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INTERVIEW: Business and Economics Researcher Josef K. Sheehama on Investor Sentiment

todayJune 3, 2024 6

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In a recent discussion, business and economics researcher Josef K. Sheehama delved into the complex dynamics of investor sentiment, particularly in the context of foreign investment in Namibia. The interview, held late on Sunday evening, highlighted the nuanced perspectives of investors as they navigate the uncertain political and economic landscape.

Investor Hesitancy in Uncertain Times

Sheehama pointed out that foreign investors are currently adopting a “wait and see” approach. This hesitancy stems from a desire to observe the policy roadmap before committing capital. Investors seek stability and attractive returns, and any political or economic turbulence can dampen their enthusiasm. The cautious stance of investors is a reflection of their need for assurance that their investments will be secure and profitable.

The Namibia-South Africa Economic Nexus

A significant portion of Sheehama’s analysis focused on the intertwined economies of Namibia and South Africa. The Namibian dollar’s one-to-one peg to the South African rand means that economic developments in South Africa have direct repercussions for Namibia. As Sheehama noted, “What is good for Namibia is good for South Africa. What is bad for South Africa is bad for Namibia.” This close relationship necessitates careful consideration of South African political and economic events by Namibian leaders and investors alike.

Political Stability as a Prerequisite for Investment

The political climate in South Africa has a profound impact on investor sentiment. Sheehama expressed concern over the political uncertainties and election-related disputes in South Africa. He emphasized the importance of a mature democracy where political parties accept election outcomes without resorting to legal battles. “We want to see a mature democracy in South Africa. We want to see that South Africa leads by example,” Sheehama asserted.

The interview highlighted the ripple effects of South Africa’s political instability on Namibia, given their economic interdependence. Sheehama stressed that Namibia could face significant economic risks if South Africa experiences political turmoil or adverse economic developments.

Looking Ahead: Optimism Amid Challenges

Despite the challenges, Sheehama remains cautiously optimistic. He believes that with the right leadership and a focus on democratic principles, South Africa can stabilize, thereby boosting investor confidence. He urged the business community and investors to form a better sentiment and expressed hope that political parties in South Africa would embrace democratic values fully.

Sheehama also underscored the broader impact of these dynamics on the average Namibian citizen. Economic fluctuations and investment hesitancy can affect ordinary people, highlighting the need for comprehensive solutions that address both macroeconomic and grassroots concerns.


Josef K. Sheehama’s insights offer a valuable perspective on the intricate relationship between political stability and investor sentiment. His call for a stable and mature democracy in South Africa resonates strongly, given the economic ties between the two nations. As investors continue to monitor the political and economic landscape, the hope is that a stable South Africa will pave the way for increased foreign investment in Namibia, ultimately benefiting both countries.

For more insights from Josef K. Sheehama on business and economics, stay tuned to our website.

Written by: Leonard Witbeen

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