Food for Thought
*I SAY this with a worried heart. Why does the Women and Child Abuse Centre really exist? Do they live up to their objective? How about renovating the entrance to give it a welcoming feel? Send some officers out to police stations, maybe we can then see cases being handled separately and dockets remaining safe.
*CAN someone please explain to us why land is so expensive in Namibia? We have so much space with such a small population. Is it not demand and supply that determines price? What is going on that Namibians canít afford to each have our own piece of land but yet we have so many foreigners owning our land and renting it out to us. Can the government please do something about this?
*AFRICA! Our governments are the agents of the west and the powerful. Do you think they have our interests at heart? No! They are there to serve their masters under the label of investors. Wake up! No African government has power, except Mugabe, thatís why he has been cast aside. Play by our (masterís) rules or suffer.
*Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said on NBC news that Namibia lost the chance to host the Green Climate Fund, so what! How about we start bidding for major events like Afcon or Miss World where our underused tourism establishments can benefit and many jobs can be created, as well as free marketing across the world. I mean even poor nations like Gabon and Guinea have hosted Afcon. Why not us? Letís stop fishing for Mickey Mouse events and think outside the box. Letís go big or go home!
Bouquets and Brickbats
*CAN the guy who beat Piet Isak be brave enough and come out of hiding to face justice? Do the police not know who he is? This abuse of San people must stop.
*IíM very proud to see that Namibia is making good films. Not the best but itís a good start. But why are they just aired on Sundays? Why canít NBC air them three days a week?
*NTA CEO is responsible for tender mess and she must be held accountable.
*LOOK at the The Windhoek Jazz Festival newspaper adverts. Only the names of the international artists appear in big bold print. What about our local artists? No pictures and the names are printed very small on posters. Hope a tender goes out every year for organising the event. We hope it will be well attended so Namibians can see and enjoy the hidden local jazz talent.
*GRN is tax hungry. I have a question for the Ministry of Finance. I graduated from Unam, worked as a teacher for a year and went to study in South Africa for my Masters for two years. When I came back I worked for one of the mines for two years as well. I resigned and moved to another mine. To claim my pension money I was asked to make a declaration with the police for the two years that I was studying, which I did. When my pension was paid I found out that it was N$70 000 overall. I was taxed N$30 000 meaning I only receive N$40 000. I just want an explanation please Ministry of Finance. What is your tax rate on pension? Because this is daylight robbery.
*JOB well done City Policeís Johan Kellerman and your colleagues. It was a pleasure seeing you guys in action in Joey Julius Street. Keep it up and our city will become a safer place for all.
*NAMIBIAN Police! Why should police officers beat innocent people while trying to explain something to them before arrest? This is happening especially at Wanaheda Police Station! Please educate them.
*STANDARD Bank Gobabis home loan department staff please improve. Please publish my SMS, Iím so fed up.
*SOMEONE please help me understand why Namibian chicken is so expensive. Itís probably even more expensive than the imported ones? Then we wonder why our local products are not bought.
*PRESIDENT Pohamba, how can you let all GRN entry level positions be reserved for Ďstruggle kidsí? Donít you think you are discriminating against Namibian youth as the majority of the Ďstruggle kidsí are of the same origin.
n HOW on earth can GIPF continue to dish our money out to unlisted companies. What difference does it make to the previous money that is unaccounted for. We, the owners of the money, need that money to build our houses.
Ė Worried civil servant
*MOVING medical contributions for Civil Servants from N$60 to N$120 a month is not an increase but a insult to the private sector where you pay N$120 a day.
*TO Shoprite and Trustco Life: Iím grateful for the introduction of life cover to shoppers. My main worry is how are those Ďinsuredí going to make a claim if their payments and contract are just on the cell phone? Please have written contracts.
*DOES the SME Bank originate from Zimbabwe? Why are most, if not all of its management positions filled by Zimbabwean nationals? What is it with banks? Please tell me, were there no qualified, experienced Namibians to hold these positions? I am not talking about just one position Iím talking about more than five.
*WE who remained behind must now stand up and fight this discrimination by the returnees who have even gone to the extent of insulting us as collaborators despite the fact that we fed, informed, clothed, transported and even hid their guerrillas in our houses, trees and grain storages.
*THE GIPF unlisted investment monies go mostly to shopping malls. Just say it went to Safland. They are benefiting the most. Who are the directors?
*HOW is it possible that someone (Lance Armstrong) competes in an event for years and wins only to be stripped of the awards for doping after seven years? It doesnít make sense! Why was he not tested right before or after the event and banned before he was declared the winner?
*IT is really high time for the NTA to be investigated. This important organisation is managed down the drain. Private sector please wake up and take action. At the end of the day you will suffer the most, not to mention the youth of this country!
*NTA Board should come out with the truth. Why was the tender cancelled?
*THE Namibian Police are very strong to close shebeens and to chase women street vendors away from trading on the streets but awfully weak and impotent to act against those who illegally fence off communal land. President Pohamba, fire your Minister of Lands and the Police Inspector General since they have failed you on the lands issue.
*MY good people of Namibia, take note that IOL can no longer be trusted. Believe it or not, I am paying for a computer from December 2006 up to now and according to them I still owe thousands of dollars. I am so sick and tired of this company.
Ė Frustrated secretary, Karas Region
*OUR Church ELCIN must tell us how feasible the so called merging of the Evangelical Lutheran churches in this country is. We do not want chaos, financial and social instability in our church. What is wrong with the current inter-church relationship?
*WHEN people appear in court in Eenhana their cases are postponed by the investigator in court, not by the magistrate. The magistrate is almost never in the court and they are not doing their work. They postpone cases even for eight months without bail! Please help us.
*GIPF you are so slow to give our pensions. You are just telling me to wait. This month is the fifth month. So until when should I keep waiting?
*WE have been without our conversion certificates, which are fully paid for, for six months at Monitronics Success College. You first said they will come in June. Again, you changed it to September. Now you are telling us in December. You are denying us from applying for jobs. Minister Abraham Iyambo help us.
*MWESHIPANDEKA, when will we receive the uniforms we paid for last year? When we are already done with our exams? We want our money back.
*TEACHERS in Ohangwena Education Region are fed up with the late coming of payslips. When we are paid the slips we get are often for the previous months. What is really delaying our payslips?
*MINISTER of Works and Transport, are you waiting for government stores to collapse for you to take action? Or maybe the President must intervene.
*WHO is in charge of the Police station in Independence Avenue? Please improve your service. You are very slow, talkative and careless. The pregnant police woman who was on duty between 08h00 and 13h00 on October 23 wore jeans and a half top. You were almost half naked. Please be a good example for our girls.
*I DONíT understand why my parents pay TV licences if for three days TVs are just on and off. Does NBC think our parents should pay TV licences for this poor service?
*BRAVO! I support the call for the formation of the party for us who remained behind because in the eyes of the returnees, we are irrelevant and thatís why we are being sidelined and discriminated against. Let them and their Ďstruggle kidsí vote for themselves.
*HOW can Swapo Party Youth League nominate someone, to run for the countryís presidency, who is not able to deal with the housing problem in his small ministry? Iím a confused youth now.
*THERE must be a political party for those who were in the country. Not DTA, or UDF, or any other because since Independence to date those who are not educated are starving.
*WHY do the rights given to the former President of Swapo to attend the central committee meetings and congress also not be given to Andimba Toivo ya Toivo?
*RICHARD Kamwi, we respect you as our Minister but walking out on your workers was not appropriate. We are very disappointed. You are rushing to Parliament to represent us whom you walked out on. How?
*WHY are those guys who are taking care of young children Ė kindergarten teachers Ė not getting money from the government? We need some changes.
*FOR heavenís sake! Whoever set up the Life Science Grade 10 examination should know that it was not Grade 10 level at all. It was mostly Grade 12 Biology. The questions were of higher level and the syllabus was not fully covered. Next time set accordingly, or you will keep on failing the learners.
Response to Previous SMSes
*THAT person who talked nonsense about Mario Locke, should get a life. Mario makes the show. Without him the Cuppa Java show will be kind of dull.
Ė Locke fan
*I TOO share the same sentiment and disappointment with our radio stations. Particularly, the afternoon Oshiwambo programme between 16h00 and 17h00, presented by Daniel Ashipala. What he says is meaningless to me if not to many. He appears as if he owns the programme. You can say anything you want. Not everyone likes your dirty jokes. The management should stop it.
*TO the person who sent the SMS ĎEverybody is crying for landí; there IS a simple solution: Have fewer children.
*Minister Iyambo you said on Thursday on One Africa TV news that teachers will get the salary increase, please give the date.
The Minister did not at all say teachers will receive increments but instead said teachersí salaries are not in the hands of the Ministry, they fall under the mandate of the Office of the Prime Minister.
*Unam will ban thousands of students from poor families from writing their end of year exams unless they settle their accounts by November.
The Ministry is still in process of finalising the payment of loan holders, arrangements have been made with institutions of higher learning to allow loan holders to write the upcoming examinations. The delay in payment is attributed to late submissions of academic results and signing of contacts by the new students.
Yours in Education
Public Relations Office
In and from the Region
*THE CEO of Omaruru, well done because Omaruru is a clean town now. Keep it up and never give up. God will bless you.
*ONE Africa isnít showing in Tsumeb, can they do something about it?
*THE lorries transporting sand from Omusheshe to wherever are creating too much dust. This is a health hazard to the community. If they do not drive slowly we are prepared to block them at our places.
*CAN the counsellors in Otjiwarongo please tell the community why there is no land to build houses for the build together project which is a project of the municipality but there is land available for auctioning? The people applied but it has been more than a year now that nothing is happening. Can the people responsible please look into this matter? People are suffering because they donít have decent houses!
Ė Concerned community member...
*WHATíS wrong with the line of Okakuu Onyamangunda in Iishanaputa village? We donít have water. The community members who depend on this line are dying of thirst. Please we have children and old people.
*CAN the Town Council of Keetmanshoop put up a traffic lights at Renciaís? Peak time is very difficult.
Lost and Found
*I, Embashu Frans Mwiityekoto lost my ID here in Windhoek recently. If found, please call 081-300 1147.
*I, Ester Shiimbashike Ndahambelela lost my documents in Windhoek last Sunday at Monte Christo.
*I, Selma Ndapewa Indongo lost my wallet in Windhoek with my ID and various cards. If found please contact or SMS 081-403 0438 or 081-271 0696.
*I, Gerhard Horaseb lost my ID, social security card, and Bank Windhoek card in Soweto. If found please contact on 081-719 1863.
*I, Andrew Musarurwa am looking for Anesu Andy Musarurwaís passport. lf found please contact 081-304 1725 or 081-312 1596.
*I, Erastus Shikololo Shilikundeni lost my birth certificate in Windhoek. If found please call or SMS 081-229 3321 or 081-204 1166.
*I, Lukas Mathias lost my ID in Ondangwa. If found please contact me at 081-886 5993 or SMS me.
*I found the drivers licence of LM Beukes in Dorodo Park. Call Linda at 081-680 2719.