Food for Thought
*I FAIL to understand why Namibia is to build a coal-fired power station when we have the highest sun hours in the world? And strong winds along the coast. Please go for renewable energy and not greenhouse gas polluting coal.
Bouquets and Brickbats
*THANK you Ministry of Environment and Tourism and Africa Adaptation Project Namibia for a well-organised and highly interesting Climate Change Knowledge Fair. Well done! Now we need to put knowledge into action!
* THUMBS up Tanja Bause - that’s rural reporting.
*TWO pupils die in school blaze. An article in The Namibian August 10. A candle was the cause of the fire and this school was built for N$58 million. Is this what we pay tax for: schools to be built with colossal revenue funds and learners still using candles to study?
*REFRAIN from showing that you belong to a certain political party if you were sent to represent a country somewhere not on a political mission.
*THE unfriendliness and lack of cooperation of the people in Namibia is now more evident than ever! The Mad Max crews are here to film a movie. They’ve paid a fortune for that right! And what do the Namibians do? Complain and cause problems. What’s wrong with you? Be thankful they’ve invested here!
*A PRESS release by the Ministry of Home Affairs requests the public not to make payments at the Bank of Namibia, but rather all the commercial banks and then provides the account details of Bank of Namibia. In short the statement makes no logical sense.
*TO weave or not to weave. We Namibians complain about petty things. At least Brazilian and Indian hair is cut from living people. What about you who complain but wear shoes, belts, jackets and bags from leather. In most cases these are dead animals. We have better things to worry about.
Running the Show
*WHY is our Minister of Foreign Affairs, Utoni Nujoma, not updating the nation on its position with regards to the shooting of our locals by the Botswana Defence Force while fishing in Namibian waters? How does the international community view this event?
*HOW is it possible that there is a power blackout in parts of Windhoek at night for nearly eight hours, like early last week, and none of the responsible people could be reached? Not even City Police or the Fire Brigade were able to get hold of the Municipality’s Electricity Department. Shame on you City of Windhoek!
*WHAT’S with the City of Windhoek? Every second day there is no water in Funky Town.
*WHEN will the City Police recruit again?
*WHY does the City of Windhoek take five months to approve building plans?
Law and Order
*RECENTLY the media reported on potential irregularities pertaining to the court proceedings, transcription services and related tender. However, no conclusive follow-up was done by the media; yet the tender has been awarded without advertisement. One would have hoped that the media and the public at large would be relentless in exposing matters like this.
*I THINK some of our leaders own bars in Eveline Street. What is so special about these bars that they operate till 02h00 or 03h00 and Police are doing nothing about it?
*KUNENE Regional Council donated bicycles to Khorixas Police Station. A very good move from them, but for the Nampol Police head, and management, to travel and receive that donation and waste state money was a shame. Instead of allocating proper police vans like in the past, you came and received bicycles. Khorixas Nampol has only had one ‘skoroskoro’ bakkie for the past five years. Is this really the independence we were fighting for? Please allocate four new vehicles for Khorixas.
*SHOULD board sitting fees not go to the union? Rudolph Kamberika must explain to his union what he has received so far from the Government Institutions Pension Fund.
*WHO do think you are to be claiming N$50 000 for a few hours of ‘sitting’ per month whilst other fellow human beings get N$3.50 an hour? Please ask yourselves!
*Why can’t we, as GIPF members, vote for the stoppage of any money to the board members until outstanding probes are finalised? The investigations into money squandered and the proposals we made. Ms Black, can you look into this.
Big Brother Africa
*CAN anyone explain to me the aim of Big Brother?
– Concerned youth
*HOW can women in leadership positions, or just in general, be progressive and productive if those with great potential are being disempowered and shunned through victimisation, threats, betrayals, sidelining and discrimination by our male counterparts? They are supported by our jealous fellow women for fear of outperforming them (men) in the work place? Women should start supporting each other and men should get over themselves! We also want to shine in our careers.
*WHEN is the National Library of Namibia going to start opening after hours? We need to study.
*WHY do we have to pay for education in advance in Namibia? The non-refundable application fee at Unam and the Poly is too much for poor people. Please let us apply for free!
*I’M a student doing a bachelor’s degree in adult education. So far, we have not received any study materials/modules for the second semester. I humbly request Unam management to do something. This will affect our studies and our exam dates are soon.
*THE August mock examinations are a mess in Omusati Region. Can anyone save the situation please. Lack of confidentiality. Question papers are transported from circuits to schools late and unsealed. Pages stapled upside down. Memos come late. The timetable is squeezed together giving teachers and learners less time to mark/learn. One wonders why should we do it if no proper planning has been put in place? Please Madam Director, do something to improve the situation quickly.
*DEAR Minister Iiyambo we have a problem. Nangombe Combined School in Okahao circuit, Omusati Region in Okahao is very dirty and old.
*I’M not a parent but every weekend I attend to teenage boys with varying injuries – all sustained in rugby. The fractures and concussions experienced have serious consequences on these young people’s lives. Why do parents allow their children to risk life and limb for a dangerous game which to most of them is only a pastime? Strict regulation is needed in schools’ rugby – either ban it completely for children under 16 or put in place measures to ensure that it is played safely. The SA Rugby Union is introducing concussion guidelines for their senior teams. What is Namibia doing for their children? The time to act is now!
*WHY can’t the Ministry of Health employ a public relations officer so that the Minister be relieved of that duty and give attention to important business. The Karas Regional Health Office has operated without a Director for two to three years. Why is this happening? Another concern is that the population is growing but staff numbers remain the same as before independence. Nurses have become overloaded with new programmes at clinics and health centres.
*THE drivers attached to Otjimbingwe and Karibib clinics in Erongo Region do not work on Fridays and Mondays. Can the Permanent Secretary find out why because they are already off during the weekend?
In and From the Regions
*DOES the Otjiwarongo Library have a cleaner? The carpets are covered in dust. Shelves are also dusty and the walls are dirty. I am afraid to study there.
*WHY doesn’t the Uukwiyuushona councillor distribute the toilets to all the houses? We all participated in elections in order to get the benefits.
*MINISTRY of Agriculture, Water and Forestry is it true that only six bulls and three boars are available for Kavango Region through your Bull Scheme ? What is the number for other regions?
*MUNICIPALITY of Walvis Bay please take care of our children’s playgrounds? The one in Kuisebmund looks like a rubbish dump.
*THE Swakopmund Municipality must get serious and give out tough punishments to people who have no fences to keep their dogs in. Streets are full of dog faeces, especially Mondesa, Tulinawa and Oletweni. We are tired of this.
*AS much as a veteran politician wants domestic workers to be paid an acceptable salary, she should also touch on the topic of training. They should also be given a form of training to be competent in their work.
*WE appeal to our Minister of Labour. We are grader operators who maintain gravel roads from year to year. We work without pensions, no medical aid and no S&T. We haven’t been registered so there is no kind of benefit at all. Please help us.
*CAN our Government establish a trade union to allow the police officers to strike?
*THE Ministry of Labour should create a fund to stand in as collateral or security, at the High and Supreme Court, in cases of unfair dismissal when proven by an arbitrator.
*I WANT to donate blood to fellow Namibians who are in need of it! But I do not know where to go here in the north.
*NBC how in the world can you broadcast the Olympic men’s football final just for the last 15 minutes of the match?
*NBC TV reception at Ondangwa is very poor. People are putting extension lines on top of the roof to get a better picture. Even Outapi TV reception is clear, so what’s wrong with Ondangwa?
*UTONI Nujoma said on national TV that the people do not eat human rights but food. Can he please tell the nation which people he was referring to and how he compares human rights to food? If he meant the Namibian people, maybe he should visit our dumpsites and fnd his answers there of how to compare the two.
*GIVE it up for Utoni Nujoma “people don’t eat human rights, people eat food”. Hope your fellows listen too!
*NATIS Windhoek how on earth can you just decide to close at 12h00 on Friday without letting us know? What about our results that were due on Friday at 14h00?
Lost and Found
*MY name is Lukas Benhard Shitekula, born in Oshinyadhila village. I lost my ID card in Arandis. Please contact 081-781-3344 if found.
*MR Andreas Nikodemus (born 1963-08-30) I found your ID card. Contact 081-833-6924.
*I CECILIE Hoveka lost my ID card in Windhoek. If found please contact 081-833-6258.
*I ADAM Ngavanduezu lost my ID and driver’s licence in Windhoek. If found please call/SMS 081-370-1940.
*KAVITA Beverley and Karupa Elen Persus I found your ID cards. Please call me on 081-433-8666.