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.
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.
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!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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IF Richard Levi does not get included in the ODI side, then SA cricket is really “dof”!
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.
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
Victory against all odds
ZAMBIA beat Ivory Coast against all odds to be crowned Afcon champions (“Copper Bullets down Elephants”, February 14).
Firm cleans graves
WITH reference to the letter, “Mess no way to honour the dead” (February 10) regarding the grave sites at Forest Hill cemetery, I identified the same problem and don’t always have the time to attend to family members’ graves.
Cerebral palsy seen as group of disorders
THE staff and management of the Cerebral Palsy Association (Eastern Cape) certainly appreciate The Herald coverage of the association’s financial constraints (“Cerebral palsy centre needs funding or faces shutdown”, December 23). Part of our association’s role is to dispel commonly-held myths about cerebral palsy and our activities.
Bay ‘a clean city with friendly people’
THANK you for your coverage of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s ground-breaking initiative to encourage all first years to act and think like our namesake, Nelson Mandela (“Madiba Magic at Orientation”, February 8), as part of a bigger objective by organisers Life College to reach one million youths by 2020.
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IF only our MECs could perform as well as they can party and dress up, we wouldn’t have any problems in local government.
Prepare learners for real conditions
I HAVE recently had second-hand experience of the K53 test while a friend was learning to drive and what I learnt seemed unbelievable, so I did some digging. What I have discovered is shocking and I am no longer surprised there are so many bad drivers let loose on the roads.
Cutting down trees kills 214 birds
ON Saturday February 10 two trees were cut down in Fort Beaufort, and 214 birds (adults and young) were killed in the process. This was as a result of one man’s campaign against birds nesting in the trees adjacent to his property.
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IT will be lovely to see the back of the ore dumps and tankers. However we will all be dead before there is ever a leisure development on that poor little waterfront.
Leading EC farmer dies at 81
LEADING Eastern Cape merino wool farmer Roy Berrington, 81, was buried last week at the 1820 Settler village of Sidbury. He died following a short illness.
Healthy nation a successful one
WE seriously need to jack up the way we look at health. A nation is judged by its success in every sphere, and if you want a top producer and economic powerhouse, look no further than healthy citizens.
Teachers treated badly
IT’s not surprising that 70% of those readers polled felt teaching should be declared an essential service and teachers prohibited from striking, but it’s likely they never experienced short pay, no pay, theft of salaries, lousy working conditions, pathetic increases and incompetent management at all levels.
Columnist generalises on hiring of employees
IN response to Kazeka Mashologu Kuse’s column, “If maid wants the salary, she must earn the money” (February 14), I discern a form of generalisation in the content.
Let mayor pay up for his wasteful spending
WASTEFUL expenditure is not only fraud and wasting municipal money on fruitless expenditure, but it is also when councillors and municipal officials do things without regard to the consequences.
Pupils must pick the right subjects
PARENTS must take an active interest in the subjects that their kids choose at school. The reason is very simple: maths and science will get you a job or internship most times.
Now do something about mess
THE Herald cover-page article, “Health MEC blasts staff” (February 15), really hit the proverbial nail squarely on the head.
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