State-owned enterprises fail environment
SINCE before 2008, the ANC controlled Nelson Mandela Bay Metro environmental initiatives has repeatedly failed to address its “… most pressing concerns related to the levels of toxic dust from the manganese ore terminal (Transnet port terminals) and uncontained leaks from the oil tank farm (Shell) – both of which failed to meet health and safety requirements”.
Touchy land question must be laid to rest
DEPUTY Minister of Agriculture Dr Pieter Mulder must apologise for his statement on the land question to avoid racial problems between whites and blacks.
ANC needs ‘critical medical help’
Signage for stadium
OUR wonderful stadium is extremely difficult to find unless you are a local Mandela Bay resident.
Disaster as Swartkops River fouled again
JUST as the Markman Canal was really looking much better after last year’s breakdown of both the Studebaker and Aloes pump stations in Markman, it has happened once again.
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Performs above set standard
THE statement that NMMU ranks fifth out of 23 universities in research success requires further clarification (“Research boost for university”, February 23).
Wind power proves expensive
REFERRING to the awarding “hero of the day” in The Herald of February 6, for the R93-billion wind farms plan, let the following be known:
Would gladly do job for half the salary
ONCE again, I am forced to respond to the utter nonsense gurgled by Leon de Villiers (“Investigate Faku for wasteful spending”, February 23).
Stop whingeing and work for SA
IT is such a sad situation when politics and financial security are entwined. You find there are people who flee the country claiming to be victims of “crime”.
Support for military veterans under new act
IN 1994 the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) was formed as a result of the integration of the former enemies, the statutory and non-statutory forces: Bophuthatswana Defence Force, Ciskei Defence Force, Transkei Defence Force, South African Defence Force, Azanian Peoples Liberation Army and Umkhonto We Sizwe.
Buy local to retain EC jobs
AMID all the head-scratching debates, arguments and emotion about the country’s No1 issue, job creation, the government buys fleets of vehicles from companies with absolutely no manufacturing footprint in South Africa. Examples are the Eastern Cape health department and the NMB Municipality.
Bridge hole needs to be fixed urgently
THE road that leads to Perseverance, Despatch and Uitenhage, bypassing the Redhouse and New Brighton turnoffs is well travelled every day, and will eventually be impassable if maintenance does not take place immediately!
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Dad well cared for
MY late dad was very fortunate to live for the last 13 years at the Echo Foundation homes, Munro Kirk and later at Lapa Munnik.
hree seriously injured in crash
MY daughter is friends with one of the girls involved in the Samantha Way accident on Tuesday (“Charge tow operators for causing collision”, February 23). The occupants of the vehicle hit by the irresponsible tow truck driver were not just lightly injured.
Picture brightened day
THANK you for the beautiful picture on the front page of Tuesday’s Herald. In this world where death and destruction dominate the newspapers, it was so uplifting to see this picture of creatures that are usually abused, overladen and over worked.
Does race count in scarce skills training?
LISTENING to Pravin Gordhan deliver his budget speech, two things crossed my mind: taxpayers played their role and contributed to the country’s massive financial reserves and secondly, someone is going to fail the taxpayers!
Use cows to ‘mow’ the grass
I JUST couldn’t help but stop on Struandale Road on Wednesday afternoon to take pictures of cattle keeping the long overgrown grass on the verge short.
Bill does not uphold right to information
I take this opportunity to submit my written objection in respect of the referred to bill (B6 B-2010) (Protection of State Information Bill). I, as all South African citizens, am protected by the sovereignty of the constitution.
Let’s pass no confidence motion
The Eastern Cape government is not an autonomous province, it’s under the ANC’s reign and it is run neither by the DA nor COPE. The electorate knows that because it put the ANC into power to carry out its mandate.
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Serious matter of land distribution reduced to squabble
I FEEL brave enough to tackle the delicate matter of land distribution (“40% of SA land not for blacks, claims Mulder”, February 16). Had Pieter Mulder raised his points in a private venue surrounded by people from academia, I imagine he would have had a meaningful discussion.
Investigate Faku for wasteful spending
THE letter from Graham Nosworthy, “Let mayor pay up for his wasteful spending” (February 20), refers. I fully agree with Nosworthy that councillors and officials who are responsible for fruitless and wasteful expenditure must be brought to book and held accountable.
Charge tow operators for causing collision
I WAS unfortunate to witness the unnecessary occurrence in Samantha Way on Tuesday morning in my rear view mirror (“Girls, driver hurt as car rolls”, February 22). It cannot be referred to as an accident – it was caused by ignorant drivers in the three tow trucks.
I OBJECT to the Protection of State Information Bill as it is unconstitutional and is diametrically opposed to democratic principles. Some points of consideration are:
Prove legislation really necessary
THE ANC government has been in power for 18 years and to come up with its pathetic, lame excuses to justify the “secrecy bill” makes me wonder just what steps it will take next. We have survived for so long without any reason to introduce such a drastic measure and if the ANC could show any specific incident where the bill could have benefited South Africa, I would love to hear about it.
Officialdom ignores Opera House’s plight
WHY should the Port Elizabeth Opera House (PEOH) change from what it is now, a receiving house, to a production house? A receiving house is a theatre which does not produce its own repertoire but instead receives touring theatre companies.
A mystery right out of TV series
HERE is a true CSI mystery. I received a call early on Sunday morning that two dead birds were lying on the road verge in Circular Drive. I found a juvenile African peregrine female and a dikkop lying close together.
No traffic cops to be seen, so rules ignored
I TRAVEL every day of the week from Summerstrand on the M4 freeway onto the N2 towards Swartkops. Not on any one day do you see a traffic policeman in this area.
Enforce laws in Stanley St
MUCH has been made in the local press about the pedestrian problems caused by pavement “dining” in Stanley Street. If the responsible authority enforced the law, the problem would go away.
Swimmers not told of rule change
LOVELY weather and enthusiastic participation from hundreds of serious and fun participants of all ages at the 2012 Spar Redhouse River Mile at Sundays River this past weekend was marred by unsporting interpretation of the rules.
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IF Richard Levi does not get included in the ODI side, then SA cricket is really “dof”!
No plan to force use of English
SCHOOL principal Z Nkukwana puts his case well in response to Rachel Deli (“Township schools face many challenges”, February 13). So it is unfortunate that in a key area he reveals himself guilty of ideological thinking, with his reference to a “policy of anglicisation and colonisation of the minds” – something he calls a bleeding wound.
Working to improve condition of Durban Road
Durban Road, between Jackson Street and Kempston Road, should have been upgraded prior to the 2010 World Cup. However, due to the shortage of funds, this project was put on hold.
Mother keeps grant money meant for girl
MY niece has been receiving a child grant from the government since 2003. Since the child started school, she has been residing with me, but the mother has been receiving the government child grant.
Give credit where it’s due
REGARDING The Herald report headlined “PE swimmer Liss second” written by Luyolo Mkentane (February 20), I feel very strongly this was a case of bad reporting. The headline should have read “PE’s Jessica Roux wins ladies’ River Mile”.
Only backhanded mention of winner
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