By Allan D. Cooper
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Under the influence of the mission and in the vicinity of mission stations, some Herero started to cultivate com. As early as 1865, a surplus was sold for money to English miners living nearby, and in the years following this surplus, production continually increased. 2 7 The domestication and intemalisation of these capitalist dispositions became visible with other neighbouring groups as well. Some Damara, the Omene ('resident people'), who lived in separate villages within the Herero region, began to breed small stock and, later, cattle under Mission supervision.
Economically and politically, the colony was attractive during this stage only in terms of developing a settler colony. As a result of the German government's vague and hesitant handling of the colonial question, the concessionary companies within Namibia originally had the power of a para-state. The German authorities at this stage were not much interested in establishing functioning administrative structures, and left the management of the territory to the land companies. They in tum were only interested in adding more land to their possession and acquiring more mining rights.
But, aware of the strong force necessary for this purpose, these plans were finally substituted for 'measures exclusively under the point of view of procurement of workers' (telegram of the Imperial German government to the governor in Windhoek of 12 March 1980); quoted in Heinrich Loth, From Insurrection to an Organized Liberation Struggle ... , op. , p. 35. The colonial administration, therefore, in the further course of its 'civilising mission', relied upon methods of forcing the people of the northern regions into the emerging colonial-capitalist structures by integrating individual chiefs into the system and offering them benefits from cooperation in the field of labour supply.
Allies in Apartheid: Western Capitalism in Occupied Namibia by Allan D. Cooper