THE article ‘The house that Hendrina Haufiku built’ is heartbreaking. Most disturbing to me is the lack of protection for people under these circumstances. This is done by banks and lawyers. Both regulated. But all regulators do in Namibia is blow their own image through fancy adverts. They totally fail the consumer. And this failure comes with government consent.
Food for Thought
*TO everyone in Namibia please let us throw rubbish in the bins! Please don’t throw it through the windows or anywhere you walk/sit/stand. Let us respect ourselves and our surroundings.
Bouquets and Brickbats
*IT appears that the widely advertised SMS service of the companies registration office is out of order not even a month after it was introduced! What a pity – it was actually very helpful.
*WHAT a shame. Were our elders not supposed to be our guardians, mentors and our sources of wisdom in Namibia? It’s a shame to us, the youth, to see our very own parents demonstrating on the closure of shebeens in Windhoek. Can they not find a constructive yet decent manner to put bread on the table? Our children are being raised in Okuryangava and Okahandja Park and the whole of Katutura in an alcohol-dominated society! Do we expect crime and poverty to reduce by this? A healthy and a constructive environment to raise communities and an educated nation is all we need. Bravo Windhoek management!
*I’VE NOTICED that it is only Swapo Party of Namibia which is hard at work to elect their office bearers. What are the opposition parties of Namibia doing? When will they hold their elections? Or will they not hold elections like Swapo Party did?
*IS it allowed to attend political party meetings with a government car? Check out Keetmanshoop.
*THE City of Windhoek announced the start of the interim valuation of the newly extended city boundaries. When is the city going to tell affected property owners how it is going to comply with the Local Authorities Act section 30 of its obligation to deliver services in those areas? Come clean before we allow your valuers.
*CITY Fathers please do something! Electricity from Eveline Street to Green Mountain and Salt Spring Street goes off every Monday to Thursday from 18h30 to 21h00.
Law and Order
*CONRADIE remains the board chairperson! The whole story with government and MTC refusing to take a clear stance against corruption is evidence that corruption is deeply ingrained in our society up to the highest levels of private business and government structures. It will also be the downfall of this country and we are walking into our demise with open eyes. Where is President Pohamba who promised the relentless fight against corruption? He probably did not fully grasp the level of rot when he made these vows. Matters only got worse from thereon.
*GUYS please more strict rules on alcohol laws and speeding.
*ON June 21, I witnessed a warrant officer of the Namibian Police Vehicle Clearance Unit in Windhoek unsuccessfully trying to extort a bribe from a diplomat who applied for a vehicle police clearance way in advance through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. When she refused, he went off at her calling her bad names and flatly refused to help her. She remained humble, polite and dignified through all this. His problem is he is underpaid, got paid on the 20th but was already broke on the 21st. I was really ashamed to be a Namibian that day and walked out in shame. I don’t know if this lady ever got helped. Shame on you warrant officer. Your type drag the whole country down with you. Where can one report things of this nature?
A Question of Land
*CAN the Minister of Lands and Resettlement please resettle the full-time communal farmers from Kunene first, especially in Khorixas and Sesfontein districts? It is already July and serious drought is evident. There is enough land in Kunene to help suffering famers. Animals are starting to die two by two. Governor, councillors, chiefs please wake up before its too late. Where are our priorities?
– Very concerned farmer
*URGENT intervention is needed at Mweshipandeka Senior Secondary School. How can the school principal and his inspector let the Grade 12 learners go this far without a class teacher, nor a maths and physical science teacher? Plus no progress report cards for tests have been given to the learners.
In and From the Regions
*WILL our town Otjiwarongo also get a city police one day? I’m tired of illegal shebeens in my area playing the same music over and over every day and night
*NBC ‘Open File’ about people going to Nigeria for miracles. If only 90 per cent of Namibians who claim to be Christians will avoid sins like drunkenness, murder, sex outside marriage etc they will have more prophets than Nigeria who has 50 per cent Christians. Sin makes you powerless and prophetless.
*WHAT’S wrong with NBC TV? Seventy per cent of the 20h00 Sunday news was just about Swapo elections. Not that I support the party, but it was just too much. You could combine and make it one story.
*NAMIBIA Football Association please try to arrange at least two matches before March 2013 for the national team since there will be no competitive matches until then. We, the fans, are just starting to get confidence back for the Brave Warriors. The benefits are endless for all parties.
*KLEIN Windhoek NamPost office Saturday 11h45. I am sent away because I have a small bag of (sorted) coins and the staff member has “something else to do”. Are you open until 12 our not?
*GOBABIS Post Office can you please make a plan, the queues are very long with only two counters. I wonder how the pensioners are coping when it’s their pay day?
*WE are spending too much time in queues at the banks and official productive hours are wasted. Standard Bank is the number one culprit.
Lost and Found
*I FOUND a BOB card, ID and social security card for Thomas Tuluwali. Please contact 081-423-9106.
*I ELIANDER N Andreas lost my ID in windhoek. If found please contact 081-846-1921.
*I HOSEA Petrus Landulandje lost mi ID in Swakomund. If you found it please SMS 081-311-4811.
*I RAUNA Hakaye Ndanyengwa Viviene lost my passport between Oshakati and Oshikuku. If found please contact 081-345-2184.
*I JAHENGA Katjiukua lost my my wallet with my ID and other cards. If found please contact 081-845-6044.
Responses to recent SMSes
*RE. Citizen Nahas. Competing presidential aspirants the world over are known to hire and pay academics to do the dirty digging and dirty fighting.
*CITIZEN Angula as a public and national leader, you are open to criticism so don't be touchy about it. To back Hengari's opinion, Mr Angula you have been serving in the government since Independence. What notable achievement can you boast of? Leadership is all about making a difference. With all due respect sir, you don’t have what it takes to serve as a president. We need a person who would be a man of his own, a non-conformist who would make Namibia a better place to live in for all citizens.
*RE: CARTOON of the cross. The cross is not a sacred symbol. It was used before and after Jesus Christ. The cartoonist was expressing the words of lawyer Dirk Conradie.
*WHY are the exile kids are being treated so special? I fail to understand why a born-free person should be called an exile kid. Can the government stop practising tribalism and start sharing these Namibian resources among the needy people. All the opportunities are being given to the exile kids. Are these the only people in need of a bread? We have cried enough, and enough is enough.
*IN reply to an SMS that supports corporal punishment: A teacher who beats kids will never earn respect, only create fear and hatred. A beaten kid will take that hatred out on others in revenge. Violence only creates more violence.
*CHILD spanking is an interesting debate going on at the same time as the public outcry over violence in society, passion killing, rape etc gets louder. Maybe studies might show that Namibians get used to and learn to use violence at an very early stage?
*RURAL areas and towns have their fair share of problems just like in Windhoek believe me. Spanking and abusing learners in Windhoek schools does not seem to have created a peaceful capital. On the contrary violence in Windhoek is increasing annually.
* IF building shacks is a good thing, they should also be built in an area where ministers, the President and others live then we’ll see whether they’re not going to cry.