REPLIES TO READERS' COMMENTS
I AGREE with John Price: police, teachers, nurses and emergency personnel are not valued in this country. These professionals should be held in the highest regard and they should be very well paid. Their work is exceedingly challenging, without them we are all lost. Maybe if we treated these professionals with respect, maybe if we paid them properly, more fantastic young people would consider these careers as viable options.
I AGREE with ink staining comment. I need to wash my hands every time I pick up the paper. Noticed this ages ago, but thought it was just me.
RIP (READER IN PRINT)
DR GALLOWAY, Jacob Zuma is the very reason why there is a decline in patriotism.
WILL NEVER FORGET KINDNESS
BEING a senior citizen and arriving by bus at the PE station from East London on Monday evening at 7.15, there was no public taxi to Schauderville. I did not have R70 for a private taxi. A man, a foreigner, with a private taxi offered to help me and his words were, "Come I'll help you for free". Sir, your kindness I will never forget. May God bless you.
F SAMPSON, PORT ELIZABETH
WHY should one day be set aside to express who you are? Should you not be yourself every day? Heritage Day, a farce!
HERITAGE Day is good. I love my white forefathers for their courage, ingenuity, skills, science and an iron will to civilise and turn SA from a wild wilderness into this thriving modern country today. We lead here, others just follow. Viva my roots. Dad, Mom I love you.
IT'S disgusting to see the mayor photographed with the leader of the Somali spaza shops, spreading propaganda that the community wants them back, yet nothing is being said or done about the man who allegedly killed this lad. Why was this man freed? When was an investigation done to claim that there is no evidence?
THEFT'S HARD WORK
IT is now becoming clear why this country's collapse is taking longer than expected: theft can be hard work!
WHY BALINDLELA FIRED AS PREMIER
NOSIMO Balindlela was fired as premier because she refused to be corrupt.
COLLECT ID DOCUMENTS
PEOPLE who applied six months ago for identity documents at Gelvandale, PE Home Affairs and Sassa offices please collect. They will be sent back to Pretoria.
STILL DISRUPTION AT TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT
SO the strike at the traffic department is over and everything is back to normal? No, it is not. All the cashiers have booked off sick. They are only doing rebookings for missed tests and if you already have a booking they are doing the tests! They are letting 10 people in at a time and in an hour and a half four people come out. Being about 60th in the queue we would still be there at midnight. We left in absolute disgust. And we pay rates for this.
DISRESPECTFUL PATRONS SPOIL SHOW
WHAT an unpleasant evening for Bob Dylan fans at the Music Kitchen! The tribute artist was so good, but the patrons so rude and disrespectful, talking at the top of their voices despite numerous requests to keep it down. Is it a PE thing or am I naive to expect to hear a show I actually paid for?
KENYAN SHOPPING CENTRE TRAGEDY
IT is unfortunate that Ismail Mahomed ("Creative Spirit" column yesterday) should label "fundamentalism" as a beast of intolerance and disrespect. In the case of Christianity (unless one misunderstands it), fundamental belief can only breed selfless, loving people. It is "heresy" which makes beasts, in this case. One cannot say the same for the teachings of the Koran, however. Fundamentalism here certainly breeds a beast, while "heresy" would be the answer of conscience against its murderous teachings. To identify accurately the beast behind this tragedy, we must point to any religion that sets itself up in opposition to truth and love, even occasionally.
REGARDING the "white widow" and the South African passport, this is the reason why a visa is now required to enter the UK. A big "thanks" to corrupt civil servants.
CALL INDIA'S BLUFF ON CRICKET WRANGLE
INDIA v CSA: do what workers do when bosses don't play ball. SA can show them the middle finger by arranging an "alternative series". Maybe not huge money, but they'll get the message not to mess in someone else's backyard.
I CONTACTED the metro's service delivery department early on the morning of September 13. I was assured I would be contacted during the course of that day and somebody would come to unblock the drain the same day. Well three days later nobody had contacted me or visited the premises. I telephoned Elroy Holmes, an employee at the Nelson Mandela waste water conveyancers, and within one and a half hours Holmes's team had managed to locate the blockage nearby, being a blocked municipal drain. I commend Holmes and his team for their speedy, efficient service. Our metro needs more people like you to improve the service delivery in Port Elizabeth.
GO THROUGH CORRECT CHANNELS
THE thing that Imizi is doing is wrong when having a dispute with tenants such as non-payment of rentals. There is a structure in place, the Housing Tribunal. It is the court they are supposed to use. It is free, not like their private expensive lawyers to whom tenants are made to pay legal fees.