Food for Thought
*LOOMING labour unrest in the country. It is time union leaders become conscious of the impact of industrial action on the economy and be realistic with their demands. It is incumbent upon union leaders to provide workers with objective advice instead of just wanting to strike. It is the workers that suffer the most in the event of retrenchments or when companies close down as a result of continuous industrial action.
– Very concerned worker.
Bouquets and Brickbats
Professor Wangari Maathai
*NAMIBIA salutes a great African lady Wangari Maathai. You were a great hero to all.
*AFRICA is mourning a true champion in Wangari Maathai and this Siyauya dude is rallying behind indefensible people like Muammar Gaddafi who is most likely the mastermind behind the recently unearthed mass graves of his own people. By the way, in what capacity is he making these foolish and arrogant utterances?
*IT was really good to see our own inspiring Dr Helena Ndume on the CNN programme ‘African Voices’ this morning. May God bless her.
– Lady Ann
*I QUOTE from an e-mail received from New Zealand friend: ‘New Zealand is gripped by World Cup fever.... Namibia have won the hearts of people here’. Well done the Welwitschias!
– David Winston-Smith.
*SISTER Namibia you claim to support women’s wellbeing and respect in Namibia. Please let all media get the names of our beloved Ovahimba ladies/people. They also have a name. In the Weekender’a ‘Around the World’’ last Friday, The Namibian you have the responsibility..
*WEEKENDER Friday September 23. Please take note that Himba men and women do have names just like everyone in the world. How could you write ‘Parvati with a Himba woman? Next time you should ask the name.
Note: We recognise your point and always try to get all names included correctly. However, in this case the photograph was contributed by Parvati Shallow, who took the pictures during her holiday; they were never intended for publication and she was not able to provide any names.
– News Desk
*THE Western Bypass issue makes me sick. Can we not plan something good to avoid all these losses? Put speed bumps at those killing areas because only a certain area is killing our people or do something. Start today.
*‘TALK of the Nation’ is a boys, or should I rather say a gentlemen’s club. I have been keeping up with programme and surely women are outnumbered?
*THE use of the word trolls by ‘Urban mom’ ... why would a mother refer to her children as such?
Law and Order
*COMRADE Kanime we residents of Social Street, Donkerhoek, Katutura are fed up with one of the so-called celebrities who doesn’t hesitate to discharge a firearm in a municipal area. This man shoots his pistol every time he has a quarrel with somebody. Guns in wrong hands? Bring back national service to instil discipline into these chaps. They think firearms are toys!
Running the Show
*MR Prime Minister please explain: you don’t have money to raise the allowance for pensioners. However you have money for an office for the First Lady. How? Why?
*PLEASE let us start treating war veterans like adults and first consult them on their different interests and needs. It is patronising for the Government to decide that war veterans will only receive N$200 000 once they present project proposals to the MVA. There is no consensus reached on that and remember the Development Brigade Corporation saga not long ago with its untold negative socio-economic consequences. It is all about maturity and responsibility. Ironically the much-talked about once-off across the board pay-out of N$50 000 is also paid to a selected few without clear criteria being used.
*KATUTURA needs a state vet for our pets! Please Government provide us with a vet clinic for our cats and dogs.
*THE Ministry of Education recently tested teachers (in English). It’s an excellent move. What about hostels as most of them prepare inadequate and poor meals? Show us their skills in food preparation and weighing. We doubt if they know much. And moreover an auditor must be sent to hostels to find out who keeps what and where the money goes?
*A SMALL per cent of Gr 10s and 12s are motivated daily through ‘A U READY’ on TV. Most learners don’t have access to this. How does the Minister of Education make sure the same message is received by all learners countrywide daily to expect the same results from all learners?
*DO schools have the right to deny learners their right to sit for Grade 10 exams if school fees are not paid by 27 Sept 2011? Dawid Bezuidenhout School sent this message with Grade 10 learners on September 26. Minister Iyambo please intervene!
*LEARNERS with access to television are benefiting a lot from educational programmes. Learners in rural areas know nothing about these programmes. At the end of the day we expect same results. The blame will be on teachers after all. Is it really fair?
In and From the Regions
*AIR pollution in Ondangwa. They burn rubbish from the dumpsite day and night and it is only 20 metres from the houses at Ext 9. We can’t take it anymore.
City Fathers Please...
* CITY of Windhoek stop the mushrooming of home shops in Cimbebasia. There there are three of them. It’s enough. Please our house values will go down.
A Place to Call Home
*STANDARD BANK and NHE have signed a memo of understanding for low-cost housing for banks employees. What about NDF members? Until when do we NCOs stay in shacks simply because cannot afford to buy houses mostly in Windhoek?
– Counting Heads
*NPC what happened to us? Some regions have already received their money but Oshana Region not. Please Tom Alweendo do something.
*PLEASE when we are going to get our payment for the Census in Oshana Region?
– M Sasa
*I WAS one of the enumerators in Oshana Region, Uukwiyu Constituency. My question is when are we going to be paid?
*THE Anti-Corruption Commission should investigate food distribution in Oniipa. There are many people whose fields were severely affected by flood in Oshaakondwa but the regional council is neglecting them & food are given selectively to people. In Oniipa we are not treated equally but we all vote.
Lost and Found
*BEUKES Amanda, a South African citizen with permanent residence based in Walvis Bay please call me at 081-322-9949. I have your passport.
*I AM Z’ NN Amashisha. I lost my ID and Bank Windhoek card in Windhoek. If found please contact 081-400-7628.
*SN KASERA I picked up your driver’s licence. Call:085-610-9993/081-127-8012.
*I HARRIS David Mpangala lost my car key in Grootfontain on Saturday. If found contact me: 081-215-0351.
*TO anybody that knows Kahimunu Tjeripo Petoorua Vaanda please tell her ID, bob card hostel card for the Polytechnic have been found and you can contact me on 081-228-6771.
*I JULIA Humavindu lost my ID and my passport. If found contact me 081-297-2707.
*FNB Rundu these computers are for ever off line and the maximum withdrawal is N$500. What poor service!
*WHAT is Game shopping complex’s alternative for us who go there by taxi? Surely it’s absurd that we are expected to walk all the way to catch a taxi after shopping?
Responses to recent SMSes
*AT last someone has got to the crux of the problem! Find the traffic control officers, get them to do their jobs and there will be a major change in the way the drivers react.
*IT’S a pity to hear people blaming traffic officers for increasing motor vehicle accidents. If we as a nation are not ready change our attitudes on the roads then we’ll be finishing up ourselves with our own cars. We need to change our attitudes on the roads and behave like a mature people.
*THE Presidential Palace is so big! There’s enough space for an office for the First Lady. Why build an office for her? You don’t even build orphanages!
*THE printing of Grade 12 and 10 results in newspapers is justifiable and fair. Parents should rather stop watching NBC soapies and get their children out of the streets and make them study. Whose fault is it if they fail? It’s time the youth take responsibility for their own actions.
*BARKING dogs during the night (unnecessary barking): report to the SPCA/ Police. The dogs can be collected or the owners can be charged with noise pollution/ disturbing the peace.