Food for Thought
*TRIBALISM should not be ignored in this country! Whether we like it or not some Namibians are dangerously tribalist because their parents are. The only Namibians that I can proudly say that they are not tribalist are those referred to as Mbwities, Shimbundus and any Namibian who speaks another tribeís language. This is an indication of having had close contact with that tribe (Afrikaans excluded). These people speak multiple Namibian languages and have friends all over Namibia. True Namibians! We should learn from them!
*RESETTLEMENT should be addressing the plight of the have nots versus further empowering the haves. How can you be a resettled farmer while by virtue of marriage you have access to commercial farmland? It is the case near Aus? Lands ministry, kindly look into this at one of your resettlement farms in the Karas Region.
Bouquets and Brickbats
*NO wonder Air Namibia always has financial problems. The office in Windhoek is a circus! Staff refuse to help, others sit at their desks having lunch while customers wait for three hours and more. Some customers even walked out to buy tickets from British Airways.
*NBC TV, your 20h00 news bulletin has become unbearable. Your news has become about the coast this and the coast that. Please diversify and offer a balanced news bulletin.
*ITíS disturbing to read ĎRivaldo washes cars for school feesí in The Namibian while the Ministry of Education recently announced that no school fees should be charged for Grades 1 to 7. Child labour in what ever form, for payment is totally prohibited by law. The Namibian Constitution is clearly against child labour and also protects them from any type of exploitation. The article sends the wrong message to under aged kids, by depicting that itís normal to work while under age. These type of practices should be discouraged and those found encouraging it should be charged or warned, letís keep our kids away from exploitation.
*CONGRATS Nampol Otjiwarongo, Outjo, Crime Prevention Forum, Neighbourhood Watch and the Farmers Association for arresting armed robbers. Thatís why we, the Outjo residents opted to remain under the Otjiwarongo Police region. If something like this happens, you will see senior officers at Outjo within minutes. Thank you Commissioner Anghuwo, Deputy Commissioner Khairabeb, Johnny Horaseb and Chief Inspector Richter.
*NAMPOWER MD Paulinus Shilamba, how can the electricity be reinforced and strengthened in the rural areas, especially in the west of the Kavango Region? The power outages here are too much, especially in the rainy season. Even light clouds can cause power outages. No power means no services like lights, cellphone services like MTC, ATMs, TV and petrol. We are sick and tired of this!
*LETSEGO, why do you have to deduct three months after a loan has been settled? If Nedloans can stop immediately, so can you. Itís very frustrating to make claims every month and even wait two weeks for a refund!
*STANDARD BANK boasts that they are one of biggest and largest banks but they can only afford one ATM in Khorixas whereas Bank Windhoek has two cash machines, while FNB has none.
*FIREARM law in Namibia sometimes leads to tragedy. How did a person cited for abuse for using a firearm on his defenceless wife at Aus manage to acquire a new firearm license after his divorce? This person is also very unstable and is on depression medication. Should he really first kill and end up in prison or turn the firearm on himself to escape imprisonment? A national review of firearm laws should come before more innocent blood is lost.
*IS Windhoek Central Hospital a state or private hospital? State doctors are conducting private practise there and state patients are being transferred to Katutura Hospital!
*I WOULD like to see how Moola Mobile do their draws and whether they choose a different region every week, and has anyone won twice?
*MINISTRY of Home Affairs, I am tired of waiting for my ID. I applied in January 2012 in Oshakati and until now, I have not received it. Please improve, this is too long to wait.
*I SUPPORT the issue of 10 year validity of passports because at times you donít use up the pages but the passport expires. Rather increase the amount and concentrate on other burning matters.
*GOVERNMENT, 2013 must be the year you get your priorities right. Help the poor, aged and collect correct monies due, and spend or allocate funds properly to benefit all Namibians to live better lives and not just a few privileged or selected and already wealthy and connected beneficiaries! The question is, Government, do you have the political will to share the valuable large Namibian cake with all, or will greed, theft and corruption continue without abate?
*IF someone is found guilty of reckless driving, their drivers license should be confiscated. Maybe then we can have only a few cars on the road. Those who care about themselves and other road users.
*CAN the Ministry of Education and the National Health Training Centre inform their students when the study loans for 2012 be available? We are suffering. We donít have relatives in Windhoek. We applied for loans because we donít have any financial backing. We need prompt feedback. We are tired of walking miles to and from hospitals while on attachments.
*MINISTRY of Fisheries, why donít you ever give out scholarships? It feels like we fisheries students do not exist!
*SCHOOL results are not only there for learners but for the parents to assess the better schools and decide where to send their kids. If the MoE choose not to publish names, you can as well cancel the publication of results in newspapers.
*POLY is now a university. I trust that fees will be accordance of those at Unam. We pay much more than Unam students, especially for accommodation. This is daylight robbery.
*MINISTER of Education, please look into the policies of St Boniface College in the Kavango Region. How do you chase a learner away simply because they didnít perform according to the standard? Where will this child get a place at another school with his or her subject choice? Please, will you kindly assist. What must I do as a parent? This is affecting our childrenís futures.
*ABRAHAM Iyambo, itís clear that the government has enough money. This was shown by the announcement of free education for Grades 1 to 7. Hopefully everyone in need of financial assistance will benefit. I want to go study medicine abroad, help.
*ITís not only the Ministry of Education staff who didnít receive their increases. Even the Ministry of Works and Transportís employees didnít receive theirs. Especially those at regional offices in Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. Ministry of Finance, you are disappointing us.
*FRANS Kapofi and the bargaining team (Nantu and Napwu), we got only eight percent salary increases. When are we getting our back pay for transport, 15 percent and November/Decemberís housing allowance of 100 percent? We are tired of being calm and patient. We civil servants need it before end of January.
*SOME civil servants didnít get their eight percent increases and other benefits in December. No explanation was given as to why some civil servants got increases but others didnít. Can the Ministry of Finance explain please.
*GOVERNMENT of Namibia do something about the salaries of artisans from vocational schools. They are useless.
*MINISTRY of Labour, please come up with a draft payslip for domestic workers, that must indicate the amount of leave days we accumulate.
*LIEUTENANT General and Chief of the Defence Forces, you are failing to look after your men and women in uniform. At least buy them better quality uniforms, especially for the army and please look after their welfare. Some of them are married but have only limited time to be with their loved ones.
Lost and Found
*I ABSOLOM Mushaandja lost my ID with other documents in Windhoek, please call 0812483863 or 0812605470.
*NYANGA Erasmus Haadunka, I picked up your drivers licence in Windhoek. Contact 0812286869.
*I, GIDEON Mathias lost my full birth certificate and a death certificate. If found, please contact me at 0817417669 or 0814906327. I will call you back.
*I, KORNELIUS Longinus lost my ID in Windhoek. If found, please SMS me at 0813122763.
*I, HELENA Nambahu lost my Grade 12 books and my student card. I was schooling at Uukule SSS. Please help. I forgot them in an Ongoma liner bus. If you took them by mistake, please contact me at 0817930582.
*MY passport, ID, driverís licence and bank cards etc, in name of MJ Hatz were taken from my car at Eros Post Office in Windhoek on Friday January 4. If anyone finds any of these, please contact me at 081 127 7144 or 061 234923.
*DEMUINDA Vincen Gregor Jackson, I found your ID. Call 081 237 1167.
*I, LENGA Shihueka lost my wallet with my documents between Ondangwa and Ongwediwa. If found, please contact me at 0818242282.