Food for Thought
*WE can’t afford commercialised farmland neither can we afford urban land. Whither to my beloved country? Why does the Government allow these things to happen?
Bouquets and Brickbats
*IT’S such a shame to see that our athletes are making an effort at the Olympics, but the national broadcaster cannot even show us visuals. Well done Kasuto.
– A sports lover
*THE Government investigation was meant to investigate things like alleged corruption and sexual misconduct at the Polytechnic. But it seems only to have found minor inconveniences, like ‘not enough lecture rooms’, which are a fact of life at universities around the world!
* Alexactus Kaure’s article in Friday’s The Namibian was a very interesting read. Please Unam and the Poly publish a bibliographical list of all your publications, not only on your website, but in all local newspapers. There is nothing to hide! Right? It is very interesting how every second person is called Prof or Dr just after completing a PhD. Standards should be adhered to and applied for us as a nation to be called ‘an educated nation, highly skilled etc.’ Besides, education is the answer to our country’s misery in so many disciplines.
*SHOCKING! Putting an advert in the newspaper for a nanny and wanting to pay her N$600. It’s really sad what we are doing to our own people. For heaven’s sake, you are leaving your children with this person!
*THE Reiter Monument next to the National Monument is not easily accessible. As a parent who fetches children at Windhoek High I see the misery that tourists go through trying to reach the Horse Rider. Elderly people cannot reach it at all because of the high elevation. The area is also unkept. This great tourist attraction is totally disregarded.
A Place to Call Home
*COMRADE tate Nahas Angula! We are begging you. Come to the rescue of public servants. Please review the N$450 000 housing allowance. All houses in Windhoek are nearing N$1 million.
*IS it not possible to use the money from the Targeted Intervention Programme for Employment and Economic Growth (Tipeeg) to build apartments for low-income people in Namibia. Even teachers, nurses and other government workers can’t afford housing with that amount allocated for it! You will leave a legacy Your Excellency President Hifikepunye Pohamba, if you can provide the basics to your people.
– Poor Namibian.
Business as Usual
*WHY should farm owners cut firewood for South Africa and then South Africa sells it back to Namibians again at a higher price? Ministry of Trade make sure that this wood goes as an end product. Not in sacks but in a Proudly Namibian package.
Law and Order
*PLEASE Minister of Justice take steps to give those prisoners tasks. It is no enough just to eat and sleep waiting for their release date. We have many incomplete projects in Namibia. Those people must work on these projects, please.
From the House
*CAPRIVI is a colonial name, so is Lüderitz. Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Keetmanshoop to mention but a few are too. If you people in Parliament want to change only the two, what about others? Is Swapo also going to change its name?
*TO MINISTER Albert Kawana. If Caprivi and Lüderitz are colonial names, then we should get rid of English as a sole official language since its also a colonial language. Minister Kawana is not a spokesman for the people of Caprivi. Consult the people about name changes before you decide for them with your political masters.
*WHAT will changing the name Caprivi be of benefit to the people of that region 22 years after Independence? Will the new name bring development, reduce unemployment, eradicate hunger and poverty or stop tribal tension which is so rampant in that region? I don’t think so. Caprivi is our identity even those who are advocating for the name change have colonial names themselves.Why don’t they go to the Ministry of Home Affairs and change their colonial names first.There is no gain in changing the name Caprivi, only consequences.
– James, Arandis
*THE proposed renaming of Caprivi and Lüderitz. Will this lead to changing of people’s birth certificate to the new names? If yes, it is a waste of time and resources.
*WHY single out Caprivi and Lüderitz for renaming? Are names like Grootfontein, Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Swapo not colonial names? Minister Albert Kawana should stop imposing his divisive views on the people of Caprivi to score cheap political points and please the powers that be. If a referendum on whether to rename Caprivi and Lüderitz were to be held, the majority of people will vote overwhelmingly against it. Minister Kawana instead of dwelling on trivial things like renaming rather focus on social evils afflicting the region such as poverty, HIV-AIDS, alcoholism and, of course, tribalism.
*CHANGING names of places and regions? Really? Does this Minister have nothing to do other than making suggestions to waste the money of an already hungry nation?
*REFERRING to the Minister of Presidential Affairs, Albert Kawana, proposing changing the names of Caprivi and Luderitz in Cabinet this month, I would advise why not change the name Swapo because it is a name from colonial times.
*ALTHOUGH I am from Oshana Region, I fully support the idea to rename the Caprivi Region. My preferred name is ‘Malozi’. How about renaming Kavango Region too? The current names of the two regions reminds one of Ovamboland, Damaraland etc.
In and From the Regions
*NORED Outapi, your service is poor. We have reported a street light at Omulamba location countless times and all we hear are promises. The light has not worked for more than a year and we assume it is just a bulb that needs to be replaced. Living in the darkness is dangerous nowadays. If you don’t want to repair it then bring us the ladder so we can do it ourselves please.
*THE regular fires at Witvlei and surroundings have become a serious problem and a danger to life and property. These fires are caused by careless and irresponsible people from the community. What is worrying is the inaction and lack of interest by the Witvlei police to deal with the culprits.
*I HAVE a problem with these shebeens at Rosh Pinah. Really something must be done. It’s like there are no rules. Please Minister of Safety and Security Nangolo Mbumba visit Rosh Pinah.
*I STAY in a guest houses and the same security guard has so far worked four consecutive nights. When does he sleep?
Lost and Found
*I LOST my ID in the north. My name is Simeon Fillemon. If found please contact 081-391-8558.
*I AZETTE Simon lost my ID, driver’s licence, passport and cheque book with my office keys . If found please contact me on 081-140-6900.
*THE cashiers at NaTIS in Tal Street do not give customers their change if it is less than 50 cents. They say they don’t have change. At 40 cents per customer, they make N$40 for every 100 customers. If they serve 500 customers in one day they pocket N$200 dollars. If that is not daylight robbery, tell me what it is.
Responses to recent SMSes
*MINISTER Immanuel Ngatjizeko is stuck in the apartheid past. It’s not a colour issue, it’s a class issue. Some (not all surely) rich employers are exploiting many poor or middle-class employees. Don’t jump to simplistic conclusions, don’t lump individuals into stereotypes. Rather work together with all interested parties to reach a workable solution that will ensure fair wages, working conditions and job security for the maximum number of workers, as well as fair profits and sustainability for the businesses.
*FURTHER to the ‘SMS of the Day’ on Monday. The only ‘education’ seems to be punishment. Ninety per cent of all pedestrians seem to be colourblind and although crossing at traffic lights they start walking when the robot changes to red! All over the world a red robot means stop, but obviously not in Namibia! I would like to see fines imposed to all these selfish people out there!