Food for Thought
*WHY are Namibian politicians still focusing on the liberation struggle? We are facing tougher times ahead. Priority lists need to be established by all government departments to address social, economic shortcomings and the increasing energy costs.
Bouquets and Brickbats
*THANKS to all the guys at Hosea Kutako who tried to help me with my car yesterday. Namibians can be such great people!
Ė Gwen Lister
*THUMBS up again Gwen Lister for a well job done. Your articles are informative and well analysed. Keep informing us and tell it like it is. We do appreciate it.
*THE paparazzi page is just a SHAME! Find someone ethical to do it!
*PLEASE stop calling us the wrong name Okavango, we are Kavango!
*LOTS of places in Okahandja sell Namibia Breweries Limited beer in returnable bottles, but do not take these back. This just adds to the blight on the landscape. Empty bottles everywhere, many broken and dangerous to one and all. Why not put up recycling bins?
*WHERE are the construction site inspectors? Jimmey Construction in Avis Road starts cement mixers and hammering at 07h00 on a Sunday. Surely we as residents need a break at the weekend from the din and dust?
*I AM still wondering how long this new money will last because it is not made from quality paper.
Julius Malemaís visit
*MALEMA is not welcome in our peaceful Namibia.
*ADVERT for the Chris Hawala Memorial Lecture, featuring Julius Malema as African National Congress Youth League president. He is suspended from the ANC! Is the advert not totally wrong?
*WELL done Harry ĎOnkugoí Simon for showing Groenewald that you still have what it takes to be the champion. Iím proud of you brother. Thanks for putting Namibia on the map again and keep it up!
*A BIG thanks to Harry Simon for putting our beloved country Namibia on the map. Keep up the great work!
*CONGRATS Harry Simon. You did well. That man was talking too much. All the senior citizens from Kuisebmond are behind you with prayers. You did us us proud and Namibia too. Well done son of the soil.
*CONGRATULATIONS Harry Simon for defeating Ruben Groenewald, you deserve a second chance. Government should see to it that you put the Namibian name on the map. Harry is the only real fighter in this country who is undefeated. Those who doubted you are ashamed now.
*HARRY Simon has proved once again that heís a real champion. Well done my brother from another mother. Am proud of you.
*CONGRATULATIONS to Namibiaís and sub Saharan Africaís world boxing champion Harry Simon, who once again kept our country on the world map. Aluta continua! Victory always is ours.
*THANKS Bee Bob Brothers for winning the 1st Division play-offs. Now Iíll see my team Try Again FC in Mariental.
Running the Show
*MR President, please leave the shebeens alone. If you want shebeens to close then first stop the free money you are giving to those who were in exile. Donít forget our parents are not receiving N$50 000 from the government and we cannot get jobs because you have turned a blind eye to corruption in the country. In fact, exile kids are given jobs and bursaries just like that. I am disgusted to be a Namibian as it is only for those who were in exile and their children.
Law and Order
*NATIS book appointments for learners licences like doctors do, so that people donít sleep in queues. Itís better to have a two-week delay than to sleep in queues
*SPEED kills: I suggest if such high fines are too heavy for offenders, how about suspending a driverís licence for a certain period? We may obey.
*THE road traffic safety campaigns focus too much on drinking and driving, paying less attention to other factors like cattle and donkeys straying onto and camping on our highways. Please educate cattle owners between Okongo and Mpungu.
*RUACANA High School donít you think it is useless to make the learners give a hen or a N$50 for the so-called reunion? Some are already finding it hard to pay their school fees.
*WE salute the Ministry of Education for re-advertising the post of deputy director in the Khomas Region! This is a good indication that you are very serious about dealing with corruption in Khomas. Thank you very much!
*THE English proficiency test for teachers was not transparent. When Unam released the results, the memo was supposed to be attached to the answer scripts. I am not convinced with my placement!
*THE nation must not be fooled by the Grade 10 100% pass rate at some schools in Oshikoto region. What those schools do, after identifying the weak learners, is they call parents and manipulate them into agreeing that their children will be in Grade 10 but they should not register to write the exams. So the learner will repeat Grade 10 without writing the exams. Then they claim a 100% pass rate. Inspectors are aware of this but ignore it. Dr David Namwandi please investigate those schools with a 100% pass rate immediately after the release of examination entry registers to schools. Then physically check against each learner in Grade 10. Some schools even let learners repeat twice in a phase or in Grade 10 without promoting them for weak points. Some schools get exam scopes from NIED, give to all schools.
*IT is 11h00 at Katima Mulilo state hospital and the doctor is yet to come. We have been waiting since 07h00. Do doctors in government hospitals have supervisors?
*WHY is it that all government posts clearly indicate salary and benefits, but most companies and agencies donít?
In and From the Regions
*THE Kunene Development Committee decided drop toilets were more important than water. The toilets are needed and the people thank the KDC. But we urgently need safe water points. In a three-three month period one person fetching water from the river was killed and four others attacked by crocodiles with minor to severe injuries.
Lost and Found
*WALLET lost at Baines centre in Pionierspark with various cards, ID and driverís licence. If found please phone Mrs KAE Weber on 061-241303.
*I LOST my wallet in Windhoek with various cards and my ID. My name is Sarti Kandapo. If found please SMS 081-648-8254.
*I, GIVEN Muchila Mayumbelo, lost my passport near TransNamib. If found please call 081-305-6287.
And the Winner Is!
*VOICES of Namibia Ė who won which prizes when, seeing that the raffle tickets you sold donít have dates on?
*PLEASE can Home Affairs in the Northern Industrial Area not appoint 10 people at their enquiries section? Thousands of people are unemployed but there are only two clerks. One for Khomas and one for other regions to serve more than 400 people a day. We cannot spend the whole day in queues and go back every time. We also have work to do. Today is Monday and queues are not moving. They serve five people an hour. Can someone help??
*MINISTRY of Home Affairs at Tsumeb please speed up your service. Itís really a pity that people, including old pensioners, had to sit there for 30 minutes and wait for someone to render them service while the clerks were walking up and down or chatting at the back. This is a matter of concern.
*NAMPOST in Otjinene. The service is very poor. No airmail, letters take too long to be delivered. Officials and security guards should be trained. NamPost manager in Namibia we would like to see change.
*HOME Affairs Swakopmund. Five counters Ė one counter open, 30-plus people queuing. No wonder itís easier to bribe an official ...
Responses to recent SMSes
*NAMIBIA has ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child with all its provisions. Children are protected from all corporal punishment in schools. It is sad that educators have not realised that there are alternative methods of discipline. A teacher who resorts to corporal punishment could be regarded ďhopeless.Ē This means, you cannot exercise discipline. How much more can you teach children by hitting them? This teacher might find it difficult to maintain order and resorts to a quick method of administration which is ďcorporal punishmentĒ. Shame on such teachers. How can we expect injustice towards children to continue and later complain about national results?