visions, such as; projects like these are all for long terms; ranging from 2 to 5 years of just technical planning prior to getting any capital return from them, but black people don’t seem to be interested in that, they seem to be more interested only in such as shebeen business, where you plan and build it today, and tomorrow you’re getting your small change back.

But if it’s like this, then how can an economy can actually develop and prosper? Setting up and building cuca-shops, kapanas, mini-markets, retail stores, lodges, guesthouses, shebeens, shopping malls, etc are not the way to develop an economy. All of these are services which offer no real value; no value-added, no nothing except that you set them up fast just to close them down even fastest if things don’t go as expected possibly due to the severe competition (crowded market), and that these types of service businesses don’t offer sustainable good paying jobs, to the point that the workers themselves who work in these places can actually afford to buy from these services where they themselves work.

Manufacturing jobs offer the best economic value for the workers to support their families, communities, and the country. Setting up manufacturing factories such as steel mills, glass factories, power plants, and other infrastructure projects generally serve as the backbones of economies in the world, everywhere.

Setting up barbershops and street corner shebeens etc offer nothing, not even in the short term, but add more misery (governments must offer more social welfare programs) and poverty to the economy (poorly paid people don’t pay adequate tax to support offered governments’ social welfare programs).

I feel sad that, in a country like Namibia which is in Africa, that only more white companies are involved in offering technical expertise and planning which involves millions of dollars for their services.

Oh, my people, my Africans, when can we move away from the short-sighted goals and look at the furthest years to come; such as planning for the next 25-50 years from now? How can we really make Africa become economically successful, and make it no more politically focused and oriented? A politically focused and oriented Africa will keep seeing more people living in dire poverty, more families living in misery, more people dying, more governments looking for international donors’ bailout, more people living not according to their dreams and wishes but because of rather purposely designed social circumstances.

It’s just sad, too sad.

Recently Announced Namibia’s Unemployment Rate at 27% is Flaw, the Real Unemployment Rate is 54%

I’m an Economist, specialized in Macroeconomics, Econometrics, Predictive Analysis, and Economic Development. I obtained my BSc in Economics from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio USA, and I’m currently studying for my PhD in Economics.

The Namibian Statistics Agency recently announced that the unemployment rate in Namibia now stands at 27.4%, which is a whopping drop from the 2008’s estimate unemployment rate of 51%.

First of all, this is impractical for an unemployment rate of any economy anywhere in the world to drop by 23.6% within about 4 years without an economy experiencing a major rapid shock (boost or drop), especially since Namibia’s economic growth has been linear over the years with an average steady growth of about 4%.

In short, unless the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) has included those Namibian workers who earn less than N$800 a month, who cannot be and should never be counted as employed since their wages cannot meet their daily living cost, and unless the NSA has included those who have given up looking for work due to the fact that they may have perhaps setup their own shebeens, street-corner makeshift tents to sell candies, and Kapana, who cannot and should never be included as employed due to the fact that their earnings cannot even afford them to pay for their living costs.

Hence, the unemployment rate recently released by NSA is wrong, flaw, and very inaccurate. The real unemployment rate in Namibia is more than 54%.

While else remains constant, numbers cannot lie!