Food for Thought
*MAYBE the shebeens put food on the table for their owners. However, they take food off the table for the many children whose parents spend all their money at the shebeens.
*IT’S painfully obvious that Namibia needs a mental and social revolution!
Bouquets and Brickbats
*SWAKOPMUND Karneval a big thank you for banning smoking inside the hall! Being a sufferer of chronic bronchial asthma I could enjoy a great party without fighting for breath and taking loads of medication afterwards. A thundering Kska to you!
*TO the Ondangwa Town Council. Thank you for your efforts in trying to make more land available for those without houses. The only problem is that the land in Extension 17 is very expensive and not affordable to low income earners.
– Concerned resident.
*THUMBS up for DV8 for reporting bribery. I wish more companies would do likewise
*I SALUTE Khomas regional commander Festus Shilongo for closing illegal shebeens. Do shebeens have to stay open the whole night and play the music loud? Keep it up.
*IS this country only for politicians, veterans and their exile kids? We are thankful for the freedom and peace we have today, but we, as “born frees” as you call us, feel like we are still in the colonial era where we are discriminated against, because we are not exile kids. Can’t we turn back time so we become exile kids and get everything on a silver platter like they are? This is heart breaking as we have to work hard for everything and we are the young ones. Exile kids aren’t you supposed to be an example to us?
*WE the customers in Okahandja are paying sky high prices for our newly home produced chicken in some local supermarkets. How can we pay the same price as for the South African chicken? Please help we are being robbed!
Law and Order
*THERE are lawyers who were caught stealing trust monies as far back as eight years ago. They are still practising. All enquiries on complaints made at the Law Society only get one answer: the matter is still pending. Who must protect the public now?
*DEAR Dirk Conradie. How much more empowered should the already empowered be? Is that not just greed?
*MTC - if you have people like Dirk Conradie on your board the you can forget about having me and my family on your network!
*MR Conradie as MTC’s board chairperson should rather make sure that the BEE policy that MTC has in place is executed properly. What’s the point of having a BEE policy just for the sake of it when you don’t make use of it when awarding tenders. Take a look at some of MTC’s biggest suppliers like Huawei, these are some of the companies that Mr Conradie should target and not for self or the enrichment of friends and family but in the interest of all previously disadvantaged Namibians. I have a dream...
*DOES MTC’s silence mean it condones the conduct of its chairman?
*I HAVE to be empowered with a black Range Rover. Conradie please help.
*MR Conradie you are really confusing the young people.
*DEAR Mr Conradie empowering people does not mean they can jump on the gravy train. It is best achieved through hard work, dedication, commitment and discipline
*MR Conradie who are your people who needs empowering, if one of the shortlisted companies you push aside to empower your partner is majority Namibian owned with significant black shareholding? This time around I am sure your emotional-political-religious appeal is not fooling anyone!
*Hi Mr Conradie now I understand the Bible script: ‘The rich will be richer and the poor poorer.’
*MR Conradie I have also been working very hard all my life and I am also one of those who don’t have a million in my bank account yet. Can you help me too? Would it be a problem that I am white?
*ISN’T it just like Dirk Conradie to again play the race card just like he did when he brought the Namibia Rugby Union shame! His business partner certainly isn’t impoverished!
*MR Conradie are you telling us that you are prepared to die for the sake of what appear to be corrupt practices? Isn’t there some better way to help who you call ‘your people’? Why don’t you and your firm provide free services to black Namibians?
*HOW can Conradie use the Namibian Constitution as a scapegoat to promote alleged corruption? If he really wanted to stand up for his country’s people, why does he not form his own party to start campaigning for the presidency. Who knows, he might have succeeded.
*MAYBE the BEE company under Mrs Damases is benefiting more than 10 people. There’s nothing wrong with that.
*IT seems that Black Economic Empowerment and corruption go hand in hand in Namibia. Is BEE the only way to empower disadvantaged communities? Corruption is in our country because of this so called BEE.
*WOULD it not be better if NaTIS put up a webpage where learners can book via the internet? This could save time and money.
Running the Show
*COMRADE President appoint a team of experts to inspect and verify government projects carried out by tenderers from 2005 to date. The proposed exercise is aimed at exposing those who didn’t carry satisfactory work and were awarded tenders through dubious means. I am tired of hearing that : “iimaliwa yepangelo oya tsilikwa uuhethi” They are living in luxury through continuous tenders awarded through dubious means while we are sleeping with empty stomachs. Namibia is equally ours.
Business as Usual
*ARE we still sane? Squandering N$400 million of taxpayers’ hard-earned money on a bankrupt Namibia Wildlife Resorts. To add insult to injury the ineffectual chief executive officer gets a N$ 5million golden handshake. Neither the NWR board or Minister seem to be responsible or accountable. Fire the lot or has the Peter Principle whereby someone is promoted to his/her highest level of incompetence already come into effect ?
*IT seems as if the boards of state owned enterprises have more power than the Office of the Prime Minister judging from the PM’s response to Aupindi’s outrageously high golden handshake for shoddy performance. With an inept OPM powerless to stop such shameful waste of public funds, no wonder some Namibians need to scrounge for food at rubbish dumps!
Not a Drop to Drink
* HOW many shebeens are owned by and profit top ranking politicians and leaders? I feel so helpless against you honorables – the way you step on the poor and helpless shows a heartlessness that scares me. Freedom fighters are turning in their graves to see the revolution so betrayed. I feel ashamed of myself for sitting down when I should be fighting for the helpless and vulnerable getting kicked around and misled. I’ve lost faith in the powerful, they are weak in the heart, filled with greed. Each Namibian must be a warrior for freedom so we can fight the scourge that threatens to destroy us. Let’s again define what liberty means!
*SHEBEEN problems: Oranjemund had a good way of controlling the shebeens. They were all in one compound designated just for that purpose. Maybe municipalities should start thinking in this direction that each suburb has one fenced off place where all the shebeens can housed. Control will be good, no sale of alcohol after hours and the whole night through or sale to minors.
*READING about the salaries of Unam lecturers it made me wonder why there should be such a huge difference in salary between them and teachers. Teachers are paid poorly, some can barely afford to pay rent. We do a good job in educating our learners although our efforts are not rewarded. Unam lecturers don’t have to struggle with the students as we’ve already done that and succeeded in teaching them all they know now. The outcome of our hard work is always transparent, we do not give sexually transmitted marks.
n ONE cannot help think that there could be a correlation between corruption/fraud and mismanagement and the increasing obesity of the Namibian nation. I am astonished to see so many over-weight people lately.
– Healthy Swakopmund
*CAN the City of Windhoek’s chief of health services do something about the influx of dogs in Rocky Crest’s Iceland Street? The breeding of dogs by these unlicensed dog owners has become a serious health hazard. This is the third time I am reporting this.
In and From the Regions
*IT’S shocking to see the number of young girls that look under age in the streets of Gobabis. Leaders are you also seeing this or is it just me?
*THE response we get from the office of Rural Water Supply in Omusati region is not convincing. It’s the dry season and yet they don t have a date set for people who want to apply for water meters. We all need water. We are going thirsty. Service please.
*I AM tired of the incompetence of the Rehoboth Town Council. No objective, vision or a plan of action.
*WHO in the Karas region will give us information regarding the Targeted Intervention Programme for Employment and Economic Growth (Tipeeg)? We want to know about the funding to our region, the allocation and availability of it as we lack housing.
*NBC National Radio it is a good initiative to have the youth programme but at around 12h30 the youth are either in class or walking from home school.
*OUR salaries at Nedbank disappeared from out accounts from the weekend until Wednesday. They only told us the system crashed. They failed to apologise to their clients or even given them relief from bank charges. But the most important thing to do was an apology.
*TO the Minister of Finance: I need to hand in my tax return by Saturday. Failure to do so leaves me liable to penalties and interest. However many have not received returns back for the previous year. Further proof of contempt with which taxpayers and the general citizenry are treated by government service providers.
Lost and Found
*I TEODOR Mutaleni lost my ID and driver’s licence in Windhoek. Please contact 081-148-7610 if found.
*I TUHAFEN K lost my wallet with all my documents in Windhoek. If please call me at 081-487-8976/081-361-9738.
*I LOST my wallet with my ID and other cards. If found please contact me Johannes K Ashipala on 081-378-7647.
*GERVASIUS F Amadhila lost his Bank Windhoek card holder with my ID and other cards. Please contact 081-312-8150.
*I LOST a bunch of keys on the 26 June 2012 between Government Park and El Cubano. On the bunch of keys there is a red tag and bottle opener. If anyone finds it please call 081-392-4910.
*I MWESHIPANGE Magdalena Ndafovanhu lost my ID. If found please contact me at this number 081-645-4151.
*I ELIANDER N Andreas lost my ID in a Windhoek taxi. Please contact 081-846-1921 if found.
*I LOST my wallet in a taxi with my ID card for Shimakeleni Evaristus Pomwene Nghiilwamo and other cards. Please call 081-848-2778.
*I ANDREAS Selma lost my ID in Windhoek. If found please contact 081-288-8499.
*I TUSNELD Shipena lost my ID, driving licence and credit cards. Please call me at 081-268-6278 if found.
*I LUISE Johannes N lost my Grade 10 certificate in windhoek. If found please call 081-499-6935 or 081-217-1490.
Responses to recent SMSes
*I AM puzzled by what I heard from our leaders about the so-called ‘special’ kids of the liberation struggle. Firstly if they are special then the nation needs to hear what makes them special. If it is about suffering in Angolan and Zambian camps, then many Namibians deserve to be treated as special too, because we endured many sufferings inside Namibia.
*OUR leaders should please start to make the correct judgements that will not put our country in a social crisis.
*WHAT General Shalli is busy doing is to sow division between nationals and it can go very far. As a grown up man, you should have think twice before sowing division and hatred.
*IF you categorise people you set them apart – like in apartheid !
*THIS special children issue is nonsense. There is nothing that makes them special. Maybe the only special thing is wanting handouts at our cost. We are more special because we were born here and we don’t burden the already dysfunctional government with requests.
*PEOPLE who are occupying land illegally, where did they live before? Where are their home towns/villages? Can’t they go back where they lived years back instead of being evicted and left homeless?
*THERE are nurses who try their utmost to be friendly and helpful. Often there is not even time for them to sit down. How can people be so dissatisfied with everything? Do they treat their family members also also in this manner. Please people I was also a patient and was ashamed at how these angels were talked to.