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 destinations 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 flow into the Namibian economy, and at the same time, it 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 the 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.

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The Development of Groot Town Center Would Boost Population Growth for Namibia?

In the first 3 years of opening Groot Town Center, residential housing units at Groot would be more than 15,000 with additional of more than 5,000 apartment units.

And with an average of about 6.5 persons per 3-bedroom house and about 3.5 persons per 2-bedroom apartment, that’s about 97,500 persons per 15,000 homes, and 17,500 persons per 5,000 apartments, see Groot Living, for a gross total of about 115,000 residents of Groot, plus an estimated 55,000 daily visitors to GTC.

This will make Groot the fastest and busiest business and residential area in Namibia. And in 5 years, housing units could go up to 160,000 in the Groot area, and that would make half of the Namibian population to live within the Groot area.

The average income for the Groot residents would be about N$36,000 per month.

And, per NamWater executives, this is a very good business opportunity for NamWater and NamPower in Namibia.

Yes, since the majority of the people would want to go live in the Groot area, due to plenty of better paying job opportunities, then in other parts of Namibia, employers would upgrade their salaries and wages to better match the ones offered by employers at Groot. And because employers at Groot would experience a large influx of labor supply, then they will reduce their salaries and wages; making it more lucrative for the employees who are working in the areas outside Groot.

Thus, as employers outside the Groot area offer more better pay and fringe benefits, then the migration of people would flock back to other parts of Namibia in search of better paying jobs.

And because our Groot Town Center ecosystem is being planned for distribution and placement based on each regional comparative advantage, not all projects would be placed at Groot, then you’d have a well-balanced population distribution.

And as each region compete for the labor force, eventually salaries and wages in Namibia would reach a certain point, an equilibrium. And by that time, the aggregate well-being of the Namibians would be up, almost similar to those in developed countries. Actually, it will go up to about US$25,000.

And we all know that, when that happens, an inflationary pressure follows, but that’s the job for the Bank of Namibia.

Overall, Namibia would instantly experience poverty reduction, improved healthcare, better education, lower death ratio, increased fertility ratio, and hence an increased healthy population.

The side effect of all of this, is that there would also be a large influx of foreign nationals flocking to Namibia in search of better work. Most of them would be professionals with specialized skills. This would benefit Namibia in terms of skills-and-knowledge transfer, however, there could be an increased of certain diseases and or illness that some foreign nationals could bring them with them.

However, the Namibia’s Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Health and Social Services should and must upgrade their systems of manpower and technology in order to help eliminate some of the possible risks as stated.

It must be clear that Namibia cannot close its border to some of the skilled foreign nationals due to the fact that nearly 80% of Namibia’s workforce is unskilled. Hence the first 5 years of implementing the Groot Town Center ecosystem could initially require the labor force by foreign nationals while Namibians upgrade their skills through various means of training.

But the good will weight out the bad and this is overall good for Namibia.

Seed Sown, Fruits Realized, Namibia’s Most Popular Artist, The Dogg, How It All Started

How I helped start a successful music career for The Dogg, Namibia’s most successful artist; all from a 3-bedroom house that I had bought in Namibia before I turned 21.

As a Sound Engineer for the past nearly 24 years, previously working for major TV, film, and music recording studios in Namibia, Europe and the US., where I engineered several world’s and sporting events as well as live TV news and face-to-face interviews with some of the world renown personalities including Former President Bush (41) (USA), Former Prime Minister Tony Blair (Britain), Founding President Sam Nujoma (Namibia), Former President Nelson Mandela (South Africa), and a photo-op with Queen Elizabeth, dining at Buckingham Palace hosted by Queen Elizabeth, working on numerous studio and live concerts with artists such as Seal, El Debarge, Brenda Fassie, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, MC Hammer, R. Kelly, Boys II Men, Paul Simon, U2, Lucky Dube, Billy Idol, and more.

The best of all of this; it’s that in the early 90s, I bought my first house in Okuryangava, Katutura, Windhoek in Namibia. I was working for NBC then, and I had lots of music instruments such as Guitars, Pianos, etc., and when I was not at work or traveling, I would be at home playing music, mostly hard rock and heavy metals, inspired by Def Leppard, AC/DC, etc. I was just 20 years old then and there used to be a group of young teens who would come to visit me and hang out with me; to play and listen to music. I was also in a church choir at my church, Full Gospel Church of God. So music for me was everywhere; at home, at church, and at work.

One of those teen friends were Maxton Gabriel (he’s one of the best Guitarists that I’ve ever met in the world), he’s awesomely talented. I remember him well because he used to teach me how to play the Guitar, and then again, I broadened him to the world of heavy metal sound, that pure distorted Guitar sound on my “Eric Clapton” inspired Fender Stratocaster.

Among the group of those young teens were Martin Morrocky (“The Dogg”), who’s now Namibia’s most popular, multi-award winning musician, producer and actor), his sisters Monika (“Diamond”), Magano, and brother, Doe. There were many other teen friends, whom some of them have today become successful in their careers, such as Tilly, now a successful Land Surveyor in Namibia.

Unfortunately, I didn’t remember some of these kids, now that they have grown up, not until my friend Kaunda, who I haven’t seen in nearly 20 years, and my young brother, Thomas, who both came to visit me yesterday and started telling me some of the fun stuff we used to do, including some of the people I used to help.

It’s Thomas and Kaunda who reminded me of Martin, Monika, Doe, Maxton, Magano, etc. They were telling me how I used to teach them how to play music and sing; all from my 3-bedroom house. My brother Sackey has been trying to tell me about Doe and his brother The Dogg, but I just never really paid him attention, I always just tell them that I don’t remember them.

But, little that I knew then as I know now, these kids have since grown up to become what they have become today. And The Dogg is a success story in the Namibian community.

Who would have known or thought that, just by spending some time with these kids after work and school that they were actually learning and listening to me? I am profoundly honored, and I feel humble from the bottom of my heart, and very grateful for the achievement and success of The Dogg.

I will continue to share my skills and knowledge through my Meetup Series, which so far, I have held 5 different Meetup Series on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership in Windhoek, Namibia. And I have one coming up on Software and Applications Development. My next Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership Meetup Series would be in Otjiwarongo, Luderitz, and Oshikango, Namibia.

I’ve spent most of my life helping and mentoring people, especially young people, especially in the US, and it’s good to see that, some of my seeds that I have been sowing, have actually sprouted and grown into awesome fruits.

I’m so very proud to have started and paved a way for The Dogg’s music career, and his brother Doe, who’s now a successful architect. Oh, did you know that Doe is the architect designer for the building that houses the National Youth Service of Namibia opposite the Katutura Magistrate Courts?

I’m looking forward to seeing more and more great things to happen in Namibia, especially with the development of our Groot Town Center ecosystem. When people are united, they can do anything. Hence with Namibia, the birthplace of humans; as “One Namibia, One Nation”, anything is possible.

So you think you’re smart, eh?

During a visit to a mental asylum, John asked the Director how they determined whether a patient should be institutionalized.

“Well,” said the Director, “we fill up a bathtub then offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub.”

“Oh, I understand,” said a smug chuckling John. “A normal person would use the bucket because it’s bigger than the spoon or the teacup.”

“No. No.” the Director replied. “A normal person would in fact pull the plug … do you want a bed near the window?”

Original author: Danni Phiri

The Next Best Thing, Yet to Come, It’s The Next Biggest in Social Media!

For the past 3 years while finishing up my study at OSU; I was also busy working on setting up my start-up Kapenda Media Group, and developing some small but really cool web tools such as; RentersQ (www.rentersq.com), Wrisen (www.wrisen.com), the newly finished Ticked.me (www.ticked.me), the soon to be launched Laatie (www.laatie.com), Welated (www.welated.com), and more.

I’m not going to create any more new web tools, instead, I will now focus on growing them. But the whole deal behind developing these tools was, to gain more traction with social media. Because, I have a project that I came up with in 2004, has been under my desk for all this time, but when it is done and launched, it will be bigger than the much-anticipated Google Wave, bigger than YouTube, and bigger than Twitter (yes, I’m not kidding). It’s the next Skype of social media, and Skype currently has over 500 million users worldwide.

It’s the kind of the web tool that will change the way you and your family watch web videos and play music online. And I have a great and talented team of developers in Russia working on this project.

So, be prepared to have more fun and the best experience in social media. Look out for this new platform. It’s going to be the Biggest and the Best Thing in Social Entertainment Media. It will be ready for private beta use by mid 2010.

Now, please go check out my new tool, Ticked.me at http://ticked.me and please let me know what you think about it. And yes, now that you ask, I need funding for this project. So, contact me.

Adam Lambert, the Next American Idol Winner and Best Selling Rocker of His Generation

From the first day Adam Lambert stepped on the stage in the audition room, looking all weird with his colored hair, like a sick, wet bird, I knew there was something real weird about him, but when he opened his mouth and blared out that high pitch note, I instantly knew he was going to sail all the way through.

Most of us have seen his magnificent transformation, from looking like a silly, surly looking, skateboarding homeless kid, to a unique, star in the making. Since Elvis Presley to Freddy Mercury, there has never been any other rocker, who has the charisma, talent, and all the stuff to cement him as the best and genuine male rock singer than Adam Lambert.

Even the American Idol, since its debut in the US, it has never produced anyone, who is as good as Adam Lambert. And, he’s going to be one of the best selling and biggest rockers since the invention of rock music. He’s got everything needed to be a rock star, he’s got the look, attitude, and the best thing about him is that he’s still humble and down to earth.

As the show progressed. I stopped trying to figure out who’s going to be the next American Idol, because my mind has already been set on Adam Lambert. This year, there were lots of contestants, some seemed to have great talent and some are just stagnant frogs made to make Adam Lambert sound even better.

There is no doubt in my mind that Adam Lambert is going to be crowned the next American Idol. And not only that, he’s going to fill concert arenas, and will become the next biggest and best selling artist, and I’d love to record engineering one of his songs.

So, please, just stop the show now, and give Adam Lambert his prize and send him to the studio to record his new single and subsequently, the next best selling CD.

Shatner Not in the New ‘Star Trek’ Movie?

It’s not a Star Trek movie, unless Mr. Shatner is Kirk. Not that I am a big trekkie, but I grew up watching Kirk and the Star Trek TV series, so I’m kind of got stuck with the starship and the original crews.

And, how can it be a true Star Trek resurrection without Kirk? Hmm, so ok, Kirk died at the end of the 1994’s Star Trek: Generations, but in a science fiction movie or TV, no one dies “completely”. There’s always a mishap that makes a comeback for someone.

The new ‘Star Trek’ movie is due for debut in theaters in December 2008, but it’s still not too late to revive Kirk.