Food for Thought
*I HAVE studied hard to make a living in the right way and I’m in the list of top student teachers to graduate next month. Until now, working for a government school, I haven’t been paid. I don’t have money to pay for a gown etc, nor any other source of support. Well, government is blowing up all my efforts.
Bouquets and Brickbats
*I WAS totally shocked to read the article on the principal who ordered students to remove their shirts as a form of a punishment saying that they disrespected the school shirts. A school shirt is an object, it has no feelings, no emotions. She humiliated all those students in front of their peers. How do they go on now from here after all the embarrassment and humiliation? There are so many ways to punish a student or a child for that matter. She must leave the post immediately to those who have the interest of the students at heart.
*I AM really disturbed by what happened at Döbra High School. I wonder what these children have learned from this humiliating punishment. I think, as a principal, that ‘boss’ is well aware that whenever punishment is given to learners, it must be educative. Now is this punishment educative?
*WHAT is the problem with some female high school principals in Windhoek? One told learners to undress in front of the whole school community. Another suspended children from school because their father did not attend parents meetings. We all know what happened at Augustineum. Can’t anyone in the ministry or Cabinet do something about those immature principals?
*I AM disappointed, Namibians don't know what punishment is. If they knew, they wouldn’t comment as they do on Döbra's case. Thumbs up Mrs Principal. I am sure nobody will commit the same mistake.
*WHAT a stench! Meatco you have polluted the Northern Industrial Area for years on end. What pollution! Nobody can stand the smell from your plant. Seriously Meatco management do give a response. All is soaked in the smell of cow dung, burning fat and nasty stuff. What do you do there?
From the House
*I FELT for the Rally for Democracy and Progress when they walked out during the State of the Nation address, perhaps forgetting that the President can’t interfere with the judiciary. One wonders if walking out of parliament was in any way a solution? My advice is in politics you can’t have your cake and eat it, just represent your electorate otherwise your supporters will lose hope in you. Show some political maturity.
– Former member!
*THE opposition walkout and continued strikes are an example of their disrespect for the Constitution which specifically states a separation of the judiciary from the executive. These ‘honourables’ took an oath to defend the Constitution, yet trample on it in panic of its misalignment to their personal goals. Shame on the opposition.
*President Pohamba appeals for unity. Oh my goodness, somebody please appeal for honesty!
*I DON’T agree with Hon Shixwameni about the name change of Windhoek, seconded by the President. First change the name of the South West Africa People’s Organisation (Swapo).
*IT’S a good idea to change town names but Windhoek should not be changed for now. Oshakati and Rundu should be changed first.
– Santa P
*PLEASE MPs we want topics that make sense to the public and contribute to the development of Namibia. On Wednesday 25th, the whole ‘Parliamentary Report’ on NBC was about donkeys and makalani trees. Please leaders of the country.
*PLEASE Comrade Ithana leave donkeys alone, they are our most common mode of transport as we cannot afford the Mercedes you are driving. Drive within the speed limit and give them a way to pass when you see them crossing the roads. It won’t cost you a penny.
*COMRADE Minister of Justice Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana seeing as you are good at advocating on problems caused by donkeys in the north, destroying the environment and causing accidents, please talk about large herds of elephants that do the same to our crop fields and environment.
– L Ubiteb
*IF that is all MP Mr Uitele can contribute in Parliament, then he must put himself in the shoes of the awaiting trial prisoners for even one day. Weapons are made in prisons/cells and not brought in. With drugs, it’s the irresponsible corrupt officers who are bringing them in. Come on tackle the real challenges.
Politics in General
*WHAT do African leaders make of Swaziland’s King? A nation going hungry and millions spent on a private jet? Please act right now before it is way too late. Or should we seek the assistance of America, as it appears you are toothless? What do we make of you if you continue to condone or allow such incomprehensible broad day light robbery of the taxpayers by the king? Or is it African colonialism by fellow Africans, a new trend of colonialism and better than by western imperialists?
Law and Order
*STOP signs are being put up everywhere which means more compulsory stopping even if there’s no other traffic in the vicinity. Why not introduce all directions stop-yield signs at some intersections, where the traffic is not so heavy, for example in Olympia? It will still be first come first go, but then you only actually stop when there is other traffic approaching the intersection.
*CAN the Ministry of Education please give clarity on this issue. If a student is in arrears with the school development fund, the school won’t release the Grade 10 certificate. My point is the student paid for the certificate when he/she paid examination fees. There are many students facing this dilemma.
*WHAT happened to the plan to build a new secondary school at Iipanda in Ogongo circuit? I know there was such a plan in about 2006-2007.
*DR David Namwandi just go to the International University of Management when people are writing tests, you will get the shock of your life. Students are just copying.
*MINISTRY of Education please help us. Namcol doesn’t want to admit those with low points. How can we go forward with our education if Namcol doesn’t want to admit us anymore? Namcol is a college that poor people can afford to pay. Please do something to save us. This is a really big issue, sometimes people committed suicide because you cannot live a better life without education.
*DR Kamwi, investigate Oshakati intermediate hospital funds as only some nurses receive uniforms. Some of them haven’t received their overtime money since February.
– Concerned nurse.
*THE main event to commemorate Workers’ Day will be held in Kavango Region at Rundu sports stadium. Entertainment and speeches have been organised. Entry, which is free, is from 07h00.
*MINISTER of Labour Immanuel Ngatjizeko when are you changing the maritime law as was proposed last year? Seafarers are not paid overtime.
*EVERY day we see reports about alcoholism in the newspaper but never any assistance to get help. I did my own research and believe me it very expensive to get treatment. Editor how about a report on what to do and who to contact and the prices?
In and From the Regions
*I WANT to ask the councillor for Kongola constituency when will the power line reach Singalamwe? It’s been about a year and we don’t see any change.
*PLEASE Mr Iita come back before Omaruru town is downgraded. Since you left things got worse every day.
*WALVIS Bay municipality please tar Dassie Street commonly known as Apollo Street. We are also ratepayers and that street is one of the oldest on that side that is not tarred. It is a common route for both cars and pedestrians to and from container houses and Okangwena area. It is frequented by taxis and the dust there is unbearable.
*SOME time ago I criticised NBC’s One-on-One current affairs programme for being biased. But in this week’s edition Kavezembire Zemburuka restored my faith in his mettle as a top journalist and interrogator of facts. Well done Kavezembire.
*SHAME on NBC news readers. How can they not pronounce people’s names. In certain cultures pronouncing one's name incorrectly is an insult. Practice difficult names before the time as you would with difficult English words.
*WHAT’S the problem NBC? When is ‘Seize the Day’ starting? We don't pay our TV licences for the drama you are showing us.
*STANDARD Bank Namibia is moving backwards, not forward as they purport in their marketing slogan. The credit cards department put you on hold for many hours and there a machine talking and music! Standard Bank has too many charges. The new system introduced is even more confusing to us if you get statements. We thought with the new system they will introduce in contact like other banks, which reports immediately to your cellphone any movement on the account.
Responses to recent SMSes
*AFRICAN Linguist, April 19. Dutch is not Afrikaans. It is Nederlands! Afrikaans is a language developed by the slaves in the Cape Province. Do research, you’ll see.
*AS concerned employees of the Ministry of Works at Karasburg, will the witness please come back to the regional office in Keetmanshoop regarding the incident over the weekend to identify the person and clarify the situation since it is affecting innocent people.