Courage breaks barriers

By Sibangani Dube
October 2012
Editors Note
The yesteryear warriors had a certain level of courage and determination one cannot withstand admiring.

Armed with an assegai or spear and a shield, falling on basic military training and limited intelligence compared to what we have today, they took on their adversaries head on.

Battles were won and lost, but the truth is that distinguished heroes and heroines emerged. We learn about them today.

At the height of Chaka’s rule, soldiers were not allowed to wear sandals. According to him, sandals stifled mobility while wounds on a soldier’s back were punishable by death since they were associated with cowardice. There was a belief that they were probably earned in an attempt to flee from the battle front. No matter how hot or fearsome the battle was, you just had to charge forward and prove your mettle. Remember there were no bunkers.

A distinguished warrior is the one who had wounds in the front part of his body. The number of spears a warrior collected from their defeated foes earned them top honours in the military structures. In those days, Chaka himself led from the front - an attribute many of us should embrace.

We live in turbulent times, punctuated by a high degree of uncertainty thus calling for a new crop of men and women who can take up positions at the battle front and conquer the myriad challenges and break through all the barriers for the betterment of our people.

We have a lot to learn from our forerunners in helping us to champion the present day challenges in a sustainable manner.

The American presidential race presents lessons that we should learn and apply in Africa and on the home soil. Just looking at the way Barrack Obama and Romney are presenting themselves to the electorate makes one wish this should be the way to go for anyone setting their eyes on the top job in the country.

African presidential aspirants should learn this lesson and take to heart that sooner the political shield will be taken off compelling them to argue their cases in the public domain.

The turn of events in the corporate world is changing. The other day, I was going over an advert, which for the first time, among others requires the potential CEO to have a deep knowledge of NDP4 and Vision 2030. This sends a loud and clear message that whatever we do in the private and public sector should be aligned with these important national documents as a point of reference and departure.

Recenlty I read an article about tertiary institutions embracing NDP4. This is a positive move indeed. To this I must add that the development of degree programmes such as local government management will be the right way in the face of the decentralisation process.

In fact, this should have been done yesterday. Local government is an important ministry making national programmes visible. Unam and the Polytechnic of Namibia should work towards ensuring that people who will be managing our local authorities are fully equipped and charged for that purpose.

In this edition, we are privileged to have Dr Elia George Kaiyamo, the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration whose love for education - something he rubbed off onto his own children - should be an inspiration not only to the youth but to the adults as well.

I cannot emphasise the value and power of education and what it does. As he rightly points out in the interview, it is only through education that one can make a valuable contribution to society.

Given his multiple roles - all back breaking and demanding, he has earned the highest qualification at an age when most people think of retiring.

We join him in celebrating this milestone achievement!!!

Happy reading until next time PF