By Udo Froese (opinion)
The extension of human settlement into Namibia and the rest of Africa and with it the ever present so-called civil, tribal and rebel wars, of structured poverty and plunder of all natural resources have contributed massively to the extinction of animal species, not only in Namibia.
One would only have to read and look at old photographs and drawings in those old colonial history books among others, authored by David Livingstone and Thomas Baines, by missionaries and respected writers of yesteryear, to see how the abundance of game on this continent was decimated and wiped off the continent's face.
Similar to North America, family members of royal households from Europe ventured into Africa and cleaned out whole herds of wild game. It was the game of the bluebloods ... old chap, with your whisky, or gin and tonic in one hand and a rifle in the other with a mouthful of tall hunting stories and meat at the fireside - this soon had become the privilege and joy of the European settlers in foreign Africa.
In the case of Namibia, two incidents come to this writer's mind. My late father, who was born in Omaruru in 1915, told us at one of his favoured braais at home in Windhoek over a few beers and whiskies that he had witnessed in the 1920s how the South Africans flew in with their small fighter airplanes with a machine-gun mounted in the front of it. At that time the Union of South Africa had been handed Namibia as a C Mandate, as Germany had lost World War 1 and therefore, its colonies in Africa.
Those South African fighter airplanes did not fly over Namibia in the 1920s to protect the territory, but to hunt. Huge herds of springbok, kudu, gemsbok (antelope) and eland were machine-gunned by the thousands. More....