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Dr Dirk Mudge receives highest academic honour

Dr Dirk Mudge receives highest academic honour

09 December 2016 – Famous farmer, businessman and political pioneer, Mr Dirk Mudge, today received a PhD from the University of Stellenbosch for his life-long dedication and commitment to the political process in Namibia.

Dr Mudge played a pivotal role in the transition of the former South West Africa to a multi-party democracy for all its citizens without discrimination of whatever kind.

Through his outstanding negotiating skills and sense of strategy, he has proven himself an exceptional leader of transformation, who not only helped steer Namibia to independence, but also paved the way for political transition in South Africa. His tireless leadership in the service of his country, his innovation in search of alternative political solutions for Namibia and his extraordinary transition management capabilities are all qualities recognised by the university when he was nominated as a candidate for a PhD honoris causa, earlier this year.

“With exceptional visionary, strategic and transformational leadership, he not only served as “peace broker”, leading his traditional support base onto a new path, but also played a significant role in facilitating reconciliation between white and black in Namibia. In many respects, he helped break through the post-World War II impasse on the status and position of this former mandated territory of South Africa.” the university stated.

In May last year, Dr Mudge published his book on Namibia’s Independence. Titled “All the way to Independence,” the veteran politician chronicled the tentative steps that started as single points of contact and later grew into a groundswell that engulfed the entire country, ultimately leading to Independence on 21 March 1990.

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Daniel Steinmann

Educated at the University of Pretoria: BA (hons), BD. Postgraduate degrees in Philosophy and Divinity. Publisher and Editor of the Namibia Economist since February 1991. Daniel Steinmann has steered the Economist as editor for the past 32 years. The Economist started as a monthly free-sheet, then moved to a weekly paper edition (1996 to 2016), and on 01 December 2016 to a daily digital newspaper at It is the first Namibian newspaper to go fully digital. He is an authority on macro-economics having established a sound record of budget analysis, strategic planning and assessing the impact of policy formulation. For eight years, he hosted a weekly talk-show on NBC Radio, explaining complex economic concepts to a lay audience in a relaxed, conversational manner. He was a founding member of the Editors' Forum of Namibia. Over the years, he has mentored hundreds of journalism students as interns and as young professional journalists. From time to time he helps economics students, both graduate and post-graduate, to prepare for examinations and moderator reviews. He is the Namibian respondent for the World Economic Survey conducted every quarter for the Ifo Center for Business Cycle Analysis and Surveys at the University of Munich in Germany. Since October 2021, he conducts a weekly talkshow on Radio Energy, again for a lay audience. On 04 September 2022, he was ordained as a Minister of the Dutch Reformed Church of Africa (NHKA). Send comments or enquiries to [email protected]