Food for Thought
n AFTER 22 years of independence and a high crime rate in the country, we still send our DNA to be examined in Canada. How can you fight crimes effectively if you can not invest in core techniques or technologies needed for your crimes investigations?
n MINISTRY of Defence and Ministry of Environment should wake up to stop veld fires around the country. We are losing precious wildlife resources. Dear all Namibians, letís combat veld fires!
n WHEN will pay back time to Cuba end?
n MINISTRY of Trade and Industry is building a state of the art building in DRC, when will it be used as the war doesnít seem to end? They still owe us millions given to the late Laurent Desiree Kabila. The government canít feed its slightly more than two million people let alone create employment.
n I AGREE with the sentiment that the law must consider protecting men instead of just women. Protection orders will definitely anger those men who find themselves exploited financially and even emotionally. If you really want to know, do in depth investigations and find the reasons why killings or physical abuse is perpetrated mainly by men. Revise laws and come up with something that will also deter women from doing what most are nowadays doing in secret.
n SWAPO must fire Kazenambo Kazenambo and Elijah Ngurare because they are trouble makers.
n PRESIDENT Pohamba, please do Namibians proud and fulfil your promise of fighting corruption in deed by solving the GIPF issue before you retire in honour. Only then shall we recognise you as a man who stood by his word.
Bouquets and Brickbats
n I AM very disappointed by Swakopmund Natis workers. They are very rude and the way they treat people isnít good.
n MTC didnít go big with boxing, what they must say is MTC went big with Nestor Tobias because he is the only one who will benefit while other promoters are struggling to set up tournaments. Itís always good to have friends in high places.
n STANDARD Bank Namibiaís credit card department frustrates the hell out of me. They deduct left, right and centre but credits and debits donít reflect anywhere and yet we are charged unpaid fees! Reversals promised in March are not done yet. Pumzi, get your house in order please!
n SHEBEENS are the problem in this country. For example, a certain bar in Karasburgís owner is a GRN official and making more than N$50 000 a month without paying tax. How many people were killed near this bar? President Pohamba, close these shebeens. One of these bars is situated in the central business district. Karasburg is busy collapsing.
n I DONíT see the point of MTC is only sponsoring Nestor Tobiasí boxing academy while there are so many upcoming boxing academies that are really in need of funds. With soccer they are supporting NFA, not an individual team, with rugby they were supporting the NRU but with boxing only Nestor Tobias boxing academy, why? Why donít they support the boxing board so that all the boxing academies can benefit if they really want to support boxing in Namibia?
n NAMIBIAN nation, now you know what type of leaders we have! Malawian president Joyce Banda reduced her salary by a third and our President increased his, the former president and his wifeís salaries while the nation is swimming in poverty. A looting continua!
n I WAS listing to NBC while waiting for my kids to come out of school. What was disturbing is that the programme on child pregnancy is broadcast at 12h00 while the targeted kids are in school. Please pass my SMS through to NBC to rearrange the timing otherwise the programme is not effective.
Ė Concerned parent.
n THE unions said public servants must be patient until end of September. Now we are in October and nothing has been done. Prices are up and they are not going down. Please do something!
n I WOULD like to know what Napwu is doing in the case of Telecom and 30 former employees. In June 2012 Telecom lost their appeal and said they would pay the 30 candidates, but nothing was done. What is the work of Napwu? I really want some answers.
n THEA Seefeldt, I donít blame you for the mess at certain schools in Khomas. Please do us parents a favour and fire the entire management at certain schools. We will come and help you to remove them from the schoolís premises. Certain principals and HODs are not sure what their duties and responsibilities are. They need urgent training in school management and code of conduct.
n MINISTER of Education, please re-look into the issue of your ministry giving a loan thatís way higher than the tuition fees of studentsí field of studies, because they use the refund to buy expensive clothes, cellphones etc. While there are more students without loans on the street. I suggest your staff should get the tuition fees from the college and other education institutions for you to know the amount of loans to award to each student according to their fields of studies.
n WHAT is going on at Benguela Cosdec at Luderitz? Where are the materials. Time is running out!
Ė Concerned student.
n THE only solution for the high failure rate and improving the education system is to start in Grade 8 instead of Grade 11 with your chosen field of study.
Ė Tom from Rundu
n MINISTRY of Education, why should the Windhoek VTC be an independent organisation or private entity? This could be construed that Government is not serious about vocational training. Let government fund and be responsible for the management of VTCs and not private entities. Students should be subsidised. Follow the example of the South African further education training colleges (FETs) courses and entry after passing Grade 9.
n PLEASE help! Iím a learner at Goreangab JSS where they are confiscating our clothing just because itís not in the school colours, eg. socks, jerseys, shoes. If learners are late they are locked outside the school yard and sent home (even on exam days). Teachers cannot print test papers because thereís no photo-copy papers. Please Minister of Education come inspect our school.
Ė N Daniel
n I BELIEVE they really select a good place (Ramatex) for Khomas Region Namcol learners to write exams. However, the site of English listening comprehension was really abysmal. We did not manage to write most of the answers.
n NAMCOL, we deserve free marks for the English listening exam, because the Ramatex hall was not conducive for the listening exam, the speakers are 100 metres away from students that are sitting at the back, how can you hear?
n CAN the Ministry of Health improve their service delivery at Central Hospitalís ARV section. They are just slow. From nurses to doctors and pharmacists. Imagine it takes almost two hours to serve five people? What if more than 20 people turn up? On the other hand how come two doctors consult two patient in the same consulting room next to each other? Whatís happening to doctor-patient confidentiality? Is it because of their HIV status? My other observation is they count out tablets in the corridors where every one is looking on. Can they change their system in order to keep the privacy of their patients.
n MINISTRY of Health how do you manage to employ doctors who are not registered with the Health Professionalís Council of Namibia? Donít you want patients to be protected? Thatís why poor service will be the order of the day.
n OSHAKATI State Hospital always has a shortage of bed trolleys and wheelchairs. Please buy enough equipment because without adequate equipment there will be no movement at all. Please Andrew Ndishishi, stand up and do something.
n PLEASE NBC TV, give us NPL soccer results on the date the games were played. Not late results.
n IS Natis Oshakati staff trained to care for customers? We were two in the queue but a lady there said they canít attend to us and we had to leave. We were in the queue since 13h00 until 17h00. Mr Tjozongoro do something.
n CHICKEN farming at Rona Street is noisy and stinky. Moreover, chickens move from one yard/street to another. Itís unhygienic and is molesting our peace. City of Windhoek, please remove these chickens before it is too late. Or else you will soon see chickens strolling in at CoW Health Department and in the Office of The Mayor.
In and from
n WE have struggled so long now with the MTC tower in Mpungu village (not constituency) and it is a well-known fact by the company. It should be rehabilitated or replaced with Leo or at least Telecom to install a 3G connection. It has never worked a full month without disruptions or when on, dysfunction occurs. You can only phone not download or search for anything on your computer. The Chinese tar road contractors here in the village have their own tower built on the site, whether it is also MTC or their own, we donít know. This was seemingly done to have the proper internet service, not to use the poor one in the village. Internet connections should be very powerful if both towers are there for one reason.
n THE Governor of my region has a bar with a jukebox and jackpots. The constituency councillor is running a jackpot business. Some of my town councillors have bars with loud music from juke boxes and jackpots that are increasing poverty. Yet they do not see the large log in their eyes.
n MINISTRY of Youth in Keetmanshoop, how can you appoint someone who doesnít have a license to be a transport officer in charge of the Karas Region while qualified and experience people are there at the centre. This is corruption too!
n WHEN will the gravel road to Kalimbeza Rice Project be tarred? This road to the much spoken about project is less than 25km but I fail to understand why it is not in the GRNís plans to be tarred.
n KEETMANSHOOP town council demolished a tuck shop. Why? You donít even have valid proof to do that but do you know what you are doing is encouraging more poverty. Keetmans is one of the less developed towns in Namibia and you are breaking things down further without a valid proof. Why are you doing it to your own people. The three workers (who lost their job) may have bills to pay. Without income, where are they starting?
n ONDANGWA police and town council, we want a clean town. Chase out those vendors to the place where they belong. Police do your work. You did it once and now you are quiet.
n IíM tired of Keetmanshoop town councillors who make decisions without valid reasons. How can you ask Shangadi to do an investigation? Isnít it a conflict of interest, because the same Shangadi left the municipality because of inefficiency to manage finances. Keetmanshoop community, letís elect councillors with good educational backgrounds.
n To the person saying Cuban doctors do not perform operations or surgeries, I would really advise that person to enquire at the nearest surgical health facilities, eg Katutura, Central and Oshakati hospitals and not rely on clinics.
n YES, our government infrastructures are in a mess! And the reason? The Ďexpertsí in charge of maintenance were inherited from the Ďprevious governmentí with only one agenda Ė to undermine our government and enrich themselves. And we happily pay them top dollar for that. They laugh all the way to the bank, But it is no wonder, when the guardians of our state owned properties [allegedly] buy their doctorates at spaza shops! Minister Erkki, wake up and smell the coffee!
n MTC, have you checked how much youíve invested in soccer and what return youíve received from your bottomless pit of an investment so far? Absolutely zero. Namibia just doesnít have talented soccer players. So stop fantasising that soccer in Namibia will ever get somewhere. What do you really think you can or will achieve by investing millions in soccer and nothing in rugby? SMS Namibian pages October 1, 2012.
n Over the past 18 years, MTC have assisted many codes to host events, run league programmes or help stage international competitions against neighbouring countries. These codes include football, rugby, cricket, professional golf, hockey, cycling, basketball and tennis.
We understand that sports sponsorship is a risky undertaking, not only in Namibia but everywhere in the world, because return on sponsorship investment is sometimes hard to measure. Today investors are quick to ask the question, ďHow much will I gain in return for my investment?Ē In sports unfortunately, that question is sometimes difficult to answer and that is why very few corporates embark on sponsoring sports. If it was merely for return on investment, MTC would never have gotten involved in sponsoring sports and sports activities in Namibia in the first place.
We have long graduated from the approach that looks specifically for the monetary returns for such investments, and have always taken a view that sports is an industry just like any other industry, that if well managed contributes nationally to the development of any country, and Namibia is no different.
Ė MTC Corporate Communications
Lost and Found
n I, Silas Twathikamtwomtwo Jesaya lost my ID and Cuban drivers licence, contact me at 0818648654.
n I, Alexia !Gaoses lost my documents including full birth certificates and duplicates of my childrenís documents. If found please contact 0817491743.
n I, Ndeshimona Johannes Ndeshipanda, lost my ID in Windhoek. If found call me at 0813183111.