Selection favours the country rugby players
I WOULD like to point out the following regarding the new way the EP schools are selecting the EP Craven Week under-18 teams: one EP Craven week team is selected from all players from Port Elizabeth and surrounding towns, and also from players from the country towns.
Open housing waiting list to public scrutiny
WITH reference to the sad story titled “Planks, boxes, plastic their only shelter for 28 years” (May 22), for housing beneficiaries to know their house application status, there needs to be one transparent waiting list that is open for public scrutiny at all times.
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ZUMA’s exposed member must surely at least be the most active and hard working “member” of the ANC and deserves recognition!
Shocked at disrespect shown Zuma
WHEN I saw the portrait of the president on the news, I was shocked and angry. It is disgusting, disrespectful and undermines the president of the country.
Purge metro budget
PATRICK Cull in his Monday column suggests that the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality will not be able to expand its rates base or rely on land sales to ease its financial pressures because ratepayers are already struggling (“Another source of funds than rates base needed”).
Craven sides pre-chosen
IT is with great dismay that I look at the names of the pupils chosen for the Eastern Province Craven Week team under-18A and B (May 22). Each year, you as a parent must sit there and look at this circus.
Pilot running of IPTS a cover-up
REGARDING Brian Hayward’s article, “Bay’s delayed R1-billion public transport service on the move at last”, May 14), it seems there is a huge sigh of relief that the buses will soon be running.
Keep left if driving slowly
SOME 39 years ago when I got my driver’s licence the golden rule of the road was “keep left pass right”. Has this changed?
Thanks for help with funeral
OUR hearts are full of gratitude to the people of Nelson Mandela Bay who donated so generously towards the funeral of our beloved son, Mpumelelo (“School mourns sports-mad teen killed in hit-and-run”, May 21).
ANC puts politics before assistance to community
MY letter of December 16 2011 stated that the Ikamvelihle community of Motherwell had still not received any assistance from the municipality after two months (“Residents still not compensated”).
Artist has 15 minutes of fame
PETER Bruce says in his Monday column in Business Day, “The artist went out of his way to shock and it proved depressingly easy, whatever side of the ‘debate’ you are on. There’s no artistic thought here, merely the prudish notion that you can hurt somebody you disapprove of by pulling his pants down in public and giggling as you run away, this time crying ‘artistic freedom’ as you go”. I agree with him.
Create new training corps
THE warning by the general secretary of Cosatu that youth unemployment “is a time bomb that is starting to explode” is a timely one (“‘ANC sitting on time bomb’”, May 17).
Well done to Pirates for taking top spot
I WANT to applaud Orlando Pirates and all the supporters of Amabhaka-bhaka as they rallied behind the team to clinch the league for the second time.
Foster a climate for job creation
IN a recent article economist Mike Schussler was quoted as saying, “We cannot have more people in government than we have people producing things.
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SO where are the RDP houses that were promised to the poor? The ANC has been running this country for about 18 years and things have only got worse.
Boycott harms SA people
HOW does the South African government reconcile using Israeli technology for devices (strapped to ankles) to release thousands of prisoners from South African jails, with preventing a Western Cape MEC for agriculture from visiting Israel (presumably to benefit from Israeli expertise in that field)?
Potential to give work to 400000
SOUTH Africa’s youth unemployment crisis, coupled with the failing education system, is perpetuating a cycle of dependency and denying millions of young South Africans access to opportunities. South Africa is in desperate need of new and innovative policies that target this marginalised group to harness a potentially highly productive sector of our economy.
No explanation for two prolonged power cuts
I WOULD like to comment on the two prolonged power cuts experienced by Humewood residents. On Friday evening May 4 the electricity went off at approximately 7.30 and was only restored again on Saturday May 5 at about 1pm.
What’s planned for Cup buses?
I WAS a little bit shocked to find all 12 of the buses bought in 2010 for the Word Cup soccer just chilling in the parking lot at the Port Elizabeth Fresh Produce Market in Markman Street, Markman. Any idea what is happening with these?
Municipal police urgently needed
MEC Helen Sauls-August, you proclaimed the establishment of the metro police force, but where is this unit?
No solution to unemployment
THE youth wage subsidy proposed, under the false logic that youth unemployment will be decreased by this absurd proposal where the employers are paid to hire young people, will only serve to create and consolidate a two-tier employment system that will further exploit and divide the wealth gap as more money will go to employers who use cheap labour subsidised by government to the detriment of formal labour
No consideration for residents
I HEARTILY endorse the comments of M Read (“Tone down noise”, May 9) with regard to noise pollution in Richmond Hill. The noise emanating from the Westbourne Oval is exacerbated by the announcers believing that, in addition to using a megaphone or a PA system, all announcements must be shouted at maximum volume.
Sad to see Bayworld now
I CANNOT agree more with Rudi van der Bank’s views on the condition of the Bayworld complex (“Disappointing lack of exhibits at Bayworld”, May 17). I too visited the complex recently for the first time in many years and was hugely saddened by the deterioration of everything, from the exhibits to the oceanarium fish tanks and the snake park, not to mention the state of the surrounding areas.
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VODACOM’s soccer sponsorship to fund the lavish lifestyles of those associated with Chiefs and Pirates is obscene in a country where people are starving.
Charge sex pests with assault
THE panic statements about the collapse of trials and the overturning of convictions against people charged with sexual offences appears, to a simple layman, extraordinary (“Law bungle will see sex pests walk free”, May 17).
Living beyond means now backfires
LEONARD Gentle’s article, “The people have had enough” (May 16), deals essentially with the extent to which the electorate in Europe has turned against the sitting governments of the day.
Ruling ANC still faces many challenges
I HAVE read all the negative criticism of me in the SMS column of The Herald regarding my support for the ANC. It is interesting to note that this criticism is coming from people who are hiding behind aliases and pseudonyms.
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SAD but true, Port Elizabeth has fizzled out! No entertainment, no support and still no ice rink! Plus the job struggles continues. This is a selfish place I call home.
Uitenhage ignored in metro development
I AM not a born Uitenhager, but have lived in this area for a number of years now. I have two children and they like going out.
Nothing about ruling party shocks
THE Herald headline on May 14 reads “New health fraud shock”. Why is it seen as a shock?
Cosatu action damages its credibility
WITH their actions against the DA march this week (“DA protest ends in violent chaos”, May 16), Cosatu and Zwelinzima Vavi have lost a huge amount of support and credibility for the organisation. In the interest of South Africa as a country, the DA was legitimately marching to improve unemployment for the youth
Please clean Donkin
A STROLL around the Donkin on Sunday May 6 left me feeling ashamed of living in Port Elizabeth. There were about 10 tourists in a group also studying the memorial and unexplained statue!
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