Food for Thought
*THE Namibian Government is following in footsteps of the Apartheid regime. If people rise for their rights, threaten them, go to court and divide them. Iyambo was well trained. You will teach your kids yourself if you donít make time and listen to us. Or were you voted into power by Nantu only?
*MINISTER Richard Kamwi, take Okongo Medical Centre into consideration. Let the doctor dispense medicine in Okongo please. We are travelling 100km to Eenhana to get medicine after being consulted in our home town. How is it possible for a patient who is seriously in pain who goes to a doctor and thereís no pharmacy in town? Issue the licence please.
*NDP4 does not mention Ďdecentralisationí and economic development through regional and local structures anymore. Has Jerry Ekandjo failed?
*IF the learners fail, what will we do?
*HOW ironic. The same people who left this country to fight for freedom, who encouraged people to stand up for their rights through illegal strikes are now the ones who are discouraging teachers from fighting for what they deserve. Your scare tactics will never discourage us. The police can kill us in the process but the masses will never be silenced.
*THE firing of Evilastus Kaaronda and Elias Manga by NUNW is yet another beginning of a new era. Kaaronda is truly a son of the soil, who believes in what is true. Let us (employees) fight for the establishment of a neutral trade union. Itís either now or never!
*PRESIDENT Hifikepunye Pohamba. Urgently send canned pilchard and tents to the USA.
*NAMPORT, please look into the bursary scheme of your company and compare it to other state owned enterprises like NamPower and NamWater and look into the way the training department does things.
Ė Unhappy Bursary Holder.
*FRANK Fredericks, please let Athletics Namibia start now to prepare for the Olympics of 2016.
*LETíS have a competition for the worst minister! My candidate is Richard Kamwi. I swear he will win!
*IUM, POLY and Unam diploma and degree holders letís join hands and protest for job opportunities.
*WE need a passenger train from Windhoek to the north. Hopefully there will be a reduction in road accidents.
*PLEASE make Economics a compulsory subject at schools and university. Itís shocking to listen to the arguments with all this labour unrest!
*PEP Stores in Okuryangava, I totally disagree with one of your rules; that I have to hand-in my handbag at the counter. My handbag with my documents and money that Iím going to use in your shop. You are not serious!
*ABRAHAM Iyambo and David Namwandi, you lost all the respect you had from the teachers. If you canít deliver you must ship out. Donít blame us, blame yourselves. You talk too much and you donít bring improvements.
*NO manicure, no makeup, certainly no sexy black mini! Just a Taz, OK maybe a Bantam or Corsa! Greasy hair, fake Brazilians and no-name perfume. I live in a Grade 1 drawn house in Vergenoeg! My God! Need I say more?
Ė Poor teacher
*IS it really low wages? A teacher, working for 10 years, earns N$11 000. He might be living at Augustinium free of charge. Squandering N$7 000. Use N$4 000 wisely. No reason to strike as you do not manage your money.
*MINISTER Abraham Iyambo, or is it dancing puppet to the music of Swapo? Why donít you have the courage or dignity to come and address striking teachers in person. Jump in your blue overalls and give teachers a courtesy visit at Government Office Park.
*MINISTER Abraham Iyambo, if an illegal strike is a criminal act letís see how you will serve over 1000 teachers with court interdicts. An injury to one is an injury to all.
*TEACHERS, donít give up. Show your muscle. What about GIPF which is a closed door discussion. Let them play Brenda Fassie, we know how to dance. Please take note, a hungry teacher can be a dangerous tool for the entire society.
*I THINK the minister is underestimating us! Being quiet and calm and patient doesnít mean we are stupid! Letís see how far it will go if that is the case!
*WE, the teachers will punish Nantu through mass cancellation of membership and the Government through the ballot paper.
*SHAME on you Minister of Education, taking us to court? We loved and respected you but not any more. You are only good at misusing other people.
Bouquets and Brickbats
*MY heart bleeds when I read about Namibian people still living in bushes with empty stomachs, 22 years after independence in Namibia, while people from outside are enjoying Namibia with fake qualifications. Oh God give our leaders better thinking!
Ė Haushona B
*IT is disgusting to listen to National team coaches always justifying their failure at international level because of inexperience. The under-17 national football team coach was brave to inform the nation that they will turn the table in Burkina Faso after losing 2-0 in Windhoek. When his team was convincingly beaten 5-0 in Burkina Faso, the coach was quick to blame the embarrassing defeat on a lack of experience. Until when are we going to stomach such embarrassment! NFA come up with winning structures or hand over the leadership to those who can lift the nation out of this shame.
*I WHOLEHEARTEDLY thank the Walvis Bay Police for returning my iPhone which was stolen and reported to them. It seems to be a insignificant thing but we should give credit to the police when they do well too. Please keep up the good work.
*EVILASTUS Kaaronda once grabbed a microphone from the former Secretary General Risto Kapenda, while addressing the workers. Today he is leaving NUNW also a disappointed man. What goes around, comes around!
*IT is a scandal that RŲssing pensioners didnít receive an explanation of how their shares were calculated. They just informed us what our monthly new pensions will be. I call it pathetic. Shame RŲssing Shame.
*WHO is Joel Kaapanda education wise? What qualification does he hold? What educational content does he know? Joel Kaapanda donít stick your nose into issues that donít concern you. You are just making noise.
*HAIL President Hifikepunye Pohamba, the land issue needs such strong words from you.
Ė Walvis Bay
*NAMIB Poultry Industries is not a solution for unemployment in Namibia as workers are treated like the dogs of this company. We need help! The monthly wages are as good as working for mahala!
*WHEN hospitals had no water a few years ago Richard Kamwi claimed to be a scientist. He told his staff that heís not their employer last week. Now he tells his staff to resign. He seems to blame others for his mishaps. Some leader he is. No wonder the health sector is chaotic.
*JUST imagine I played Moola 93 times but I didnít win. Every week I play for N$250, N$305 and N$465 yesterday, but I lose. Why? Please Madam Moola tell us the truth.
*VIVA Swapo! Viva Namibia! Viva confused Namibian Nation!
Ė Frustrated and hopeless civil servant
*HOW can the government, Napwu and Nantu negotiate forever. Itís time they take the workers serious if they donít want the entire public service to join the teachers. Conclude your negotiations now!
*BEATRICE Losper, principal of Augustinium. Thanks for allowing teachers to stay in the hostel. Iím at a school (with a hostel) in town. I also canít afford private accommodation, yet I may not stay in this hostel! There are teacherís units without teachers!
*SIMEON Kavila and Basilius Haingura, you inherited a Nantu that was alive and kicking, now you are destroying and killing it slowly.
*NANTU represents Swapo and not teachers anymore. Using our money, they drive cars and pay themselves fat salaries and perhaps even given fish quotas to keep quiet. If you represent teachers talk to us, even you think we are fools.
*NAPWU, you have sold us to Fisheries Observer Agency the way you did to Namibia Airports Company. How can the union not know all the procedures for a strike? You are being paid with our monthly contributions but you failed to protect the well-being of the workers. We want our overtime money for 2009. How can they adjust the salaries of only some workers?
*ABRAHAM Iyambo, David Namwandi, Alfred Ilukena, Simeon Kavila and Basilius Haingura, intimidation will not solve the problem. Donít spark more fire.
*NAMIBIAN Trade Unions must wake up. Members are frustrated because unions canít bite the hand that feeds them. Stop fighting for positions. Rather devote your time to workersí conditions. Donít neglect your mandate.
*WHY is the Swapo Youth League quiet on the issues of public servantsí regrading, salary increments and the unfair dismissal of comrade Kaaronda, who handled labour cases without fear or favour? Elijah Ngurare and Job Amupanda, where are you? We need answers.
*PRIME Minister Nahas Angula, you made a good decision not to accept the nomination for Swapo vice president because you are not a good leader. The decision from your office to reserve all government entry level jobs for Ďstruggle kidsí is a sign of it. If you were to be President, we who were not born in exile might suffer a lot under your leadership.
*CITY of Windhoek, what is wrong with the streetlight at the corner of Msaone and Ongarangombe Street in Okuryangava? The light has been off for almost two weeks now. We are in the dark.
*CALVIN Nyambe director of DNEA, a friendly but serious request from the Windhoek markers: Can you please release the transport fees earlier? We need the money to get to the marking venues and back. Some of us do not own cars! Look at all the factors that can effect marking and try to avoid them.
Ė Miss Sophy
*STANDARD Bank, is there really nothing you can do to improve your service at Khorixas branch. Khorixas, with its close to 3 000 inhabitants and surrounding towns of Fransfontein, Sesfontein, Bergsig and villages around it have to be happy with only one ATM. That one machine is out of order, especially during weekends and month ends. Thatís a disgrace from a bank of your stature. Please do something. Add more ATMs for the convenience of the customers. They deserve it.
*ON October 2, I wrote a learners licence test at Ongwediva Natis and I passed the test. Can the supervisor inform me for how long am I going to wait for them to solve their 21 day waiting period? Up to now my papers are still pending in the supervisorís office. Even the supervisor knows the story very well and promised to call me but almost a month later and Iím still waiting for her call. It really hurts me. Supervisor, I need my learnerís license.
*MINISTRY of Finance: Is it standard procedure to have tax deducted when transferring funds from GIPF to another preservation fund? I recently requested that and noticed on the statement from GIPF that a certain amount had been deducted for PAYE before the rest was transferred to the preservation fund. Is that exercise procedural?
Response to Previous SMSes
*A RESPONSE to the SMS (David Namwandi claims that he was a learner at Iihenda Combined School before he went to exile. What did he plough back to the school ever since he become Deputy Minister of Education?) Namwandi is not Deputy Minister of Iihenda. He is Deputy Minister for the entire country! He is one of those who must be given credit for establishing a university. So he ploughed back into the education of Namibians, and not for Iihenda alone, as you wish.
In and from the Regions
*TELECOM is failing Ohangwena Education Directorate. It is not easy to work without telephone and fax. Offices have no windows, the CRO boasts instead of addressing important things.
*ON my way to South Africa I made a turn at Keetmanshoop Spar. Before I opened my carís door, more than five men, young and old approached my car to beg for money. My Samaritan friend gave them N$20 to share. They immediately ran to the bottle store and came out with a bottle of wine. We were very disappointed, because we thought they were hungry. The police of Keetmanshoop must do something at Spar and OK, because it is unsafe for visitors.
*OTAVI Town Council, why do you keep on postponing meetings with the beneficiaries of Build Together loans and those given erven?
*WHEN is the gravel road between Okonjota in Ruacana and Omakange going to be tarred. Little has been done in this constituency after so many years of Independence.
*I, L AUTANGA lost my ID in Windhoek. If found, please SMS 081-413 5557.
*I, PANDU Taapopi lost my car keys at Stop Ďn Shop today. Anyone who happens to find it, please call 081-149 2011.
*I, SHIMANENI Christoph N lost my ID this month. If found, please contact 081-212 6522 or 081-380 9282.
*I, FOUND the ID, bankcard and student card of Desmond Mandume Swartz. Please call 081-238 1210.
*SOMEONE stole my purse in the centre of town in Swakopmund. If anyone finds any of my documents, please contact me, Andrea Domingos, at 081-827 3247.