Food for Thought
*GRN can barely afford the teachers’ salary increase. The financial implication of free primary education is something they haven’t fathomed yet. Now the poor taxpayer once again has to foot GRN’s bills.
*ENOUGH is enough! Our leaders must now apply themselves 24/7 at 100 percent to helping all our people – not just the lucky few! Ministers, in fact all civil servants, must stop running all of their other jobs/businesses etc., from their GRN offices using GRN resources at the expense of Namibian poverty stricken and unemployed people trying to survive in disgraceful, disgusting circumstances. New Prime Minister, we rely on you for change!
*HOW will the morals of the country improve when people watch immorality in sport/dramas/soapies/movies etc?
*STOP it because it’s not BEE, it is organised crime. Only a few guys benefiting and not all black people.
*IN some criminal cases the state must authorise the army to assist the police in order to flush out criminals in the Land of the Brave.
*I AM concerned about the use of the word ‘bakkie’ in English. It’s used to be referred to as pickups by various newspapers including The Namibian and NBC TV in their 20h00 news bulletin. Is it not bad that so many Namibians speak bad English? Do we really need to make it worse by using words like ‘bakkie’ when writing or reporting news?
Bouquets and Brickbats
*PERMANENT Secretary of Education, Alfred Ilukena commented on the flood damaged schools in the north as follows: “We anticipate more floods are coming. Unfortunately this is nature and we can’t blame anyone for the damage.” How typical of our government leaders always looking for someone to blame. Unfortunately this time his hands are chopped off.
*OUR pastors in Namibia are threaten by TB Joshua and new churches. As servants of God you should leave the judgement for God. By condemning other churches, prophets and pastors, you are confessing your weaknesses.
*PRIVATE schools, especially in Windhoek, the diversity of your student population is an excellent platform to teach our children unity. From experience, in cricket and hockey, players of colour are marginalised and if included are relegated to lesser roles. Let’s say no to racism in sport!
*IF the Permanent Secretary of Education thinks that the word ‘scarce’ is spelt ‘scares’ (see advert in Windhoek Observer, Friday, January 11) then it is definitely high time to look for better teachers. And why was this not picked up by proofreaders or those who designed the advert?
*IF you want to see who is related to who, especially those in the key positions of leadership in government, attend funerals in northern Namibia. You will have an answer.
*I AM suffering from a heart complaint. So far I had two minor heart attacks. One in July 2011 and again in October 2012. I have exhausted the little savings I had on medical treatment which is so expensive. When I approached the war veterans’ regional office for assistance I was told that the ministry only assists in war related matters.
– From a very disappointed war veteran in Otjiwarongo.
*SEBASTIAN Ndeitunga, during the holiday I left my phone in a private taxi. On the road I stopped a police bakkie to follow the taxi. The police refused. They told me they don’t have time.
*MINISTER of Health, patients of Opuwo Hospital are suffering. We are sitting long hours and are not getting proper treatment. Sometimes we are chased away by the nurses. Some nurses even use rude language with patients. Please minister, this is very serious.
*WHAT’S wrong with Namibia? Why do we always criticise great people of God such as TB Joshua, Pastor Chris, Uebert Angel and Elizabeth Arowolo? Why is it always that when a child of God performs miracles, we say it’s from satan, even Jesus was criticised. We like talking too much and then we preach to people that we must not judge. Do we really expect to go to heaven, Christians?
*HOW pathetic is the customer service at MTC Maerua! To have only one person dealing with contracts is ludicrous! You sit and wait for an hour and if you dare to complain you get attitude from someone who is ‘unhappy’ because she has to work there! Please resign if you can’t work with people.
*KHORIXAS Standard Bank agency does not open on Saturdays and has only one ATM machine which is always broken or out of cash. MD, is this how we approach Vision 2030?
*MTC, we need network at Ohaukelo village in the Ohangwena Region please. We already have electricity. We are suffering without your network.
*PLEASE Ministry of Finance, give us the eight percent salary increment statement or pay slips. Your calculations are questionable.
*CAN NBC please tell me why the daily soapy, ‘Generations’ stopped? I’m a big fan and upon my arrival from the farm, was looking forward to catching up but was disappointed. Fortunate SABC watchers still get to enjoy the soapy.
*WE hear a lot about of our Brave Warriors who are going to play friendly games and hear that they played well but we never get to see them live on television. Please NBC, the whole nation is counting on you. At least just this one, so that we can truly know or experience our boys play. Warriors make us proud and NBC also!
*PLEASE City Police, do something at Wernhil minibus rank. Minibus drivers don’t load customers there any more because of these unregistered cars picking up our customers. Put some traffic officers there at 13h00 and at knock off time. We are struggling to make a profit.
*LEO customers are enjoying sending call requests to any local networks while MTC customers are limited. Please MTC, allow us to send call me requests anywhere locally. We do not always have credit.
*QUALIFICATIONS Authorities: Why can’t a number of years work experience not be taken as a certain level of qualification? Even qualified people are not employed without years of experience. How will we all obtain tertiary qualification or work experience while we battle poverty? How illogical is Namibia? GRN please help us!
*I AM requesting all our political and traditional leaders to address the issue of what distance one should build from the public roads in communal lands. I suggest at least 50m from the road. Northern Namibia is too affected.
*PAINFUL to see that a Namibian student goes missing in Algeria and my Government has to rely on secondhand info and emails of if, maybe, allegedly, etc. to establish the whereabouts of one of its own citizens. Where is our S&T conscious Ministry of Foreign Affairs staff, embassies, and ambassadors? How about we take that 2012 presidential campaign jet, fill it up with petrol and speed off a team of diplomats and negotiators, even those retired generals, to Algiers to investigate and negotiate a release of that boy to his family. Commander-in-Chief, roger that!
Response to Previous SMSes
*A CONDOM in a school did not cause your wife to cheat on you with a high school pupil. How about asking the difficult questions about your wife and yourself instead of blaming something completely unrelated.
*IN response to the SMS in Friday’s paper regarding some pre-primaries charging ‘exorbitant’ fees while government-offered pre-primary education should be free of charge; this parent must bear in mind that while pre-primary classes on MOE premises should/must be free of charge, those in private facilities are not supported by the MOE financially regarding the maintenance of the premises nor for the remuneration of staff. How are these institutions supposed to survive if school fees are not charged?
*FREE education for pre-primary and primary schools are only for government schools.
*GOVERNMENT doesn’t find jobs for teachers and nurses! We apply for vacant posts. So, do the same by searching in newspapers daily. If you can’t buy newspapers, borrow or go to a library.
*THE Swapo dominated Parliament has a tendency to shoot down good proposals from the other political parties just to reintroduce them as Swapo motions after many years. Elma Dienda, your motion on free education has seen the light of the day.
*THE fact that long serving leaders of both DTA and UDF leaders are stepping down and not standing for re-election during their respective parties’ congresses in 2013 shows that change is indeed inevitable. However, change is good and vital for growth. Could both DTA and UDF, like Swapo, prove that they are a party for all Namibians and not tribally bound, by intentionally going outside the norm [selecting a none Damara-speaking leader for UDF and none Otjiherero-speaker for leader DTA]?
*ABRAHAM Iyambo, tell us why Ashipala SSS learners are repeating Grade 11 while Negumbo and Nuuyoma’s learners are not repeating while they are in the same circuit?
*WHY doesn’t Social Security allow our children laptops on the study loans they offer while the government allow their loan holders to buy. How do they expect the kids to pass?
*MINISTER of Education, we want to know why Highline Secondary School is not taking children who failed Grade 10 to repeat if they attended school there? How can I let a 15-year-old child stay at home without school? Something needs to be done. We want our children to be educated, but the principal of this school won’t allow the children to repeat. Help us please.
*MINISTER Abraham Iyambo, were the Grade 10 papers really marked correctly? Teachers are you really happy with the result of the subjects you taught? Just wondering!
*MINISTRY of Education, heads must roll! Who failed to ensure the full submission of student’s names for bursaries offered by the Russian embassy? Prime Minister, fire those responsible now and rectify relations with Russia. Our students need such opportunities! Treason and sabotage deserve severe punishment!