NAMIB GRAND Trailer
As cities expand and the human population grows, the urban world continues to encroach on what little, untouched nature remains. NAMIB GRAND highlights the raw, natural beauty of the Namibian landscape. Shot primarily in time-lapse format, one can appreciate the grandeur of Namibia’s diverse terrain, and the imperceptibility of the night sky. The natural world is the central theme, allowing the viewer to be drawn into the vastness, void of any lights or the human footprint. Over time, our earth’s unadulterated landscape becomes more of an illusion, NAMIB GRAND marvels at what beauty remains.
Color Grade: Simon Allard/Cineground Montreal
Music: Dawn(Idaji) by Babatunde Olatunji
The Namib Grand feature length film will begin production in 2014, with a goal of documenting and preserving on film, Namibia’s untouched natural landscape.
SADC: Rhodes versus Nkrumah?
The 250 million citizens of SADC will pay dearly for the region’s ‘Rhodesian vision’ in which South Africa views neighbours as merely markets and not part of a greater African community, writes *PROFESSOR ROMAN GRYNBERG
SADC, between the Congo and the Cape, has all the resources - water, land, minerals, energy and an incredibly resourceful population - to create prosperity for all its citizens no less than that of the rich Organiation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries. But instead we have this dismal Rhodesian vision where there will be 14 small SADC markets, none except South Africa having markets large enough to sustain serious industry and all digging holes in the ground to find ever more minerals and energy to help enrich the Europeans and the Chinese. The price of this short-sighted ‘Rhodesian’ vision of Africa is the loss of Nkruma’s vision.
South Africa rising? Hope in the townships
In a sense, you can see all of South Africa from the unfinished concrete roof of Morris Modipa’s bar on Avenue 15 in Johannesburg’s Alexandra Township.
What conclusions you draw from the view rather depends on your attitude towards the continent’s biggest economy, and its uncertain future.
Additionally, the GCIM’s research paper reveals that many adults in SADC countries have either parents or grandparents who have worked in South Africa in the past. “In every case, nearly a quarter or more people have grandparents who had worked in South Africa…About a quarter of the people in Namibia and Zimbabwe have parents who had worked in South Africa. So did 41% of Batswana, 54% of Mozambicans and 83% of Basotho.” It is this history that compels me to argue that the South African government ought to consider extending the concept of the ZDP to other foreign nationals from the SADC region.
Based on the foregoing, people from the SADC countries have political grounds to apply for South African papers that allow them to work and live in this country. Their fathers and grandfathers, after all, were exploited, like all blacks in this country, by a white supremacist regime in order to build the South African economy. In some cases, their fathers and grandfathers paid the ultimate price, dying from pneumonia and other lung diseases on the South African mines.
Perhaps it is worth noting that many people in the SADC region live in poverty and view South Africa as a place with many economic opportunities. Although South Africa has its own problems and challenges, the truth of the matter is that South Africa is the economic powerhouse in the region (some might argue on the whole continent). In a policy brief written for the Economic Justice Network, Dale McKinley argues that SADC member states have a population of about 250 million people and a combined GDP of some US$432bn - 65 percent of which comes from South Africa alone.
Needless to point out, South Africa became the regional economic powerhouse that it is today partly on the backs of immigrant labourers from the SADC who helped build the country’s economy. Is it unreasonable for people to want to share in the fruits of what they helped create?
The Case for Opening SADC Borders: ‘We live here, we work here, we’re staying here!’ By Mandisi Majavu
Southern Africa seen to overtake Asia as fastest growing region in a couple of years
KUALA LUMPUR: With governments and businesses increasingly interested to discover opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa, the southern part of the continent will likely overtake Asia as the fastest growing region in a couple of years.
With that, sectors closely linked to consumers like financial services, education, retail and healthcare would benefit greatly while mobile telephony would enable southern Africa to leapfrog infrastructure issues, according to Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) country publishing director Robert Ward.
“One of the reasons (southern Africa would grow the fastest) is that China is slowing because its economy is maturing. But Asia is looking good globally and within that, Asean has slightly over 5% growth a year,” he said, adding that Asia remained a booming economy.
New Southern Africa Fundraising Awards - call for entries
Now for the first time, individuals who’ve developed innovative, creative and successful ways of raising funds and mobilising resources for a non-profit organisation in Southern Africa, will have an opportunity to be recognised for their achievements by entering the inaugural Southern Africa Fundraising Awards (SAFA).
Organised by the Southern Africa Institute of Fundraising (SAIF) and endorsed and supported by the Resource Alliance (UK), the Southern Africa Fundraising Awards will celebrate fundraising excellence in Southern Africa, whilst setting aspirational standards and championing best practice amongst fundraisers in the region.
Entries for the five award categories - Big Idea, Small Budget; Innovative Fundraising Campaign; Social Enterprise of the Year; Southern Africa Fundraiser of the Year; and Outstanding Volunteer - are open until 31 May 2013 for any individual or organisation within Southern Africa (i.e. South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho).