Food for Thought
*CAN the team at The Namibian newspaper or anyone else give us Namibians the definition of what tribalism is? Because it seems we misunderstand it.
Bouquets and Brickbats
Zambia you make us proud.
*WHAT a performance! I burst into tears when Zambia beat Ghana. They put up a great fight. They remind me of the players who perished in the 1993 plane crush. The likes of Patrick Banda, Derby Makinka and others. Viva Chipolopolo viva!
*VIVA Viva Viva Zambia! Viva Viva Zambia goalkeeper.
*ZAMBIA made southern African countries proud. I hope they take the cup to Lusaka.
*BRAVO to Reverend Ngeno Nakamela! Cabinet ministers should learn from his inspiring words. Viva Inner City Church!
*I HOPE the old guard in our Parliament takes an example from true leaders like Reverend Ngeno Nakamela who has decided to hand over the task of leading to young ones. Please retire, we need new blood in decision-making.
*ON January 10, I reported to Ausspannplatz Post Office that six calendars posted on October 26, 2011 were lost. I have now pleasure in informing you that three of these calendars were received in Germany last week, after exactly three months. Since I now have e-mail contact with the other recipients I presume that all calendars were received in the meantime. I just wanted to let you know for good order’s sake.
– Heidi Koch
*IT is shocking to see the staff who serve me lunch at Woermann Brock Klein Windhoek sitting on a pavement next to filthy dumpsters to have their lunch.
Law and Order
*PLEASE could we get points men in Windhoek who direct traffic at busy intersections during peak hours. They are really effective in South Africa. Outsurance pays for training, salaries and life skills input. An excellent way to employ young people and to improve traffic flow. Come on big business!
Only one at a time.
*IS there no punishment for those who marry for a second time while the first marriage has not been dissolved?
*COULD Exchange Control please inform the people via the newspapers how much money is allowed to leave the country so as not to commit an offence. And where exactly does one declare this?
*IT seems to me that the war veterans will not stop demanding the so-called benefits. First it was jobs, now it’s cash. I am sure soon they will start asking for houses and cars. Could the President tell the nation when we, who were fighting from within, can start registering and claim our benefits as well. Thank you.
*KK should be applauded for starting the debate on tribalism and entitlement politics. Let us now start seriously addressing these unwarranted tendencies in the ruling party and Government!
*KK is not the first MP to make tribalist expression.There were and are other senior leaders in our Swapo who expressed tribal connotations.Why did journalists not report and twist those views as they are twisting KK’s view? Leave KK alone please.
*TO the SMS writer who is cautioning KK about what happened in Kenya and Rwanda: before we ‘hang’ KK to dry we need to look at ourselves as a nation. Do we we respect one another as a nation? Are we respecting minority rights or do we feel there is no need to respect smaller groups? Civil wars happen because majorities ignore minorities or those minorities in power ignore majorities! Namibia is slowly moving towards turmoil unless our leaders wake up now and start building the nation. We have tribal authorities all over this country but yet we are saying Namibians should not be tribalist! The state approves tribal lands etc. Maybe we should start scrapping those tribal laws! Then we can talk of a nation! KK’s outburst is a result of a frustrated angry man who feels that he is being discriminated against in his own country.
City Fathers Please
*CITY of Windhoek, who is responsible for cleaning the electricity substation in Riethaan Street, Rockview Estates, Hochlandpark? I phoned and talked to a certain Mr Oscar at maintenance about six times who referred me to people who are apparently not dealing with it. The Electricity Department can’t help. It’s a health hazard! Urgent cleaning needed.
Running the Show
*MR Hage Geingob’s vehement denial and protestations are quite understandable. To leave no lingering doubts Mr Geingob should disclose his incomes derived from consultancy fees and release his tax returns.
*LEADERS be careful. Tribalism, corruption, self-enrichment and unethical behaviour can destroy an entire nation overnight. You can see the examples from other African nations. Namibia has enough resources for all.
– Concerned citizen.
Please send them earlier.
*MINISTRY of Finance (Customs and Excise) please consider the decision you took to print statements only from the 13th to 17th of every month. Make it an an earlier date. Maybe the 5th to 10th. We need to check our statement before payment on the 20th. Officers are sitting there idle, why not print every day?
*MINISTER of Education hear our cry and send us teachers and a hostel superintendent at Daweb. We have no teachers for three Grade 10 subjects. Please visit the Hardap Education Regional Office.
*WE want to learn languages like Portuguese, German and English in Khorixas. Please we want to be educated like others and become guides and help tourists.
*DR Namwandi are you aware that schools in Ohangwena Region, specifically in Enyana Circuit, haven’t received our stationery yet?
*MINISTRY of Education, why are the learners of Wennie du Plessis in Gobabis going out every day? Just go past around 18h00 and you will find them kissing and hugging in the street. Are the parents aware of this? Who is in control?
*PLEASE Ministry of Health investigate Chinese products such as tablets and tea sachets. They are expired and still on sale countrywide.
*MINISTER of Health, please send inspectors to Onanjokwe Hospital. The toilets are in poor condition. We pay hospital bills for nothing because no proper service is provided to very ill patients. We lose our unborn babies due to a lack of proper help. We need proper health care.
*MEATCO please move your burners outside of Windhoek. We as residents cannot handle the smell given off by the chimneys.
*DEAR Anti-Corruption Commission how come Namibia Wildlife Resorts can refuse to hand over documents requested by you. See page 2 of a German daily on Wednesday.
*IF you watched One Africa TV news on February 2 or 3 about a company building houses for low-income people kindly send me their contact details.
*WHERE can I contact Mr Gerson Claasen? I want to buy apple trees.
Note: His numbers are 081-780-0967 or 261765.
*PLEASE could you assist and report on a suspicious text message I got on my MTC number from a United Kingdom number claiming that I won a large sum of money and that I should call or e-mail my details to them. Just so the nation is aware of this scheme.
Note: Ignore these messages and do not provide any details. They are scams. There are many being sent by e-mail as well.
– News Desk
In and From the Regions
*NAMIBIA is greatly dependent on the Walvis Bay harbour and TransNamib receives 95 per cent of its revenue from this enclave too. When things goes wrong in Walvis Bay, the Namibian economy will be affected. It’s very important to provide the best working and living conditions for its inhabitants to prevent a calamity in the country.
*KEETMANSHOOP same old story. Every time it rains the roads are covered with sand. There are no pavements to prevent this. Municipality check what you can do about this.
*GOVERNOR of the Karas Region, there are individuals working in the Ministry of Works and Ministry of Child Welfare respectively who do nothing but at the end of the month they are quick to collect their salaries. That’s corruption, stealing Government money.
*WHY is Tsintsabis electricity so fragile? Just a little rain and the electricity is off. Can it not be improved?
*GROOTFONTEIN wake up! This town is very dirty and no development is taking place. Who is in charge?
*ONGWEDIVA Municipality the road at that stop next to the police station and before you reach Pennypinchers, on your way to Oshakati, is damaged with potholes. Please do something, it is not safe for our vehicles.
*NBC’s ‘Open File’ must visit Aus town to see how we are struggling to get water.
*THESE crocodile attacks in the North are not the crocs’ fault. When children swim they splash around and this to a croc looks like an animal drowning and it will go for the child. It is the animal’s nature. We need to teach our children and ourselves about the dangers when we are in their environment and not to go killing crocodiles because of an attack.
*WE have a water problem at the Okanguati residential area in Epupa Constituency, Kunene Region. This problem started quite a long time ago and nothing has been done. This situation forces the community to use unhygienic water.
*I WOULD like to know who to contact for the 500 jobs that might be generated for the filming of ‘Mad Max Fury Road’?
*WHY is Pepsi not available in Windhoek shops? We would also prefer quality over the imports that flooded the market in 2011.
*STANDARD Bank has responded to the question of Internet banking, but what about cellphone banking? Please we need it. Move forward as your logo suggests.
*STANDARD Bank – ‘Moving backwards’. My granny could use the previous Internet banking site. How someone can drop what worked for years and introduce a system with less sophistication beats me. For now. under the pillow it is! Not a single password required.
*STANDARD Bank N$300 million later on a new system and your customers still do not get SMS notification when we use our debit cards. Other banks have had this service for many years. Why?
*STANDARD Bank systems upgrade! What a joke! No Internet banking since Sunday! And no one can give any answers!
*STANDARD Bank is implementing a new system but the staff are not explaining properly to customers what is going on. Specifically at Tsumeb branch they treat customers as if we know exactly what is going on. A humble request: Be patient and tolerant with customers because it is their right to ask questions and to be explained to in a polite way.
*THERE is no MTC connection between Aus and Lüderitz! Please MTC do something urgently.
*If MTC provides the fastest Internet in Namibia as their adverts claim, I do not want to go through the agony that the slowest service must be providing. When it takes 20 minutes to download 55 per cent of a six megabyte file at four in the afternoon the frustration does tend to get out of hand. Please MTC I’m paying for an advertised service that is not happening.
– David Viviers
*WHY is Onkani in Otamanzi constituency in Omusati Region not connected to MTC or any cell network? How long should we wait this development?
Can’t live without it.
*HOME Affairs my ID is taking too long. My name was spelled wrongly by your staff. Your processes are too slow. We need to have the IDs.
It is usually so nice.
*PICK n Pay Oshakati we come and do our shopping at your store because you have fresh bread. But this week it was not fresh, we do not know why.
*WHAT is wrong with NBC? We pay our TV licences but have had no broadcasting at Okahao since Tuesday. The screen is just blue. Please do something.
Lost and Found
* JOHANNES Martin your wallet with your ID and other cards was found in Schafer Street, Klein Windhoek, and handed in at The Namibian. Please ask for Yvonne English at editorial reception.
*I EINO K Iipinge lost my ID and other cards in Windhoek. If found please contact 081-211-8942.
*I JANUARY Nasitasiu Hilifa lost my ID and my bank cards. Please contact me on 081-219-2475.
*I MUHONGO Douglas Songa lost my wallet with my ID and other documents at Osona Base recruit graduation ceremony. If found contact me at 081-431-0220/081-423-5755.
*AMUNYELA Aksel. I lost my ID and other cards in Windhoek near Atlas in the Northern Industrial Area. Contact 081-394-4463.
*I SEKSON N Hamunyela lost my ID and bank cards. If found please call/SMS me on 081-321-3829.
*I MBUDJE Veiko N (born July 1990) lost my Grade 12 certificate and my full birth certificate. If found please call 081-736-9354.
*NEROMBA Joseph Neromba lost his ID, social security and bank cards at Okahandja Park. If found please contact 081-436-5221.
*I FOUND the ID of Uaurovandu Kozonguizi. Please contact 081-237-1738.
Responses to recent SMSes
*LABOUR issues! I agree with lunch from 12h00 to 14h00 considering that one cannot do all that much in one hour. It would be good if Namibia also went back to the way from the olden days where our parents were paid their salaries fortnightly (every two weeks). It could help with poverty. Take our salaries and divide them in two. There will be food in our homes every day. Waiting for 31 days damages us because, by the time we have made it to month end, we are finished and have even borrowed money left and right. Think about it. Namibia can be different from South Africa please.
*I AGREE MobiPay needs to sell pre-paid electricity in the North. It’s long overdue.
*URGENTLY in need of library books. We are outside town but can collect 081-286-0283.
*TO the person referring the parent of a gay child to Leviticus 18-20. There is no sin greater than another. Let’s accept gay people as they are because there is nothing or no one that can change them.
*GERMANY took over the whole of Europe and killed millions of people just 70 years ago. None of these countries are asking for apologies or repatriation. Instead they work hard and build their economies. Africa is hampered with a culture of entitlement. And we must blame our leaders for that. They have little value other than reminding us of the past.