PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
ZION
 
Comments: 15
Article views: 535
 
 
Latest Badges:



 
View all ZION's badges.
 

Labour policies in Namibia

20 November 2012, 11:45
LABOUR  POLICIES IN NAMIBIA    This article, although brief  is an indicator to the labour situation in Namibia prior to independence and while Namibia was still a mandated  territory under the administration of South Africa.   

In a situation like this it is expected and mandatory for the mandated territory to be treated and trained in life skills in order to run the country should or when the  country is fit enough to govern itself.   

During the 1960’s there were few institutions for advanced education in Namibia. There was a technical college in Windhoek but it could not supply the required level of education.    

People living and working in SWA were treated as citizens of SWA and not South Africans. ( when I moved to Copperton in 1973 I was signed up immediately as a South African taxpayer)     

The South African government (South African railways) Proceeded to train apprentices of most disciplines en Massa :  From carpentry to mechanics, fitters, boilermakers, builders, electrical and a host of other occupations.  Training centres were well equipped and of the best quality. Training is expensive and the South African government had to foot the bill for costs and salaries. Due to the non-existence of  Technical colleges the apprentices were sent to the RSA, mostly Germiston for further and advanced education.  Full boarding and lodging plus salaries were paid.     

The South African government also introduced Apartheid into the country. During earlier years SWA citizens lived under the shadow of apartheid but it never really gained momentum as it did in south Africa. There were locations (terrible word) hostels for the unattached males and separate amenities which was ignored anyway.  The biggest perceived threat to the tranquil lives of the citizenry was the Rooi Gevaar which broadcast and advertised daily by the Nats. During the 1960’s, when a Russian Factory ship docked in Walvis Bay the children were collected and bustled into the house because the Reds had come to fetch them.    The standard of instruction by the mentors and supervisors was at the highest level. Apprentices emerging from the training centres in Windhoek  had  of the highest pass ratings, technical and theoretical in South Africa.

South African results were generally included.  The high standard was recognised throughout the country, SWA and South Africa, and those artisans usually found themselves in the best jobs.  Throughout their careers most apprentices completed their military training.     During my training period there were no black apprentices that I am aware of but that was due to government policy: that was the law and as such it was obeyed.What I am aware of is that senior military officers and mechanical engineers were teaching black children in the war torn northern part of South West Africa.    

It should be borne in mind, too, that The railway system in SWA was part of the greater SAR but operated independently of  it to a large extent.REFER  TO  NAMIBIA  GOOGLE

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
15 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Victor
Is there an afterlife?

It is indeed a very intriguing question because every single one of us will die. While none of us has any choose in being born and in dying we would like to know: what, if anything, awaits us and our loved ones afterwards.  Read more...

119 comments 1665 views
Submitted by
Neil Ross
Let the Van Riebeeck statue stay ...

You all know the statue of old Jan van Riebeeck? The one everybody wants to pull down? He’s the same Jan van Riebeeck whose face used to grace our old South African bank notes. Read more...

7 comments 672 views
Submitted by
Helga Van Niekerk
Tribute to Rudi van Breda

Rudi van Breda lost his life in a savage attack at his home in Stellenbosch on the night of the 26th/27th January 2015. His parents were also killed that night.  Read more...

3 comments 3133 views
Submitted by
Sifiso Simelane
The social work “Indaba” is an in...

The Current Social Work Indaba that is taking place in Durban is nothing but another platform to rhetoric about the importance of social workers. Read more...

6 comments 469 views
Submitted by
Mq Moyo
True Day of Worship

There was a lot of debate regarding the True Church article I wrote yesterday, with many saying there is not True Church but every Church that worships Jesus is a true Church.  Read more...

42 comments 444 views
Submitted by
Miss-Chief
Thank you ANC

Our Esteemed Governments bold plan to once again Unite our nation 20 years on Under one common Goal (as Sport is sadly not able to do so, not from the lack of trying) is masterful.  Read more...

6 comments 517 views
 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2015 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.