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.
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.
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.
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”).
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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.
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).
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.
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.
Faced with near drowning, expelled water from lungs
I WAS involved in saving the life of a young girl, aged about 18 to 24 months, who had nearly drowned in her parents’ pool in KwaZulu-Natal in 1996. I was their neighbour and happened to walk outside my home when I heard a commotion next door.
Jobs scarce with no maths, science
THE Eastern Cape’s matric results have the potential of condemning the province to a future of continued economic stagnation and decline.
Officer drove dangerously to get to ATM
ON Wednesday at 6.30pm approaching Fort Beaufort on the R67 from Queenstown, I was overtaken by a SAPS Balfour vehicle that crossed a double solid line and was speeding (I was doing 60km/h) just to overtake me.
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ELROY Bosman and Booysen Park matrics, how proud you must be – true heroes. My wish is that you achieve your 1OO% pass rate by 2O13. Well done.
Staff immediately offered assistance after fall at ice rink
AS one of the owners of Ice World – the company operating the temporary rink at the Boardwalk – I would like to respond to the letter from Warren Cecil, regarding his wife’s ankle injury (“No first aid help at ice rink”, January 5).
Saru needs to alter selection methods
SARU needs to change its way of selecting players and coaches, because they are using the completely wrong formula. Saru is in charge of picking the Springbok coach and captain, and it is selecting the wrong coach and captain at the moment.
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T’KEI boy missing: we live in an evil world and cannot leave children alone. Let us hope and pray he is still alive, though I doubt it.
ANC legacy shared by all SA’s people
THE ANC will be celebrating 100 years of selfless struggle on Sunday in Mangaung. This is a historic achievement for our movement, our people, our continent and the progressive forces of the world.
Follow Mandela’s example in 2012
AS far as political life is concerned, last year was not a particularly inspiring one for South Africa. In our body politic there appears to be a profound lack of dynamic and cogent leadership.
Disgusted by comment
I AM disgusted at the racism displayed by the writer of the letter, “Crowd shows no respect”, January 5). I was at the event he is referring to and will agree with him on the issue of the acting mayor not being given the respect she deserved while giving her speech.
Bonuses for matric results
I WONDER how many millions of rands’ performance bonuses will be awarded for the massive 2.4% increase in the matric pass rate (“Well done, class of 2011, January 5). Judging from the smile on the minister’s face, it is going to be huge.
Influenced by SA lack of discipline
THE reason why our young people are so vulnerable when it comes to being caught up in the drug trade is they are so used to our indisciplined country, where criminals who have even committed horrific crimes get off with light sentences.
Death of leading figure in tourism world
CYNTHIA van der Mescht was a leading figure for 55 years in promoting the growth of tourism in Port Elizabeth and the Eastern Cape region.
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