Honour our township heroes
IN Port Elizabeth, New Brighton township in particular, we have a fare share of sites that are worthy of being recognised as much as other places in the country.
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No-show at ward meeting slap in face
THE IDP and budget public participation meeting, which was held on Tuesday in Ward 40, was a complete slap in the face to residents of the ward.
Call for unity in E Cape ANC
AS we march towards the policy conference of the ANC and the national congress in Mangaung, I want to draw in the words of comrade Pumullo Masaule, the ANC provincial chairman: “Let’s be united”.
The real rumble behind the jobs anthem rhythm
JOBS, jobs, jobs! This seems to be the “anthem” from both the youth and government. Not because the youth are all uneducated or illiterate. There are many who are qualified, but who seem to be (regarded as) “pests” within the job market.
ANC must heed people’s needs
NCEBA Faku and Zanoxolo Wayile, it’s time for you to focus on the actual goals of us who voted the ANC into power. The battle you guys are supposed to focus on is to make sure that every South African citizen is taken out of the poverty- stricken areas, create a mood conducive to children getting a proper basic education, fight against human indignity, for proper health care and the list goes on and on – but both of you are focusing on petty issues instead of empowering the previously disadvantage masses of this province.
Help needed from water affairs to clean up river
ON July 29 last year a letter was issued to the NMBM by Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa regarding the “non-compliance of the final effluent discharges as well as the pollution of the Swartkops River by the sewage spills”.
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Save nine units daily
REGARDING geyser electricity consumption, a friend told me keeping your geyser off for a little more than half the day will save you nine units. We now heat up our geyser (150l, no blanket) twice a day for two hours at a time.
Consult ratepayers on spending
EX-PRESIDENT Thabo Mbeki once prefaced a speech with the words, “I am an African”.
Card six months late
HOW’S this for a record? I received a correctly typed, addressed envelope in my Walmer postbox with a 76p stamp and an airmail sticker. It was a Christmas card posted on December 8 last year.
Is defence force protecting SA?
I CAN’T agree more with M Negres’s comments (“SA does need proper defence force”, June 19) and would like to congratulate him on the letter. I would like to deal with the lack of defence force effectiveness as in two ailments.
Arts initiatives still to come to fruition
I HAD the opportunity of becoming involved in an interesting briefing at the Red Location Museum auditorium. The subject was further infrastructural developments: a 1000-seater amphitheatre accompanied by a limited amount of housing in the Red Location cultural precinct.
Govt not doing its part in supporting the youth
IT has been 36 years now since the 1976 massacre. If my memory serves me well, the sole purpose of the protest was to fight Bantu education and create better education for all.
Apartheid robbed white youth too
THE celebration and remembrance of South Africa’s youth on June 16 every year, more often than not, refers to the previously disadvantaged youth groupings in South Africa, and how they were repressed and oppressed, and were never given an opportunity to advance due to the apartheid government education’s policies and the general apartheid laws.
Justice system fails badly
THE Richmond Hill saga was highlighted in the papers recently. The removal of the i.Patrol vehicle from the suburb was totally unwarranted, but it highlights the need for good police presence in the area, which is currently somewhat lacking.
PR councillor stands in for Ward 5’s Davis
SEVERAL SMSes and letters have recently appeared in the local media regarding DA councillor Jeremy Davis of Ward 5. This is to inform residents that he was hospitalised and underwent major surgery. He is now recuperating at home.
TO the mindless idiot who was dicing a motorbike along Beach Road at 12.38pm on Sunday, shame on you! What would have happened if someone had turned into your lane, or crossed the road? Would you have had the time to stop?
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GEYSER switch-off works! We switch on for two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening, and save five units/day (150 a month). At the current cost, savings are R136.50/month. Half the family uses hot water at night and half in the morning, it can work.
Parking for disabled at rugby test
AFTER much negotiation with Access management, we have managed to secure a, for now, workable parking arrangement for mobility impaired people attending the international South Africa v England rugby game at the Nelson Mandela Stadium on Saturday.
Proud of our Baby Boks
I WAS glued to my TV watching the Baby Boks. These boys have a lot of talent and have passion for sport as they play as a unit and I salute them.
Save-a-Pet now facing severe financial crunch
SAVE-a-Pet has been a name synonymous with animal care in this city for many years, with many households around with a SaP dog or two. We have no real steady income from anywhere, except from adoptions.
Proved turning off geyser no use
I COULD not agree more with Paul that switching off your geyser does not save money (“No saving in switching off”, June 12). At the height of load-shedding and trying to reduce my electricity usage I did an experiment over a period of two months.
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An experience to counter whingers
BRUCE Fordyce said it: “South Africa’s favourite sport is not soccer or rugby – it is whingeing!” So I thought I should try and score one for the other side.
Better policing of liquor sales needed
THE Herald report, “Liquor board’s failures cost city in court fees” (June 13), is a lot more serious than the city’s bylaws being violated when liquor licences are issued. For some time now the DA has been warning the department of safety and liaison that alcohol misuse is a major trigger of crime in this province.
Give top cop chance to prove herself
THOUGH we pretend to be enlightened and unprejudiced, the truth is human culture is and has been largely patriarchal. Yes, most heroes, religious and secular leaders, doctors, lawyers, judges, murderers, rapists, etc are male.
New approach to teen pregnancies
ESTELLE Ellis argues in her special investigation into young women, pregnancies and abortion that legalised abortion is a “right gone very wrong” (June 12). She bases this conclusion on what she terms a “recklessness among teenagers who had found a convenient way out”, and “women and children” who “lack the life skills and level of responsibility to use contraceptives”.
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THE mayor is cleaning the ratepayers’ pockets out! Come and see how dirty the northern areas are, then talk about willingness to lead a clean municipality.
Recognise the unsung sports heroes of past
I SEE the minister of sport is establishing a foundation, this to ensure a Fikile Mbalula legacy for sure (“Mbalula to repeat star turn”, June 14).
ANC on path to destruction
“HE is the executive mayor, he is the one person who was mostly determined to root out corruption in the metro,” ANC regional secretary Zandisile Qupe said, commenting on reports that metro ratepayers paid for a trip to Umhlanga by mayor Zanoxolo Wayile and his wife, Fezeka.
Review father’s role to strengthen society
IN this patriarchal world I believe it is of paramount importance for communities to review and redefine the role of the fathers if we are to achieve a sustainable social stability and cohesion in our communities. Biblically, historically and culturally men were or are the helm.
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