German-speaking Namibians want to be heard

A forum launched last month will seek to promote peaceful integration for the benefit of the country.

11 May 2021 | Cultural

STAFF REPORTER

WINDHOEK

German-speaking Namibians recently launched a platform called the Forum of German-Speaking Namibians (FDN) which aims to give a voice to the multi-ethnic community.

Through the forum, launched last month, the members will seek to promote peaceful integration.

“The aim is thus to become an integral part of the Namibian society for the benefit of the country and its inhabitants. By means of meetings, communication, exchange and dialogue, the forum will pursue reciprocal understanding and promote national integration and peaceful living together in harmony in [the] Namibian society,” explained the forum’s chairman, Harald Hecht, in a media release issued yesterday.

Hecht said the management committee of the forum is grateful for the clear mandate that was received.

“Its first meeting was held on Sunday, 25 April, allocating duties and determining the next and most important steps to be taken,” he said.

“These are, inter alia, to motivate younger members to join the forum, the extension of the forum to other parts of Namibia as well as the regular and steady exchange of information and contact with our membership base.”

Making a difference

According to Hecht, the forum will engage in matters of national importance in the areas of politics, the economy, legal matters, culture, education and generally matters affecting society as a whole.

“In this spirit and based on the expectation that an improvement of economic activity is imminent, the committee appeals to the Namibian business community to join the ‘Create a job and make a difference’ campaign, thereby accelerating the expected upturn in our economy,” he said.

Other members of the management committee include former parliamentarian Anton von Wietersheim and his wife Monika, Raimar von Hase, Benita Herma, Carola von Blattnitz and former Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) youth leader Monica Nambelela.

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