To BEE or not to BEE
By The Author [When My Mind is Liberated]
Of late a law is being put through the final drafting stages before it could be sent to parliament for the approval of our clowns-like lawmakers.
This new law is known as NEEEF (New Equitable Economic Empowerment Framework). The purpose of the NEEEF is to transform the Namibian economy (which has not seen transformation since the 1980s.)
This NEEEF, or NEEEB (New or National Equitable Economic Empowerment Bill) which will then become NEEEA (New Equitable Economic Empowerment Act) once it’s passed by parliament and signed by the president, has another name.
And this is the most common name; the street name. It’s BEE (Black Economic Empowerment).
Everyone knows that the Namibian economy is 90% owned by White Namibians and foreign nationals, although Black people make up 90% of the population.
This is the result of Apartheid.
And this BEE law is designed to change that situation. One can even say that BEE is the new Apartheid – Black Apartheid. White Apartheid produced an economy owned by White people. Black Apartheid will do the opposite. Right?
Black Apartheid is likely to produce an economy owned by politicians and their daughters. You know mos the thing about Black politicians; they think first about their children before they think of anyone else.
This is why, is it better to BEE or not to BEE?
If the economy will be transformed to the benefit of the ruling class, then to hell with BEE. That will not be transformation at all. NEEEF man. (NEEEF sounds like an expletive, like an Afrikaans swearword actually.)
BEE for the people, not BEE for the ruling class.
Economic transformation must be one that takes the economic cake and put it in the hands of ordinary people instead of just in the hands of politicians.
I will not support such kind of transformation, just as I cannot support a system that has sustained economic apartheid since 1990.