Food for Thought
*I WANT to know what makes it so difficult to give the verdict on election case of the opposition parties.
Bouquets and Brickbats
*THANK you minister Immanuel Ngatjizeko for your labour amendment law, but still many private companies don’t want to comply with Namibian laws. They are still exploiting the right of workers, push the law again or set up some commission to investigate in the private sector. We workers still suffering very much in our motherland.
*VERY disappointed with FNB today (August 28). Long lines and four tellers missing. One is outside smoking. How can you help us? Not like this...
– Nafi M
*PRESIDENT Pohamba, Action is better than talk. Nice statement you made but there is no action. In your government workers such as cleaners, labourers, handymen, police officers and soldiers are get paid peanuts.The cleaners at your office (State House) earn N$1 600 per month. Do you think s/he can afford a house? Adjust their salaries now. The price of goods is increased. N$300 housing allowance per month is very very small. We are tired!
*MINISTER of Finance, with all due respect, do you understand that if you “doubled or tripled” the present old age pension – from N$550 to, say N$1 100, or N$1 650 per month – that ALL this money go straight back into the overall Namibian economy – 100 per cent! – for food, essentials and municipal services etc. Minister please do the math. You know it makes sense!
*CONGRATULATIONS to Oshikoto Region for successfully hosting the national event on August 26. The speech of the Head of State Hifikepunye Pohamba was very inspiring indeed. Congratulations comrade President.
– Labour student
In and from the Regions
*WHAT are you doing Rundu police? We are tired of shebeens that sell liquor with fake liquor licenses. Please do something in Ndama and Shikanduko location!
*DO Katutura Central Constituency have a regional councilor for the whole month without seeing him. Can the regional councilor tell us where he is? Please we need to know.
*THE DIRECTOR of Education in the Omusati Region, we are learners at Haudano Senior Secondary School in the Okalongo Circuit. We are doing Fashion Fabric and Home Economics but we are not attending lessons at other schools like those learners doing science subjects end social subjects. They always attend lessons at other schools but we are not. How do you expect us to pass? Please do something.
*IT IS very sad to note that the Red Flag Day has been politicised. I think the traditional leaders need to have it changed since any custom, belief or tradition can be changed by consensus of the community for the sake of peace and progress. People are deeply divided thereby bringing the tribes into disrepute.
*‘POLICE call off Red Flag Day’ read The Namibian front page on Friday August 24. Who are the police trying to fool here? The fact of the matter is that the commemoration of the Red Flag Day clashes with Heroes Day. For many years the Swapo-led government has tried in vain to separate the two events. Finally, there is an excuse. Well done!
*I WATCHED ‘Open File’ and I hear what the PS of the Ministry of Veterans Affairs, William Amagulu said, If your father was a veteran it does not mean you will benefit from it if he passed on. Now I ask myself what about liberation kids and do kids of veterans benefit while they didn’t do anything and those people lost a breadwinner because of his sacrifice to the liberation struggle. Is it humane?
– Concerned person
*CAN any Government employee confirm if it is true that our ministers get paid up to N$6 000 per day-plus free housing, a free luxury vehicle, and free food and drinks every day? And then the same leaders only see fit to vote a mere N$550 per month for our impoverished senior citizens!
*ALL CIVIL servants’ housing allowance must increase to N$1 500. We, below management, can’t afford rent. Ohangwena education directorate officials are forced to move to Eenhana but we cannot afford the rent and transport.
*PUBLIC Service employees working at regional councils (RC) are in trouble since councils/Chief Regional Officers have the power to suspend them. This happened at Ohangwena RC. Jerry Ekandjo, please give your regional councillors their job descriptions.
*CAN THE Minister and PS of Health and Social Services review the staff establishment of the nurses and also the need for clerks at outside clinics. The population grew by six times after independence but we have to make things run smoothly with the same number of staff. I think it is high time that you rely on the experience of those working on the ground and leave out the expensive consultants.
*OKAHAO State Hospital is just a big mess; Nurses are resigning all the time, hospital renovation is on stand-by for months, staff are coming to work late, sneaking out whenever they want and some are drunk at work. The hospital is dirty, no proper management to mention a few. Please someone rescue our hospital. Dr Kamwi, maybe? We don’t know who to turn to.
*WE ARE TB Field Promoters in Ohangwena Region, working on TB DOT strategies, community education, awareness, mobilisation and training of family members using DOT strategy without any field activity money.
*CAN Napwu and Nantu tell us why the secrecy regarding our salary negotiations? Must we go the same route as NBC before someone speaks up?
– Concerned public servant.
*I WAS eagerly waiting the word “civil servants salary adjustment” but was left disappointed.
*ANDREW Ndishishi, PS of the Ministry of Health, before you install your spying CCTV in central hospital make sure there is hot water in all wards. Know that we are using kettles to boil water for patients to bath. And know that your cameras will spy only on the walls because we will resign and go where we are respected and well remunerated. Nurses are sick and tired of being unappreciated in an independent Namibia. What have we done wrong? And did you leave CCTV cameras at Agriculture? No wonder.
*I FIND it absurd for prospective employers to require qualifications such as degrees to do what appears to be basic work. This is mostly common in public institutions. In my field I perform as those with degrees and even better but when a vacancy arises I am overlooked. What about my experience?
*I’M TOTALLY fed up with the rude lady who answers the phone at Natis northern industrial. She always hangs up before I’ve finished my query. Our fees pay for your salaries but if the job you have is not for you, I suggest you quit or tell management to move you to a different department. You are rude!
*IUM is preparing for the 10th graduation ceremony but still some of us students did not get our results for 2011. Please the management and the right honourable Deputy Minister of Education and the founder, we all want to be graduates.
– IUM student
*PLEASE Minister of Labour, Gazette the minimum wage for security guards. I found that a well-known security company said they will not add the rate increments while the minister has not signed the government Gazette. Securities are suffering! Please sign it minister. Please!
*THE POLICE are unfairly blamed for not preventing crimes in the country or for not acting decisively when called upon. But when they do, they are called trigger-happy, cowards, arrogant and lazy. I am referring to the SMS writer in last Friday’s edition who defended the fleeing criminal caught in the act. To the brother/sister writer, may thugs first visit your house/business, then we will talk again, yes.
*CAN the Brakwater roadblock authority please tell me what do I do when I’m rushing a sick child to hospital and the queue is three kilometres long and we can only move at five km/h? I was at nerves end this Sunday as there was nothing to do, just looking helplessly at a dying child.
Lost and Found
*I, CHARLTON Butkus lost my ID if found contact 0813717414.
*I LOST my ID card in Windhoek! My name is Patrick CJ Van Wyk. If found please SMS or call at 0816877017 or 0811281971. Thanx!
*I lost my grey wallet with all my documents. My name is Plantina Agatha Claassen. If you find it please call or SMS me 0816730715.
*CATHERINE Jacobs: I picked up a Billabong purse in Eros. ID card; Caren Du Plessis. Bank card; A de Wet. Call 0814329462 if it belongs to you.