Food for Thought
*IT must be obvious to all Namibians that the management of Air Namibia are not fit to work. The majority of Namibians suffer, and millions are being wasted daily! Please stop this and use the huge possible savings to implement the BIG scheme and triple the senior citizens pathetic pension, please!
*MINISTRY of Education, please wake up and smell the coffee. The nation is tired and fed up of the hypocrisy of the people who are mixing politics with education. Remember that education is the key to any success. I am referring to the issue of Uahekua Herunga Primary School in the Namibian Sun on Monday. Well done to the Mudge Trust for making N$1 million available towards education. Let’s develop our country as a team and contribute to the well-being of the future generation.
Bouquets and Brickbats
*ETSE, no one knows how the system works here at Central Hospital at the maternity department to acquire birth certificates. Chaos!
*THOSE who draft and/or write the speech of the President should be at the top of their game next time around and not expose the President like that again. He read ‘the holiday have ended’. The subject and the verb does not agree (under the rule of Concord). This was on NBC TV on the 20h00 news on January 18. It was supposed to be: ‘The holiday has ended’.
*NBC, Congo Hindjou deserves a red card because he just committed a terrible language foul in the studio.
*I HONESTLY fail to understand my country’s men and women. You apply for a position, go through an interview and you are informally told you were the favoured candidate just to be told later that you do not have the experience, even though you have a PhD and over 15 years of working experience at an international level. Namibia is doomed for failure if we continue to practice nepotism and favouring our friends, who are sometimes rather incompetent.
*WHEN will the story of the ‘struggle kids’ end? Every year there are new groups, are they really struggle kids? And why demand things instead of waiting for government to sort them out while camping at Swapo offices? School drop-outs and botsotsos have now also become ‘children of the struggle’. Please close this chapter before we all become ‘struggle kids’.
*HOW on earth can Unam have online registration? I made an online payment in October 2012 to settle my account and until today my account has not been cleared!
*MINISTRY of Health, have you ever visited the out patient department of the Windhoek Central Hospital to see what is going on there in the morning?
*NIILO Taapopi, please leave the Polytech transition and focus on your day job at City of Windhoek. We need serviced land at reasonable prices. We cannot all go to NHE and you know that.
*BON, FNB, Nedbank and Standard Bank. Why did you agree to be shareholders of the Institute of Bankers when you know that you will not be able to absorb it’s graduates? How immoral can you get?
*ABATSE Ipinge, your act of refusing a donation for a poverty stricken school is, to say the least, disgusting and shows your political bankruptcy. Shame on you!
*NAMIBIANS, especially students, have been complaining about the South African High Commission’s handling of their study permit applications. Although it is wrong for the high commission to arbitrarily change the processing period from 10 to 21 working days, is this treatment worse than that of our own Home Affairs? Foreign students studying in Namibia complete the whole academic year without Home Affairs issuing study permits applied for in advance. By the time a first year permit is issued, the student is in second year. Our Home Affairs runs out of blank passports mid 2012 and denies that this is an issue for months on end. When eventually cornered, they issue brown refugee passports without even arranging with destination countries. SA High Commission is simply following Home Affairs’ lead.
*BANKS and vultures? Wow! Jacqueline Asheeke, spot on! I challenge every newspaper in this country to publish that article. Doing so will be patriotic and the best thing you can do for the average Namibian! I hope you will because you are not South African owned!
*HOW could the security guards at Hochland Spar not assist the young girl who got attacked after school?
*UNIVERSITY of Namibia, please introduce a faculty of law at the Hifikepunye Pohamba campus, please.
*POLYTECHNIC of Namibia/University of Science and Technology, please introduce a law programme.
*MINISTER of Education and your deputy, instruct all headmasters to revise the progress cards of some learners. Some pupils passed all their subjects, Math and English included, but still these poor children are repeating the grade. Apparently they did not meet the requirements, and some of them need only one to three points to meet the requirements.
*ON Monday my daughter and many other desperate students were shouted at and ordered to leave the NSFAF office. If the didn’t leave, the official threatened to call the police and swore at them, told them to come back at the end of February and go wait for acknowledgement letters. They tried to explain that registration at institutions already started, but were told they must go register with their own money. What money? Would we waste time and energy if we could afford our children’s studies? Why are acknowledgement letters only being issued now, when students should already have received notifications of their applications being successful? Why is it so difficult for some public servants to serve the nation with dignity?
*MINISTER of Education, we as literacy promoters are very disappointed because we weren’t accepted to register at Unam to study to teach pre-primary because some of us only have Grade 10 with five years experience or more, but Unam refused and told us that they would consider us only if we were teaching at a kindergarten. Does this mean that literacy education is a waste of time?
*DAVID Namwandi, why are the learners who obtained between 0 and 13 points not allowed to enrol at Namcol to improve on their weaker subjects? How unfair!
*EDUCATION in independent Namibia. I attended school under the Cape Education Deparment, when you failed Grade 12, you were given a chance to supplement those subjects that you failed at the beginning of the next year. Why can’t the government introduce the same system? Currently if you fail, you are forced to register with Namcol where you must attend classes the whole year, sometimes for only one subject.
Response to Previous SMSes
*DEAR Rundu resident, are you saying that Ovahimba, the San men and women and Herero kids who wear Omitjira should also be arrested? Stop blaming women and take responsibility for your actions! Remember that before the white settlers came to Africa, people were wearing skins that only covered their private parts and the rest of the body was uncovered but there was no rape. The male mentality of just taking by force has to stop!
*OTTO Shikongo, De Beers Marine Namibia’s CEO, can you tell us why the company recruits South Africans who are older than 60 years of age in posts which most Namibians can do? Who is responsible for issuing work permits to those old South Africans? How many Namibians with qualifications are wandering the streets, jobless?
*MINISTER of Health, when will the malaria spraymen and women get their money? Since last October we have been working in harsh conditions with our own food.
*CITY of Windhoek, my water bill is highest in December, compared to all other months; and I was away from home. Funny?
*OUR complaints fall on deaf ears. We have called Telecom several times complaining about the slow 1MB ADSL speed. One can’t even run a speed test, but as an excuse they keep demanding speed test proof. This means that they do not know how to solve the problem. If one isn’t happy switch, but to who, if all treat you the same way?
*MINISTER Richard Kamwi, visit Okahao State Hospital, ward three room 18. It is very dirty, insects are all over the floor, even on the patients’ beds.
*TELECOM Windhoek’s service is pathetic! I’ve been calling for a technician to come fix our DSL line at home, which the lightening hit, since last Tuesday, but all I get is a reference number. All my airtime is done after calling and being put on hold all the time.
In and From the Regions
*SHAME on Swakopmund municipality! Educate your residents on how to handle these drainage issues. Use radio stations and newspapers, train people to provide information on how to deal with the problem. Adventure World Travel Summit is this year and you can not even handle this minor problem?
*CLEANERS at the maternity ward in Onandjokwe Hospital are not doing their job. The tiles in the bathrooms are no longer white, they’re yellow.
* “NO water, no vote!” Omulonga constituency councillor, we need water at Eexumba, Okaonya, Engela, Onaholongo, Eenghandja and Onangwe. Don’t forget, the elections are near.
Lost and Found
*AUGUST Gariseb, I found your wallet. Please contact me on these numbers: 081-365 0558 or 081-248 2729.
*I FOUND the ID document of Situmba Mariane, contact me at 081-417 6645.
*ON Janurary 19, a brown male Dachshund (worshond) was found in our street in Khomasdal near Visarend and Karlien street without a collar. He seemed exhausted, dehydrated and scared. We took him in. If this sounds like your lost dog, please contact 081-307 9720 or 081-347 6891.