Pinnacle Business Management

(ISSN: 2360-946X)

January 2016, Vol. 4 (1).

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Research Article

 

Land Tax Reform In Namibia: A Resource or A Problem?.

Dr. Vincent Ntema Sazita

Department Of Human Capital,
The International University of Management (IUM),
Namibia.

Accepted 11 December, 2015; Available Online 20 January, 2016.

Abstract:

This paper covers the land tax reforms and pricing of land that have implications involved in acquiring for accommodation purposes. Suffice to say, land reforms have implications on the livelihoods of a specific community depending on the age of development. In Namibia, like any other countries of Africa that share the same problems in terms of land tax reforms, pricing of land has skyrocketed and have attracted debates from the youth to the old guards of the echelons of government. It is therefore safe to say that there are major constraints in terms of colloquial development that looks to the past, the present and the future when it comes to land matters. The situation is very excruciating as it sees the farmers of the country bowing down in their need for farming as a result of not realizing their developmental targets through owning land for such purposes. The implications are so severe such that this paper has made some research works from the Japanese land tenure systems and contrasted these matters with the Namibian systems of land taxation.
In Namibia, subsistence farming is the key to rural livelihoods and in the absence of communal and state land, the majority of the people will continue to languish in poverty.
Comparisons with the western styles of life in Africa staggers to visible extents and to immediately conclude that land reforms would address the plight of the majority of the people living in destitution and poverty would therefore cascade to a longer stride which the countries of Africa should consider. It is not easy to develop everyone else in a short timeline, but there needs some more time to realize the goals, targets and objectives of poverty.
The land prices in cities and towns continue to escalate and it is not easy for the common people and lowly-ranked people to make ends meet in terms of affording purchasing land and houses. Flats and sectional titles also do not provide for security of tenure because of the legalities involving them.

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