Food for Thought
*I’M afraid our diverse cultures in Namibia will one day disappear completely. I would like to propose that the Minister of Education formulate a rule that compels all schools in Namibia to introduce local languages as subjects for students from all our traditions to study. Kids can then choose a language of their choice to follow. This should not necessarily mean they should be promotional subjects but somehow in the end will help the country to maintain its status as an African country. Our children should be able to converse proudly in the language of their forefathers. Development should not be the destroyer of our culture for some of us are very proud of what we are culturally. Hope someone out there will take this up because it is really a shame to call oneself an African and cannot it even express yourself in any of the indigenous languages. Come forward Namibians.
– Proudly Namibian, RA Amutenya
Bouquets and Brickbats
*SALUTE to Paulus ‘The Rock’ Ambunda. Thanks for gracing our reunion event at Matheus Nashandi Combined School. As the saying goes “A true friend is the one who gives up his/her time for you since money and gold can be repaid”. We thank you unconditionally for coming. We wish you and the entire team at Sunshine all the best. God bless you:
– Ureh Uugwanga
*FULLY agreeing and supporting Maletsky’s view on the middleman syndrome (The Namibian of April 13). It is uncalled for and naked corruption. Why a middle person to apply for land or a licence for mining? And worst of all. This middle person is paid millions. What about those employed in that institution or ministry? What are they paid for? Comrades, this is naked and greedy corruption?
– Rev Z. Mujoro, Okaepe, Okakarara
*DR Namwandi your remarks at the education conference on the participation of teachers in politics is not clear. The question is: do you mean teachers should not take part during working hours or even after hours? Remember the position you have is because of politics.
– Steven, Ohangwena Region
*MINISTER Namwandi tell us whom do you want to be politicians in Namibia? We teachers are Namibian too and we have fought for this country. So we have to be politicians now and for always. An injury to one is an injury all.
*DIRECTOR of Education in Kavango Region please let the lower primary subject advisor/ advisory teachers help us lower primary teachers dealing with multi-grade classes. It’s really a challenge to those of us who entered the field recently.
– Concerned teacher
*WE, the Namibian students at Zimbabwe university, are suffering as our Government is dragging its feet over the grant. We are really eager to contribute once we accomplish our studies. Please help us with timely payment of grants our leaders.
*FOR how long are we going to stay at Onguti SSS without teachers for maths and Ndonga. Just imagine from January we are not taught until now.
*On Tobie Aupindi’s ‘Vet’s Neglect Charges Irks Swapo’s Deputy SG’ story. My advice to the young man is, slow down. They are allergic to the truth.
In and From the Regions
*WE question the wisdom of Oranjemund Town Council to refuse the public unhindered access to the town in view of it having been proclaimed.
*MINISTER Immanuel Ngatjizeko if you change the pension law also look at GIPF where retirees gets only 34% of their original pay.
*MINISTER Immanuel Ngatjizeko leave the pensioners’ marginal allowance. What about the veterans with other income?
*MY greatest moment of NAMAS was when Ras Sheehama proposed the recognition of instrumentalists, such as the great Jomo. Viva Ras for selflessness and for having opened the eyes of others.
*WE are always quick to rubbish NBC and by extension Albertus Aochamub. The NAMAS was great even though at Ramatex which some of us laughed at but how many of us will show our appreciation? Well done DG.
*THE acting regional coordinator of Swapo Party in Omaheke should tell the truth on what really transpired at the Executive meeting. He did not adjourn the meeting because of a lack of quorum, he walked out of the meeting after the members sought explanation on the reason why the two Ueiteles are no longer part of the regional executive committee.
*WHY should NBC and New Era take tax payers’ money if they are only there for the benefit of Swapo? Ministers Joel Kaapanda and Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana please answer.
*MINISTER of Finance: Freeze all the vacant positions because it will be more expensive for the State to appoint people in those positions than paying acting allowances, and give civil servants an increase.
*I’M not against affirmative action, but I strongly feel that where the vacant position is required to be filled by a female candidate the advert should only invite women to apply. Rather than inviting both women and men while the requirement is a woman. I refer mainly to posts in the public sector.
* OSHAKATI Home Affairs what is going on with your computers? We are tired of waiting for your system. Some of us need our full birth certificate urgently. You are delaying us. Please.
*WHY doesnt FNB send me a sms whenever they deduct their service fees? I thought smses are supposed to be send whenever more than N$100 is been deducted from our accounts even FNB service fees. Isnt it?
*I would like to know what these contractors use to fix the potholes? Sand maybe because it’s the same potholes that need fixing after the rains.
*SWAPO goverment help us. This thing of estimation of water by the City of Windhoek is an exploitation of Namibians, and a daylight robbery. They estimated that I used 200 cubic liters. It is just not possible because it is too much water.
Lost and Found
*MY name is Mariam Jeremia. I lost my ID and bank cards. If anyone has found it please contact 0816462264 or 0812078642
*I PETRUS Daniel lost my wallet with all my documents like ID, driver’s licence, bank cards etc in Windhoek. If found please contact 081-237-6231.
*MY name is Inotila Kepale Nandjato. I lost my ID on March 10. If anyone has it please contact 081-749-6973.
*I DENSEL W Hei-Gauseb lost my wallet containing my ID and various cards in a white VW Polo N1758 RU travelling from Otjiwarongo to Windhoek. If found please call 081-496-4465.
Responses to recent SMSes
*OWAMI are you really serious? We already cannot take care of the current population of about 2.1 million; what makes you think we will be able to take care of an increased population? I suggest we use the available funds to improve the living and educational standards of the current population. In fact I am of the view that the incentives Owami alluded to should be used to encourage at least two children per couple. In any case how will the government be able to qualify some parents as responsible and others not? Just asking.
– William Nganjone
*OWELA we are about the only country in the world that is not over-populated and must keep it that way in order to be able to supply food and jobs for coming generations. Do you want more hungry children and more jobless people?
*MR Owela how can you suggest that we need more people when half of our employable population is without a job? A third of us live on less than 10 dollars a day and you want more? How about we learn how to take care of those people who are here before advocating incentives for more babies.
*JUST a point of correction about the issue of Walvis Bay taxi rank that is out of control. It is only those indisciplined taxi drivers at the uncontrolled taxi ranks of Walvis and Swakopmund. We need 24-hour traffic or even police at those points, or even better make use of the Namibia Defence Force to control them.
*THOSE who are criticizing the driver who took the front page picture (The Namibian, April 13), have you considered the fact that a passenger in the latter vehicle could have taken the picture on behalf of the driver? Given the angle of the image, one could assume it was the driver but we can’t be certain so let’s not assume. Let’s rather acknowledge the fault of the minibus driver, after-all the latter mode of transport claims more lives on our roads. Just saying.