Have we exhausted all options?

By Sibangani Dube
September 2013
Editors Note



Ihave just completed reading a very interesting book: ‘21 Yaks and a Speedo’by Lewis Pugh. I am still kicking myself for having missed a rare opportunity to meet this larger-than-life personality. What amazes me about this man is, he has incredibly shown the power of a dream and drive.


He has swam in the Arctic, Atlantic, Indian, Pacific and Southern oceans, not to mention the internal waters.


Imagine taking a plunge in waters as low as 1.4 degree Celsius! How fatally dangerous could that be for the best of us? But he has been there and done that and today, he is a renowned international speaker and a respected climate change campaigner.


To date, Pugh is very grateful to his friend, David Becker, for advising him to chase his dream or end up living someone else’s. The rest, of course, is history.


As a country, we need men and women who will define and redefine the Namibian business landscape to create new products and services while unlocking employment opportunities. The questions are; do we dream enough? Do we try hard enough? Do we push boundaries enough? Have we exhausted all business opportunities in this country, so far?


The most worthy currency we have, as a country, is the peace, stability and a Government that allows local businesses to develop. One thing I love about business is its multiplicity role that goes beyond a single entity.


In our cover story, we feature Ranga Haikali who is a businessman in his own right. If the companies he is involved in employ more than 30 000, what would our country be like if we had 10 Ranga Haikalis? What difference would these business people make, in terms of economic growth, employment creation and an improved quality of living?


As a Namibian, what and whom are you still waiting for? The longer you wait, someone is likely to snatch that idea you have been toying with all your life. Haven’t you heard some people say, “That was my idea! I thought about it!” But what did you do about it? You have lost the opportunity to catapult your life to greater heights. More so, you have missed the opportunity to be part of the five percent of the movers and shakers of this world.


As Namibia experiences its worst drought in 30 years, the business front experiences a perennial drought too. As such, we need a heavy downpour of entrepreneurs; both young and old. I dare you to read how global brands started. You would be surprised that even the Adidas we are proud of started from someone’s bedroom; not to mention that Kentucky fried chicken emerged from someone’s kitchen.


As the years surge on, we cannot emphasise enough that you attempt to realise those ideas for the greater good of Namibia; a nation on the rise.


Until next time, enjoy!  PF