Food for Thought
*THE fact that funds are being raised for the San hero Cgunta //Khao//khao is commendable but what is being done for the families of the three San who gave their lives to save Jane Bean?
Ė David Winston-Smith
*WHAT an irony! This morning (Tuesday October 22) I saw a Cuban writer on NBC TVís breakfast show talking about his invitation to come to Namibia to put together a book on the Namibian war of liberation. Then now on the SMS pages there is a Namibian liberation veteran seeking financial assistance to publish his memoir about his life in Plan. How come we are (presumably) prepared to finance a foreign writer to record our history of the liberation struggle, while it appears that there are Namibians who are struggling to secure funds to finance their own accounts of the war? Can we imagine a Namibian writer being invited to chronicle a liberation struggle of another country? Something is not right in that logic...
*THE cellphones which we buy for our small kids are bringing problems. I was insulted through SMS by a 10-year-old boy. This boy is in Katima and I am in Swakop. Please parents, teach you kids before you give them cellphones.
Bouquets and Brickbats
*WHAT happened to the better priced, better tasting chicken? Why are we being forced to buy local at such ridiculous prices? N$30 for 1,5kgs!
*ONLY in Namibia will you find a 24 wheeler truck in the CBD.
*I CHALLENGE Khomas Police Commissioner Shilongo to do as he preaches. ďNo fear or favourĒ. I had to close my shebeen and apply to get my licence. If the illegal operators are allowed I must open an illegal outlet so the things can balance.
n NBC TV is ours. I want to congratulate the DG and staff. Thanks for the great programmes. Keep it up.
Ė FM Vangie
*I THANK the entire Swapo leadership for granting Nujoma permanent membership of the Central Committee. They really have acted patriotically. I wish the government does the same. The founding father must be given 100 per cent access to sit on parastatalsí boards when he wishes, with full benefits entitled. The churches, if they are truly Christian and patriotic, should grant him permanent membership and freedom to sit on their councils. He deserves this. Without him Namibia would not be where it is today. Next time, the registration must be passed for him to sit even on boards of private companies if we are serious about achieving Vision 2030. Nujoma is truly Godís gift to Namibia Ė irreplaceable and infallible!
*IT is not surprising that the best female athlete has been sidelined during the sports awards as this happens annually. How can anyone explain that the only athlete in the history of Namibia who won an Olympic gold, outsmarting her abled bodied compatriots, is not considered for the highest award in Namibia? We like to award failure in the country. The gold for Benson should have automatically qualified her for the Sports Woman Award without nomination as her gold nominated her already.
*WE at the Hifikepunye Pohamba campus need another book shop with proper customer service. We only have one bookshop that has one cashier who takes his own time and leaves before closing time. Imagine waiting in the sun for six hours just for one person to come open the bookshop!
*MWESHIPANDEKA learners, please behave yourself. I left that school 15 years ago and it is because of the sense of responsibility of everyone who came before you that you found the school and its facilities in existence. Learn to appreciate and be considerate. God bless Mweshipandeka.
*NUJOMA certainly has more in common with Banda than with Mandela, so why isolate Banda?
*AM I the only one who seems to have a problem with quality of items bought at House and Home? I just bought Ďleather couchesí at N$12 000. I know it is not genuine leather, but are they supposed to crack within four months of purchase? Very disappointed!
*IF shebeens can operate legally, why not prostitutes, drug dealers, robbers, thieves and vendors on the streets. They all have one thing in common Ė ďto surviveĒ.
*PRIME Minister Angula, leave the remuneration of the President for now. He is not suffering. Rather look at the housing and salary issues of your public servants first. Now!
*I LOVE president Pohambaís views on the possibilities of land revolution he made on the ĎTalk to Al Jazeeraí programme. Itís true if white people do not surrender and share the land now, there will be a war to grab land that was robbed from us blacks. We need more leaders like Pohamba. Thank you for your outspoken honesty my president. Long live.
*THE people working in government complain that their salaries and allowances are low but the question is: Whatís happening at their offices and work places? Hospitals are dirty, people lose their lives, school kids are failing, thereís corruption in the police etc. The list is very long so civil servants prove yourself worthy of a salary increase before complaining!
*MINISTER Rosalia Nghidinwa, your ministry is killing people softly with long queues at your offices. The sun is hot while people stand like poles outside. A person should wait for 14 to 24 days to get a single birth certificate in Windhoek, why? If you cannot manage please resign. We will not blame you.
Ė Ilimal Mateus
*WE need a mobile police station in Hakahana. Housebreakings are on the increase and the Wanaheda Police station is not helping. They only respond when we take the law in our own hands.
*I HAVE done a basic computer course which was offered to public servants by the Office of Prime Minister through Unam. That was December 2009 but up to now I have not received a certificate, not even an attendance one or a notification that I didnít make it. How will anyone believe that I have done a computer course if I cannot present a certificate to prove it?
*STANDARD Bankís mobile banking is not reliable and itís also a disadvantage to the people who donít have web enabled phones. Itís not only about being innovative but also bringing your services to those less fortunate.
Ė Don Feus
*I AM worried about patients at Okahandja. I was transferred to a specialist in Windhoek but I had to look for my own transport while others are transported from Otjiwarongo and Okakarara, why?
*MINISTRY of Justice, we are suffering at Oshakati Magistrateís Court. You come to court at 08h00 but they only attend to you after lunch. Itís very disrespectful really!
*PLEASE Shoprite Tsumeb, I am a customer who likes biscuits but your biscuit shelf is very dirty and dusty. We need improvements there please but keep up your good customer service.
*I WOULD like to find out from Minister Jerry Ekandjo whether he is aware of the auction of plots scheduled by the Otjiwarongo Municipality? Why is the auction approved while the minister has clearly said that no plots will be sold on auction or tender. There are people, like me, who donít have a place to call home. I was so happy when the minister said no plots to be sold on auction. Please reply.
*LET all three Swapo vice-presidential candidates come out and tell the nation what they will do for the nation if elected as president.
*IíM sick and tired of African leaders who dance to the American tune, forgetting that America was supporting their oppressors. Give your support to Cuba who helped you to be free. Viva commandant Fidel Castro for helping us to get freedom, even if those you helped are only interested in enriching themselves, unlike you.
*ALL small political parties; you are making a mockery of the electoral process. No one of these parties will ever win national elections. Please unite and form one coalition party. What kind of language do you need to realise this very obvious fact? Imagine, Jerry Ekandjo in the race to become Head of State! Dear Lord, open the eyes and ears and minds of your people. Another five years under Swapo rule shall drown the already suffering, poverty stricken masses.
*BOTH Pendukeni Ithana and Jerry Ekandjo have no respect for the rule of law. Ekandjo was convicted for contempt of court when he defied a High Court order. Ithana opposed the discharge of a fired magistrate and had to go up to the Supreme Court where she finally lost the battle. The two comrades therefore do not deserve to be president. They have no respect for the law. Namibia think twice. Nujoma and Pohamba, save and guide the nation please.
*I WONDER if the next president will get the two-thirds majority vote as previous presidents did because now every place is worse. Demonstrations everywhere and vendors being chased away from the streets while we have high unemployment.
*INFERTILITY is a risk in Namibia. Why is it not included in all medical aid plans? Please make a change. People are suffering in Namibia.
*WHILE visiting a friend in Katutura Hospital, I was saddened by the fact that the hospital beds and linen are probably dating from the colonial era and are in a very bad state. Water disruption seems to be the order of the day. Please! Iím sure we can do better!
*A PATIENT collapsed early morning in front of Otjiwarongo State Hospitalís gate after being sent home by a casualty nurse because it was not yet 08h00.
*WHATíS the use of the liaison officer at Windhoek Vocational Training Centre? Students are searching for their own attachments while they are sitting in their office getting paid for nothing! Dr Iiyambo, do something for us please. Some officers need to shape up or ship out!
*MINISTER of Education, look into vocational training centres. Staff are just Facebooking while we are not yet attached.
*THE University of Namibia needs to make changes to the Psychology course. If you donít get into the B.Psych then its useless doing it because the Health Professions Council of Namibia doesnít recognise any other qualification. We will suffer because of that and thatís not fair. Someone please help us!
*WHEN will Unam and The Polytechnic of Namibia give the Grade 12s their letters, stating whether they have been accepted or not. These kids need to give in bursary applications before the end of October and they need those letters as well!
*TO sit for exams your account must be zero. That is final according to the International University of Management.
*TTI and NTA, when are you going to refund our money? We need that money so that we can go register for courses somewhere else. Do it before December!
*DOCTOR Iyambo, we are pleading for better marking of JSC and GSSC Exams. Teachers mark until late and mark without reading. The future and of our country depends on them.
*WE, the parents of students from International University of Management are wondering why our children have not yet received their refunds. Some of us borrowed money from other people so that the students can pay their tuition fees, now these people are starting to think we have conned them. Transport money has become too much.
*YOU only say nursing is a calling because you do not want to pay them what they deserve. There is no way you can find a hungry lion with a smile on itís face. If itís a calling then make nursing education free because the salary we are getting is equal to the education fees we were paying. Please Prime Minister, Minister Kamwi and your PS, do something about our salaries.
*TATE Pohamba, check your soldiersí salaries. We canít take our kids to better schools and dress them. Itís only ex-combatants who are benefiting from our countryís resources.
Response to Previous SMSes
*JOE, donít get me wrong, or think I want to stir up things. Where is the money you already received from the GRN? Why did you not finance the publishing of your book with that money or just go back to the Ministry of Veterans? I can assure you, they will give you the money.
*We have been five months without our trade test certificates and statements of results from the Namibia Training Authority. First you said we would get them at the end of August and the beginning of September. Nothing happened. Then you said October 8 and now you are telling us the end of October. Please you are denying us our jobs as companies need our qualifications. Minister Iyambo, help us also.
The NTA acknowledges the delay in the dispatch of the Certificates and Statements of Results, which only arrived from the Scotland-based printing company, Smith & Ouzman Printers, last week. Recording, sorting, copying and packaging have started and we anticipate to dispatch to the various training centres and institutions by Friday, this week. The NTA apologises for any inconvenience caused by the delay.
Ė Mornay Louw, Manager: PR and Stakeholder Engagement
*TO the reader who is relieved to not see Hengariís column, was the truth hurting so much? Iím sure most of your type are sensitive to challenges and criticism. Get real! The world has opened up now. This is Windhoek for that matter.
In and from the Region
*MAYOR of Walvis Bay, stop saying that the town has become dirty and do something.
*MAJOR of Ondangwa, why donít you invest money on youth empowerment projects instead of pumping a whole N$140 million on a shopping mall that will only end up accommodating 100 China shops that would sell baby dolls, phone batteries, bronze watches, etc. Will you call that township development?
*MANDUME Pohamba, the so-called councillor of Ondobe, we need water and electricity especially at Okahenge number two (Omahenene). We need power at these places. We need tap water between Oilyateko, Efidi and Ohengobe. We are tired of this situation!
*AUCTION in Otjiwarongo, only cash starting from N$172 000 an erf! What a shame to the statement made by minister Ekandjo that no erven will by sold at public auctions anymore.
*Otavi Town Council, Technical Head and the engineer who was contracted, can you explain the mess created around construction of roads and sewerage systems. Who is responsible for connecting the current drain system to the sewerage pipes you are digging six metres in the rocky ground. We demand answers? How much were these projects budgeted for.
Ė From Otavi Resident
*PLEASE RCC do something about that gravel road to Groot Aub. It is very bad. When the road gets grated it only lasts a weekend then itís bad again. There are lots of cars travelling on that road. Do something!
Lost and Found
*I, Betty M Ambambi lost my wallet with documents and cards around Ondangwa. If found please contact 081-448 8996.
*I, Josef Kanhene Kaulinge lost my ID. Please, if found, text me at 081-495 7330.
*I, Gabriel Meroro lost my wallet in Windhoek with my ID and various cards. If found please call or SMS 081-819 2068 or 081-252 2793.