Food for Thought
*MINISTER of Finance Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, you surely must be shocked and seriously concerned that so many Namibians live in desperate circumstances and degrading poverty! Please donít be mean and selfish like most GRN seniors. Money can be found to pay N$100 per month to all unemployed Namibians to give them a chance to survive and some will surprise you. What a difference it will make. Change their attitude, give them hope for the future! Minister, this is your opportunity to really make a difference in the lives of many poor Namibians! Just do it! We beg of you!
*CORRUPTION in Namibia, youíre a beast and Iím a flea but close your eyes on me for too long and Iíll make sure you itch. You will scratch but Iíll be long gone.
*EVERY time The Namibian talks to Minister Ekandjo he replies, ďI donít talk to The NamibianĒ. And he could be our next president. Folks, he will ban this paper. Be aware please.
*WE want The Namibian to publish the history of the three Swapo candidates so that we as readers know who the best will be to lead the country.
*IS tax collection the only way our government knows to raise funds? Over 20 per cent income tax and 15 per cent VAT is just too much of a burden on our shoulders.
*OUR Government is spending millions to bail out non-performing parastatals but they turn a blind eye to the plight of the lobster industry that has the potential to pay back an investment within two to three seasons. By so doing foreigners become owners with the blessing of our government. What happened to development and protection of the natural resources on behalf of the country and its citizens? Namibianisation? Wake up before itís too late.
*TEACHERS are regarded as professionals. The nation must condemn their illegal strike. What example are they showing to students? Will they be happy if students start to be absent from school without valid reason? The nation understands that they have been waiting for a long time but this does not give them the right to take the law into their own hands. They must bear in mind that they will not accept such behaviour from the students.
*ELIJAH Ngurare and Job Amupanda, why are you quiet about the teachersí strike if it is affecting the youth? We want to hear what your opinions are on this matter.
*SHAME on the teachers who are demonstrating. Do you think you are the only people who need money? There are other people who are suffering and the government needs to look at them. Look at both sides, and donít be selfish. Those who demonstrated must be fired!
*KHOMAS teachers, we in the north are supporting you. We will join you soon. Viva teachers!
*I FULLY support the teachers in their industrial action because they are really frustrated by being neglected by the Government, resulting in them being disrespected by their communities. However, it is sad to note that they opted to take the illegal way. Was it so difficult for them to follow the procedures set out in the Labour Act? I cannot expect this from teachers.
*THE Minister of Education must keep his comments to himself. Teachers need and deserve what we sweat for. A big no to slavery while they live like gods.
*MINISTER Abraham Iiyambo! Stop joking in your office. Should you play that music, which you claim to be faced by us (teachers), then you must be prepared to put on your dancing shoes and join us as well.
*MINISTER Abraham Iiyambo, the best you can do is to come out of your office and address the teachers. Claiming you donít know them wonít help anything. You have been hard at work requesting them to deliver. You even went as far as jumping your directors, inspectors and principals. Do the same and jump Nantu and address your staff members yourself. What happened to the interests of Namibian child?
*MINISTER Abraham Iiyambo and your subordinates, have you ever paused and asked yourself why you are Minister of Education today? You drive big cars, have a computer in your office. You sit on a rocking leather chair in your office. You own a laptop, an iPad and a cell phone, all paid for with tax payersí money. You get subsidised water and electricity and even an entertainment allowance while the teachers who are doing the donkey work of dealing with uncooperative learners, who you have declared kings and queens over us, are starving because we survive on your change. You refuse to respect us and to listen to our pleas. Aluta continua to crying teachers of Namibia!
*TO the lady who spoke on TV. You and the man from TUN arenít afraid to represent us. Please join to represent all teachers. More of us will become members.
*I HAD so much respect for Minister Abraham Iyambo. However, listening to Monday nightís news I see heís just like other ministers: as long as they get the salary and benefits they want they donít care about us the Ďlittleí servants.
*SIMEON Kavila and Basilius Haingura please resign from Nantu. You are serving your interests and we will remember you for this conduct. Down you two!
*TEACHERS look at what your Swapo government is doing to you. Itís time for change. Come election time vote for change please. We are tired!
*ALFRED Ilukena should not threaten teachers for asking for what they deserve. Your allowances are higher than teachersí salaries. We are angry and hungry. What is the N$500 a day that you are paying us markers? You are busy creating a situation that you will not be able to control.
Ė Angry, hungry, frustrated and stressed teacher from Oshikoto
*GRN, as a concerned parent Iím urging you to consider the demands of the teachers. Our children will suffer. Please do something!
Bouquets and Brickbats
*IN Mondayís edition of the The Namibian a picture of a shirtless Dixon, during the Ma /Gaisa Festival with his pants hanging low, showing-off his underpants was published. Do our entertainers dress like this?
*WE are happy to hear on the news that our president said that we have a problem with land and that we canít afford land in urban areas. Please do something before you go.
*I HAVE just had a hearty laugh thanks to Twittersphere! Thanks for brightening my Monday Jean Sutherland.
*GOVERNOR of Hardap, where is the development in Mariental? Seek advice from the Karas Governor please.
*ITíS a disgrace that the Ma/Gaisa artist Stanley tore up N$200 notes and threw it into the crowd.
*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 became Deputy Minister of Education?
*NAMIBIANS stop complaining about the poor Nampol services. Blame your government for that.
*RICHARD Kamwi! Telling the nation that those unhappy nurses must leave the ministry is hitting the nation below the belt. How do you expect the nation to survive without nurses?
*WHOEVER set the Grade 12 extended level English second language paper is making us fail. It was almost as tough as the first language paper.
*RICHARD Kamwi telling unhappy nurses to leave is an insult to nurses and the public. Please act as a leader, not as a boss. Nurses are in short supply and yet you encourage them to go to private institutions. Who will work if they leave? Think twice.
*I FEEL pity for the men who broke into Johanna Bensonís house. Itís time for Namibian men to start respecting themselves and not to try to survive on a hard working womenís success. Itís better to sleep hungry than breaking into Johannaís house. Namibian men. Go back to the culture where men were protectors please.
Ė Twalulilwa, Windhoek
*WINDHOEK Vocational Training Centre superintendent, why donít you want people to go into the hostel if the rooms are available?
*NATIS! Why do people who failed their learners licence test have to wait 21 days to write again. Companies wonít wait that long for someone to get a licence to employ them. Please change your systems and think about the unemployed youth of Namibia.
*HOW can the SPYL conclude that Minister Ekandjo survived an assassinated attempt! The youth must be brought to book and must be accountable for their statements! This is unreasonable and unacceptable!
*WHEN will the country become more important than the party? Apparently not a single liberation party in Africa was ever able to bridge that mindset. And sadly Swapo is obviously no exception.
*WHICH Mudge family contributed financially at the Swapo dinner?
*SWAPO members must not allow any clique to advance its agenda. Police please arrest those who are making stupid allegations of assassination against Jerry Ekandjo.
*SPYL please leave Hage Geingob to become president of this country for a change, there is nothing wrong with it, even Obama became president of the USA.
*THE politburo and central committee of Swapo endorsed the nullification of the district of Okahandjaís elections because procedures were not followed.
*THE Governor of Otjozondjupa Region must remember heís not the spokesperson of the party. Swapo will never be the same again. These elements are tearing the party apart but they will never succeed.
*IíM disgruntled by the comments made by SPYL of late regarding the vice presidential race for the upcoming congress. Bear in mind that the nominated cadres are all equally patriotic compatriots, tested cadres and qualified revolutionaries. I suggest you refrain from posing divisive comments and remarks. We donít want a repeat of 2004 so SPYL leaders, learn to choose your words carefully. Remember that when you speak you are representing the youth of Namibia and some comments are tantamount to destruction and division. At times the youth of Namibia donít agree with all of your sentiments.
*IT is evident which civil servants are the most passionate about their work. The rest are just apathetic.
*IT seems that Napwu is hiding. Public servants are waiting for the positive feedback on their negotiations as promised.
*WE, the workers at Forensic Security Solutions, are sick and tired! When are we getting increments?
*NURSES who are not happy with their salaries should look for opportunity in the private sector instead of letting the public suffer said honourable Minister Kamwi, It is a pity to realise how the honourable Minister cares less and does not appreciate the efforts made by nurses. It calls to mind that what he cares about are the foreign medical staff. Please, let us not starve our people just because we have expatriates.
*PLEASE IUM we are dying to receive our refund. Until when should we keep waiting?
Ė Hungry student
*STANDARD Bank Home loans Keetmanshoop is taking nine months, and counting, to process a home loan! Iím fed up!
*OHORONGO Cement, why do you take so long to approve Nammic Financial Services? The money is not Ohorongo Cementís, itís us union members who pay the money back to Nammic. Itís simple, Nammic loans are calculated according to the net salary and not the basic salary.
*FNB Tsumeb, your ATMs are always down on pay days. Are we forced onto those high charges at counters? Please explain why this happens time and again. Thereís also no cover against sun and rain at your main branch.
In and from the Regions
*OTAVI Town Council must shape up. Water bills are too high and us poor people cannot afford it. Why is water expensive if we partially pump it from underground? Even Windhoek, where water is reclaimed from toilets and has to be treated, is more affordable. Even the readings are not true, eg at a house where many people live the water is cheap and where there are few people the water is expensive. Metre man, please do your work and stop this nonsense. Secondly, our refuse has been standing for weeks. Please clean up.
*TSUMEB Municipal office, instead of providing your town with clean water you spend money on things like Miss Copper Festival. People are becoming sick because of your water. People residing in Tsumeb urge you to do something about the water issue in Tsumeb.
*ITíS true about the water in Tsumeb. I was in Tsumeb from October 25 to 28. The water is dirty and brown. They must do something please.
*WE applied for water in July. We finished digging the trenches and installed the pipes, yet the connection is not yet done. When you call Rural Water Supplyís office you are told people are already in the field connecting. When are they going to connect the Okelemba-Epatululo pipe line?
*OSHANA Region, you are pumping money into some appointed teachers to teach during the holiday for a week while those who sacrifice to help learners every holiday are not paid. Is this a good way to chop the money?
*PLEASE Otjozondjupa Education Regional Director, tell your people to do their work. I did not receive my hostel supervisory allowance since I started working in January.
*How can the Otjozondjupa Regional leaders exclude their own people in the region and elect other people from the Khomas Region as delegates to congress. Is it justice?
Ė Loyal cadres
*EENGODI constituency councillor, when will the road from Onyati to Oghumbula get tarred? We also want a gravel road from Oghumbula to Engodi. There is no tap water in our area. We are suffering and we are tired.
*IíM very disappointed with the Municipalities of Swakop and Walvis Bay. Whoever is responsible for cleaning the toilets on the beaches please do your job. These toilets arenít only used by Namibians.
*OTJOZONDJUPA! One Swapo, many hidden agendas. Cry the region cry!
*WE are learners living in the Ohangwena location. We donít get enough time to study because of very loud music coming from bars surrounding us day and night. Could the Ministry of Education do something about that issue just for the sake of us getting enough time to study?
*WHAT is Ambassador George Tuliameni Kalomohís personal interest in the Oukwanyama Traditional Authority in general and Omatando Number Two Village in particular? Having seen you speaking on TV recently, are you still a national leader without biased tribal connotations?
Lost and Found
*I found the ID and passport of Mohamed Le-Roy Vladimir Winkler. Please call me at 081-293 3267.
n I have lost a red Coca Cola sports bag with a pink wallet, Nampost Card, green mug, plate, cup, silver cutlery and silver pocket knife. It got lost in Pioneerspark in front of Constantia Private School. If found, please contact 081-838 6401.
*I lost my car keys in Wernhil Park on October 26 around 15h00. Itís Fiat keys. If found, contact me at 081-222 2221.
*ABOUT a month ago or so I read about a movement against unaffordable housing in Windhoek in the media. I need the contact details.
Ė Worried young citizen
*ON October 27, I lost a wallet with my drivers licence, Zimbabwean ID, medical aid card, Jet and bank cards, all for Kevin Madhumbu. Please contact me on 085-607 9422.
Response to Previous SMSes
*DEAR SMS writer, if you suspect anything but good in the working relationship between the two Governors (Hardap and Karas), approach them in person and advise them rather than going the paper way.
*CHRISTIAN Mulula, I agree with you about your concern about condoms in schools. My marriage of 28 years was destroyed because of these condoms and a pupil having an affair with my wife!
*WHERE are the opposition parties now? They are only waiting until the next elections then they will start being visible when they should be seen even now? Is this all they can do? At least some are seen but where are the rest?