Thanks for donating to winter drive
ON behalf of the ACVV I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all the gracious donors who have given clothing to this organisation during our "Winterhoop" project.
Bay Stars need a new approach
BAY Stars have failed once again to deliver on their mandate to win the Vodacom regional league title. The owners must be very disappointed that another golden opportunity to qualify for the playoffs is now beyond their reach.
Violence not in our suburb, but near to it
THE violence that occurred in the northern areas was not in Booysen Park. The area where the RDP houses and shacks adjacent to Booysen Park are, was where it all started. This is actually called Vastrap and Greenfields.
Advert ban can reduce drinking
BANNING advertising is but one of many best practice strategies recommended by the WHO to reduce the harm caused by drinking. Some others are making alcohol less available (and enforcing trading hours), making it more expensive, lowering permissible blood alcohol level for novice drivers, earlier treatment for high-risk drinkers, etc.
Why should we pay Cleese's alimony?
DIE-HARD fans went to see the new offering from John Cleese and I have to say by all accounts he is a "has-been". He will have to do this show for years into his life to fund the £13-million (about R78-million) for his third divorce!
Culture of death permeates our nation
I COULD not help but be struck by the irony of the article titled "Clinton receives Father of the Year award" (June 12). Former US president Bill Clinton is the same man who vetoed a bill to ban partial-birth abortions in the US in 1995.
Bra Mike a disciplined cadre
ON Friday afternoon I received a call telling me comrade Mike Nzotoyi was no more. I cry and cry because Bra Mike was my uncle and one of the close comrades who would go out for me in difficult and good times.
Where did money go?
ON June 12 (draw No374) the Powerball draw controller advised that the prize jackpot had grown to R21.8-million. According to the draw results, published the next day, prizes to the value of approximately R3.246-million were won.
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WHY can't people leave the Steenkamps alone? Surely they have gone through enough heartache and will still endure more when the court case begins. Stop writing all this c**p to The Herald.
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RASTA is spot on. Exchange rates are at the core of exploitation of Africa, resulting in poverty, unemployment and inequality. If the parasitic World Bank and IMF were serious about poverty in the global village, one currency, a global dollar, would be introduced and Africa's debt scrapped.
Don't play Ouija game
PLEASE be advised of a game that's called Ouija, that consists of numerals and alphabets as it has a negative side effect. It's a demonic game that no-one should ever try to play.
IT would not be too far- fetched to argue that the game's integrity and thus legitimacy have been challenged by Mabhuti Khenyeza's "despicable behaviour". It is hard to like football these days and also impossible not to like it.
Criminals must serve full sentence
WHAT has this world come to, when a man gets a sentence of 110 years for his crimes and he can get parole in 30 years ("Multiple killer gets 110 years", June 13)? This should not happen.
MPs' sexist slurs hit all women
SOUTH Africa is a constitutional democracy. Our constitution enjoins us in its preamble to "heal the divisions of the past" and to rely on founding principles that include the values of human dignity, non-racialism and non-sexism.
Fans want best team to be selected
WHENEVER a national sports team excels, a knee- jerk reaction appears on The Herald letters page. Mzwandile Pepe Nkomombini, who describes himself as a "cricket administrator/ coach", pompously states, "I need a very good reason" for the exclusion of people of a certain race from the Proteas cricket team ("Need black stars in Proteas team", February 26).
Noise from church the issue in suburb
REGARDING the church in Stanley Street, I think the major issue here is one of noise. The municipality has been very strict on zoning, etc for the eating/drinking establishments and has kept noise levels low.
Concentrate on important things
IT is quite disturbing to find residents complaining about noise levels at the Father's House Church where there is a whole street of restaurants and bars that operate Sunday to Sunday.
Settle differences without violence
IT is shocking that the Marikana situation has deteriorated to the extent it has, at the expense of many black people, leading to lives lost.
Happy to see cleaner city
I VISITED Port Elizabeth from May 31 to June 7. I last visited PE in 2010 and was pleased to see how clean the city was, a huge improvement since my last visit and I give a bouquet to the metro council for this. Please keep up the good work.
Driver caught dumping rubble on side of road
WITH reference to "Hopes lie with metro cops" (June 10), which refers to the metro's fight against illegal dumping, on Saturday morning June 8, I caught red-handed the driver of a truck blatantly and illegally dumping building rubble next to a main road in Kleinskool. When challenged by me, the perpetrators just shrugged their shoulders!
Give kids skills rather than facts
NIC Spaull's article, "Give kids access to Wikipedia" (June 14), suggests we twist the arms of the mobile operators to give free access to lots of facts. But is this really going to help?
Public attacks disturb
WITH reference to "Violence erupts after cops raid Somali shop" (June 11), South Africa is bending over backwards to accommodate the vast number of our brothers and sisters from around the globe, especially from other parts of Africa, sometimes at the expense of the poorest of the poor.
Examiner's bulk hinders driving
I READ the letter, "Can waste a whole day in the queue" (June 12), with interest and amusement as it seems the problems at our traffic department are never ending.
Want more motor news
I SHARE the sentiments in M Abrey's letter, "Want more motoring news" (June 4). I am one of the readers who are disillusioned by the discontinuance of the motoring supplement and near emptiness of the current edition which has now been moved from Tuesdays to Fridays.
Quota system certainly leads to abuse
THERE is no doubt in my mind that when a police officer is forced to use the quota system, wrongful arrests will be made and the more arrests they make above their quota target, the better performance enhancement process points they will get ("Police arrest quotas 'illegal'", June 12).
Distressing experience with SARS
I AM writing this to advise all pensioners of the horrible experience we have just been through because no-one advised us that even if you have a form advising you that you do not pay tax to SARS, you still have to submit a return every year if your income is more than R60000 a year.
Mainline train service in poor shape
IT would be great if The Herald could do some investigation as to why the Shosholoza Meyl train service has gone to rack and ruin. It has also been down- scaled from a daily service to twice a week.
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LAWRENCE Troon, you opened your mouth and put your foot right into it. Did you forget that the ANC's worse enemy, the leader of the apartheid National Party, joined the ANC and became a minister? Did he change or do you still regard him as the enemy? By the way were you elected by the people?
Telescopes give hunters humane shot
I FIND Piet Naude's views rather contradictory ("Make hunting more fair", June 11). The banning of telescopes will only create more wounded animals.
Uprising continued into the '80s
ON JUNE 16 we will be commemorating the 37th anniversary of the Soweto uprising or I rather say we will be celebrating the June 16 1976 anniversary, so as to accommodate our enemies and traitors into our political, rich history. On that fateful day the pupils rebelled against the use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction and Hector Pieterson was shot by police at a tender age.
Madiba's illness exploited
WHAT I saw on the television this week during the SABC news was a grotesque act as Jacob Zuma and his confuser, Mac Maharaj, wanted to gain political mileage from the Nelson Mandela state of health report.
Nadal deserves all plaudits for amazing feat
IF TENNIS players could ever be greeted on court with a robust and feverish ticker-tape parade, Rafael Nadal would have been a worthy recipient at his French Open matches, following months of absence. The Spanish player has become the first man in history to win eight singles titles at the same grand slam tournament.
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RANDALL and Fillis, if you guys want more chaos for your families and lack of education, books, hospitals, medical care, homes for the aged and no help for shack dwellers, lack of services in every other department, traffic and police who are never seen but get paid, and fat cats living off your money, etc vote for the ANC, for you'll surely get all the above and more. Wishing you a happy life in your choice!
DA shows it's happy to dwell in SA's past
AFTER reading the front page of The Herald of June 10 about the e-mail forwarded by Stanford Slabbert entitled "Opinion on SA" ("DA racist e-mail fury"), one might have a question to ponder: is the DA a DNA of apartheid?
Slabbert must resign immediately
STANFORD Slabbert, what were you thinking? As the elected representative of Ward 1, we (the ANC in Ward 1) demand that you resign immediately.
Councillor epitomised ideas of party
I AM not surprised that councillor Stanford Slabbert is the distributor of this racist e-mail. Furthermore, the response of the caucus leader of the DA, Leon de Villiers, speaks volumes.
No place for reactionary tripe in paper
THE "gay warning" advert on page 3 of yesterday's Herald, placed by the Islam Awareness Centre, absolutely beggars belief! I cannot believe any public news publication has the lack of sense to print such drivel.