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Body Unpolitic - Part 32

By Dishonourable Ember
The very long road to freedom for the late Cde Nelson Mandela on Sunday ended where it started: in Qunu - where he was laid to rest. End of an era!

HambaKahle, Madiba! SalaKahle, Nelson Mandela. Now the crazies start creeping out of the woodwork! A billboard honouring former South African president near Cape Town has been defaced and damaged, authorities said on Tuesday. I ask you with tears in my eyes " why"? What the heck drives people to such insanities? Just how many times to the various traffic authorities, the MVA, community leaders, ministers (both from parliament and the church kind) have to hammer it home that drinking and driving do not go together.

Year in, year out we have to learn the hard way that alcohol and a vehicle are not friends. Year in and year out everybody shouts it from the roof tops, the radio, TJust how many times to the various traffic authorities, the MVA, community leaders, ministers (both from parliament and the church kind) have to hammer it home that drinking and driving do not go together.

Year in, year out we have to learn the hard way that alcohol and a vehicle are not friends. Year in and year out everybody shouts it from the roof tops, the radio, TV and other forums that our accident rate over the festive season is way out of line. How many time do we have to hear and read that Mr Drink has caused another fatality; has deprived another family of their father, brother, mother, sister? Will we ever learn? Maybe! Let's see how well we do this year.

At hospitals and clinics across the country, the need for blood knows no season, but donations tend to drop at this time of year, so we urging Namibians to consider rolling up their sleeves to give a lifesaving gift While the number of donations declines over the holidays, the need for blood in local hospitals remains constant. These could be car accident victims, trauma victims; they could be people undergoing surgery, women going through childbirth, premature babies or even cancer patients.

Many people don't think about giving blood until they hear about hospitals facing shortages, or there's been some sort of major tragedy, but blood donations need to be on hospital shelves before emergencies hit.

It's vitally important to donate blood not just when you hear about a natural disaster or something on the news, because that way we can make sure that blood is available to all patients who need it. So, heed the call by the Namibian Blood Transfusion Service this festive season and do your bit!

This being the last column for the year, allow me to wish all readers a wonderful festive season and a truly prosperous New Year.

Drive safe. Arrive Alive! Don't Drink and drive. See you again next year.





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