Food for Thought
*THE carnage on our roads has to be dealt with urgently by our authorities. Our accident rate is unacceptable and it is obvious that our traffic department has no control, be it with reckless drivers, taxis, overloading etc. How these cars get past road blocks is beyond comprehension. Introduce better public transport to the airport, coast etc. Trains are used everywhere, why not here? Stop the corruption and start saving lives. Not considering the safety of all Namibians is nothing short of murder.
Bouquets and Brickbats
*CITY Police: Well done! At the accident on May 29 May at David Goraseb Street, you were very, very fast to save that boy’s life. Keep it up!
*WELL said in your article published on May 29 Mr Jeremia Nambinga – congratulations! At least somebody is talking the truth!
*‘SHOULD tributes to the dead be honest?’ What an article! I enjoyed it. Let us remember everyone as he was. Devil or saint.
*TILENI you were spot on with your comments. For someone like you to stand out amongst the others and boldly raise this ongoing violence against our vulnerables makes us very proud. If we could have more men like you, imagine how Namibia could be.
*THE oath-taking ceremony for National Health Training Centre was great, but to my surprise none of the speakers thanked the parents for travelling long distances to attend the ceremony.
Running the Show
*LIKE the rearranging of deck chairs on the sinking Titanic, the so-called reshuffle of permanent secretaries shows how dysfunctional our government is. The incompetent, the corrupt and the deadwood can fear no greater sanction than being shifted to another ministry.
*PRESIDENT Pohamba you can reshuffle them as many times as you wish, it won’t work. If they messed up A, why will they not mess up B? What you call a Public Service has become a Self Service sir.
*PRESIDENT Pohamba we love you but never ever tell us you are serious about corruption. We have been too blind for too long. How do you take an incompetent permanent secretary and put him in a performing ministry? What results can one expect? Why are the permanent secretaries so untouchable? We are paying large salaries to people who mess up our state and infrastructure.
*PRIME MINISTER Nahas Angula, the reshuffle must come down to the regions.
*ALL the shady permanent secretaries are just being reshuffled instead of being given the boot. What a mockery of our Swapo government being serious on graft.
*INCOMPETENT permanent secretaries should be fired, not reshuffled.
*THE yet another redeployment of permanent secretaries, who have been in circulation since 1990, is absolutely shocking, amazing and something which can only happen in Namibia! Can the Prime Minister please show the nation these guys’ track records and justification why none of the two million fellow Namibians can’t be given a chance? What are the criteria for a permanent secretary to remain circulating for 22 years despite a poor track record?
*A RESHUFFLE? Goodness no! What will those poor permanent secretaries do now that they get the opportunity to start over after having failed miserably in their previous posts? What a joke.
*IT is sad that the Ministry of Health will get another permanent secretary without a background in medical training. This ministry needs a medical person who can prevent medical disasters as the person must know the key issues that determine health outcomes. It needs someone who has extensive first-hand experience of having been trained in and worked with health issues. Is that too much for us to ask from government?
*PRESIDENT Pohamba congratulations for reshuffling George Simataa. The Minister should follow!
*PLEASE let’s change the titles of permanent secretaries to chief executive officers or similar and start appointing them on five-year performance contracts!
*APPEAL to the Namcol director: we are a group of students from Keetmanshoop who were advised to register at Gibeon because this centre ran out of materials in the first week of registration. We have to send our assignments at our own cost by courier. It is expensive. Please help us.
*DEPUTY Minister of Education David Namwandi, to which centre must the Grade 10 and 12 learners, who want to rewrite home economics, technical drawing, needlework, design and technology, go?
*PRIME Minister Nahas Angula please can you build a centre for disabled children in the north. We parents are struggling. We find it difficult to get caretakers due to the nature of our children’s disabilities. Please do something. We don’t want our children to suffer.
– A concerned parent.
*WALVIS Bay State Hospital why don’t you advertise these clerical assistant posts internally first and give us cleaners with Grade 10 and 12 a change to apply first? We don’t want to be cleaners forever. This post was only advertised externally or they will bring in transfers. What about us? Please help.
*WE are working for a plumbing company in Groot Aub. We have no overalls, safety boots, dust masks, gloves, no payslip, no social security, no pension, no union. What can we do?
Law and Order
*WOMEN need to pay maintenance for their children too. When a man takes the kids to take care of them, the mothers just say the kid is with the father. They don’t even send a little money to the child or to the person taking care of the child. This is unfair. Men wake up. You made that child with a woman. Why do only men have suffer?
*WHAT does it really mean when you are married out of community of property with an ANC (ante-nuptual contract)?
Note: If you are married out of community of property, everything a husband and wife had before they were married remains their own. Once they are married they keep their own earnings. They are each responsible for their own loans and debts. The husband or the wife can buy or sell their belongings without asking the other person. They can each take out a loan without asking the other person. Not all costs are separate. The cost of household needs should be shared because a husband and a wife have a duty to maintain each other. If a couple want a divorce, they each keep their own property and anything they bought together is divided in half. If one partner dies, it is only that partner’s separate property which goes to the heirs. The ante-nuptual contract you make may also contain other provisions relating to your property that are specific to your relationship.
– Rachel Coomer, Legal Assistance Centre
*I AM aware of a person with a driver’s licence but that person does not know to drive. I wonder where he got it. Could you tell me where to report it?
*WHAT'S the use of SMSing information to City of Windhoek and they totally ignore it?
*HOW about the City of Windhoek setting aside land for informal settlements which can be facilitated by constituency offices instead of the municipality being reactive and demolishing houses? We can’t ignore the fact that more and more people coming to the city seeking land to settle on on the city outskirts. Then all those who are in need of land can register at council offices. Just a thought.
– AJ Absalom
*CITY of Windhoek bus drivers please change your driving attitude. I have never seen any municipal driver getting a fine. Traffic officers you are there to maintain traffic order but not only for taxi drivers.
*WE are just wondering how come municipal buses are always overloaded but they never get stopped or given a ticket by a traffic officer why? Are they not normal road users like any other transport users?
In and From the Regions
*THE world will end and they will still be busy with the railway line between Lüderitz and Aus. Germans back then did it fast with their limited technology. These days it takes 20 years.
*ROADS Authority the roads between Karibib and Omaruru, Oshivelo and Ondangwa need your serious attention please. Our cars are breaking down.
*ONGWEDIVA Town Council when are you going to tar Hanover Street? We have been dying from the dust since 1995 yet we pay high rates and taxes. You tarred Ext 11 only for it to be enjoyed by ghosts (maybe).
*THE Home Affairs office at Oshakati has no photocopy paper. Those applying for or renewing their national documents such as IDs or passports are referred to a nearby stationery outlet to buy paper for the officials on duty to make copies of some documents and receipts for their own record keeping. Please Permanent Secretary scrutinise the daily operation at the town, it is a total chaos. If no change is made regarding the way the public is served, including our senior citizens, many of us will remain without important national documents.
Lost and Found
*I Magdalena Tjivikua lost my ID in Windhoek’s Single Quarters area. If someone finds it please contact 081-820-5083.
*ON Saturday May 27, I lost my black-and-white pit bull puppy. He was last seen in Andromeda Street, Dorado Ext 1. Please call 081-445-6286 if you found him.
*I LOST my Mercedes-Benz car keys in Wanaheda. If found please contact 081-279-8034.
*I MICKE Sally Aibeb lost my ID and important cards in a wallet in Okahandja. If found please contact me at 081-289-4424.
*I KAVINDJA Faustinus Mwambu lost my ID and Standard Bank card in Windhoek. If found please contact -108339-5407/081-149-2255.
*PAULUS T Ishitile lost his ID card in Windhoek or perhaps elsewhere. If found please contact 081-296-0197.
n SPORTS conference botched again: does Cabinet not have enough on its plate than to sit to approve such a conference? Just hope that cabinet will not try to interfere too seriously in the management of sports codes as this is not usually seen favourably be world governing bodies.
Responses to recent SMSes
*TO the author who questions the ‘dress code’ at the graduation ceremony. The question should be: Who allows the graduates to go to the graduation ceremony in gowns? This is not an academic graduation, it’s vocational! For this reason graduates should proudly show that.
*I AGREE 100 per cent with the SMSon Rehoboth. Our town is falling apart. Rehoboth town councillors should step up their game. And please put in street lights in Block C area next to the old graveyard on the south side where the river runs. It’s dark and very unsafe for the people of Block C. Their have already been more than three criminal incidents.