No political will to fight corruption
THE report, “Damning AG report on East Cape municipalities” (July 24), offers clear, black and white evidence that points to the parlous state of local government in our country.
Publicise great local production
ON last Thursday night I attended the re-run, by popular demand, of Fiela’s Child at the Savoy Theatre. What an amazing show, a beautiful story made to come alive by a dedicated, talented cast giving a breathtaking performance, such emotion portrayed. Well done to all of you.
Justice system just as corrupt as the criminals
EVERY day, we go through the papers, and daily one sees articles on corruption in almost every government department, the taxi accident crisis, more young men becoming victims of the barbaric forms of initiation, etc. It amazes me that this has been so widespread and continuous, and that nothing actually gets done about it.
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NOXOLO Kiviet, you haven’t got the firepower to fight any war. The ANC got rid of the generals who wouldn’t have allowed this mess to develop.
Fix road that’s in a poor state
I WOULD like to raise the condition of Mission Road. We are travelling this road daily, and the potholes and humps in the road are unacceptable.
Dog dumped at roadside
WE have experienced a spate of dumping of dogs on the Schoenies road/Victoria Drive. The latest one was rather tragic in as much as the culprit driving an up-market silver double cab dumped a beautiful black-coated male dog onto a dirt track road just before Schoenies and drove off.
Action can be taken
THE medical profession has the power to clean up the neglect at government hospitals and clinics. Refuse admission to all private hospitals for any family of the ANC government until they clean up the mess in their own hospitals.
Bank scandals shows lack of morality
THE world knows no morals financially, as has been proved by the manipulation of Libor interest rates of up to £800-trillion (R10488-trillion) in the London financial markets over very long periods of time. T
Advert for beer featuring angels blasphemous
THERE is a Heineken advert being aired on e.tv, especially during Uefa Champions League soccer games. In the advert, there is a penalty shoot-out between two teams, and the whole situation is tense in itself.
Negligence leads to road murders
THE media are often guilty of reporting on road accidents when it is clear that a road tragedy was not an accident at all. Most road deaths are caused by ignorant drivers who flaunt the rules of the roads constantly and get away with it most of the time.
Make drivers pass further road tests
Instead of bringing in a 24-hour shift system for traffic officers, bring in a system whereby taxi drivers need to pass an advanced driver’s course, over and above their standard driver’s licence, and perhaps even a much more rigorous road rules theory test?
Build bridge to ease congestion
I WITNESSED a heavy, slow flow of traffic travelling from Walmer on Tuesday morning July 17. This is all due to the closure of the Third Avenue, Newton Park dip following the floods the previous weekend.
Govt has let majority down, not the whites
WITH reference to yesterday’s Unspoken Thoughts column by Kazeka Kuse (“Mandela legacy of reconciliation slowly fading”), it is not the white minority that has let the majority population down. The black population has to start seeing through the abuse by all levels of government which is impacting on the country’s ability to rise out of the situation we find ourselves in.
Thank you for helping needy during floods
I WOULD, as Ward 31 councillor, like to give special thanks to the church at Ebenezer and all the men who volunteered over the weekend of the floods. Ebenezer Centre, pastors Neville Goldman and Russel Viljoen and also a principal at the Missionvale Care Centre blessed our Missionvale community and other areas with their assistance in a time of need.
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ELECTRICITY COSTS – I AGREE with Rod, almost 10 units used at night and 98% of the appliances are off. What’s the deal here, are you pulling money for the Afcon Cup? Stop robbing us.
ANC responsible for nation’s woes
WHAT Kazeka Kuse says in her column in yesterday’s Herald (“Mandela legacy of reconciliation slowly fading”) is not entirely true and she conveniently ignores certain facts.
Thanks to police
THE Walmer protests were a stressful time for many people, the people involved demanding service delivery, roads being disrupted and businesses that were adversely affected. The police were incredible and handled themselves with utmost professionalism, they monitored the situation carefully and only intervened when it was absolutely necessary
Tough semifinal battle
THE Sharks played well against the Reds over the weekend, and you can imagine a semifinal between the Sharks and the Stormers.
Conserve city’s heritage buildings
WHAT is the state of conservation in Port Elizabeth? The answer to that is complicated. While good work is being done on several fronts and promising initiatives are shown by the NMBM, the progress is often undermined and delayed for various reasons.
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Selebi parole shows disrespect for the law
KILL a criminal who invades your home and you get charged with murder.
Metro ignores urgent environmental issues
THE cartoon by Mark Wiggett in The Herald on Friday brilliantly depicts the sad situation regarding the ongoing polluting of our beautiful Swartkops River. Covering up the source of the problem will not take the problem away.
Politicians make empty promises
I AM writing this letter after reading yesterday’s Herald story, “Cradock crash horror”.
Keep a tighter rein on taxis
I HEARD on Sunday about another tragedy involving a minibus taxi where 17 people died (“Cradock crash horror”, July 23).
No cricket on SABC
WHERE was the SABC on Sunday when a South African scored the highest score in South African cricketing history, a triple century! Not one of the three channels was showing the cricket match.
Cape varsity finances in sound state
DAVID Rosenberg, associate professor, department of accounting, Rhodes University, in his letter, “Lack of financial savvy at varsities”, reported that the Cape Peninsula University of Technology had gone into administration.
Pet welfare groups should be less rule-bound
THE way the so-called “authorities” bungled the bus boerboel saga is shocking, but typical of these meddling, rule-book- bound do-gooders! Take what happened to a cat, now in our care.
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WE will have to pay for damaged lamp poles. Fine! Then municipality must pay for cars damaged because of potholes, and poor signage and road maintenance.
Community involved in planning
Your Wednesday column, Creative Spirit, under the banner of “Be sure to include community in Opera House plans” (July 18), begs some comment from me, who was the acting general manager of the Opera House at the time many of the decisions were taken that your article refers to.
Doctors care for patients
AT the age of 80 I was accepted at the Provincial Hospital for examination for a serious cardiac problem. Dr Basil Brown and associates examined me over four days.
Worked in rain to aid ward residents
LET us not forget those who were active in the cold and wet weather this city and surrounding areas experienced, unselfishly supporting those who were in dire need of warm clothes, food and blankets. Let us also not forget those who contributed in helping the destitute in this cold and wet period.
Put pressing local issues first
I WOULD like to comment on the defence of municipal travel expenses abroad (“Mayor backs costly trip to Algeria”, July 5). So many government authorities are already out of touch with the reality of the people and these tours might further disconnect them from that reality.
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