Food for Thought
*MY FIRSTBORN girl is 22 and have a six-month-old baby. I am 42 just like the SPYL Leader. Both Ngurare, myself and my daughter are youth. How?
Bouquets and Brickbats
*VIVA Desmond Tutu! The International Criminal Court is not only for African leaders but for the whole world. George W Bush and Tony Blair must face the music.
*VAKWETU, what is the age limit for Swapo youth league? I think some people including Ngurare need to graduate from youth to the next level. That man is no longer a youth. He is an adult and must empower youth by leaving youth positions in the hands of the youth.
*MOST of us (Africans) are brain washed and view anything African as primitive, dirty and uncivilised. Olufuko, symbolising our cultural heritage and traditional values and norms, is likened to pornography. What about beauty pageants where girls are naked by showing their groins and pubic areas?
*NAHAS Angula, the future of this country is not just in science and technology, as you said on news on August 30! You also said so in 1990. You let schools phase out practical and technical subjects. Look where the unemployment rate is today due to us being unskilled!
*A SPEECH of last week. How can President Pohamba say people must stop complaining about low salaries? He has no clue how it feels! Stop his salary, incentives, perks, etc for one month and ask him again.
*I JUST witnessed Johanna Benson of Namibia being awarded a silver medal in the 100m T37 category in London (Paralympic Games). She deserves a hero’s welcome Namibia.
– Ronnellie Guriras
*JOHANNA Benson, you made us proud. A silver for Namibia! Congrats to Benson. What a thrill to see the Namibian flag in the stadium. So proud!
*THE HIGH number of deadly accidents on Namibian roads could be attributed to many factors. One factor that is overlooked is the number of traffic lanes in some high-density areas. We cannot talk about “good infrastructure” if eg the roads, leading from Windhoek beyond Brakwater to the north, are mainly one-lane.
*WE ARE making our party a laughing stock: electing a 42-year-old to represent the youth! Why?
*IF YOU vote for people who get rich at your expense don’t complain. You voted for your abuse.
*HOME Affairs should find ways of providing efficient services. Their queues are unbearably long.
*AND AGAIN the taxpayer funds a legal battle and loses just because GRN doesn’t follow its own procedures when “changing” laws. I wonder how long it will take until someone drags the Ministry of Finance to court over their absolute tardiness to pay VAT claims. Hopefully not too long.
*WHY IS Nantu and NUNW quiet about the salary increment? This is a bread and butter issue for some of us. We want updates.
*CIVIL servants think twice before you vote next time or join unions affiliated to a certain political party. They are afraid to stand up against the GRN. Where is the public servants salary increment?
*I’M A concerned citizen and I really want to thank the police for doing a good job. Everything happening in this country, the police are involved, even though they are the lowest GRN earners. Please ministers do something for Nampol.
*WHY is the issue of civil servants salary increment being ignored? The year is almost coming to an end and nothing was done. We need our seven per cent increment which should be backdated to April 1. Viva civil servants viva!
*THE GOVERMENT must open its eyes and see how police officers and soldiers are suffering. The government must pay these people. Let us be honest, these people deserve higher salaries. Officers are investigating cases valued at more than N$50 000 but a poor constable is getting N$2000 as a net pay. Pay the people!
*NURSES are regarded as the backbone of the health care system. However, when it comes to remuneration, they are worse off. On several occasions nurses submitted their petitions to the ministry and all we are getting are empty promises which the ministry is reluctant to address. When the medical doctors submitted their grievances, it was heard and promptly responded to. It is disappointing, unacceptable, humiliating and discouraging for those who want to join the profession as it is not valued. The next move for the noble profession is to go on strike and demanding what we rightfully deserves. It seems that this is the only language that our GRN understands. Most nurse in this country will never be able to own a house and let alone have a car. These essential or basic needs are luxuries to the nursing profession as their salaries cannot allow it. This is regardless of the four year university degree that they have achieved for them to qualify as registered nurses and enrolled nurses respectively. One thing we’ve learned is that being peaceful, considerate and patient is and will never be the answer. What we need is ACTION!
*President Pohamba, can you please pay a visit to health institutions in Windhoek? Not at the offices but at the duty stations and see in what conditions are health workers working.
*IUM please we want our refunds. The ministry already paid our fees,why are you delaying? Please make the process faster. We can’t wait.
*MINISTER Abraham Iyambo how many unqualified teachers are all over the country and what is the ministry doing about that? I am an unqualified teacher with vast teaching experience enrolled at Unam for the B.Ed (Honours). I applied for GRN financial assistance to pay for my studies but was told GRN can’t invest in a person with temporary appointment because my services will be terminated the moment they find a qualified teacher. Are the services of unqualified teachers not valued? How will the GRN react if all qualified teachers decide stop providing this service? One hand washes the other!
*WHAT is so special about Ohangwena Education Directorate? They cancel the issues of lower primary advisory teachers to work at the circuit. Why is only Ohangwena without advisory teachers for lower primary at circuits? No wonder they are not performing. Director give us feed back.
*MINISTER of Education, please deliver new changes to distance learnes at Unam Oshakati. We are not treated as if we pay for our courses. Everything you have to search for your self. Even the timetables of tests exams and everything. Therefore we want part-time at northern campus. Distance is too unbearable as some of us studying courses require face-to-face teaching twice a week or more.
Responses to Previous SMSes
*THANK you rugby fan for comparing soccer and rugby funding. Rugby has done our country very proud, but does rugby contribute towards the policy of national reconciliation as much as soccer does? I didn’t think so. No politics, no tribalism. I stand to be corrected for that matter.
In and from the Regions
*CENORED is seriously messing up Outjo residents. I had to drive to Otjiwarongo to buy electricity on Sunday, September 2, and this not the first time because the machine in Etoshapoort is regularly malfunctioning. Outjo municipality is quiet.
*OKAHAO Town Council, I think if you can put up rubbish bins around the town for the public to throw in their rubbish. We will keep our town clean.
*I DON’T know how the municipality of Mariental, especially the team who run the build together programme want us to pay for things which is not there. No water taps but we already pay the first installment. Shame on you guys.
*I RECENTLY visited Onayeluka Primary School about 18km from Outapi on the Tsandi road and was shocked to see crumbling walls of classrooms and the smell of bat droppings. Really, that place is not fit for human habitation. Apparently the Ministry of Education is aware of the problem since long ago but no action has been taken. One classroom wall can collapse at any time and one only hopes no life will be lost when it does!
Lost and Found
*I, MALAPI Hilma Tala-Ohole Tuyakula, lost my black wallet with my documents, ID, Bank Windhoek card, voter’s registration card, two medical aid cards and an MTC starter pack card, in Windhoek. If found please contact me on 0813792190.
*THE GUY who forgot his bag in the grey VVTI that drop him off in Rehoboth Block E on Friday August 31. Call me at 0812447857.
*I, Phillip Kulobone lost my brown wallet with all my documents. If you find it please call or SMS at 0816885441.