Food for Thought
*THERE may also be job losses if the NBC is financially crippled to the point that retrenchments are inevitable, Mr Gabes Andumba! While workers’ rights are important, we must guard against being utterly irresponsible and shooting ourselves in the foot. The nation knows the NBC’s financial predicament and workers ought to know better. Either you have a secure job or you are on the street, this time without a union. I’m not working for NBC, nor am I a consultant.
Bouquets and Brickbats
*THANKS to the Kalkrand clinic staff for the soup kitchen for us on TB and ARV treatment and the home-based care patients. We are grateful to you for giving us soup. I wish the village councillors could do the same for the community.
– ARV patient
*THANK you Comrade President for the commission of inquiry into our health facilities. And I support the remarks of Dr Kamwi that the outcome should become the first to be known by the nation. We are tired of the behaviour of some doctors, nurses and heads of departments in our public hospitals.
*CONGRATULATIONS Health Minister Richard Kamwi. Central Hospital maternity ward is so clean and beautiful. Good job by the cleaners as well.
*I AM very proud of the Gobabis residents who took to the streets calling for an end to passion killings. I was inspired to see the local political leaders marching as well. May the rest of Namibia do the same.
*MAD Max deducting tax from school children’s wages and then saying they can claim it back? Unbelievable! You have to be registered as a tax payer to claim tax back, which scholars are not and one only, in any event, pays tax on earnings above N$40 000 a year! They are exploiting these children by taxing them!
Politics in General
*HANDS off the SADC Tribunal! If the leaders of the Southern African Development Community countries were to be as spineless as to kill off the role of the tribunal, it will be to their eternal disgrace. It will then give free rein to any future would-be dictators, as they will be guaranteed immunity from prosecution, and Africa needs to move forward not backwards. Stand up for democracy!
– Pieter Mostert
*THREE people dead in the Cape! The day before other people at a mine site! Yes, and the cattle rustlers killed people in Kwazulu Natal! Can South Africans not find other ways of addressing their grievances?
– Pan Africanist
Running the Show
*POINT of debate. Which is the legal border between southern Namibia and South Africa? Is it the middle of the Orange River or the high water mark on the Namibian side of the river, thus denying Namibians usage. This is probably why no significant agricultural development takes place on the Namibian side of the Orange River. Could the Ministry of Foreign Affairs put our minds at peace about this?
*GIPF trustees: you can explain your sitting fees all you want, and I agree that the hourly tariffs for sitting fees are not exorbitant, but you cannot expect the public to trust you because you have done nothing to share and bring to light the circumstances in which previous officials and trustees plundered the fund of hundreds of millions of dollars. Before you do that, and not just pass the buck again, you will continued to be regarded as puppets appointed to protect those who benefitted from that plundering and getting paid for doing so.
*GOVERNMENT Institutions Pensions Fund board of trustees must have a fixed sitting fee per day like other institutions. Not even a professional service provider charges that much per hour.
*DISCIPLINE: Some teachers at a certain school in Windhoek were or are still facing prosecution for allegedly assaulting a pupil. At Omuthiya a teacher was assaulted by two pupils and they were merely suspended. When are we going to respect the teachers? If the pupils cannot respect the teachers, then they must respect the rules of schools. Parents must not blindly defend their undisciplined criminal children. A case of assault should be laid with the Police against those two pupils.
– JP Nghiloohamba.
*THE Polytech is really making loads of money off students, giving a N$120 fine for eating a sweet in the library!
*LEARNERS at Uvhungu-Vhungu Combined school have been without toilets for years. They go to nearby bushes to relieve themselves which is a risk to their health. The school has written many letters to the regional office but they don’t even respond. Please Dr Iyambo we need your intervention. It is a school that goes up to Grade 10 without a science lab and library.
*MR Ndishishi PS of health please make a telephone number or SMS line available to report wrongdoings directly to your office because it will speed up the work of the newly appointed Presidential Commision of Inquiry of Primary Health Care. Thank you
*DO the cleaners at Unam have any serious supervisor? They waste time and effort mopping passages/corridors while the toilets, which are heavily used by students and some staff members, and which need to be cleaned at least three times a day, are left a filthy, stinking and horrible mess. Lecturers’ offices are rarely cleaned and yet they go round these same lecturers’ offices on the 15th of each month asking for taxi money. They work for a couple of hours in the morning and either loaf around for the rest of the day or simply ‘vanish’. Please, Unam management, we need sparkling clean toilets at all times.
*ANTI-Corruption Commission please come and investigate the allocation of catering tenders at Ministry of Education offices at Khorixas, Opuwo and Okahandja.
In and From the Regions
*WE the Shack Dwellers Federation of Omaruru are tired of waiting for sand from the municipality. It has been two weeks and nothing is happening.
*BETHANIE Village Council the first phase in Niemandsland is still waiting for toilets, taps and electricity. Weather conditions are bad and we suffer a lot. Please do something.
*THE Onesi-Olupaka gravel road no longer exists. What happened to the grader that normally does a good job? Are we waiting for an accident before we act? Please relevant authorities, we are suffering.
*PLEASE Roads Authority, give us feedback on Oshakati/Omungwelume road. When are you going to repair it?
*WHEN are we road users between Oshigambo and Eenhana going to enjoy a tarred road? Accidents happen, lives are lost and damage to our cars is endless. Does anybody have an idea of who to consult regarding this road?
*MINISTER of Home Affairs you publicly stated two weeks for an ID. Reality: 4 - 6 months! Why?
Lost and Found
*I FILLEMON S Simon lost my bag, wallet with my ID and all my documents in a small bus between Otjiwarongo and Windhoek on MOnday night night. If found please call 081-295-1910.
*I LOST my wallet with my documents. My name is Jacobus Apes April. If found contact 081-261-5613.
*I UULUMBU VV lost my driving licence. If found please call or SMS 081-147-3410 or 081-255-5435.
*MR ADREAS Nikodemus (born 1963-08-30 at Omuthitugwalwani) I found your ID card. Please contact 081-263-6225.
*I FOUND the ID card for Japhata Sade Auriell Anoushka in Otjomuise. Contact me at 081-216-3479.
Responses to recent SMSes
*DEAR Prime Minister Nahas Angula. While it would be good to use the German special fund to buy land, the people of Namibia need clarity on the sudden availability of these funds. How much money did the German government donate to this fund, when was the donation made, what were these funds earmarked for and were there any withdrawals? If so, who authorised these withdrawals and finally who were the beneficiaries? Transparency demands answers to these questions. Thanking you in advance I remain yours faithfully.
– August Maletzky
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