Food for Thought
*IT doesn’t make sense for the Social Security Commission (SCC) to increase its contribution by employees while it has N$1,8 billion in reserves. What do they want to do with all the money? Invest the money in reserve to earn more interest on it.
*HOW can Minister Ngatjizeko even think of removing old age pensions from those with other incomes? The people who were in exile and a privileged few are getting hundreds of thousands from taxpayers regardless of being millionaire tenderpreneurs or employed and getting huge salaries? Please politicians get real!
Bouquets and Brickbats
* TSUDAO Gurirab, thank you for ‘telling it like it is’ on Zimbabwe’s 32 years of Independence. – Ramaphosa @ Windhoek
*MINISTER Nghimtina you go sourcing ‘experts’ in Zim? You can’t be serious. What about your own people? Your ministry needs a change in mindset – celebrate your own – the experts are walking the streets of Namibia begging for work.
Business as Usual
*CAN the other under-performing parastatal chief executive officers and ministers also get the same treatment as TransNamib? Some of them earn even more despite poor performance. Or will we continue to see selective justice.
From the House
*SO do our Swapo politicians not want to be accountable to the public and do they want to advance their propaganda agenda or why the attacks against state media? Journalists are not there to dance to your music please! They must keep us informed about everything.
*WHY are MPs attacking the New Era? I think it is a very good newspaper with critical reporting. That is what media is for. Don’t employ journalists then, instead appoint spin doctors!
*SO Comrade Iivula Ithana wants NBC punished because it did not cover her visits to the courts? Which means that the purpose of her visits was for publicity! She wanted to see herself on TV? I am disappointed!
*WHAT a shame that government would see fit to milk the pensioners even further. Those who still have jobs are doing so to make survival on the meagre N$550 possible!
*IT’S amazing how the poor are made to suffer more in this country. Ngatjizeko please try to survive on N$550 a month. Employed war veterans are benefiting double through this war veterans money they are getting. Why does government not take them from? Don’t forget that you will also become a pensioner one day!
*WHAT have pensioners done wrong to deserve the treatment they are getting from government? How must they survive now you want to take away their payouts if they make extra income? What a disgrace! What about ex-combatants who drink tombo the whole day with my hard-earned tax money?
*WHY is it OK for highly paid parliamentarians to be paid N$50 000 as ex-veteran fighters but a pensioner, who is managing to subsidise the meagre pension, is now being threatened with losing it? Why?
*I SUPPORT Mr Moongo on the issue of S&Ts for the soldiers. I have been in the army for more than 10 years and never got S&T when travelling. Only the big fish got money. Government needs to look at this.
*MPs should stop chewing gum while talking or presenting their motions. It’s just unethical.
*MINISTER Nandi-Ndaitwah the time that is spent in parliament I believe is to listen and then respond when issues of national concern are being debated! Tjekero Tweya suggested kangaroos and white lions, where is Nandi-Ndaitwah coming with polar bears? This is ridiculous to say the least. Listening is a skill. Don’t become the laughing stock of the citizens. Besides people are going hungry. Listen to the nation’s cries and forget about polar bears!
*IF I say our national leaders must try a little harder to keep abreast of even little things will that be disrespect? How can Deputy Minister Tjekero Tweya request exotic species on a national platform? Kangaroos of all species! Where will we keep them? Definitely not in the zoo. Namibia does not support that Mr Deputy Minister.
– Helmuth, conservation scientist
*TO the fellow who is crying to the Swapo government for help. The City of Windhoek is Swapo. Wake up and smell the coffee
*THE Swapo Secretary-General said she believes Namibia’s economy is still in the hands of a minority. Does she also believes she is one of those minority? She is wrong if she meant the minority whites, but right if she meant the 4 O regions.
*THE government and Namibia Bus and Taxi Association (Nabta), don’t mix up things. Taxis do not belong in politics, they belong to the the economy. Please increase the taxi fares!
– MU Shilongo
Law and Order
*THE proposed bill on the legalisation of customary marriages and its intended abolishment of polygamy contradicts Article 19 (Culture) of our constitution. Let us desist from thinking that only European culture upholds human rights. We had African values which served as buffers against social and moral decay. One such buffer was polygamy which prevented single parenting.
*NAMIBIAN Police and City Police please, please remove those young boys selling sweets and recharge vouchers at the Monte Christo robots. They are causing trouble between the drivers and they are just running up and down the street. Please remove them before a life is lost!
*WHAT a shocker that the mother and her 18-month- old baby are still locked up in jail at the border pending her court case. So much for the human rights we so diligently fought for in the struggle!
*I THINK there is a wrong understanding on the part of the Namibian Police and some public members that the road carnage is caused by speeding. I think the main causes are disregard for road signs and rules and the sale of drivers’ licences, which allows people to drive without the necessary driving skills. I have seen minibus drivers overtaking at the ‘Tsumeb Mountain’, ‘pOkandudu kaShomeya’, carrying passengers in total disregard of traffic rules and with no consideration for the lives of people in such vehicles. Therefore, to minimise road accidents, the Police must concentrate on curbing the sale of drivers’ licences and ensure that drivers obey traffic rules at all times.
*I AM tired of some police officers in Otjiwarongo drinking while in uniform. It is not a good picture.
*HOW intelligent are our customs officials? Arresting a South African citizen (on the way out) for overstaying her visit resulting in huge (unnecessary) legal fees.
*WELL done John Grobler and the Judge. Swapo and Ithana are not above the law!
*WE the students at Zimbabwe University are struggling here as our government is dragging its feet over the grants and we are really eager to contribute, once we accomplish our studies. Please help us.
*WHAT is going on with the Namibia Training Authority and Namibia Qualifications Authority We are still struggling in the streets even though we passed the national trade test. When are they issuing our trade test certificates? We have been waiting for almost six months now.
– Fed up
*PUBLIC Service Commission, why take on tasks you cannot handle? We are tired of waiting for responses on recommendations for appointments, transfers and promotions. Your inefficiency is frustrating, demoralising and counter productive. Shape up or let each ministry/agency deal with its recruitments internally. Submissions to the PSC take months before they are discussed and outcomes received by the ministries and appointed candidates. Do your work timeously!
*CITY of Windhoek, please have mercy on us, your water bill is too high. How can three people in the house use 200 cubic litres of water in a month? When I went to ask for an explanation on how they got to that they told me that they cannot explain it. This is not the first time I have had this problem. In 2009 they made me to pay a N$20 000 bill for what I don’t know. Now I have to pay N$4 889,95 for 15 days. And when you try to ask, it is war. Some people at customer services are so rude.
*CITY of Windhoek stop estimating our water consumption and bill us on our actual consumption. We are already poor and water is not the only commodity we pay for.
*NBC TV should stop screening ‘Generations’. What image is it showing to our younger generation? We have little boys growing up and all they see is gay couples kissing on TV.
*WELL done Black Africa for winning the league again. Mr Haikali, please make sure we don’t lose our top players to other teams because with this team we can do it again next season.
And the Winner Is!
*WHAT IS the criteria or how long does it take for Moola Mobile to pay out winnings? It is now nearly three weeks that a person has waited for their reward for taking part in the competition and being named in a newspaper as a winner. They don’t even give contact details where they can be contacted. Please kindly explain.
*PICK n Pay Swakopmund please publish the names of the customers who won the Independence competition you ran in mid-March.
*SHOPRITE, please open a shop at the Ramatex complex.
*MINISTRY of Youth and Sport, Namibia Football Association and government, please consider turning Ramatex into an indoor facility for sports such as football, athletics, hockey, etc. The buildings are quite big.
In and From the Regions
*KATIMA Mulilo town council please do something about the weekly burning of trash at the dump site behind the Unam KM campus. We can’t breath from the dusty smoke. We can’t even study, we now get headaches
*THERE are no lights at the Okahandja district hospital. It is so dark during the night.
*COMRADE Nehemia, Eenhana councillor, please we need electricity at the Onamugolo centre as well as at our cuca shops.
*WE are really concerned about electricity and a network in our villages starting from Otjiwapeke. Omisema, Omao etc. Would the government bring it to us.
Lost And Found
*MY name is Juliana Haoses. I lost my wallet with all my documents in Windhoek. If anyone finds it please call me on 081-665-3249.
*I ASAAD Kempanju lost my passport. If found contact 081-202-4777 or 061-226771.
*I KAMBWAYE AMC lost my passport in Windhoek. If found please contact 081-343-5045.
*ERASTUS Shikodhi lost his passport. If anyone finds it please contact 081-311-4168.
Responses to recent SMSes
We thank the customer for his inquiry regarding our inContact (sms notification) service in today’s (17.4.2012) Namibian newspaper. FNB’s inContact notifications do not attract bank fees/charges and is intended to assist our customers in the management of their accounts. It has assisted numerous customers to manage their finances and even to prevent fraud. It is true that the service only applies if there is more than N$100 movement on the account and excludes reporting on normal bank fees, which can be tracked on their bank statements. With the exception of a few transmission accounts, these statements can be obtained by mail, electronically or at any FNB ATM or branch. Although we discourage it, customers may chose to discontinue the inContact service.
Group Service Manager
*I SENSE just a tinge of pride now that Namibia has passed the 2-million mark as regards increase in population. It fills me with horror that our people can be so blind as not to see what dangers overpopulation promises – joblessness, hunger, disease, crime, not sufficient opportunities to give your child a proper education even more poverty etc. We should aim at replacing only ourselves and no more. Let us be pre-emptive and conserve our beautiful country for future generations. Family planning here we come!
*I FULLY agree with the SMS (April 16) suggesting the use of fuel from Angola. I don’t know who is fooling who. During the struggle for the liberation and while operating in Angola, Swapo had different types of vehicles including luxury Mercs and Volvos. At no time did those vehicles use fuel from South Africa, but from Angola. Do those discouraging the use of Angolan fuel mean to say Angolans don’t also have luxury cars like Namibians? Even the president of South Africa Jacob Zuma is now eyeing Angolan fuel. In this regard logic must prevail. With such a high price of fuel one must forget about accelerated development and industrialisation, let alone the Utopian Vision 2030.
*DR Namwandi’s remarks about teachers’ participation in politics are the same as those of the previous regime. Many teachers joined Swapo then to rid Namibia of the repressive South African regime. Now the same Swapo Party wants to rein in our rights!