Recipients so appreciate donated gifts
AS one of the NGOs who were fortunate to receive Christmas gifts from the Tree of Joy at Greenacres, I would like to convey our grateful thanks to all the members of the public who contributed so generously.
A struggle to renew car licences
THE poor post office is suffering again. In the last few weeks it has been nearly impossible to renew one’s car licence disc at many post offices around Port Elizabeth. If it is not the lack of paper to print the disc on, it is the “system” that is offline.
Sad loss to museum
THE untimely, tragic death of Noncedo Ngqondi has robbed us of a community leader and its impact is immeasurable as she was a councillor in the ward where the Red Location Museum is situated (“Bay in mourning”, January 17).
Open Walmer Library on Saturdays again
WHAT disappointing news about the Walmer Library being closed every Saturday morning.
Teach children in mother tongue
PUT simply, children taught in Xhosa for the first few years of school fail in large numbers when the language of instruction is switched to English because many do not speak, read or write it well enough for academic purposes.
Let children see animals in wild, not in captivity
WHEN my family from New Zealand and the United Kingdom were visiting recently we spent a night in the bungalows and chalets at the Addo Elephant National Park, which we all thoroughly enjoyed, particularly the grandchildren.
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WITH regard to people being treated like dogs, no, dogs get better treatment. Get tips from Animal Welfare please!
Overgrown plots jeopardise suburb’s safety
WE live in an new upmarket area in Lovemore Park, just past Boundary Lane in Mount Pleasant.
Do something for school
I WOULD like to comment on the parent who wrote in about the Fernwood School toilets (“Fernwood toilets in appalling state,” January 20).
Thank you for saving boy
THIS is a thank you letter to the nurse who rescued “Tuma” Chuma (“Rough Bay surf claims two lives” (January 16). Words cannot express how much we, the family of Chuma Ngqina, who was saved swimming across the Swartkops River on Sunday January 15, by a Greenacres Hospital nurse, Elizabeth Rothner, and her friend, Vanessa van Rensburg, appreciate what you have done, and that you showed true humanity and compassion.
AWS and municipality reach out to township
AS an animal lover and mommy to three rescued pets, I would like to salute the Animal Welfare Society and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality on a wonderful outreach programme undertaken on January 18 in Walmer Township.
Committed to ward
I REFER to Paul Manasse’s letter, “Councillor, do work in Lorraine you’re paid for” (January 18). I thank Manasse for his input, with the rider that his facts are, to put it mildly, incorrect.
Company owned by partners
WITH reference to the article, “Will to fight back counts” (January 16), I would like to state Dumisa Design and Advertising, as was mentioned in the article, was a partnership between three partners from day one and not a sole ownership.
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Using road for service dangerous
OUR heartfelt condolences go out to the families and friends of those tragically killed or seriously injured in the bus accident on the R72 near Alexandria on January 15 (“Bay in mourning”, January 17).
Will continue struggle
THE Young Communist League of South Africa in the Mbuyiselo Ngwenda district has learnt with great shock and mourns the passing away of three ANC councillors, Mxolisi Gumenge, Pumeza Lose and Noncedo Ngqondi, in a tragic car accident on the night of January 15, seven days after the ANC centenary (“Bay in mourning”, January 17).
Probe why bus system approved
REGARDING Brian Hayward’s article, “New bus system probe” (January 13), I would like to add what should be probed from the outset is how this BRT thing was proposed and approved in the first instance, before more money is paid out to anyone involved in the planning.
Ineptocracy sounds familiar
INEPTOCRACY – does it sound familiar?
Commuters to blame too for poor driving
I WONDER just how many people realise that taxi commuters are just as much to blame for the erratic driving by taxi drivers we have in Port Elizabeth?
Time to step down
THE South African cricket selectors are treating Graeme Smith most unfairly. I say this as, so far, Smith has demonstrated an unwavering compliance with the selectors’ wishes by regularly losing his wicket early to gift the in-form Jacques Kallis maximum time at the crease.
Fernwood toilets in appalling state
IT is back to school again, and pupils are starting a new year and new grade. But the most excited are the parents of the new Grade R and Grade 1 pupils, seeing their little heroes all dressed up and eager to start their school career.
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Wake up to alcohol abuse scourge sweeping nation
WATCHING the Cutting Edge TV programme on Thursday December 29 about women (pregnant and young women) and the consumption of alcohol (of whatever make) prompted me to re-ask myself the old question: will we ever win the battle or is it just going to continue to escalate to the worst?
Public must take stand against early parole for rapists
I AM following with interest the story about parole for the rapists of Alison, as I was the investigating officer in that matter. I have the highest regard for her and the courage she has shown us.
Pensioners need to band together
I WAS employed by Veldspun in Uitenhage, part of the Romatex group, and was retrenched in 1992, with more employees retrenched in 1993. The factory closed in 1994.
Be careful how you dress
ALTHOUGH the reasons for the high incidence of rape and violence towards women are multifold, we cannot run away from the fact that “irresponsible” behaviour on the part of females is in fact a contributing factor.
Well done to Dakar winners!
CONGRATULATIONS to the Mini team for winning the 2012 Dakar Rally! Also two thumbs up to the Toyota/ South African team for having locally manufactured Hi-Luxes in the top 10 (“Giniel clinches third place”, January 16).
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Crowd kills rape suspect in New Brighton
AS South Africans we come from a very painful and fractured past, and it is possibly one of the causes of the high crime levels and violence we are experiencing today.
Rather see wild animals in reserves
I TOTALLY agree with Derrick Fellows’s letter, “Circus life one of cruelty for wild animals” (January 17).
Charge officials with murder too
AS road carnage again claimed 1000 lives this December, throughout last year the traffic authorities failed to implement road safety measures which would have cut the carnage by at least 70% and saved at least 10000 lives.
Arrest threat for fine already paid
I REALLY do not consider myself a criminal, yet I have been served with a notice of a warrant for my arrest that has been issued by the traffic department in Port Elizabeth.
Mayoral visit appreciated
THE year has certainly started off on a very promising note, especially for two schools in Ward 40.
Research topic before making statements
SHAME on you B Mitchley (“No initiative taken to promote sport”, January 12). Why did do you not research before commenting on sport?
Event may become annual one
LAST Saturday, Walk/Run in the Parks – road races over 10km and 5km, and a 1.2km walk for those with disabilities – was held in Mill Park and Newton Park to raise funds, and to create awareness of the neurological motor neuron disease, corticalbasal degeneration, and people with special needs (“Disease awareness the focus”, January 13).
Township pupils need stationery
ONCE again I am appealing to Port Elizabeth families to donate or help my “project” school in New Brighton. Schools have restarted and many of these young children have no stationery at all.
Endangered other motorists
TO the driver of the silver Toyota FJ Cruiser with fishing rods sticking out the back window, on January 13 at around 4pm on the N2 between Sundays River and Coega IDZ, where the road narrows due to construction, you were travelling at such high speed towards Port Elizabeth you almost caused a multiple smash due to your reckless driving.
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MOB justice seems to have the desired effect. A referendum will reinstate the death penalty. The people have already spoken!
SABC moves mountains
ON Sunday January 15, SABC3 News at 7.30pm moved the Langeberg Mountains, the news reader clearly stating they were near Swellendam, but you can see from the TV map, they are near Cape Town.
Why was Bacher paid R5m for doing job?
No help from traffic officials
I HAVE a complaint about our traffic department in Port Elizabeth. I am so frustrated.
No mention of Lakonia fire, with 128 lives lost
I READ with interest the list of shipping disasters occurring during the last century (“A century of shipping disasters”, January 16).
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