Food for Thought
*THE Namibian education system is failing because there is no effective system to monitor implementation and remedy observed deviations! We must wake up to this!
Bouquets and Brickbats
*CONGRATULATIONS to Athletics Namibia for successfully and professionally hosting the championship. Thank you Mr Fredericks! Iím disheartened by the turnout to this free event. Namibians do not appreciate the impact of athletics on the lives of these young Namibians. Itís even more disheartening to learn that a gold medallist could only walk away with N$1 000 at the most prestigious national event. Is this not a slap in the face of determined, talented athletes? Where is government (Ministry of Sports) sponsorship support? These young women and men can only hope for a big break in the international arena since their own motherland fails them. Could this be the reason why Shervin Vries traded Namibia for South Africa?
Ė M Tjituri
*TRANSNAMIB. The government of Namibia should learn from the government of South Africa about the importance of good rail infrastructure! They have budgeted billions for Transnet whilst our government is trying to break down TransNamib with a dilapidated rail line, old machinery and old vehicles. Get real.
*WINDHOEK has only one movie house. Why in the last five years have we never seen any Oscar winner or any other quality film? All we get are Ďchick flicksí, Ďfamily animationsí, B features and bang-bang Ďactioní dramas. Do the managers of Ster-Kinekor think Namibians are ignorant?
*THE ďtarredĒ road at Brakwater already has potholes. I wonder who had to do pre-payment inspections?
Business as Usual
*THE newly-appointed Chief Executive Officer of Namibia Airports Company has set a bad precedent. How can you lay off all your workers and you remain untouched? Who in the future would leave his job to join such a company? I am not an employee there but I think the decision is one of the worst in Namibian corporate history.
*MINISTRY of Education please do something about the learners who commute from Windhoek to DŲbra every day. They are waiting for money from the parents. Canít they just go back into the hostel?
*I CANíT understand why schools are so strict about learners not being allowed to push up their school jersey sleeves. I donít see anything wrong with that. And there are primary schools that donít allow the students to have hair extensions. There is nothing wrong so long as its neat and the studentís natural hair colour. Van Rhyn PS should try that.
*TEACHERS at Mouwa English Private School in Eenhana are always very late for school. Our children go to school early but teachers arrive there at 08h15 to 08h20. I see them walk past my house. We need improvement please.
*USAKOS state hospital cleaners donít put toilet paper in the toilets for their patients. The sick people must buy their own tissues! Why?
*MINISTER Kamwi please arrange some interviews with patients and visitors to find out about the behaviour of the nurses in Katutura Hospital. You will be shocked. Iím telling you that people are dying at the hands of these nurses. Please do something.
In and From the Regions
*I THINK changing governors to other regions is a step in the right direction because some governors are only busy with tribal issues instead of delivering services. You cannot keep on telling people that there is no development in the area because services are taken to some regions only and tell them that they are marginalised. What are you doing for your people then? The Keetmanshoop open market has still not been completed. Let us stop blaming other people for our failure. We know what the problem is and if we donít face it, we will reap the rewards.
*THE Keetmanshoop Youth Centre needs an action plan. The offices are closed. Community members run from door to door looking for help? Does the government need to build another for better services? Wake up please, we need help!
*OSHAKATI Premier Electricity you are so disappointing with your power outrages any time of the day and night. Your power goes off often three times a day especially in Oshakati East. Change or give someone else a chance.
*WHAT happened to the de-bushing tender between the bridge and Ozondje in Omaruru? It was supposed to start in February. We want employment.
*RUNDU Town Council when are we going to start paying for our plots?
*OKAHANDJA municipality please we in Samaritan Church area are hygienic. Collect your rubbish on time or talk to the butchery owners. On Sunday afternoons, we canít breathe.
*STOP with your empty promises. Are the unfilled promises a way of getting the residents out of your offices? Since 2009, the Ondangwa Town Council has been informing residents about moving the flood sufferers to higher ground. How long does it take to service the zone or put up some decent structures?
*THE water crisis at a settlement 36km or so outside Okahao is appalling! People are suffering while the money is going back to the Treasury. What a shame?
City Fathers Please
*COULD the Windhoek municipality please fix the water pipes in Kingfisher Street properly! Every month weíre without water for at least a day. We pay our rates and taxes. This is bad service delivery!
*CAN all women, especially mothers, teach or encourage their boys to use the bathroom when nature calls. It will really help when the boys turn into men.
Can make an awful noise.
*ANYBODY out there who can give advice please? Since October last year we have had new neighbours who are renovating and revamping their whole house. From early morning to evening we have to listen to the hammering, drilling and grinding. It doesnít matter whether itís Xmas, New Year, public holidays, Saturday or Sunday! Arenít there any rules? Donít we have any rights for a little bit of quiet over weekends? What can we do?
Law and Order
*CAN Minister Nangolo Mbumba update me on this issue. Can a pregnant woman whoís going to deliver next month put on a seatbelt? I was given a ticket of N$1 000 this weekend due to not wearing a seatbelt and I wasnít feeling well.
*IS this what we call justice? Should a woman go to jail because she was protecting herself from an abusive boyfriend? Fiona Kinda the Namibian justice system has failed you like it has failed many of us.
*IT is terrible that people who complain at the Anti-Corruption Commission must get a court to order the ACC to make available the information on the investigation. Namfisa does the same. How can you call yourselves protectors of the public? Who are you actually protecting?
*FOR the sake of transparency can the Namibia Football Association please tell the nation what the total cost of the court case against Equatorial Guinea was?
*CLIENT services at Standard Bank Swakopmund. Management please look into it. Last week I had to spend an hour and 30 minutes in a queue. Staff went in and out for lunch while we were waiting.
*STANDARD Bank Marientalís ATM is forever out of order and then the bank charges you N$30 if you withdraw money inside the bank as it is your fault! Or they refer you to Bank Windhoek or FNB! Even there extra charges are involved! My logic is why must my own bank refer me to another bank or penalise me for their own fault? They are supposed to assist you at no cost! Mr Pumzi please do something.
*IF NBC is in such dire need of money, why donít they sell all the freebies which they are giving away?
Ė Lady Ann
Lost and Found
*I MAGANO Iivula born 15-05-1993 lost my ID in a taxi on Thursday in Wanaheda at Amunyela. Please contact 081-621-5087.
*I EE Kisting lost all my personal documents at China Town. Please call 081-472-7987 if found.
*I NDENGU Emilia lost my ID and my bank card in Ondangwa. If found contact 081-617-7032 or 081-651-5472.
*I LOST my ID and driving licence in the name E E Nashiku. If found please call 081-300- 5998.
*I LUSIA Hambeleleni Shifotoka lost my wallet in Windhoek central on Saturday. My ID, driving licence, medical and bank cards were all in it. If found please call or SMS 081-273-6459.
*I SIMON SIMON lost my ID, bank and other cards on my way to Unam last Wednesday. Please contact 081-620-5636.
Responses to recent SMSes
*IF there was no bush war, there could not be negotiations. And remember the bush war was launched because negotiations failed in first place.
*PLEASE donít generalise. Not all government receptionists lack professionalism and customer care. The same can be said about the private sector. Some donít have manners.
*THE so-called pastors flocking from other African countries are seeking a better life here and they exploit Namibians for financial gain. It is time for our Namibian Government to stop such practices.