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KOLMANSKOP, Namibia – Echoes of Namibia’s pro-Western colonial past still ring loudly here as the de facto Marxist realignment of this nation, as well as the entire region, threatens control of the world’s strategic mineral treasure chest.
This once thriving mining town is now a ghost town, and nearby, the Commonwealth War memorial graves serve as a reminder of Nambia’s Western heritage.
The ghost town of Kolmanskop, Namibia.
Issues like diamond mining, land confiscation and redistribution, water, and the direct link between the Namibian currency and the South African rand contribute to the popular political dialogue on talk radio. This wildly and ruggedly beautiful nation has truly entered a new age – one dominated by Moscow and Beijing. Its current political dynamic is fluid and ever-changing, with communist China and its Southern African allies vying for influence against Germany and the West.
Namibia’s population stands at 1.7 million, with only 350,000 whites. What prevents more European immigration? A lack of water, say Namibians of all colors.
While trade and investment are the keys to Namibia’s future, its present battles with Marxism may interfere with that development. Germany is heavily involved in Namibia, mainly for its historic ties. In general, it could be said that Western influence is almost dead inside the nation. However, there is a general belief in the European population in Namibia in the prophecies of South African Seer Van Rensberg, who over 100 years ago predicted that a coming great war in Europe would lead millions of Germans to repopulate Namibia.
How did the Afrikaners come to lose control of Namibia? The answers are as diverse as the people who inhabit the region.
Nikki Van Totten, a South African who grew up in Namibia, told WorldNetDaily that “there was a lot of wealth in Southwest Africa, and the whites became quite decadent. It was a kind of ‘white mischief’ type of mentality.”
The Afrikaner hegemony over Namibia was also thrown back by drought, the war in Angola, SWAPO terrorism and a lack of water to support a growing population.
Not long ago, Namibia was an anti-communist nation run by the Afrikaner-led government of South Africa. Until 1990, the nation was known as Southwest Africa, and the sands of the Kalahari stood as a barrier to the Cuban and Soviet bloc troops seeking to invade South Africa via Angola.
Namibia was “discovered” by the Europeans in 1487 by Bartolomeu Dias, who made it as far south as Luderitz. Jacobus Coetzee, a Dutch hunter, was the first white man to enter Namibia from the south, crossing South Africa’s Orange River in the process. By 1878, the Dutch took control of Walvis Bay, fearing annexation by American and British whalers. By 1844, the German Rhenish Missionary Society had set up an infrastructure in Namibia, which was the genesis of its rise as a German colony. This later was set in stone when Adolf Luderitz purchased large tracts of land in 1883.
Soon after, Otto von Bismarck put Namibia under German protection. Between 1885-1890, only three German officials administered the territory. Transnational giant DeBeers first scoffed at the idea that the southwest area of Namibia was rich in diamonds, but in the years prior to World War I, the diamond region was called “sperrgebeit” or “forbidden” by the German colonial administrators, who knew exactly how valuable the area was. At the outset of World War I, South African generals Jan Smuts and Louis Botha invaded Namibia from the south and captured it from the Germans. After World War I, at the Treaty of Versailles, Germany was forced to give up all its foreign colonies, and Namibia was turned over to the Union of South Africa. After the establishment of South Africa in 1948, the Afrikaner government took control of the nation and called it Southwest Africa.
The United Nations tried to install the Marxist group SWAPO to power in the ensuing decades. During the second term of the Reagan administration, South African Foreign Minister Pik Botha began orchestrating independence for Namibia. This led to great resentment in the South African military, which had been fighting a full-scale border war with the Soviet Union and Cuba on the northern Namibian border. In 1990, the Afrikaners pulled out their troops and surrendered Namibia to Marxism under SWAPO, which had been armed and trained by communist China.
A Namibian oryx
Namibia is a nation rich in diamonds, uranium, copper and lead. These days, increased tourism is helping to boost the economy. There is a sense of hope on the part of European businessmen in Namibia while local born and bred whites speak of the government in hushed tones, revealing their fear and dread for the future.
Recently, Namibia’s black communal farmers pressed the government to step up “land reform” in the nation while hinting at Zimbabwean style land invasions if their demands were not met.
“The Namibian government has the first right to buy any white farm that is up for sale,” one white farmer told WorldNetDaily. He asked that his name not be used.
This is known as the “willing seller-willing buyer policy.”
“The Namib Rand Nature Reserve is the largest privately owned game reserve in southern Africa, and it is controlled totally by five white land owners,” explained the white farmer, “so it is obvious that the Namibian government is not totally against white land ownership at present. But that might well change in the future.
“When Mugabe was re-elected recently, the official Namibian government response was ‘Congrats, Comrade Mugabe.’ Make no mistake, SWAPO, Mugabe and the ANC are all hard-core Marxists in league with Russian and Chinese communists.”
The Namibian National Farmers Union leader Pintile Davids recently addressed the Namibian government on its land policy: “Comrade president, we must shift gears now for the better; we need to take the bull by its horns. We need your direct intervention now.”
Speaking to the white farmers in a veiled threat, Davids said, “We would like to extend a word of caution to our countrymen. Do not push us too far. … We are capable of doing anything.”
Since 1990, about 35,000 Namibians have been resettled on commercial farmland. Another 243,000 await land, though few of those waiting have the necessary skills and experience to run a farm successfully. The SWAPO government claims that 30 million hectares of land are owned by whites in Namibia, while only 2 million hectares are owned by blacks.
Enter the Dragon
Land reform is but one issue confronting modern-day Namibia. China is also on the agenda.
Namibia is home to strategic Walvis Bay, a deep-water port that is the gateway, along with the Cape of Good Hope, into Southern Africa. China’s state-owned shipping giant Cosco has been making inroads into the region. Cosco operates as Cosren in the region, under a different label. Denmark is also involved in Walvis Bay, and its new conservative government recently brought to power in Copenhagen is expected to continue Danish support for LA 21, the name of the project aimed at developing the environmental management initiatives for Walvis Bay.
Walvis Bay, recently visited by WorldNetDaily, is completely locked down and features high-level security. Visitors must provide their passport details. The security at Walvis Bay is so great that not one single case of pilferage of cargo has been reported in the past five years, say authorities who run the port.
The Chinese satellite tracking station.
China has set up a high-tech satellite tracking facility north of Swakopmund. In October of 2000, China revealed that the Namibian facility would track its unmanned space vehicle, the Shenzhou, or “magic vessel.” The facility in Southwest Africa rests alongside some of the world’s most impressive sand dunes, which are constantly shifted by the winds heading off the nearby surf of the Atlantic Ocean. The facility was constructed at the exact point on the globe where Shenzhou would begin re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere. Shenzhou III landed safely in Inner Mongolia on Monday.
According to British intelligence sources WND interviewed, the Swakopmund facility has “dual-use” technology containing both “civilian and military applications.”
China and Namibia established formal ties in November of 1990. Those ties accelerated dramatically when South Africa surrendered Walvis Bay formally in 1994. Windhoek and Shanghai are now “sister cities” and have been since 1995. Namibian television has been broadcasting China’s official English-language programming since 1998.
According to one official in the Walvis Bay planning office, “China is heavily involved in Namibia. You can see Chinese shops and workers everywhere.”
The official told WorldNetDaily, “China has long ties to the SWAPO government and right now is cashing in its chips. After all, China armed and trained the SWAPO communists, and Beijing feels that Namibia and Nujoma owes them.
“We had the richest shipping magnate in all of China come to meet with the Walvis Bay Planning Commission. I met him and his translators personally,” the official said.
“My impression is that the Chinese and their construction equipment are too big for most of the projects we have going on around here. They are more suited for larger projects.”
The world’s highest sand dunes near Sossusvlei, Namibia.
Pieter Van Goober, a white Namibian who runs a tourist lodge in Sossusvlei and who fought in the South African Defense Force against the communists during the border war, says he sees China and Russia expanding their influence in his country.
“The Russians have spoken openly about expanding tourism in Nambia. How many Russians can afford to fly here on holiday?” he asked.
“And the Chinese, their state-run construction contractors get preferential treatment from the SWAPO-Namibian government during bidding for construction contracts.”
In February 1999, Chinese President Jiang hosted a meeting in Beijing with Namibia’s President Nujoma, telling the international media: “China’s friendship with Namibia is profound and has a solid foundation. It has been baptized in the common struggle against colonialism and has withstood the test of international changes.”
Nujoma, along with the ANC, have recognized communist China’s right to rule over Taiwan.
Said Jiang, “Namibia is rich in resources. So there is great potential for mutually beneficial cooperation between China and Namibia. China is encouraging its enterprises to promote the cooperation with Namibia in various forms and explore cooperative spheres and ways suitable to the national situation and economic strength of both countries so as to make bilateral cooperation more diverse and cater to the common development.”
Nujoma countered that “[for] Namibia’s struggle for independence and national liberation and in its economic construction afterwards, the Chinese government and people have rendered valuable support and aid, something for which Namibia will continue the friendship and cooperative ties with China.”
Namibia’s president added that the “interference of Western countries has further complicated the situation in Africa, which is a continent beset by difficulties, continuous conflicts and civil wars. As hegemony continues, the industrialized countries sabotage the unity and cooperation among developing countries. African nationals and the Organization of African Unity are making an attempt to oppose foreign interference and put an end to regional conflicts and civil wars, and anticipate a U.N. role as well as China’s support.”
Namibia and its neighbors
In February, Angola’s anti-globalist UNITA leader Jonas Savimbi was assassinated, along with his top general, opening the way for the Marxist MPLA in northern Angola to take de facto control of southern Angola. Savimbi was assassinated only one week after Namibia’s Nujoma traveled to Angola to meet with MPLA leader Eduardo dos Santos. Also at this time, top Marxist leaders in southern Africa had traveled to Washington, D.C., for talks.
Over 500,000 died in the war in Angola between the MPLA and UNITA. In recent years, Tony Blair’s Labor government offered Savimbi asylum in the UK, freedom from prosecution and the chance to keep his personal wealth. Savimbi refused and fought on to the bitter end. This week, UNITA rebels signed a formal cease-fire with the Angola army, ending, at least for now, the long-running war.
Zimbabwe’s Marxist dictator Rubert Mugabe has stationed troops in northeast Nambia to attack UNITA. His recent re-election and terrorism against white farmers in the former Rhodesia has white Namibians understandably on edge.
Rennie Beck, a vet in Swakopmund, told WorldNetDaily, “Mugabe’s victory is bad news for all freedom-loving Nambians. Mugabe’s murder and anti-democratic policies spit in the face of the so-called democratic nations in the West and show other totalitarian-minded black rulers in Angola, South Africa and elsewhere in Southern Africa just how far they can go in exterminating the white population and confiscating their wealth.
“As you well know, Nambia’s leaders and the ANC elite in South Africa all got their schooling in Marxist-Leninist nations like Russia and China.”
On March 19, the ANC blasted the Blair government for “meddling” in Zimbabwe by criticizing Mugabe’s violent policies. The next day, the UK responded by threatening to sanction Zimbabwe from the British Commonwealth and derail ANC leader and South African President Thabo Mbeki’s initiatives concerning a united Southern African economic bloc. That same day, Mbeki backed down and backed the UK’s call for Zimbabwe’s expulsion from the British Commonwealth.
As for Namibia’s future, Adrian Brock, a Namibian farmer of German heritage, said that he is “hopeful that Seer Van Rensberg’s prophecies will be proven true.”
Continued Brock, “There are few whites left in Namibia and fewer anti-communists. China is gaining control of all the vital sea lanes in the world, like the Panama Canal and now a toehold in Walvis Bay. The West has betrayed the old order in Africa, and that will be proven quite soon to be a mistake. But when the West finally wakes up and shakes off its pro-Chinese leadership, well, that will be something to see.”