Allies in Apartheid: Western Capitalism in Occupied Namibia by Allan D. Cooper

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Namibia - with its wealth of mineral deposits (notably uranium, diamonds and copper), its lucrative agricultural sector (karakul sheep and cattle in particular) and its Atlantic fishing industry - has an economy which is very attractive to foreign investment. This, coupled with a system of exploitation of plentiful 39 40 Canadian Transnational Corporations in Namibia supply of black workers at a low price, makes it impossible to accept the argument put forth by many corporations and governments that foreign investment in Namibia is an agent for liberal reform in the structure of apartheid.

32 Facing this situation, the German government by the end of the 1880s decided to increase its colonial engagement in Namibia and, finally in 1890, formally took over the colonial administration with full responsibility for and control over the further development of the territory. The official German administration established itself in 1893. Only from that time on did a colonial power structure and administrative apparatus come into being, which in its aims and effects was soon to threaten the existence of certain Namibian groups.

While the original concept of Leutwein had been aimed at the establishment of a state apparatus, consistent with European models, in which the Africans should have the opportunities to adapt to the emerging new structures and social relations, the colonial administrative body gradually extended more and more unconditional support to the violent means of oppression and expropriation as practiced by the settlers in pursuit of their own economic interests. 41 In spite of these rigid tendencies during this phase of settlement and its consequences for economic penetration, the Herero had remained the strongest economic group during the first half of the 1890s.

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