PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
ZION
 
Comments: 18
Article views: 6
 
 
Latest Badges:



 
View all ZION's badges.
 

THE MISSING FILES

21 November 2012, 12:07
THE MISSING FILES: In 1975 I was employed by the Department of Water affairs in Namibia and stationed in Windhoek. My job was basically electrical design for water pump stations and anything else the boss can think of to keep me busy. One morning he approaches me and we discuss the viability of training apprentices. This was a rather strange request because I was not aware of Water Affairs having any apprentices much less train them.

I was to draw up a full curriculum and training schedules for electrical apprentices to cover a 4/5 year training period. We discussed this and that but something did just not fit and when I questioned the absence of apprentices he told me to get on with the project. As he left he reminded me that he wants the training schedule within a fortnight. I mulled over this for half a day then had beautiful idea:  I made an appointment with the apprentice instructor on the railways where I was trained, for the next morning. 

Next morning I arrived at the Railways Electrical apprentice school in my best collar and tie. Willem, the training supervisor was waiting for me. We discussed the project and finally he gave me a standard training file.  Every apprentice has a file indicating his progress and capabilities. And the file is updated every month. The file includes a list of jobs the apprentice must do and is rated accordingly. I was told to make a copy of the file and then destroy the original file because it had SAR identity logo’s on it. 

It was a real thankless job redoing the file to suit Water Affairs training requirements. Eg, Water Affairs does not have train coaches which must be serviced. And that job can be exchanged for maintenance of a borehole pump. Water affairs electrical staff must at least, know something about telemetry and the control of reservoir levels. All electrical staff must know how to overhaul an electrical motor etc.    

After several days the main file was completed so I had 12 copies made on the assumption that at least 10 apprentices will be taken on board.  Some days later the boss came around to see the progress. I handed him his file and after some discussion he left. It was about 16.00h and I left too. Next morning the files were missing, every single one of them. I paid a visit to the boss who shrugged it off as a minor incident.    

This little robbery bothered me some and after some time I realised what happened. It was the same case as the Emergency water scheme in the north which was designed to satisfy the UN and the terms of the mandate of SWA.. The electrical file was only for show, ie to show the UN that training was taking place Although it never existed..  The name Willem is fictitious.  The construction department did have a few apprentices but they fell outside our operations.
Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
18 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Adam Sibuyi
Julius Malema has sold the 1 mill...

We don't understand where this malema and his crew's behaviour are coming from. All this shows that there is no discipline in the EFF Central Command Team(CCT).  Read more...

12 comments 1792 views
Submitted by
Andrew Patterson
What happened to our Renaissance ...

I had the privilege of going to an all boy school steeped in culture and tradition; where respect was earned not just given. Read more...

0 comments 117 views
Submitted by
Niel Knoblauch
On SA: Unemployment & Our Hearts

After a year of not really thinking too much about it, the current state of South Africa has re-entered my thoughts this past weeks from a number of sources.  Read more...

1 comments 70 views
Submitted by
Jenelle Joanne Ramsami
'You all have the right to see it...

I suggest you need to put "SUBTITLES" for the deaf/hearingimpaired.  Read more...

19 comments 5077 views
Submitted by
Gail Shorkend
Christopher Panatyiotou

I think Christopher Panayioutou should not get bail. Read more...

11 comments 704 views
Nkandla - A played player

The saddest part about the Nkandla is that all of those people who were constructed to build did not care about the old man.  Read more...

11 comments 1494 views
 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2015 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.