Food for Thought
*EVERYDAY, SMSes about the 31 percent for our honourables becomes less and less. It will soon be forgotten and will become yet another triumph for the powers that be. We are as docile as ever, Namibians. Lots of noise, no bite?
*THE situation with Eskom price increases in SA should be monitored. It is the same in Namibia but we just accept being robbed and getting poorer while the fat cats enjoy conspicuous spending. These institutions could sell shares to obtain capital.
*BORDER posts are there for two neighbouring countries to visit each other. Why doesnít Oshikango border post want Namibians to visit Angola? Our family are there and we go there to visit them. Why are Angolans allowed to come here free of charge as long as they have their passport, border pass and as long as the clearance of their car is available. We have those papers, why canít we go?
*ROSSING scam? This kind of bank fraud was circulated amongst mining and mining suppy companies two years ago. Maybe an inside job?
*HOW did thieves know about the amount due to TransNamib by Rossing? And the person making the payment should have queried TransNamib about why the payment had to be made to a SA account. Somethingís fishy!
*JUST to have clarity on the changes regarding the school development fund, should parents pay outstanding fees if schools demand so?
*WHEN will people with disabilities be employed by the government? Weíve been waiting a long time for this chance, please help us.
Bouquets and Brickbats
*THANK you City of Windhoek for maintaining our Olympia public pool so beautifully. The water is clean and clear, the gardens are well maintained and toilets are clean and tidy. It made December in Windhoek very pleasant.
*ANOTHER mediocre performance by our national soccer team against Morocco and the coach is happy. Itís like telling your child Ďitís okay that you failed the grade with 1 point, try harder next time.í Forever improving by constantly failing.
*DANGEROUS suspects escape, but the police donít provide the public with pictures of what they look like. If we had pictures of them in newspapers, the public would be able to recognise them and report them to the police. Is there anything the police can do about this?
*Abraham Iyambo, get serious. When we striked last year, you threatened to fire us all because ďthere were many teachers in the streets looking for jobsĒ. What happened? Now you want veterans back due to a shortage of teachers? For your own information, after that careless and heartless statement last year, two of my former colleagues and I are now proud geology students in SA. You will still look for more teachers, sir! Good luck.
*DEAR PM, please donít go for the food bank. Go for BIG.
*I URGE all parents who have been paying school fees since 1990 to request refunds because free primary education has been ensured in the constitution since Independence! Namibians are so weak mentally that none of the parents dared to question the payment of school fees which has been illegal! I wish I was a parent!
*IT sounds funny that government is stopping people in the north from getting cheaper fuel from Angola instead of coming up with an amicable solution. Why canít local retailers acquire oil from Angola and sell it a bit cheaper? Angolan fuel is clean and they even phased out leaded fuel. They even export to America! Let us learn to think as human beings and avoid oppressing people unnecessarily!
*MINISTER of Education, why do our childrenís hair have to be cut off, especially girls? Why Minister, why?
*MINISTER of Education, help us. I am in Swakopmund. The Tamariskia Primary School has been sending papers to churches in Swakopmund saying that they didnít receive any official correspondence from the Ministry saying parents must not pay Grade 0-7 school development funds. Please Minister, help us, school is opening.
*MINISTRY of Education should intervene. Unamís registration is over N$5 000? We canít afford this, please we are afraid we might not register. Can they reduce it to at least N$2 000.
*I JUST donít understand public service delivery in our beloved country. The Deputy Minister of Education is saying this about what free education will include and the Under Secretary of Education is saying, no this will only happen in 2014. This is confusing information. Ministry of Education, please issue a cabinet directive or a regulation. Define free education. What it will include or constitute?
*I READ an article in Monday, January 14ís edition of The Namibian saying: Education wants veterans back. With this issue regarding the shortage of teachers, why canít our Ministry of Education at least implement a policy whereby a Grade 12 qualification with an E symbol in English can enrol for an Education Diploma? We are just at home suffering because of poor performance in English but we are interested in a teaching career. Please, our Minister, rescue us. I will appreciate your response into this matter.
*AT Nau-Aib Primary School in Okahandja, we were told that teachers donít know how to give us the school fee money back, and that they will take N$100 to buy exercise books and copy paper. Why donít the people want to give us our money back? They are telling us to donate the money to the school. Minister Iyambo, we need answers and solutions to this matter.
*POLYTECH, we are sick and tired of the dirty games that you are playing with us! Tell us if we will get our refunds or not. The school is about to start and we have no money to come back. We were hoping for the refunds as parents can not afford fees. Please give us our refunds.
*ABRAHAM Iyambo, please help the Grade 10 failures. We are being discriminated against by our principals and teachers. Only learners with Accounting and 20 points upwards are allowed to repeat Grade 10 at some schools in the Omusati region.
*LAST year when NSFAF didnít settle our accounts, we were patient hoping they would pay early this year. But they still did not settle. We, the Polytechnic students havenít even received our results yet and registration is approaching. Abraham Iyambo, please check this out.
Response to Previous SMSes
*I AGREE with the reader regarding the Christmas greetings! Most of my family and friends never received my greetings, I think MTC should explain.
*I AM shocked to learn that our tertiary institutions are still in chaos. I (an old student) applied for further study at the Polytechnic of Namibia through the Ongwediva Branch on October 1. To date, I am frustrated that I have not received any response concerning the status of my application. Not even a SMS or an e-mail. When I phoned their information section (Windhoek), they could not find out on the computer whether I was admitted or not. It is unbelievable that an education institution that is supposed to spearhead modern technology fails to give electronic feedback to applicants for three months. How do you expect your products (students) to excel if your institution administration is still years behind the current world? Please improve!
*IN every place in Namibia, you will find South African bottles, especially Carling Beer. Is Namibia a dumping site? Please Ministry of Tourism and Environment, do something.
*IíM so fed up with Polytechís nonsense! They send us (students) so-called important circulars but when you call the Registrarís office to get clarity on something in their rules, no one picks up and itís prior to registration. Really bad service from a wanna-be university... Annoyed!
*MINISTER of Finance, please rescue/save us. Since I returned my PAYE 5, I did not receive any response until now but some of my colleagues who have friends at the Ministry of Finance got their responses in December. This is not fair and I hope the minister will look into this issue.
In and From the Regions
*KEETMANSHOOP Municipality announces several development projects for 2013 (The Namibian of Janury 14) but why is nothing mentioned about the rehabilitation of the park in town which is just next to their office (not greensward any more), tarring of streets and street naming? Local Government Ministry said make towns beautiful and attractive.
*CAN the councillor of Ondobe do something about the road? We need a tarred road on this gravel road which the president is driving on. Please ensure that it will be tarred before 2015. Hope you will do something.
*ON Friday evening, a business couple was attacked in Karibib while in their shop. A neighbour heard the screams and called the police who were two minutes walking distance away. It took numerous calls and an hour for them to arrive. One can only wonder.
Lost and Found
*I, GIDEON Matias, lost my full birth certificate and other certificates. If found, please contact me at 081-490 6327 or 081-741 7669.
*ONESMUS Andreas Nambahu, I found your passport. Call or SMS 081-320 5895.
*I LOST my wallet with my drivers license, Nampol card and some other cards in Mariental. If anyone picks it up, please call me. Given Kazengurur at 081-863 5687.
*I, DANIEL Nghishongwa from Windhoek lost my wallet containing all my documents. If found, contact me at 081-311 6782.
*SEM Ndeshimona Katanga, I found your ID card in Windhoek, contact 081-270 0117.
*I, JOHN-JOHN K Mhoney, lost my wallet with my driverís license, medical, bank and other cards in a taxi on Thursday in Katutura. If found, please contact 081-151 1900.
*I FOUND a dainty ladies ring on a Swakopmund beach. Email to email@example.com and give the exact description.