Food for Thought
*I LOOK at the costs of private schools and must say it’s equal to tertiary education. The deterioration of state schools in terms of discipline and poor performance drive parents to send their children to private schools. Most of the parents cannot afford private schools. Could these amounts be deducted as a tax incentive?
Bouquets and Brickbats
*I BELIEVE many Namibians will join me in saying that we are proud of our Olympians. They did well under the circumstances. They should not have to have a ‘day job’ in order to earn a decent living. To Agnes Tjongarero: when the government starts investing in sport as it should then you have the right to be as critical of their performance as you were.
*TJONGARERO, these athletes have to juggle work and training. So, stop blasting them. They tried. Be proud of that!
*I THINK it’s totally unfair for Agnes Tjongarero to be blasting the Olympic team as she did in the paper. Namibian sport is in huge trouble. How long will it take for us to realise it? Until we make enough money available, to develop facilities like high performance centres to prepare and develop our sports people, we will always participate and not compete at events such as the Olympics. Please get your house in order before pointing fingers.
– Polly Negongo
*I STRONGLY agree with Agnes Tjongarero for her comment on the poor performance of Namibian athletes to the Olympics. For some of these athletes, it’s the second Olympics and they havent performed. Now they want to go to Rio 2016. To do what? I strongly support her that we should go back to the drawing board and unearth new sporting gems.
*CONGRATS Australian government for beating big tobacco.
*I ENJOYED the news article on maternity leave by Jan Poolman. I have a few comments to make on the subject: Six months maternity leave may not be sustainable; but weaning a two-month-old baby is, in my opinion, cruel and an abuse of the child’s rights. Maternity leave should start after a mother has delivered. What is the point of taking leave a month prior to delivery? Isn’t Namibia the only country in the world still carrying out this ancient practice? If the Government is serious about improving maternal and neonatal health indicators they should also reform maternity leave policy as a matter of urgency.
*WELL done PS Joseph Iita to suspend permits for sawn timber! Finally a Ministry of Agriculture PS who is taking his job seriously. We welcome you and hope for improvements in the forestry and agriculture sectors.
*What is wrong with The Namibian newspaper? When one wants to praise the government where it does well The Namibian will not let your SMS go through.
– Nesili, Outapi.
Law and Order
*LAIZER Kuhlewind’s sentence is disgraceful, irrespective his youth and so-called remorse, which I greatly doubt. The sentence must fit the crime. Remember that an injury to one is an injury to all. Just keep in mind that there are would-be offenders out there whom our legal system encourages in this regard. I’m simply lost for words because a life destroyed in such a manner is only understood by the victim and her family.
*IF those Botswana Defence Force members who killed those two guys in Caprivi Region for poaching are not brought to book then the Botswana High Commissioner must be recalled to their country until answers are found.
*NO refund, no exchange. The Chinese must be educated that by law they cannot sell defective goods and refuse to refund consumers for such goods.
*IT’S better NBC employees go on strike forever because it’s is no use coming back to show us the same old things and never showing world events.
*NBC can strike. Its only Swapo meetings coverage which will be affected. I won’t be affected, nor will I miss anything.
*NBC Stands for No Broadcasting Corporation.
* ‘JUST Whiling’ - half naked woman and alcohol, boozing in the nightclubs – is this the way you are an ambassador to our kids?
– Concerned GMP fan.
In and From the Regions
*COUNCILLOR for Opuwo Constituency we want water and electricity in Etati village. Please make a plan for us!
*WE don’t get any response from Ondangwa police station when we call them to attend to matters like accidents or house break-ins unless you are reporting a death. If you open a case you never hear anything from court and the same person comes back laughing and will steal from you again. I think this is unfair and corrupt.
*OMUSATI education officers! The message you pass through the NBC Oshiwambo Service is totally misleading. Is the symposium there to help those learners whose teachers were sick or did not finish the syllabus? Why are you only taking a few learners if such is the case? Frankly speaking, the symposium is a moneymaking project to whoever it benefits and it does not benefit learners at all. Teachers used to teach learners during holidays for free, so let them continue or else take all learners for the symposium.
*ONDANGWA Police Inspector. How is it possible that your investigating team never comes when it is an incident like theft or accident without casualties? Is it good for us to take the law into our own hands? This is very frustrating. If you’re involved in an accident and call the police you are asked whether someone is dead. You will be there waiting until you decide to rather do what suits you.
*The GIPF trustees “want to reassure members of the fund of (their) commitment to the values of transparency and accountability!” What a joke! If this is the case why are the details of the findings of the so called “loans” not yet released? Reveal the names of those who benefitted! Perhaps then we will believe this commitment.
*WHAT is really going on in this country? You have GIPF board members earning N$50 000 to N$90 000 a month for sitting fees while at the same time earning a salary? Come on, politicians and decision-makers. We have men on the side of the road walking every morning in search of daily bread. Don’t you feel for them? Why can’t GIPF use that money to create 90 jobs instead of benefiting a few? You will have made a difference in the 90 families already while reducing crime and desperation in this country. Please!
*CAN the Ministry of Health save us (women) from cervical cancer through annual vaccinations just as they do to children of 0-5 against infectious diseases?
*THANKS President Pohamba for the commission of inquiry on the our health facilities and I support the remarks of Dr Kamwi, “let the outcome be first known by the nation”. We’re sick and tired of the sick behaviour of some doctors and nurses and heads of departments in our public hospitals. They are not serious about our lives.
*CONGRATULATIONS President Pohamba on appointing a commission of inquiry into the public health sector. However, I humbly pray that you should also consider appointing a commission of inquiry into the administration of justice in the country. Why cases take so long to be finalised? The nation is crying for justice. Hear us please.
Lost and Found
*I LOST my wallet with all my documents in the name Antonius Sylvia Ndapandula. Please contact 081-379-8356.
*I FOUND an ID for Ronnie Johnny Paulse. Collect at City of Windhoek building plans counter.
*I JONA Kapolo lost my wallet with my ID and bank cards in the Ongwediva area. Please contact 081-606-0424 or 081-380-8641.
*I J STRAMISS lost my driver’s licence, ID and other cards in Dolam, Windhoek. Contact 081- 421- 9888.
*My name is Mervin Tjaimi . I lost my ID in a taxi. If found please contact 081-7373486.
*I ISRAEL Nanghanda lost my wallet with ID, driver’s licence and various cards in Oshakati between Yetu and Game. Please contact 081-417-7771 if found.
Responses to recent SMSes
*THE legal border should be midstream of the Orange River. Thus even if the river is just a small stream and wherever it flows the middle of that stream should be the legal border. The rationale here is that we are dealing with a river and a river is dynamic, it might be flowing at full capacity or it might flowing at low capacity.