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Body Unpolitic

By Dishonourable Ember
Admittedly, I have not recently made use of our taxis, but I am a fellow road user. It amuses me no end to watch the antics of our people transport fraternity during the morning and afternoon rush-hour traffic. One could actually write a book about it or even make a Namibian film of what they get up to - just to get a passenger to his or her destination one second earlier or to turn around to go and pick another load of passengers for the next trip to town.

They are, obviously, oblivious of any traffic rules and other courtesies of the road. But, I suppose, you and I will never change that behaviour. It is ingrained and comes with the territory. And forget about Windhoek' s drivers being the worst! Their colleagues up in the North are the real Kamikaze. If you have been in Windhoek long enough to become complacent with the traffic situation ..... just go North, Young Man. You will never be complacent in traffic again!

While on the topic: One can now have a taxi with a big conical sign; one with a little sign; one with no sign; one with a sign on the side; one with a sign in the centre or one with a new sign ...... Pick and Choose. The phrase " ....to discuss issues of a bilateral nature as well as to explore possible areas of cooperation ..." must be the most hackneyed and overused phrase in the vocabulary of any government that receives visitors from elsewhere.

17 words that say absolutely nothing, but are deemed to be an essential part of the toolkit of every politician. Now, when Iran's Ali Akhbar Salehi arrived in Namibia, this was the phrase again used to describe why the gentleman deigned to visit us. One reason, of course, was to re-open the Iranian embassy. That is laudable. Older colleagues may actually remember the old embassy where one was received very well indeed (IF you were male) and usually left with something delectable ..... like caviar.

If one were to remember that Namibia has Uranium galore (albeit the price is depressed at the moment) and Iran has a substantial minority shareholding in Rössing, the picture starts to clear because Iran has a not-so nascent nuclear energy programme.

If one were to remember that Iran has oil (probably the thirdlargest reserves in the world) and we need oil or, at least, are endeavouring to become less dependent on a single source for our fuel requirements, the visit makes eminent and perfect sense. Add to this that Iran has always stood by us before independence .....

Much more local now. The bank of Namibia and all commercial banks have warned us many times that fraud is ripe. Identity theft, phishing scams, card cloning, theft of bank cards, etc., - they all feature high on the agenda. But the crime goes on unchecked and increases even.

There is really only so much the authorities can do. As the saying goes: "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink."

Isn't it about time we started listening? Drinking the advice/ water the BoN and the banks are dispensing?

In the end we will the only ones left suffering because we were careless or negligent .....


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