ISBN 9789991687087
ePub ISBN 9789991642024
Pages 316
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Illustrations B/W Illustrations and Maps
Published 2012
Publisher University of Namibia Press, Namibia
Formats Paperback, eBook

Making a Difference

by Libertina I. Amathila

'Failure is not in my vocabulary' says Libertina Inaaviposa Amathila - medical doctor, leading member of Namibia's liberation movement SWAPO, and Cabinet Minister for 20 years. Insightful, candid and amusing, this book traces Libertina Amathila's journey from a village in western Namibia travelling alone to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in 1962; medical training in Poland, Sweden and London; and the health and education centres in Zambia and Angola that she helped develop and run for Namibians in exile; to a victorious return home in 1989; service in the Cabinet of independent Namibia; and a leading role in the World Health Organisation. Courageous, committed, cutting through difficulties that deterred others, Libertina Amathila has assisted and empowered Namibian communities, particularly women, in exile and at home. As Minister of Regional and Local Government and Housing, Minister of Health and Social Services, and Deputy Prime Minister, she focused on those in need, such as squatters, street children, and those affected by HIV/AIDS, and undertook immediate practical measures to improve their lives. Packing her tent and supplies, she drove to remote areas and camped out until houses and clinics were built for marginalized communities, assisting in the design and construction process herself. An indomitable spirit drives this remarkable woman. This is her story.

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"Inspiring, just like the author herself, who gets passionate and enthusiastic with every project and responsibility she is given… a major contribution to the body of literature on the contribution of women towards the liberation struggle in Namibia and the region."

Dr Martha Akawa, Head of the Department of Geography, History, and Environmental Studies, University of Namibia

"An accessible narrative, full of life, full of love, full of humour, vibrant and uncompromising, searingly honest and deeply moving in parts ... [The author] is a free spirit, a compassionate voice, a soul longing for truth and service to humankind --- Making a Difference could become a life-changing book rather than just another memoir by a public figure."

Professor Andre du Pisani,  Department of Political and Administrative Studies, University of Namibia

About the Author

Libertina I. Amathila

Libertine Appolus Amathila has been the Deputy Prime Minister of Namibia since March 2005.

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