Food for Thought
*IF I had known what I know now, I would never have voted in the first elections.
Bouquets and Brickbats
*A JOB well done to NBC's ‘Open File’ team for Sunday's exposé on maternal and child deaths at State hospitals. It was journalism at its best.
– Afrovoice, Otjomuise.
*NBC please confirm the facts with the involved hospitals before you broadcast your stories on ‘Open File’! One mother's child in Walvis Bay hospital's maternity ward was born with severe congenital abnormalities and it was impossible for the baby to survive. And the second mother's baby was a stillbirth. Nobody in the developed western world would even have been able to save those babies' lives!
*CONGRATULATIONS to all the writers of their Opinions on pages 10 and 11 of Friday’s The Namibian. Brave Warriors.
*READING Joel Kaapanda's remarks in Monday’s newspaper makes one wonders where our ministers live. Every day we read about fraud and corruption in this country, with facts and figures. Namibia Wildlife Resources salaries. City of Windhoek waste management, the bubble will burst one day!
*CAN someone ask Minister Joel Kaapanda to get a life. Minister you are just trying to cover up what Swapo is doing in their boardrooms. Shame on you Kaapanda. Everything that was written in The Namibian of Friday is true. May God bless and protect Alfredo Hengari, Gwen Lister and Christof Maletsky.
*I AM really impressed with Alexactus Kaure’s views in The Namibian May 18, but just a reminder to him to at least avoid criticising the military in every article. We need your views but try to avoid being one sided. Address the culprit of corruption in Namibia. Take examples from Gwen (Lister) and (Christof) Maletsky please.
*ON Alfredo Hengari's ‘Post Scriptum’ of May 18. Yes, Nujoma is not the only hero of his time just as Witbooi was not the only hero of his generation. Who says no one else could feature on the notes, apart from the Kaptein? Number one this is a new era and to us, who are young, Nujoma, who is known to us firsthand, makes more sense than the late Kaptein. To me, both Nujoma and Witbooi are symbols of heroism in this country and there is no law that says both cannot appear on the notes.
*I LOVE the new banknotes. It’s a step to show that Namibia is developing. I don’t understand why most of the Namibian people don’t want to accept the banknotes. How will Namibia become a developed country if there are still people stuck in the past?
*LAUGHABLE to say the least. Shiimi said he is placing the Founding Father's face on the money for better security features and as soon as it’s released fake money is also available. What is going on at Bank of Namibia?
*CITY of Windhoek please improve in Havana location. Students are struggling here without electricity.
n WE Unam students doing a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture are struggling because the money we received from the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) is only enough for tuition and not for hostel fees. Please minister of education and director of NSFAF make a change in the amount for this course.
– Concerned student.
*POINT of correction regarding the advert of the Ministry of Education: Draft calendar for Government Schools. January 14, 2013 is not a Tuesday but a Monday. Tuesday will be January 15, 2013.
*THE management of Tucsin has really lost it. Our children are going to start their second semester on May 22 but up to now haven’t received their first semester examination results. What is going on? When are we going to get time to talk to them? Or do they think that all those kids are Windhoekers?
*NURSES’ home: Oh dear what a shame! I just want to sit in the street and scream, shout and cry out loud. I am longing for the warm pots of apartheid! Why does it sometimes feel that then was better in terms of maintenance of a clean environment, infrastructure, education, the list is endless! Of course, I know apartheid times were hard and sometimes impossible to cope with, but seriously my fellow Namibians, have pride in what we fought for. A clean environment inspires and wakens the soul of the one who observes it. No wonder some nurses are permanently in a bad mood. Minister Richard Kamwi your task is enormous: mysterious deaths, unmotivated yet ill-mannered staff, an unsatisfied nation, untidy health facilities! How can we help? Thank you.
*AS a medical practitioner in Namibia, I am dismayed at how a medical aid scheme dictates what a doctor has to prescribe for his/her patients. They always say if you give this or that we won’t pay. Is it not a doctor’s discretion to decide what to give his patients?
*REGARDING the filling of the Omaruru chief executive officer post: Minister Jerry Ekandjo should know by now that the candidate who performs well on the day of the interview is not necessarily the most suitable person for the post. What counts mostly is experience, dedication, commitment, maturity and love of the job.
Law and Order
*WILL the job-seeking informal SME group who are stealing manhole covers from the pavements please return and replace them in the Eros Park area urgently! Somebody can easily fall in and be seriously injured! And please find something better and less dangerous to do! Municipality take note and act.
What’s in a Name?
*PLEASE explain to us the history surrounding the name Windhoek? The Namibian please give us a history lesson on the name.
*WHY the haste to change names of towns whilst people are eating from the dumpsites? You should learn to prioritise, Swapo government!
*THE Fifa Player of the Year award should go to Africa, in particular, to Didier Drogba. He helped Chelsea win both the FA Cup and Uefa Champions Cup. Viva Africa!
*FINALLY we make it to the Premier League. Tura Magic soccer team your determination, hard work and discipline pays off! We are behind you guys. Good luck.
*TRANSNAMIB spends the N$95 million balance which was supposed to be returned to treasury! Anti-Corruption Commission or Auditor General should investigate.
In and From the Regions
*WHY can’t the Roads Authority put traffic lights at Oshakati Pharmacy?
– A concerned resident
*DEVELOPMENT is crucial in rural areas like our beautiful village Amutanga. Let’s unite, we have enough land to be used. We have a church, school and the best pre-primary. We need more changes like a proper road from Okatana and electricity from Okatunda to our nearby houses please!
*THE road between Oshakati and Omungwelume is a disaster. Minster of Transport please do something.
*CAN we please have the contact details and business location of the designer featured on ‘Tutaleni’ on Thursday?
*NBC we would appreciate if you could please play us songs from the hymn book, instead of playing music that is not suitable for Sundays! Please try and make our Sunday more holy.
Lost and Found
*I AINA L Shiyakela lost my full birth certificate in Windhoek. I also found documents for Mr T Veshiyele, a student of the Polytechnic of Namibia. Call: 081-315-9680.
Responses to recent SMSes
*NO more female midwives. They have no mercy towards other women. Women in general don’t like each other. Let us switch to male midwives. Enough is enough. We want our kids alive, no matter what.
*MINISTER Kamwi stop calling nurses and doctors culprits. They are helping people and are working under difficult conditions.