New building regulations eco-friendly
IN reply to “Solar heating the answer to problem” (January 11), I would like to comment and add some feedback as to what developments are occurring in the architectural environment with regard to plan submissions countrywide. Unfortunately there has not been any media announcement regarding this and it has been the architectural professional’s responsibility to inform their clients.
Councillor paid to deal with ward concerns
REGARDING the letter from “Disgruntled resident” of Booysen Park (“Our bins not returned”, January 12), it gives me great satisfaction when the community takes note and an interest in its immediate environment.
Woeful cricket coverage
WHAT a woeful performance by the SABC on Wednesday night in broadcasting the cricket – almost as pitiful as the Sri Lankans’ performance. Having thoroughly enjoyed the Proteas’ batting and struggling to comprehend how Malinga was still bowling batsmen out with his yorkers when they must surely know one is always on the bowling horizon, I was keenly awaiting the start of the Sri Lankans’ riposte.
Coastal road in shocking state
LAST week I took some friends from Cannon Rocks along the road to Midfor and through the Alexandria forest. In the past I have proudly shown visitors to the area the wonderful experience of our coastline and forest.
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Don’t sideline African languages
WE learnt that English is to be included in the Grade 1 curriculum from this year. Based on the fact that people who plan education are well qualified for the work they do, we welcome the introduction of the language at that level.
Beware of illegal reasons denying pupils admission to schools
AT the start of every school year, thousands of pupils all over South Africa are refused admission to schools. School principals, school governing bodies and even individual teachers give many different reasons for denying admission.
Don’t parade your sexuality for all to see
I READ with amusement the report about the scantily-clad women who were “handled” (in Johannesburg) (“Woman in miniskirt groped, harassed”, January 3). Apparently there were other incidents where such women were abused.
Tsotsobe inspires young Bay players
SEEING Lonwabo Tsotsobe gracing the back page of The Herald of January 10, I was flooded by memories when as young township boys we were fed heroes who did not even know we existed.
Respite from sun needed
I RECENTLY visited the new coffee shop on the Donkin. It serves good food and is reasonably priced.
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Hit errant drivers where it hurts
WE have, over the past two Christmases, been meaning to write to The Herald, to express our concerns over the mayhem and misery caused by the unnecessary deaths on the roads during the festive season.
Education in poor state
IT is with sadness that one reads and witnesses on television the dismal performance of the Eastern Cape pupils as a direct result of the total inefficiency and lack of concern the education department has towards this necessary faculty.
Blue Crane area matrics benefit from academic aid
THE anxiety, stress and uncertainty of waiting for the matric results ended in excitement that has not been seen for a while in our area, the Blue Crane Municipality. We have been observing the trend in the previous years and yes, this year more pupils were happy than sad!
A ruse to give Kallis more time at crease?
I HAVE finally sussed out why the South African cricket selectors persist with the inclusion of Graeme Smith.
In whose eyes was work on CBD successful?
REGARDING the article, “Best year yet for Bay renewal” and the Hero of the Day (January 10), I am sorry to put a damper on the article – but after reading it I wondered if I were living in the same town as far as the CBD is concerned.
No maintenance mars Donkin art
YES, the MBDA has done a lot for urban renewal (“Best year yet for Bay renewal”, January 10), and kudos to Pierre Voges and his team. But could we just scrutinise one project in particular – the Donkin Reserve?
On call police need to get to a crime scene quickly
I WISH to respond to the letter, “Use police vehicles to serve the public” (January 11).
No initiative taken to promote sport
MUIS van der Westhuizen’s letter in The Herald of January 4 could not be more on the button (“Afrikaans players did well with poor facilities”). He is absolutely correct in every word he writes; my thoughts exactly.
Meter reader jumped over wall, may have hit dog
ON the morning of Tuesday December 13 my son and I were leaving the house to run a couple of errands.
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Varsity couldn’t know crowd would stampede
WHY is it that the University of Johannesburg is getting the blame for the poor woman dying (“Blade acts after stampede”, January 11)? How could it foresee that the matriculants who did not have the foresight to apply earlier would turn into a horde of barbarians and storm the campus?
‘Struggle’ for better life for nation
When the party is over and everyone eventually goes back to doing what they get paid to do, let us all think about a new “struggle”, a struggle which would benefit all in South Africa, not just the self-enriched few.
SARS targets pensioners with threat of penalties
I SPENT four hours sitting in the SARS Port Elizabeth branch in Chapel Street, with a tax query. To say the vehicle licence department in PE is bad, I am afraid SARS beats it hands down with its poor system of queue numbering and allocation of resources.
Our bins not returned
I FORMALLY lay a complaint with regard to the collection of refuse from the Booysen Park area. Residents have noticed the refuge collectors take our bins to a central place where the truck is and then leave our bins there for anyone to be able to steal, instead of taking them back to the homes where they belong.
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Solar heating the answer to problem
I AM rather tired of seeing the Eskom “switch off pool pumps, electrical appliances, etc” message on the TV when hundreds of building plans are being passed daily without solar heating – why?
Call to help feed needy pets
AFTER seeing the Animal Anti-Cruelty League appeal for pet food in The Herald of December 29 (“Food needed for neglected pets”), Russell Booth, of Pick n Pay, Walmer Park, has taken up the cause and has kindly donated 50 x 8kg bags of dog food.
Use police vehicles to serve the public
MY heart goes out to the hard-working men and women in blue, they who vow to serve and protect.
Lions should be in the wild, not held in enclosures
THE Herald front page of December 28 and also an insert about the lion cubs at Seaview Lion and Game Park (“It’s not only about lions at Seaview”) caught my eye. I even phoned the park to confirm what I had read concerning the removal of all cubs from their mothers at birth.
School year starts with challenges
FIRST and foremost, let us wish problem-free administration during the opening of schools. Congratulations to those who, in spite of serious challenges, managed to do well in the matric exams.
Things not going swimmingly in ANC
THE words of Gift Siphiwo Ngqondi, who just happens to be head of the research unit in the office of the chief whip in the local laughable municipality, in the In My View column of December 28 tell us we have here an educated man – educated in the ways of the ANC, anyway (“ANC must fight factionalism”).
Arrest and charge the thieving civil servants
EASTERN Cape premier Noxolo Kiviet said “a policy to break the link between public office and government business would soon be in place” after the auditor-general revealed 74% of all government work goes to the families of employees and, in many cases, directly to the employees themselves (“Bhisho contracts shock”, December 9).
Because of ANC, we have many freedoms in life
THE ANC turned 100 years old on Sunday. A lot of my friends ask why they must celebrate the 100 years of the ANC.
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Congratulations to Booysen Park School
I WISH to congratulate principal Elroy Bosman and the staff members of Booysen Park Senior Secondary for the turning the school performance around and achieving such excellent matric results in 2011 (“Bay’s matric miracle”, January 6).
ANC won freedom for all
WHAT a celebration the ANC’s 100th anniversary was. As a white South African, I am claiming this as a great milestone, part of my history and heritage, my South Africa.
Madonsela renews public confidence
CURRENT public protector Thuli Madonsela must be congratulated and given credit for bringing back some confidence and credibility to the office.
Well done on outstanding results
CONGRATULATIONS is due to Booysen Park Senior Secondary School principal Elroy Bosman, the teachers, matriculants and parents for their awesome achievement of a 85% matric pass rate for 2011 (“Bay’s matric miracle”, January 6).
Movement fittingly begun in a church
HAPPY birthday to a monolith that is the ANC, formerly the African Native Congress, that came into being fittingly in a church in Bloemfontein 100 years ago.
Dedicated lives to liberate nation
I WISH the ANC all the best for its centenary. I salute all the ANC presidents from 1912 for their roles in the revolution against apartheid and for dedicating their lives to liberate the people of South Africa.
A bouquet for metro cleaning workers
THE municipal parks and cleansing departments are to be congratulated and deserve our thanks for the speedy and efficient way in which they have cleaned up the mess left by the littering masses over the holidays.
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