Food for Thought
*MINISTRY of Home Affairs please issue passports valid for 10 years and halve your work load. It doesnít take rocket science.
Ė Reggie W
*I THINK some businesses should have SMS complaint lines in the shop where one can have a response or help imediately.
*DBN no bonus! Wonderful! We are starting to win in this country. Please apply this to all parastatals!
*IíM not hearing anything any more about Vision 2030 Do we still have a vision Namibia?
*IS the war on dispensing between the pharmacists and doctors or between doctors and government? The drug industry has become a major profit driven industry in the medical world. Giving absolute power to one group in this country will create problems for many marginalised individuals. There must be a system of checks and balances. Should doctors not invest in other businesses so as to concentrate on their patients? Are they fairly remunerated for that and are their incomes keeping up with the trends of current markets the way the drug industry is able to keep up and are favoured to have their profits guaranteed?
*I WAS 14 when I joined Swapo by crossing into Angola in 1988. My colleagues were 18 by then. Today they are veterans but I am not. What really makes them different from me? Please minister answer me!
*DECLARE Werner List Street a taxi free zone!
*I WANT... Give... we demand... A daily refrain when one opens any newspaper. From the top echelons of GRN to the most needy. GRN, you have created a monster that will devour this country. When will we as Namibians ever be less dependent on handouts and start earning our own income? Never as long as GRN makes employing workers more difficult by the day, and corruption the order of the day.
*WHEN will banks phase out the cheque option? It is outdated.
*FELLOW Namibians, instead of making use of The Namibian to make your views known rather use the ballot box. Thatís the only language these selfish people understand.
Ė Mr B Arandis
*BANK of Namibia is making sure that we remain hungry. Why are you taking time to settle the matter of U-Care and Gold Prime Time? You will not listen and just tell people to stop operating yet you donít have proof. We want money and we donít want to steal.
*WE would like Jerry Ekandjo to review the body corporate act as it is not favourable to sectional titles owners. Municipal charges are unbearable.
Bouquets and Brickbats
*I TRULY would like to join those who are calling for the head of the Minister of Home Affairs. Please Prime Minister and President get rid of current leadership please, I have enough evidence that they will never change the status quo.
*THE pool is opening on Friday! That news made my day.
*IT is very commendable that our President appreciates that after 22 years there is little economic transformation. There are children born 22 years ago in the so-called black townships who are still living there and to whom opportunities are just a distant dream. All we want is for the State to make laws in order to give everyone equal access to opportunities. People do not necessarily want hand outs they want regulated access to the wealth of the country.
*COUNTRY Fair braai cuts were really fair but Namib Chicken is taking us to the desert.
*ON a serious note, when is Home Affairs going to get serious? The majority air their concerns daily. Yet they donít even make an effort to publicly address their issues or tell us about their plans to improve. Your management of issues are unacceptable but I guess they donít care because they know people donít have a choice.
*WHAT does Minister Kamwi mean by saying nurses are talking below the belt? Insulting people! He is not a leader. Kamwi down!
*OUR National Anthem says sons and daughters of Namibia, why? Just change it to sons and daughters of the struggle because everything is about them lately.
*NANDOíS Klein Windhoek, do something about the dryer in your toilet. To dry your hands after using the toilet is too noisy. Please or replace it.
*THE exclusion of Benson from the mainstream sports award category is a reflection of the lack of implementation of the equality provisions of our constitution. Despite lofty promises to promote the rights of people living with disabilities the gap between policy and practice remains glaringly wanting.
*AFRICAN King Security company must register their employees in Bethanie. It has been a year that we have worked there but we have no benefits at all. Securities and cleaner must be registered.
*Namibia is now independent for 22 years but Radio Rukavango and Silozi are not heard in Grootfontein or the coast. Why?
*HOME Affairs Minister and your Deputy, your staff are very slow. How can one stand in the queue for two hours without help? Oshili!
*HOW does one report a case of corruption or fraud to the ACC anonymously?
*IíM a teenage girl who went to the NDF building in Otjiwarongo to get a copy of my fatherís death certificate. When I went there I found a man of about 50 years of age at the gate. The first thing he said was Omwahala Shike (what do you want)? I was shocked that a man of that age was behaving like that? Instead he could have said how can I help you? Minister of Defence, teach your soldiers some manners.
*I HAD sent three SMS messages and non of them were published! Is this a money making scheme for The Namibian?
*NATIS, is there really nothing you can do to improve your services at your Oshakati and Windhoek branches? We are suffering by standing in queues for 12 hours if we are lucky. This unfair.
Ė Pomwene Daniel
*WHY should NBC TV show English Premier League but they do not show NPL? Please NBC do something.
*STANDARD Bank managing director, are you aware that your new in service contact information takes 45 minutes after someone has made a transaction? How can one stop a thief or block oneís card if stolen? Please improve your services.
*YES, I agree that our Founding President can contribute a lot to solving problems and make Namibia better through his vast experience and common sense! You can make a difference!
*CHIEF Ipumbu, are you serious by calling a press conference just because you had lunch in a house of an RDP member unknowingly? Now that you ate the food have you become less Swapo or who are you trying to impress here? This is pathetic, political illiteracy at its best!
*I AM so glad about the nursesí action during the meeting with Richard Kamwi. For so many years the nurses have been speaking to him but their requests have fallen on deaf ears. As long as the ministers are earning their big fat salaries they do not worry about the working people.
Ė Ame Omuhona Omunene
*NMC please confirm that over the counter medication is counted as a doctors day visit? Please publish this so we get official clarity.
Ė Disgruntled NMC member
*ITíS true that hospitals are still using linen and most instruments from the colonial era. Laundry services of most hospitals are out of order, nurses arenít getting paid well and neither are they promoted and thatís why they are resigning everyday. What does their ministry use their budget for? Minister Kamwi is a failure. The community suffer the most!
*RICHARD Kamwi, how can you reject your children just because there is trouble in the house? Who else should we turn to? Is it Ministry of Health or the Public Commissioner that advertises the positions? Our appointment letters come from your offices.
*DOES the Minister of Health know that in the rural areas clinics close at 17h00 and open at 08h00 the following day? These are the places where diseases and accidents can happen at any time and health centres are quite far away. The heath conditions of rural folk are constantly at stake. Where do I go after a snake bite at 21h00 on a Saturday night? A pregnant woman was stabbed at a cuca shop. These incidences are quite rampant in the underdeveloped rural areas! When are we (the poor villages) going to have access to health services when we need it?
*TO get the best marking results, markers, team leaders and chief markers must be allowed only to mark until 20h00. Itís because the Department of Examinations force them to mark until 22h00 and that is why so many marking mistakes happen. I talk as an experienced marker.
*MINISTER of Education, please count all nine subject points for the Grade 10s. If you do the failure rate will not be so high. Donít count only six. We know that can make a difference.
*SCHOOLS are vandalised by learners because of too many rights for learners. Teachers are not respected by learners because Namibian children know about their rights but do not know the rights of their teachers. Prevention is better than cure. A learner can insult a teacher and a teacher is not allowed to chase that learner from his class. Apparently itís the childís right. Wow!
*I AM not a nurse but I feel Napwu does not represent the nurses any more. I feel Nanu has the mandate of the nurses. Why canít Napwu just accept reality and authorise Nanu to negotiate on behalf of the nurses? To allow such a simple matter to go to court will show that there is a lack of leadership in Napwu. This matter is long overdue. It must now come to an end. The nation is sick and tired of this matter.
*THE service rendered at Omaruru Police station is commensurate with the salary they receive. Absolutely pathetic!
Response to Previous SMSes
*I AGREE with the SMS on October 24 that infertility care should be included in all medical aid plans. Members pay monthly contributions so the medical aid must also cover infertility treatments which are very costly or can they provide members with answers on why this expensive treatment is not covered by medical aids?
* FELLOW SMS writer who advocated for former President Sam Nujoma to basically serve on anything in Namibia Ė just for starters, he is an old man who needs the little energy left in him to spend with his grandchildren. In my humble opinion, your thinking is an insult to all young and energetic people who are capable. Letís not create cult figures.
*THE person who requested that Nujoma be treated like a semi-god (sitting on various boards Ė because Namibia would not have been where it is if it wasnít for Nujoma Ė please assess and see where we really are. It is really not a place to be proud of. Just visit the Kupferberg dump site and you will see what I mean.
*THERE is no person infallible and irreplaceable! This a total un-biblical view. According to the Bible only Jesus Christ was infallible. Beware of making a politician a deity.
*NO, it is not the Mayor of Walvis Bay that should do something about the townís dirtiness but every resident. Keep it clean in the first place, then no cleaning up is necessary!
In and from the Region
*PLEASE Minister Jerry Ekandjo, stop the auction of the municipal erven in Otjiwarongo on November 1. It will only benefit the haves. What about us who only qualify for N$200 000 and below. Please intervene!
*HIGHLY qualified nurses of Otjiwarongo State Hospital Casualty please treat us like humans. We are not animals!
*I WAS born and raised in Opuwo and never saw any kind of development in Opuwo. The sewerage dam is damaged. Grass and trees are growing in it. The soccer field is deteriorating. Where can I report this?
Ė From a Poor resident of Opuwo.
*RCC and MVA, why canít the issue of cattle along the Windhoek-Rehoboth road be resolved once and for all? So many families have lost their men, women and children due to accidents caused by the cattle. Please step up. Show us you mean business in making the Namibian roads safer for all.
*THE Municipality of Tsumeb are not doing their job. We are now drinking dirty water. It might affect our health. Do something about it please.
*I AM disappointed that while Otjinene constituency builds a school hostel, brings water closer to the poor, the Okondjatu-Okakarara constituency is buying live stock which only benefits a few fortunate people. Leaders of our constituency, please put your focus on capital development like tarring of roads which can bring development to the region and benefit all. Okondjatu is currently completely cut off from Okahandja/Windhoek as those trucks from the mine destroy the road.
*ON Wednesday somebody complained about the new Namibian chicken priced at N$30 for 1,5kg. Come to Keetmanshoop Spar and OK grocery outlets. It costs N$37,95 and N$39,95 respectively. In Keetmanshoop we have only one pharmacy. Anything under their roof has two prices. One is the cash prize and another if you buy on credit. Do the medical authorities know about these practices? The prices differ a lot from other Namibian pharmacies!
*OMULONGA constituency councillor, when will the road from Oshigambo to Ondobe get tarred? We are tired.
*WE are suffering in Keetmanshoop with uneducated councillors and an incompetent health officer. If they destroy a building where women are working to support their families then I am shocked?
*THE speed of drivers is very high in Karibib. Speed bumps please.
*MOST of the government houses were already sold to people who have been occupying these houses for a long time. We in Outjo and Kunene applied but got no reply from the Works office in Otjiwarongo. Please look into this matter seriously.
Ė Worried citizen
Lost and Found
*I, Valipo Maria Peneyambeko lost my wallet with ID, social security card, and bank card in Ondangwa. If found, please contact 081-222 3393.
*I, Olivia Pieters lost my ID in Windhoek. If found, please call or SMS me at 081-809 7693.
*I, Fillemon Immanuel Kasita lost my ID in Ongwediva-Ondangwa area. If found, please call or text me at 081-315 2994.