Food for Thought
*OLD AGE pension social grant increases to N$600. What about the social grant of orphaned children receiving only N$200? Are they being forgotten? Please Minister of Gender, think about it and also increase this fund.
*I AM a 70-year-old war veteran with a chronic heart problem and have been in and out of hospital continuously. I can no longer afford the sky high medical costs since I exhausted the little savings I had. When I approached the War Veterans Regional Office in Otjiwarongo for assistance I was told that the ministry only assists in war related matters. Where to now? Must I altogether stop going for medical treatment at both state and private institutions since I cannot afford the high medical costs anymore? The municipality on the one hand is also threatening to cut my water if I donít pay the two month arrears.
*ARE the Chinese and other foreign companies not evading tax by keeping large amounts of local and foreign currency in their homes? The Ministry of Finance must look into this, instead of trying to make money out of the ordinary worker who gets paid peanuts. If you convert N$4 000 into US currency it gives you a lousy N$500, give or take. Target foreigners who are trying to evade tax by hiding millions in local and foreign currencies in their homes, instead of over taxing citizens over a lousy US$500.
*NOW that soya, donkey, goat and water buffalo meat has been found in South African meat, especially patties, can the government provide the public with an assurance that these adulterated products are not being sold in Namibia?
*PLEASE attend to the plea to tar the streets in Wanaheda. Itís so rocky after the rain.
*SOMEBODY made quick money out of Florence Nightingale Road in Khomasdal. There was nothing wrong with the road, but it was uprooted and supposedly repaired and is now worse than what it ever was on the surface. Shame on you City of Windhoek.
*CITY of Windhoek, please give Okahandjapark electricity. We can pay pre-paid boxes. Houses are being burnt down and we are unable to cook when it rains.
*CAN City of Windhoek give us feedback of the costs involved in that small part of Florence Nightingale that was retarred from December to February. This is tax payersí money.
*CITY Police, please do something about those taxis that stand in the middle of the road near IUM in Dorado Park before they cause an accident.
*STUDENTS who receive government loans should register with the Ministry of Labour to be given jobs in the public or private sector after completing their studies to enable them to pay back the money for others to also get loans.
*GOVERNMENT should reduce unemployment by recruiting able-bodied Namibians in the construction of public buildings, roads, railways, fish farming and mining. These biased tenders only result in one or two people and their relatives benefiting, resulting in anger and hunger as food prices shoot up.
*THERE is plenty of room for savings in government. I have worked in a government department and I know that most of the money buys computer equipment every year even if they donít need any because they say that if they donít then they lose the allocation and it is difficult to get it back when you really do need it. What kind of system is that?
*WHAT is the Finance Minister thinking, allocating N$7,1 billion to agriculture? A ministry that is well known for failure. It recently returned N$365 million to treasury as it is incapable of implementation. How could the same cadre possibly handle N$7,1 billion?
*SAARA Kuugongelwa-Amadhila must stay in her position.
*WHY didnít Minister of Finance mention anything about regrading of salaries of civil servants?
*FINANCE Minister, pensioners deserve much more than that small increase! What a disgrace!
*THE N$50 increase for pensioners is a shame! Politicians were granted a 15 percent increase by the president a month ago and the same people donít see the plight of the elderly. What a shame! The powers are to pocket it all at the expense of the less fortunate.
Bouquets and Brickbats
*PRINCIPAL of Academia Secondary School, stop this useless Miss Academia nonsense. We sent our children to school to be taught and not to be encouraged by you and your teachers to take part in that rubbish. What do they benefit from that? Nothing! Children donít even stay for studying after school but you want to waste their time with this nonsense? Very disturbing!
*THE Build Together Project at Grootfontein is well managed. Other municipalities must seek advice as they carry out inspections before paying contractors in phases upon completion. No funds should be advanced to individuals.
*STANDARD Bank Katutura, your upgrade of the branch is a disaster. It looks like a hall where people are seeking jobs. No privacy, itís ugly, ugly and ugly. Think again or is it because itís Katutura?
*I WOULD like to congratulate everyone working at Auas Motors Walvis Bay, on the excellent service Iíve received from all of you over the past couple of years, especially Delicia, Gerhard and Chris.
*SINCE NamibRe has an excellent credit rate, and Ernst & Young issued a disclaimer of opinion on their financial statement, it will be considered mature to rectify and amicably sort out their issues soonest. The board and management should rather focus on the challenges as failure to this will disclose their incompetency and immaturity.
*IN the absence of empirical data suggesting correlation between rape incidents and the wearing of miniskirts; and the absence of an enabling legislation, the Inspector General risks being accused of acting mala fide.
*PLEASE Team Namibia together with the Government, take care of our local producers and distributors of milk, namely, Namibia Dairies. Otherwise, we will lose an excellent product! Imports should be limited! Namibian products should be first priority!
*GOVERNMENT, please look after our local produce especially the case about our local producer and distributor of milk, Namibia Dairies. Namibians should support our local produce!
*DETERMINING the length of skirts in schools is for uniformity, which is a requirement for discipline. I cannot believe the absurdity of this issue and the press coverage it generates while we have more important things to contemplate, like how to pave the runway at Hosea Kutako airport with N$50 million for when the last Air Namibia flight comes in for a crash landing.
*NAMIBIANS! Your national roads and sidewalks are filthy with litter, stop trashing your image.
*NATIS Windhoek, how come I passed to obtain my licence on December 31 2012 and my licence is still not yet here? I was told to wait six weeks and I went to collect it last Friday, February 22 and yet it wasnít there, but someone who failed the day I passed got his. When did he go for the second time for him to pass and have his licence card in hand? Is it because he works there or what? Please help, I am tired of backdoor ways! Nee man Natis Windhoek. Thatís foolish, make it fair.
*FRANS Kapofi must deliver on time or ship out.
*DEAR Minister of Home Affairs, people who got married and changed their surnames are suffering because they were told that it only takes three months to get their IDs but we have waited up to seven months. Imagine how we survive without identity documents. I have a proposal. Next time when a person applies, let the person keep their old ID then you take it when you give the new one.
*ARE there any staff working at the Ministry of Home Affairs in Windhoek, on the third floor? They never answer their landlines!
*MINISTER David Namwandi, please come to the IUM City Campus. Part time students are overcrowded and there are no aircons in the classerooms, we need aircons please!
*DEAR parents, if your children come late to school, the teacher also starts late with the lesson. Syllabi, schemes of work and prepared lessons are negatively affected by this. Iím not even done yet. Parents must instill punctuality and discipline in their children. Thatís a recipe for success. Letís build, not break.
Ė A teacher.
*MINISTER of Education, please go investigate at the Pionerspark Primary School, education is free at last but the school is calling parents asking us to pay N$1600 dollars per child. Why should we pay if the late Abraham Iyambo said education is free? Please donít disgrace him. We want our refunds. Free education for our children!
*DAVID Namwandi, please come to Hans Daniel Namuhuja school. Teachers are forcing learners to take subjects at ordinary level while the principal is encouraging them to take subjects on higher level, doing ordinary level is not good.