|Tötemeyer, Gerhard Karl Hans - Political commentator|
|Gerhard Tötemeyer is an academic who over the past 35 years has written widely on political, administrative, electoral and educational issues, particularly as they affect Namibia and South Africa.
He was a member of the First Delimitation Commission, which reshaped political boundaries in 1991. In 1992 he was appointed Director of Elections, with the status of Under Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office. He oversaw Namibia’s first post-independence elections in 1992 and 1994, before handing over to Joram Rukambe in 1998.
Tötemeyer had joined Swapo in 1991 and, even though he had never advertised his party membership, it was no surprise when he emerged on the Swapo candidates list for the 1999 National Assembly (NA) elections. As he was number 68 on the list, he initially did not make it into the NA, but President Sam Nujoma appointed him as a non-voting member and Deputy Minister in March 2000.
At the Ministry of Local and Regional Government and Housing he beat the drum for the decentralisation policy and promoted ethics in the face of claims of corruption at several local authorities. In August 2004 Tötemeyer resigned as an MP and deputy minister citing health reasons. However, he remains an active commentator on political issues and in 2005 was appointed chair of the National Housing Enterprise – the state-owned housing company.
|Born on May 21 1935 at Gibeon. Lives in Windhoek.|
|D Phil, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa (1974). MA, University of Stellenbosch. South Africa (1969). Postgraduate studies, Freiburg University, Germany (1963-65). High School Teachers Diploma, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa (1960). BA Hons, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa (1959). BA, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa (1958).|
|Chairperson of the National Housing Enterprise since 2005. Deputy Minister of Regional and Local Government and Housing (2000-2004). Member of the National Assembly (2000-2004). Director of Elections (1992-1998). Consultant to Office of the Vice Chancellor, Unam (1998-2000). Dean of Faculty of Economics and Management Science, Unam (1987-93). Head of Political and Administrative Studies Department, Unam (1987-93). Associate Professor, Department of Political Studies, University of Cape Town (1985-87). Head of Political Studies Department, University of Transkei (1979-84). Dean of Faculty of Arts, University of Transkei (1981-84). Lecturer, University of Stellenbosch (1967-79). Researcher, Arnold Bergstraesser Institute for Socio-Political Research, Freiburg, West Germany (1965-66). Teacher, Windhoek High School (1961-62).|
|Cell: 081 129 9926, 081 129 4939.|