Food for Thought
*THE government should not allow importation, production, or sale of genetically modified food in Namibia. Such foods have been banned internationally because it is unhealthy.
*GOVERNMENT must amend the Public Service Act to ban all civil servants and local government employees from conducting business with the state. This will stop corruption and it will ensure service delivery, by them concentrating only on the job and not on private jobs. There are very urgent amendments needed.
Skirting the Issue
*MAYBE it’s time to start a Plan style armed struggle against gender based violence. We’re clearly not going to get help in this matter from the police. They’re too busy locking up girls in miniskirts.
*SEBASTIAN Ndeitunga, driving a big black Mercedes is not African either, so please ask government to refrain from driving them!
*SEBASTIAN Ndeitunga, is rape and killing the vulnerable acceptable in African culture then? Worry about what’s wrong and stop patronising women about what they wear.
*SEBASTIAN Ndeitunga must educate men about respecting women and refraining from domestic violence and killing one year old babies. Or is it a traditional norm?
*SEBASTIAN Ndeitunga says miniskirts are “not African” but Africans never wore skirts. Why was he quiet on the Olufuko initiation where bare-breasted young women were paraded for men? What does he say about the Himba women? Is he diverting the focus on the reported ‘gay list’? He should deal with passion killings of women under protection orders.
– An embarrassed man
*SEBASTIAN Ndeitunga, what are you going to do about the Himba and San tribe’s traditional clothes now that you have decided it is not African to wear mini skirts and clothes that expose certain body parts? They walk around in town covering only a small part of their bodies and the rest is exposed. Is that western?
*SEBASTIAN Ndeitunga, everything is not African, even the Bible. So leave us alone because we will wear what we want, period!
*POSSIBLE arrests for women wearing mini skirts? We cite tradition and constitutional rights in one breath. Very disturbing!
*PARENTS, please teach your children how to dress in public. How can you support your child wearing a miniskirt? ‘Charity begins at home’, no wonder there’s a high rate of rape cases. One thing you should bear in mind is they wear miniskirts to expose their bodies to men.
*WHY doesn’t the government re-open Ramatex? Employ experienced Namibians to sew nurses uniforms rather than offering the tender to foreign companies.
*THE government must create a Ministry of Housing as a separate ministry to address the acute shortage of housing nation wide.
*NIILO Taapopi, since you became CEO, our roads are tarred unevenly, there’s no health inspectors, no road inspectors, no traffic officers to regulate unethical taxi drivers. Sometimes I wonder how they appointed you as CEO.
*CITY Police, we in Genesis Street don’t sleep and our children don’t get enough sleep because of noise pollution. What is the closing time of the shebeens in Genesis Street, Katutura?
*I AM just curious about how the City Police are catching the ever speeding motorbikes on our highways, as the norm nowadays is that they only sit there with the camera and never stop the cars. Motorbikes do not have number plates in front, right?
*I WAS just driving through Katutura for work. Where are the police and traffic officers? They really have to be more visible and vigilant. Everyone is talking on cellphones while they drive. No wonder there are so many accidents.
*CITY of Windhoek, please stop working on assumptions because it’s very confusing. We want the exact figures of what we have consumed and not estimates. This is pure daylight robbery really. Every month the bill has strange figures. One will wonder why such big differences.
Bouquets and Brickbats
*ERKKI Nghimtina, I would like to express my dissatisfaction regarding the bailing out of Air Namibia. As a taxpayer, I fail to understand why government is spending millions on the Airline that can hardly afford to pay its fuel accounts. Stop this exercise and use those billions to build houses for low income groups. How many houses could you have built so far with the money recklessly spent on the Airline that has decided to remain in its infancy shoes?
*WE have ‘struggle kids’ as young as 25 to 30 years-old and we are independent for 22 years. Now, you were between five and 10 years when you came back. So what were you doing the whole time? I believe you were sent to school because you received first priority then. You failed and refused to go back to school and now you want to blame the government? We don’t owe you anything. Apply like many do or go back to school. We don’t have time for people who can’t think for themselves!
*THANK you Ministry of Finance, income tax assessment, in particular B Lottering, for your professional conduct and assistance in explaining the amount due to the receiver of revenue and how one can address this challenge. February 18 makes one believe that there are still competent public servants. The Namibian public service needs more of your calibre. God bless you!
*TIM Ekandjo issuing press releases to congratulate Patrice Motsepe on donating half of his billions to charity. We are all happy about it but do you really have to issue a press release?
Responses to Previous SMSes
*TO the lady who wants abortion to be legalised. Why don’t you stick to using condoms or family planning? That way you won’t get pregnant and won’t have to have an abortion or dump your baby afterwards.
*TO the writer who claims that the German government can’t pay reparations because of its member status to the EU; they already paid reparations to the Jews and the British. Belgium already paid their former colonies and are still doing so everyday through apparent development funds, which can happen for us if the Swapo government assists us.
*PROFESSOR PJ Isaak, in his reader’s letter, cites examples of reparations paid to genocide victims. Not being a historian, I read up on the subject and learnt that it was the League of Nations (now the UN) in the 1930s, who introduced the term ‘genocide’. Legally speaking, the atrocities by all colonial powers happened before the term existed. Since the ‘law’ was introduced after the crime happened, the colonial powers are not held liable today.
*OUR jobs in tourism don’t depend on Air Namibia. I know plenty of tourists and they are avoiding using the national carrier as it is unreliable and expensive, and so they use BA or SAA instead. If anything, Air Namibia’s poor service history actually deters visitors.
*TO the person who responded on the unfortunate Epupa incident, if a Ministry fails, the ministers should be held responsible. Why do you think ministers (also known as, Gods of Namibia) are paid millions of dollars and given cars and access to the presidential jet? All this is done for them to supervise and make sure everybody in their ministry is performing. You still have the ‘my master’ syndrome. Ministers are not our masters, we are their masters.
*I FULLY agree with the writer of Friday’s SMS that said apartheid practices continue unabated at Kamanjab supermarkets. It’s a shame nobody cares. I have personally experienced it at Kamanjab Garage which hosts the Sentra Supermarket.
*I WOULD not compare lawyers to mercenaries, much rather to ‘the oldest profession in the world’.
*IT is not shameful at all if someone wears Swapo clothes to a funeral. It is an honour for the person who is dead, a true reflection that he was a true member of Swapo. It should be that all Swapo members must wear the colours when they are at the funeral of a Swapo member. If you don’t like seeing Swapo colours, please close your eyes.
*I DON’T agree with the SMS about Swapo colours at a funeral. How on earth can you have respect for these people? Shame on you! A funeral is not a Swapo rally
*PEOPLE who are worried about the legalisation of abortions in Namibia can use condoms and their problem will be solved.
In and From the Regions
*KUNENE Region must also be split due to its vastness and poor service delivery. The Regional capital, Opuwo, is too far from major towns like Outjo which is 360 km away and Uis, which is 434 km away .
*WE are in danger here in Karibib. We can’t even leave your house for an hour or go to the toilet. You will find our house empty. The police know who the thieves are but the culprits always go free. Please help.
Lost and Found
*I FOUND Vilho Mateus Shilongo’s ID. Contact Shipanga at 0817858253.
*I, HAMBELELENI Panuleni Petrus, lost my ID in Windhoek. If found, please contact me at 0817535842.
*I, PINEAS Ananias left my wallet in a taxi with my documents in January in Windhoek. If found, please contact me at 0813898213.
*I, GEORGE Stramish lost my passport in Windhoek. If found please contact me on 0813163450.
*I FOUND the ID of Lee Marc Townes. Contact 0812281754.