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.

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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.

Forgive but Never Forget – Cassinga May 4, 1978

It was a horrific massacre; more than 600 of innocent Namibian men, women, and children were brutally killed by the South African Apartheid government on May 4, 1978 in Cassinga, Angola. They were massacred not because of any wrong doing but because of their audacity of apartheid, racism, and discrimination intolerance in Namibia.

It was in the morning hours when innocent men, women and children were in the Cassinga camp inside Angola, a place of refugee that they called their home away from Namibia due to severe racial discrimination in Namibia by the South African Administration which only ended on March 21, 1990.

On that day, more than 600 men, women and children were busy with their daily chores and school activities as usual, but then they heard a sound of airplanes, that they all ran outside to glare at the sky thinking and hoping that the planes were coming to deliver bags of food (as usual); they then stood glaring and staring at the morning blue sky as they watched tiny dark objects falling from the planes towards them, but unfortuneately, they were no bags of food but bombs and more bombs delivering an unsuspected and horrific death.

When the tiny dark objects hit and blasted below their feet, they had no were to run and hide but watched as the hatred blaze of fire and bullets hitting and combing through every place of the whole Cassinga camp area, delivering harsh, brutal and hatred death in an instant of a moment.

More than 600 innocent people; women, children, and men died on that day, specifically for me, so that today I’m free to walk at anytime, anywhere in Namibia without being discriminated against because of the color of my skin, race, national origin or political party affiliation. That today, my children and future grandchildren will be able to attend any school of their own choice in Namibia without being subjected to harsh discrimination because of the color of their skin, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or creed.

Those men, women and children, who died on that day, contributed immensely to the independence of Namibia but without ever tasting the fruits of their labor that Namibians are indiscriminately and lavishly enjoying today. Their blood that shed on that day, have brought me my personal liberty and freedom that enable me to travel in and out of Namibia without being subjected to harassment and severe punishment simply because I am black.

Today, I gladly honor and celebrate this day in sadness that, being black in Namibia, that I now have a voice; my civil and human rights to air and voice my personal views without being subjected to censorship and harassment. Today, I am who I am because those men, women and children who died on May 4, 1978 in that horrific and brutal hatred death of an unsuspected instant, just because of their race, skin color, and political belief; today I am doing what I love doing, and it’s because of them; those heroes and heroines, who died on that day in Cassinga and those who survived to witness and tell their stories today.

On that day, it could have been my brother, Daniel Jacob Kapenda, who as a SWAPO Plan fighter died in Katima for the love of Namibia.

May 4, 1978 is the day that should never be forgotten by any Namibian and friends of Namibia, regardless of his or her political party affiliation, religion, race, creed, color of skin, sexual orientation, or gender.

That day, May 4, 1978, is the day that will forever live in infamy. Yes, forgive but never forget!

The only absence of war is peace; let peace prevails!

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.

The Power of My Own Words and the Burning Passion Within Me

Since I was about 14 years old, I would say to myself what I wanna do and then I would just do it. No one makes me and no one stops me from doing what I want in my life. That’s why I’ve ended up where I’ve been to do what I have done. I simply say what I want, pray about it and then do it, of course with the help of some great friends and people in my life. There’s no limit for me, no boundaries; it’s just me, I am my own limitation.

If I want to do something in my life, and I hit the wall, I try to find a way on how to do it, but even better. But if there’s no way, then I make my own way through the walls, steep mountains or deepest valleys, if I have to. This has always been my philosophy and it has always worked for me.

I don’t have to have come from a well-to-do family; I don’t have to have well-known or rich family members to help me realize my dream, when coming to me, my life, and my family; it’s all about me and a few of those who care about me. Any success or failure that I realize, it’s because of my own hard or less work; my own merit, and the power of networking, connecting with the right people in order to help me achieve what I have set out to do.

For me, nothing is impossible. If I have to go to the farthest place on earth, thousands of miles away from home and everything that i know and love, then I will just do it, so I can make my wish come true.

I have no borders, no limits, and no fear. I say it, and then I do it.

Sometimes it may take me years, but one thing about me, I never quit, I don’t give up no matter how the situation might be. I just keep on pushing until I get it done; just the way or better than I expectedly wanted it.

It’s my passion, it’s my tenacious spirit. And the more someone says; “Simon, you can’t do it”, then the more I would do everything possible, just to prove that someone wrong.

It’s the fire in me, it’s the burning flame of desires and wanting to be more than just me, it’s the wish to leave a legacy and a platform on which my children and family would be proud of me.

So, never tell me that I can’t do it, because you’ll just help fuel my burning passion and desires to prove you wrong.

Flood in Northern Namibia Causing Severe Hunger By 2013?

We as humans, are only 4% different from Chimpanzees. Part of what separates us from the Chimps is our bigger brains. In our Genomes, we are 96% similar to Chimps, however, we can think and do things unlike the Chimps. In that case, every problem, no matter how big it is, there’s a solution for it. Unless if we simply stop thinking and being creative and become like Chimps.

For me, as a world-class academia; being a PhD student in a social science field, I will use my thinking and creative ability, as complemented by my friends and partners around the world to implement our biggest solution for the biggest socioeconomic problems that are currently ravaging Namibia.

Some of these are; high rate of unemployment, big gap of unequal wealth (income) distribution, unskilled workforce, poor healthcare system, and more.

And the flood in the North, which has been ravaging the Northern area for the past 4-5 years, is just making things worse. Possibly within the next 2-3 years, it could cause Namibia to face an extreme hunger and severe starvation for the Northern regions.

This is due to the fact that; the people in the North, who literary depend on their field crops and harvests for survival, they generally eat what I may refer to as; LIFO (“last in, first out”), this is an accounting term; meaning that for example this year, they are living off of what they had produced in 2009, whereas for the 2010 produce is still in their storage facilities, and they will live off of that in 2011.

Because for the year 2011, the flood has damaged most, if not all of their crops, then in 2013 they will not have anything to eat, hence the hunger and starvation will strike the Northern part of Namibia.

And if you look at the current rate of unemployment, most of the unskilled adult youths in the North have flocked to city centers in search of work, but there’s none. And for those who have jobs, they earn little salary and meager wages, not enough to sustain themselves and maintain their families who have been ravaged by the flood.

This is a bigger problem that needs a bigger solution, and that’s the Groot Town Center ecosystem.

Again, we are humans, not Chimps. We can think, we can do stuff and achieve bigger things, we have the ability to make things happen, we can make “Big Dreams” come true if we put our thinking ability to good and creative use, unlike our closes cousins, the Chimps. Unless if we simply stop thinking up to the level of our noses.

Today, with money, you can have the world’s best engineers with the world’s best technology to make the biggest things happen, fast. Nothing is impossible.

Wait for my complete analytical research article based on my last week trip to the North-flooded area.

My Personal Predictive Linear Modeling Formula for Success

The following is my most effective linear predictive modeling formula that defines me. I created this equation to help guide me to achieve my objectives and realize my dreams.

hi = β1ti + β2ti2 + . . . + β3ti3 + (β1t2pi – β2t3ni) + Ei
[Limitless Possibilities = Productivity + Determination + Resilience + Risk Tolerance + (Persistence – Procrastination) + Other Factors]

If you try to follow and assimilate it, you may as well experience some form of unique success in your personal endeavor as much as it is doing for me. I’m working on my personal autobiography in which I will be able to detail explain each one of the variables depicted in this equation.

Look for my autobiography in the late part of 2012.