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The other day I went shoe shopping and was very disappointed.
It seems no shoe shop in Windhoek truly caters for those with feet over size 10, certainly not for a size 12. The practice of ordering a customer’s size from your supplier if you don’t have it in stock (with the customer making a down-payment) used to be standard, but now seems to be unheard of.
After protracted liberation struggle apartheid colonial rule came to an end and those of us who were in exile fighting against colonial oppression came back to our motherland. 
It makes no sense for people to constantly complain in Namibia and yet, they don’t get off their butts and do anything about it.  They moan and groan about what government is or is not doing while they sit on their backsides and snipe from the side lines at anyone else who tries to make things better.
One of the headlines last week that caught my eye, but seemed to generate very little public debate otherwise, was this one: ‘India to donate 1000 tonnes of food aid to Namibia.’
A group of my friends were imbibing on the nectar of the gods the other evening when their minds drifted to word games to caricature some of our global leaders.
Am I missing something in all of the screaming about the sale of Erindi Private Game Reserve?  Erindi is majority owned by Gert Joubert, a South African who has been living between SA and Namibia since 1960. 
I have many good memories of my travels to Ghana a few years ago.
Of course, I saw the famous triumphal arch in Accra adorned with the iconic black star.
Recent letters and comments made about Etosha National Park and how it seems to be a disgusting experience to some visitors are disturbing.
I am tired of hearing people admonishing others to stop insulting ‘elders.’  The Deputy Agriculture Minister and even the president and others, keep harping on this conservative mantra.

Last month, while the nation was preparing to bid farewell one of its better known traditional community hereditary leaders, Tatekulu Omukwaniilwa Immanuel Kauluma Elifas, one citizen pulled a sick prank on social media by pretending to communicate a national message from the Good Offices of the Prime Minister that all Aandonga in the public sector be given a public holiday to commemorate their King.  The unseemly prank was a Freudian slip that gives a nod to tribalism. 

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