Jones a man of many talents, interests
THE sudden passing last weekend of Mike Jones – bon vivant, raconteur, letter writer of note and veteran car enthusiast – brings back memories of the golden years of commercial photography in Port Elizabeth (“Death of Mike Jones, vintage car boff”, May 1).
Driven by greed, power
THE continual public bickering between Nceba Faku’s ANC and its own council appointees demonstrates the juvenile immaturity of the party leaders and given the levels of corruption that surround the party activities nationally, one can only assume that either greed and power is the driving force, or that the East Cape ANC is peopled by a majority of dimwitted idiots.
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I WOULD like to thank the Golden Curtain for giving out receipts, because otherwise I wouldn’t have known my boyfriend was there! To the girls who work there, thanks for nothing!
Had insight into the disaster befalling SA
IT was with such sadness I learnt of the very sudden, very recent passing of Mike Jones (“Death of Mike Jones, vintage car boff”, May 1), a man who often graced this page with his words. Words of wisdom – being just who he was, there were lots of those – words of wit and words of humour.
Stop infighting, put people first
We have noted with growing concern the recent growing political tensions and in-fighting in the ANC. We observe that we are on the verge of another attempted coup d’état within the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, as the battle for supremacy at Mangaung approaches.
Does ref’s decision condone punching?
ON Saturday evening April 28 I watched the match between the Cheetahs and the Highlanders. The Cheetahs lost the game, but not because of the referee.
Take up complaint with faculty dean
I READ the letter, “NMMU must take work seriously” (April 30), with dismay. The parent who wrote it has clearly had bad experiences regarding the accountability of lecturers.
WE are having problems with refuse removal in Constance Road, Broadwood. It happens regularly that not all the refuse is collected on Wednesdays and on several occasions have we witnessed the truck just driving right past our refuse bags on the pavement.
Unions in government spells disaster
THERE is one common denominator in those countries where unions have a major stake in government:
Use unused funds for roads
THE government has underspent R80-billion for the last financial year. Tell it to source R20-billion from last year’s underspending to pay for the e-tolling.
Stop takeover of metro
SHAME, people from the metro are really short-sighted. Just a few years ago, a tall man who walks like a giraffe led the metro.
Had good experience as BCom student at NMMU
IN response to the letter entitled, “NMMU must take work seriously” (April 30), I find it strange how two people’s experiences of the same university and the same faculty could be so vastly different. I completed a BCom and an honours, and am in the process of completing a master’s degree at NMMU, and I’m proud to say as much.
Police react quickly to call
I WOULD like to compliment the SAPS in Algoa Park on their quick response. On April 27 I phoned them as there was a robbery taking place.
Skilled workmen able to handle Bay renovations
I AM responding to the letter from Malcolm Dodds, “Lack of skills, money, time for restoration” (April 24), regarding the Donkin Street houses.
What about boys?
WHAT does the new law say if a schoolboy is implicated in the pregnancy (“Four pregnant pupils kicked out of school”, April 26)?
Restart education revolution
IN his article, “EC education in dire straits” (April 25), Hammy Petersen puts his finger on the root causes of the current malaise in education not only in the Eastern Cape, but in the country as a whole.
Confusing officials with ANC leadership
THE letter by NR Lobb (“Put stop to wasteful spending”, April 26) shows the writer completely misunderstood the article which he or she quoted.
Strange logic in labour legislation
WE read that labour laws keep employment levels low. Your readers might be interested in a prime example of this.
Another six kids living in poverty
MAY I offer my sincere congratulations to Rebecca Phejane on the birth of her second set of triplets (“Second triplet set ‘a miracle’”, April 30)? Another six children plunged into poverty.
I COMPLETELY agree with the parent who wrote “NMMU must take work seriously” (April 30). As a working parent I have to rely on a lift club for my daughter who leaves at 6.45am daily.
Municipality to blame for 18 people retrenched
IN response to mayor Zanoxolo Wayile’s call, “Help metro create jobs” (April 25), we have a small company which has for the past 20 years kept the city free of invading alien vegetation and pavements free of weeds through annual contracts with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.
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IN the big five holders of power, the wrong choice was made for deputy secretary. You do nothing for our people. I rather prefer Anne-Marie
Clinics without equipment, medicine and oxygen
I HAVE been inundated with complaints by nurses at Nelson Mandela metro’s clinics and primary health care facilities. Many of the lifesaving equipment and medication has run out at these institutions.
Mandated by branches to vote
I WAS a branch delegate at the ANC regional conference which took place this past weekend so I think I am in a better position than most people to comment on the proceedings.
Complaints to be probed
WE are extremely concerned by the letter in yesterday’s Herald (“NMMU must take work seriously”, April 30) for a number of reasons. Firstly, we often receive structured and spontaneous feedback confirming the positive experiences of our students.
Let’s fight influence of capitalism
AS South Africa celebrates May Day today, the country’s workers have much to celebrate, including the ANC’s decisive victory in the recent by-elections here in the metro.
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Eradicate gangs from our suburbs
GANGS are cowards who hang out together in numbers to create fear. They think they are invincible, yet they are just as scared as the very people they terrorise.
Dissent among defiant delegates
AS a voting delegate who attended the recent ANC Nelson Mandela regional conference, I would like to urge you to put the facts straight, regarding The Herald editorial comment of April 30 (“ANC should not ignore complaints”).
Service delivery lacking
PIET Naude’s excellent account of what happened after 1994 as opposed to what is happening now makes interested reading (“SA in a downward spiral”, April 24). You just have to look around you and see the decay
Justice in serious disarray
OUR justice system leaves a great deal to be desired. No wonder the world’s criminals all come to South Africa with the knowledge that they have more than a 50% chance of never going to court.
The metro must address chaos created by IPTS
IT is high time the metro addressed the chaotic situation in Govan Mbeki Avenue created by the so-called integrated public transport system (IPTS), that consists of lanes designed to provide bus rapid transport. Meanwhile no bus stations have been built and, what’s more, the buses are in mothballs in the northern areas.
Five years with no internet at library
I HAVE been a regular visitor to the Zwide Library for more than two years and I have noticed the computers are not working. When I asked one of the staff members why, he told me it had been more than five years now they had been looking for help from the municipality but all their pleas for help had fallen on deaf ears.
Supporters cheered me on to the finish line
IT’s funny how the words “thank you” can sometimes mean and accomplish so much, yet in this instance seem so hopelessly inapt at explaining the gratitude I have for the people of Port Elizabeth.
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IT’S a disgrace that one person earn so much. No wonder Standard Bank’s fees are so high. The 10% [of Jaco Maree’s salary donated to education] should go back to clients because it’s their money. That’s only fair.
NMMU must take work seriously
THE household was up early last Monday morning and out the door at 7am to drive the 35km to NMMU to drop off the kids for lectures starting at 7.45am. The first SMS comes in at 8.30 – “Mom, I’ve been waiting outside the lecture hall for 40 minutes and it seems the class is cancelled”.
Is elephant in room visible?
THE ANC begins to see the elephant! It is a bit like the ANC realising that the earth is actually not flat.
Athlete can inspire city youth to achieve
LATE on Sunday April 22 I went to support the Spec-Savers Ironman athletes, especially Seve Rademeyer. While I was cheering opposite the Beach Hotel, he came past running.
Time for introspection on state of country
TODAY we celebrate 18 years of our freedom, and not the massacres of black people nor the tragic death of Chris Hani. It is high time that we do an introspection, looking at our achievements and failures as a nation.
Poor example by metro cop
DRIVING from Bluewater Bay to Coega on Thursday afternoon, I saw an NMMM traffic officer urinating, standing about 10m away from his vehicle with its flashing lights between the Bluewater Bay and Motherwell turn-offs. I hooted at him, but he ignored me as well as other road users.
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VAVI’s kind think only of themselves. Be a factory worker to understand that these people are hypocrites and are only interested in their bank accounts.
We must continue to work for a unified SA
AS our nation celebrates Freedom Day, we must all continue to strive for a united South Africa. We enter our 18th year of freedom within the context of a strongly positive mood among the masses of our people, who remain confident that we will make further advances towards the achievement of the goal of a better life for all.
League able to spay 62 animals
WITH the help of volunteers, and the support of Adele Ochse of Stonehouse Capital and Adrian and Tracey Meistre of Bay Wealth Management, the Animal Anti-Cruelty League was able to spay 62 animals in Motherwell last weekend. We would like to thank all involved for their invaluable help.
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