Transnational Corporations and the Republic of South Africa as Partners in the Exploitation of the People and Economy of Namibia
by Wilfred W. Asombang, United Nations Institute for Namibia
New York, New York, United States
November 29 - December 2, 1982
American Committee on Africa
This paper presented at the International Seminar on The Role of Transnational Corporations in Namibia includes information about Anglo American Corporation, De Beers Consolidated Mines, Gold Fields of South Africa Ltd., General Mining and Finance Corporation Ltd., Johannesburg Consolidated Investments, Rio Tinto-Zinc, Palabora Holdings Ltd., Newmont Mining, Amax, O’okiep Copper Co. Ltd., and Consolidated Gold Fields Ltd. The paper discusses the three largest mines in Namibia CDM (Consolidated Diamond Mines), Tsumeb and Rossing. • Introduction • Country Background • (a) Geography • (b) A Brief Political Economic History: Genesis of Transnational Corporations in Namibia • A Profile of the Namibian Economy • Table 1: Contribution of Economic Sectors to GDP of Namibia in R’000 For Selected Years at Current Prices • Map 1: Profile of the Namibian Economy • Synopsis of Some Significant Pre-Independence TNC-Related Studies in Namibia • Overview of Transnational Corporations in Namibia • Figure 1: The profitability of colonialism: investment, output and profits per black worker in mining, fishing and farming, 1977 • Figure 2: The foreign stranglehold on Namibia’s productive resources: nationality of ownership of means of production in the three main extractive industries, 1978 • Figure 3: Who profits from imperialism: breakdown of foreign remittances, 1977 • Figure 4: The imperialist levy on Namibia workers: the foreign appropriation of GDP, 1920-77 • Figure 5: Interlocking interests of South African mining companies • Figure 6: Examples of TNC interlocking relationships outside Namibia • Transnational Corporations in the Mining Sector • Map 2: Geological map • Transnational Corporations in Agriculture • Transnational Corporations in the Tertiary Sector • South Africa’s Direct Economic Interests in Namibia • Transnational Corporations and the Labour System in Namibia • Possibilities of Rapprochement Between the Transnational Corporations and the Government of Independent Namibia
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