Food for Thought
Teach defensive driving
*TIP for driving schools. Teach would-be drivers defensive driving skills because not all drivers on the road have valid driver’s licences.
Bouquet and Brickbats
*THANK you Oprah for showing us what our Government could achieve if it spent it on our education and did not allow the political fat cats to steal our resources.
*THE Chinese are at it yet again! This time the Carmine bee-eaters are being killed and sold to Chinese businessmen. What is next?
*THERE are three things that play a key role in a learner’s performance: the learning materials/resources, the teacher-to-learner ratio and the background discipline. I was shocked to discover that there are schools that still do not comply with two of the above and they yet have Grade 10 to 12. Imagine two grades or more sharing two textbooks. Where do you get good results?
*WHY are Angolan, Zambian and Zimbabwean children being accommodated in Government schools when Namibian children are being turned away?
*MINISTER of Education do you know about the chaos involved in the administration of exams at Unam? Wrong papers were given to students, wrong marks were allocated and question papers lost without trace. This happens every year. Someone must be held responsible.
*PERFORMANCE of the region depends on the leadership of the regional management. There is no bad education region with a good educational director and no good director with a bad education region. Directors should take the blame for poor performance of their regions.
*CAN the Polytechnic of Namibia please tell us who was awarded the bursaries for hospitality management advertised recently?
Bring your own polish
*MINISTRY of Education what’s happening in state schools? Tell us why we buy air freshener, floor polish, tissues, soap?
– Concerned parents
*IF I resigned from teaching to go for further studies, am I not allowed to go back before I have finished?
*IT is often difficult for distance students to write tests due to work commitments. Isn’t there any way for Unam to give assignments only to us, so we can test ourselves only during exams as it’s the only time that leave is allowed!
*WHY does the Okahao government hospital not have a generator? Minister Kamwi please visit. Nurses and patients have huge problems whenever the power goes off. Most of the equipment requires electricity to function. How will one treat or care for a seriously ill patient or conduct a delivery with a paraffin lamp?
*IF 52% of the country live on N$16 a day, the money lost at GIPF could have doubled half our nation’s income for almost two years.
Law and Order
*ROAD Traffic authorities and City Police can you please report on statistical information available on: 1) Locations of motor collisions and numbers of most accidents. 2) Numbers of drivers split in to taxis, private commercial vehicles and GRN (plus unauthorised trips) and list numbers of vehicles ‘jumping the lights!’ Police will find some disturbing facts. To help minimise accidents, deaths, injuries etc maybe slow down the robots’ time delay sequence! Do some trial tests!
– Concerned senior citizen/driver
*I WOULD like to challenge those working in road safety companies to travel by kombi to see how the drivers behave on the roads. Maybe they will understand the causes of accidents and work toward reducing them.
On the Farm
*DEPUTY Prime Minister Marco Hausiku how could you castrate, rebrand and dehorn the lost bulls that ended up on your farm? Why did you not call the media to tell the public about the lost animals or shut them out? You are a lawmaker. May the law apply to you as it is applied to others in Namibia.
*IF the Deputy Prime minister acknowledged keeping the cattle and he cannot uphold the rule of law he was sworn to uphold, he must resign immediately in order to restore the dignity of the state and build confidence in the rule of law and in our Swapo Party in Kavango Region.
*DEPUTY PM Hausiku in cattle theft saga? What? This could not be true. If the Stock Theft Amendment Act of 2004 cannot be applied to the Deputy Prime Minister Marco Hausiku, then all thieves who are in prison for stock theft should be released. The law should apply to all.
*TAXI T80 you’re not above the law. Parking at a traffic light and getting out of your car to get change is disrespectful towards fellow drivers!
In and From the Regions
Walvis Bay Civic Centre
*IT’S a pity that our municipality is neglecting the Civic Centre in Walvis Bay. The building is not clean and the arch on the west side of the steps is very dirty. The palm trees in front of the main entrance do look like weeping willows!
*NOTICE to all Namibian Maritime Fisheries Institute (Namfi) graduates. It has come to the attention of Cabinet that Namfi graduates are finding it difficult to get employment in the fishing sector. Cabinet has instructed the Ministry of Labour to register all Namfi graduates who are unemployed. All unemployed Namfi graduates are invited to register at Ministry of Labour nationwide. It was published in July 2010! We are still waiting. Please help us.
*MINISTER of Education please how can we security officers at the National Library, employed by for Siegfried Security, work the whole month and get N$500? Please come and talk to us.
– Sad security officer
*HOW can Jet Mart display that they are opening at 08h30 and end up opening at heaven knows what time. We stood there for an hour. They wasted our precious time. If they know that they are not opening at the prescribed time, they should notify us.
– Frustrated customer
*MINISTRY of Finance Inland Revenue Keetmanshoop, your assessors are never at work. We are penalised for late submissions yet you take ages to assess the PAYE 5 forms. Will I get my money with interest?
Lost and Found
*MILKA April employed by the Metje and Ziegler Group, your ID and medical aid card were handed in at The Namibian. Please ask for Yvonne English at editorial reception.
*I LEOPARD Hamutenya lost my ID and bank card. Please contact 081-783-1580 if found.
Responses to recent SMSes
*THANKS for publishing my SMS regarding wells in Olwadhiya Village Onesi Constituency. Please note that the ones in Senegal are modern. Here I am talking about traditionally dug wells. Even if a cat, dog, snake, rat etc dies in there we still draw water from it as we have no choice. I invite Open File to go and show the nation our plight. The rainy season is a blessing as we then get water from oshanas that we consider cleaner.
*I DO not agree with reducing the price at Etosha National Park. If that happens our fellow Namibians will go and break things like they did at all the other holiday resorts in the country. They can only reduce the prices on the food and drinks a little but keep accommodation prices as they are. The place is very neat and well maintained! There are workers that need to be paid. I enjoyed my stay at Okaukuejo, it was worth the price. Especially to the friendly chef you are great!
– A Namib rose
*RE SMS on Monday on authenticity of IACDA. I Helvey Uushona, the IACDA appointed agent, wish to assure all the young Namibians interested in the scholarship scheme advertised that the agency is genuine and the advertisement is authentic. I am a private pilot pursuing a CPL at WFTC Windhoek. IACDA sponsored my training last year and they will continue to do this year. IACDA was formed and is based in Canada, I am the first person they sponsored in Southern Africa and they wish to sponsor more potential pilots as they are a placement agency. Do further not hesitate to contact me should you require further information or wish to meet me in person.
Please visit website: www.iacdaorg.webs.com
*NBC can’t confiscate people's TVs. Not everyone buys a TV to watch NBC. Some buy them for DStv, DVDs and games.