Food for Thought
*Prime Minister, did you check the maths on your new salary? Over 365 days, your increase alone is nearly N$900 per day. On your new total, you receive nearly N$7 000 per day and your colleagues get 40 to 50 percent of that figure! A fair question is; how can you justify these huge salaries and still only pay our impoverished senior citizens a monthly pension of only N$550? Itís a national disgrace!
*IF the government doesnít know how to distribute land, it should ask for our proposals because we have better plans. We are tired of hearing nothing has been done yet. I witnessed how my parents suffered and struggled with the 20 hectares and I refuse to suffer the same fate. We want farm land.
*LET me please add my voice to those calling on the President to be very, very cautious when appointing an Education Minister. We donít want to sound like we are prescribing to the President, but with due respect, let the wishes of the citizens also be part of such considerations. The deputy should not be an automatic next choice.
*THERE should be no further presidential commissions appointed until the reports or findings of the previous presidential commissions are made public. Stop wasting scarce resources while the majority of our citizens are languishing in poverty.
*NAMIBIA must admit that the biggest ever mistake of the millennium we made was to allow shebeens in Namibia, and in particular within residential areas. The only solution is to close down all shebeens and compensate those licensed, and bear with some serious consequences that might get sorted out in six months. We need to take very bold and radical action in order to fix the social fibre in our country.
Bouquets and Brickbats
*THANK you, police officers of Mariental for a job well done over the weekend. We want a alcohol and drug free Rehoboth. Please make some changes at the Rehoboth Police Station. May God bless you all.
*NBC news anchor Hassan Engelbrecht must learn how to pronounce Namibian names. Itís an insult to us.
*NAMIBIAN government, why are you burying Abraham Iyambo our devoted Minister of Education, who died on duty for the country at Pioneerspark Cemetery? He deserves to be laid to rest at Heroís Acre, tjiri! After all he has done for this country!
*HOW on earth can this happen? I mean no water and food. Those are needs and not wants. So Johanniter, pull up your socks and please do something about it. We seriously need donations. Please, people help us.
*WHAT a good gesture by City of Windhoek to provide drinking water to its customers whilst queuing up. The only problem with that is the three foam cups per day for all the customers to use. Is it not a health risk?
*SCHOOL fee refund. Hermann Gmeiner teachers are on the government payroll. They also participated in last yearís national strike but all of a sudden they claim to be private. How can the school use finances from taxpayerís money and refuse to refund parents. We all know that school fees are used by principals as a personal benefit. This must be investigated and scrutinised.
Ė Concerned community policing member.
*THE mess on our roads is the result of poor penalty management from the City Police.
*THE high crime rate tarnishes the good image of our Republic.
*MOOLA Mobile. Does this institution have a gambling licence? Gambling is; Ďyou put moneyí, you win or lose. Exactly, what it is?
*ON the issue of the school conducting business on school grounds. I support it 100 percent. Government should change its mentality and must accept that we live in a world full of challenges and we need to invent ideas to generate income. I see nothing wrong with it. Viva Acadamia SSS.
*SCHOOL development fees, renting of facilities to businesses are revenues to provide bonuses for teachers. There is no transparency on these funds.
*HERMAN Rust, your arrogance goes beyond the pale. Taxpayers who pay your salary have every right to know what the motor dealer pays the school. Something stinks here!
*DAVID Namwandi of Education, tell us what is wrong with leasing out unused land as part of generating the much needed funds for Academia Secondary School. Focus on improving the passing grades in Namibia rather than playing police on unnecessary issues.
*THINK out of the box Ministry of Education. Dead land for school funding for the good of the school seems a great idea.
*CABINET, please ban alcohol. Most rapes, murders and accident cases are due to the influence of alcohol.
*MINISTRY of Lands and Resettlement, make a provision on the front page to indicate which farm unit the applicant is applying for. It will make sorting easier for the personnel as well as for the board.
*WHY do the criminals get food in prison? They should get nothing so that they wonít want to go back to prison! They take it as a home Ė free food, free accommodation, free water and electricity. Lekker.
*A PRESIDENTIAL commission of enquiry should be instituted to look into what happened with registration, recruitment and other opportunities offered by the government a few years ago. The parents of those children, most of whom have sacrificed their lives during the war of liberation must be turning in their graves. Establish a database and sort out this embarrassing situation once and for all.
*TO all the people who are homeless and hungry. Just do something to go to jail, then you can get free food and free accommodation! In China, criminals are starved. In Namibia criminals are treated like pensioners.
*PRESIDENTíS enquiry of Commission for Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration. The Home Affairs and Immigration office in town is in urgent need of restructuring and reorganising of its system. The place is customer unfriendly, chaotic, unorganised and has no clear structures in place. How about a simple thing like a functional, efficient enquiry desk or starting point?
*RCC, when will the white lines in the middle of the road between Kalkrand and Windhoek be painted? It is dangerous without the lines, especially at night.
*IS the company doing road repairs on Florence Nightingale Street in Khomasdal actually competent to do the work? We, who travel the streets daily have been held hostage in backed up traffic for weeks now. When will they finish?
n Please, you promise that the more you play the more chance you stand of winning. Since last year I have played until now. Show your draws live on television please Moola Mobile.
*PLEASE City of Windhoek, we need a place like Soweto Market in Otjomuise to do our business or take Ramatex and do something for us.
*IOL please improve your MET faculty staff memberís attitudes or replace them. Students have the right to ask and know about their studies with your department. They donít deserve to be shouted at or assisted with a rude attitude when calling or coming in for advice.
*MINISTRY of Safety and Security, please send your guys to training to learn how to work with people. I was in need of an urgent code of conduct so when I went to the office (investigative unite), I found a constable who treated me badly. I donít know if this is what they are trained to do.
*THE time is 09h25 and I am standing in front of Jet in Walvis Bay. They were supposed to open at 08h30. There is no notice on the door. You already deal with inexperienced unfriendly staff to make matters worse!
*TELECOM Namibia please make sure our internet payments are processed before you suspend lines this weekend!
*Why are the politicians getting a 15 percent increase and the civil servants only got eight percent? Why the difference?
*I can not agree more with the proposal that schools should have extended hours. Why are teachers working half day anyway?
*THE school principals betrayed teachers when they sent teachersí names in for unpaid leave. Now our salaries have been deducted while you enjoy the eight percent increment because of teachers who stood for the increment. What is the cause of shortages of teachers in Namibia?
*HOW do you understand this? Striking teaches have to pay alone while all civil servants enjoyed the fruits of the strikers. We shall not leave it here. Those who got salary increments must pay back. This is reverse gear!
*CAN the director of Khomas Regionís Ministry of Healthís Primary Health Care tell me, how can a transfer from the Windhoek Clinic to another town take seven months with no response? When I requested it in September 2012, I was told itís not possible to leave in January but all transfers left out at the end of January to start on February 1. Until today, I didnít get my transfer and I am told to put in an unpaid leave. Do we really need to pay for their slackness? They must tell us the truth not lie all the time and get angry when asked. Please Minister, rotate the whole Khomas Region office staff. They are not doing their work. They are just running after the workshops that are made for people at the clinic and leaving their jobs unattended.
*Dawid Namwandi, please tell Namibians how much funding each school gets. As a former teacher, I can vouch that you are foolish to think that schools are able to survive on the peanuts that the government provides! Do you think books are enough? You were a child once, was it fun having to read? Give computers and OHPs to all schools!
*IíM a concerned parent, my child is a pupil at Grootfontein High School and she is in Grade 9. Up to now they donít have a teacher for maths and physical science. How do they expect pupils to pass? Can the Deputy Minister of Education please get us answers from the principals.
*IF Unam lectures commence on the 11th why do they decide to release the results for candidates who applied recently for a B.ED on the 8th? There is a short time to prepare in terms of transportation, as our parents have to prepare for our transport costs. Though itís a scholarship, I donít think our transport will be covered the first day.
*NAMIBIAN Port Authority (Namport), please look into your bursary scheme. You place fancy bursary adverts in the newspapers but some of us, especially those studying in South Africa remain a burden to our parents.
Ė Unhappy bursary holder.
*FACULTY of Education, whatís your deal now since you announced that you are short of teachers? So why canít you just take students who have 25 points, with a D in English?
*IS it fair to advertise the post of Lower Primary HOD at a school and when a suitable candidate is found, he or she is given to teach in the upper phase without even taking one or two subjects from the phase he or she was brought in for? Secondly, how will he or she manage to assist lower primary teachers who experience difficulties when the HOD does not know what it requires to teach at the lower primary phase?
*IF each child has to pay school fees of N$1700 and each child N$500 for photocopy paper and each child N$500 to contribute for a smart board, how will we as poor parents survive if education becomes so expensive. Jan Mohr, how long will we stay hungry just to invest in Jan Mohr? Not all of us can afford that money.
Response to Previous SMSes
*TO the person who asked the Prime Minister to rather employ children of the liberation struggle to clean cars as permanent jobs; I fully agree with you. Some of our leaders canít even think in that direction to reduce the high unemployment rate among, especially the youth.
*THE SMS about school hours being extended to 16h30. That is madness, even pupils themselves wonít concentrate. Teachers need to prepare for the next day. Parents just need to discipline their children then you will see the difference.
In and from the Region
*PLEASE our councillors and town clerks, do something with Mariental Clinic. We are suffering to get a gate at the back of the yard. It has now been centuries.
*WE need a park! Seems like Otjiwarongoís Municipality is not doing anything to build a proper park. We as children need a place with swing sets, grass and clean water! Otjiwarongoís Ďparkí is stinky graffiti and a pee station and men should be stopped or arrested for peeing in public. You are stinking up the nation.
*THE town Council of Khorixas is sleeping. Wake up and smell the coffee! Canít you see that other towns such as Opuwo and Outjo are developing. You are to be blamed for the high unemployment rate, teenage pregnancies, and high Grade 10 and 12 failure rate. You allow a lot of shebeens to be built. The youth donít have anything good to keep themselves busy with and thatís why they just drink and get pregnant. Wake up and do something!
*ARANOS Town Council, please show transparency and honesty when allocating ervens. Give to people who can afford and will be able to pay at least the monthly installments. Letís work together for the development of Aranos as a town and not degrade it please!
*OTHER countries are trying by all means to provide clean water to the people to prevent illnesses while Namibia is driving its people to drink dirty water and close all community taps in most parts of Ohangwena. Please Minister of Health, water is life! Poor babies, toddlers, and school children are in danger. Ohangwena is vulnerable to waterborne diseases because they are near Angola where most diseases are flooded into Namibia. People are losing interest in the Swapo government. What are we voting for?
Lost and Found
*I, MERCY Mukena forgot a brown envelope in a taxi that picked me up (on February 5) in Windhoek West next to the Puma Service Station and dropped me off at Nampol Headquarters, Ausspannplatz. It contains high school diplomas and a Grade 12 certificate for Marcia Muyunza. If found, please text or call 081-376 1003.
*I, GIDEON S N Shikongo lost my ID in Walvis Bay. If found please contact me on 081-726 9131.
*CD KARUKUA, ID 87030800157, I found your driverís licence in Otavi. Call me at 081-603 0831.
*I, RUUSA Kandowa lost my ID in Windhoek. If found, please call or SMS me at 081-899 8642.
*I, POROTOSSIUS H Kautondokua lost my Grade 12 certificate and my VTC certificate between Ondobe Police Station and Okahenge Town Shopping Centre. If found, contact me at 081-301 8110.