Food for Thought
*THE story told by Tony Baptista had me, an ex-South African, in tears. The youth of then were used to fight an enemy that only existed in the minds of myopic politicians.
– Anton B.
Bouquets and Brickbats
*NOW I am finally a proud Namibian! Thank you Comrade Swartbooi for advocating for opening tertiary institutions in the south. I am confident you were instrumental in negotiating for that. Continue fighting for good causes. Proud of you!
*MEME Saara K Amadhila thanks for being so humble by mingling with us and waiting your turn like everybody else for the kids to be vaccinated last week. Remain humble. God bless.
Running the Show
*DEAR President Pohamba, now that you have a brand new presidential jet, please sell the old one. To maintain both jets and the Lear would be staggeringly expensive. Considering high unemployment and widespread poverty and people eating from dumpsites, selling one of the two jets will demonstrate your commitment to fighting poverty.
Law and Order
*BEN Amadhila attacked? It’s a shame! VIP Protection Directorate must allocate personnel to our retired loyal war or political veterans. I cannot swallow harassment and attacks by tsotsis directed at our veterans and heroes. They are old but are spending sleepless nights. What?
*WHILE I completely sympathise with Ben Amadhila and his family being attacked in a break-in at his home, maybe it will take more high-profile people being attacked before NamPol and City Police start crime-prevention programmes including visibly patrolling the streets in the early morning hours when most break-ins occur. My 'ordinary' family home has been robbed three times in two years, including once at knife-point. When we called NamPol's ‘flying squad’ at 04h00 they couldn't understand English and never got the address right and never came out! Plus follow-up on cases is never done. What efforts do the police really make to find these criminals and recover stolen property?
*THE shameful attack by the criminals on Uncle Ben Amadhila in daylight is testimony that the tourists, our elders, farmers, women and children are in serious danger. It’s clear to us that the criminals can strike anyone, anytime. Status does not matter. In fact in our country safety and security has been clearly exposed by the ‘rampokkers’ (gangsters).
*UNBELIEVABLE how apparently unaware Minister Joel Kaapanda was of asking school children a clearly manipulative ‘leading question’ on whether the death penalty should be reintroduced while holding up the picture of recently killed Poly student Elizabeth Ekandjo. Of course the kids will say yes. What else do you expect? I feel deeply shocked and disturbed by such ‘accidental’ manipulative rhetoric.
*IN response to Minister J Kaapanda. The reason why the killing of women and children is high is because the killings have been glorified by society and the sentences are so light that one offender would repeat it if given a chance. Just watch how the murder suspects become celebrities in the Hight Court. Putting on expensive dark glasses and suits. This must stop!
*THANKS for the information regarding the Namibian Constitution. All the murderers must get life imprisonment in jail. They are no longer needed in the society!
*CAN the Namibian Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) and International University Management please give the students (loan holders who aren’t first years) some clarity? We still have not signed a contract for this year and we don’t know how much money has been allocated to us. Please provide us with some feedback.
*HOW many schools have been built since January? What are the leaders plans especially about higher education? Or are we only going to have the Polytech, Unam and the International University of Management for the next 21 years? How can we gain skills if there is no further development? We don’t want empty promises, we want results.
In and From the Regions
*PEOPLE of Keetmanshoop when are we going to do something about our roads, our shopping centres? There are no parks for kids to play in and these piles of sand have been lying around for almost three years. Our houses are under a cloud of dust daily. Governor Boois please do something!
*SHAME on the NBC for showing what they did when our boys were doing our nation proud against Kenya! Please take note of those of us living outside Windhoek, broadcast the Brave Warriors matches, at least the ones happening in Namibia
*PLEASE NBC screen ‘Seize the Day’ at 07h00.
*NBC your Big Brother highlights start very late as we have to go to work on Mondays.
*IN the early 1970s I lived in Windhoek and was a friend of Andries de Wet who then lived on the farm ‘Steenboklaagte’ near Kombat. Andries married Margaret Ratledge, daughter of Jim Ratledge who was the General Manager of the mine at Tsumeb. I would like to get in touch with Andries, Margaret or any friends or family. Can you help?
– David Joyce
*I WOULD like to congratulate the Brave Warriors for what they have done against Kenya. Thank you very much guys! Coach Bernard Kaanjuka keep it up! We will always support you throughout! And I believe that we will make it again to the next level!
– Loyal supporter of Brave Warriors, Ezra
*SOCCER is at a peak as the Brave Warriors demolish teams of high status. What is the Namibia Football Association doing? No Warriors promotion! We want replica T-shirts at the most affordable price. And please educate the fans on throwing beer cans onto the field when the world is watching.
*HOME Affairs in Khorixas has not had forms for birth certificates for nearly three weeks. One mother with baby travelled from the farm three times, each time 60 km, without getting service!
*NORED stop taking your Eenhana town customers for a ride. On Sunday, June 10 we were without power the whole day and without prior notice. What poor service.
Lost and Found
* MY camera bag with ID, driver’s licence, media accreditation and various other cards and a notebook was stolen at the Namibian Tourism Exo on Friday evening. Anyone who picks up the documentation please phone Tanja Bause at 081-129-0770 of drop it off at The Namibian.
*I FOUND a driving licence for LP Ntesa. Contact me on 081-319-1419.
*I LOST my wallet with various cards in the name TT Komesho. Contact 081-128-5398.
*I THOMAS Ipinge lost my ID card in Swakopmund. If found please call 081-256-3083 or 081-255-5635.
*I D Musonda lost my driving licence. If found call 081-229-2841.
Responses to recent SMSes
*SHAME on you for writing the SMS about the mayor of Karasburg. Go and pay your water bill. Don’t blame the mayor, if you don’t pay your municipal bills how will we sustain the municipality and bring projects if you don’t bring your part and just blame the others?
*I GET irritated by fathers who don’t play a role in their kid’s life. Be there for them, stop copying the government. It doesn’t matter for how long you lived, it’s the impact you have on them that matters. Has it ever occurred to anyone that most Namibian men who cheat, use, demean and kill women are bleeding souls who lacked fatherly attention. They act to try to prove a point when in actual fact they are weaker fellows by far than their victims. Women have done their part in being good mothers. Men should follow suit! They don’t have to shower them with material things but to instil wisdom to be inherited by generations to come.