Speakup
2 hours ago
SA WOMEN TAKE LONGER TO CHEAT THAN THEIR MEN - STUDY! A new survey has revealed that South African wives are likely to cheat on their husbands less than 10 years after being married.
Letters
11 hours ago
HANDS OFF YOUNG WOMEN
German philosopher Karl Marx once said: “Social progress can be measured by the social position of women.” Women need to realise the important role they play in society and the valuable contribution they make to our economy. It is good to see young girls being accepted into institutions of higher learning. However, this joy is cut short when young women get involved with men who exploit them and introduce them to a lifestyle that threatens their future. Young women need to stay away from men who entice them with their fancy cars and money. It makes no sense to risk your future for temporary pleasure. Rushing into relationships has many undesirable consequences such as unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. Don’t let your family down. You have your whole life ahead of you. If you do get into a relationship, do it for the right reasons. Play it safe and date a man who has your best interests at heart. Focus on your studies instead of running after men for money. A good education is the key to affording the lifestyle you’ve always wanted. I would also like to appeal to men to think about the consequences of their actions. Taking advantage of young women leaves them depressed and unable to fulfil their potential. You are robbing us of national treasures.
Letters
11 hours ago
DON'T THROW RUBBISH EVERYWHERE!
I have observed with utter disgust people throwing rubbish all over the place without worrying about the consequences of their bad behaviour. People, rubbish belongs in the bin! Some people have a tendency to dump things such as tyres, bottles and old electrical appliances in isolated places. This has a negative human impact and is a serious environmental issue that needs to be addressed with immediate effect. In townships such as Soweto, Tembisa and Alexandra, we have a high rate of rodent infestation. Rats are a danger to our lives as they nest in accumulated tyres and this can lead to disease. Cigarette butts and filters are also a threat to wildlife, as some animals mistake them for food. I’d like to urge all citizens to refrain from littering as this impacts negatively on our lives. Let us save ourselves from this unfortunate behaviour and keep South Africa clean.
Letters
11 hours ago
LET'S PROTECT AND LOVE ALL CHILDREN
I was taught at a young age in a rural area that I didn’t belong only to my family, but to the whole community. I was often told by elders of the village that I wasn’t only my mum and dad’s child. I was actually the child of the village. This seems to have changed as most elders now don’t care about children outside their own blood families. Many children are now getting raped and killed. Some get infected by HIV and others drop out of school. Let’s protect all kids like we used to do. The future of the country depends on them.
Letters
11 hours ago
DEATH IS A NIGHTMARE FOR THE LIVING
Death often strikes unexpectedly. It leaves in its wake confused, disoriented, angry, sad, and overwhelmed survivors. When death occurs from sudden, unexpected events, grief reactions are more severe. Children become fatherless or motherless, and wives lose husbands. I’m disturbed by the events that led to Angelina Msiza’s death, the wife of Johannes Mlangeni ,who drowned after the taxi she was travelling in was washed away by floods in Frischgewaagd, Kwaggafontein, Mpumalanga last week. The sad part is that her husband helplessly watched as the taxi was floating in the water with his wife inside. I urge authorities, church leaders, social workers and non-governmental organisations to come forward and help Johannes where possible. The poor man is in a difficult position and he needs counselling. I would like to express my sincere condolences to his family and friends. I hope he is strong during this difficult time. Even though it’s difficult, may God be with him and his family.
Letters
11 hours ago
DAILY SUN, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
I’d like to send a message of appreciation to Daily Sun and Sunday Sun. A lot of SunLanders wrote in asking for the winning letter’s prize money to be increased. The editor promised to look at it. Without any warning, the prize money was doubled. Where else would this happen? No other paper would do this! Thank you for the increase. This will motivate more writers to contribute to the paper. Even the readership will reach sky-high levels. This surely is a good marketing tool. Keep up the good work.
Letters
11 hours ago
IZINYOKA HAVE RUINED SIYABONGA'S LIFE
I was really touched and disturbed by the story of Siyabonga Cekethe (4) in yesterday’s Daily Sun. It’s shocking that the young boy’s fingers will be amputated all because of cruel izinyoka. There’s nothing as painful as seeing your child or relative dying or losing one of their vital body parts because of someone’s cruelty. The power utility is trying by all means to make safety their first priority, but some people are risking others’ lives. Why is stealing cables in South Africa so easy? This bad behaviour is also affecting essential services such as health care, the supply of water and the transport system. Izinyoka should bear in mind that electricity plays a vital role in today’s life. It’s the backbone of many things in the country, so it must always be available. Just imagine spending two days without drinking water or having a bath. Izinyoka must stop their bad behaviour! To hear people complaining and crying as a result of izinyoka is not necessary. People should think before they commit crime. I’d like to urge South Africans to report any suspicious activity to the relevant power utility to save lives. People walking around with cutting tools are the most obvious ones. From now on, Siyabonga is going to face a tough future because of people who connect electricity illegally. Enough is enough of cable theft!
Letters
11 hours ago
FORD'S BURNING CAR BLUNDER
Ford SA must own up and stop sending their customers from pillar to post. The company should have avoided the confusion regarding Kuga models before it got worse. They should have followed in the footsteps of Ford in America, where the model was recalled as soon as the public began complaining. Now South African motorists are suffering as many Kugas have burst into flames. Ford SA waited too long before acting. They should have acknowledged the fault and fixed it immediately. What is happening now is not good for them, their customers and even people who were planning to buy the Kuga model. It’s important to accept mistakes as soon as possible rather than waiting for the problem to escalate. Ford’s reaction came too late. The safety and wellbeing of every consumer must be prioritised. I know Ford is one of the most reliable car manufacturers, but they should learn from this serious mistake. They must make every effort to minimise inconvenience to customers and assure them that their safety is top priority. I hope Ford SA learnt from this setback and will do better in future.
Letters
11 hours ago
APPRECIATE WHAT YOU HAVE!
We do various things in life to achieve happiness. However, it boggles the mind that even after achieving our biggest goals, we are still not happy. The more success we achieve, the hungrier we become. Sometimes we pay a fortune for entertainment but that still doesn’t bring true happiness. Others have enough money to buy all that their hearts desire but ironically, can’t seem to find happiness. You may find that material success alone isn’t enough to bring joy. Our interactions with other people has great influence on our happiness or lack. Having a sense of humour serves us well to achieve inner peace. You may have all the material goods in the world, but if you don’t have a good relationship with your family, friends and neighbours, you won’t be truly happy. Do things that fulfil you and not things that will make people think you are happy. Be thankful and content with what you have!
Letters
Yesterday
EXPOSE THE ABUSERS!
Abused women need to be protected from heartless and cruel men in abusive relationships. There are men who turn their partners into punching bags and whenever their hands itch, they beat up their women. It’s not easy for women to leave abusive relationships but please help yourselves by walking out while you are still alive. Such actions must be condemned and it’s high time women stood up to their abusive partners. Predators knock a victim’s low self-esteem before introducing the abuse. It can be dangerous to leave an abuser because the final step in the domestic violence pattern is to kill the victim. A man who beats you doesn’t deserve you. Men are taking advantage of you because you love them. My advice to all women in an abusive relationship is to do something about it otherwise you’ll walk out as a corpse. There are many abused women out there and they must stop protecting these careless men who torture them. Enough is enough and men who feel like beating their partners must just stop. Stand up and talk about it to eliminate violence against women.
Letters
Yesterday
CYRIL SHOULD TAKE OVER!
It is uncalled for and totally unacceptable for President Jacob Zuma to twist things to his advantage. Now he is singing a different tune than the one he used to sing in Polokwane before he became president. We all know that it is the ANC culture for the deputy president to take over from the president when his term of office comes to an end. I think Cyril Ramaphosa should take over as ANC president when Zuma steps down. I wonder if Zuma will sing the same song saying South Africa is ready for a woman president, if Advocate Thuli Madonsela decides to put her name down on the candidate list of women who want to lead SA. Zuma, it’s time to be fair.
Letters
Yesterday
WOMEN, LEARN TO LOVE YOURSELVES!
We live in a society that subjects women to insurmountable pressure with regard to their self-image. The media is used as a means to attack their self-esteem. Women are constantly bombarded with content that tells them that they are not good enough. A lot of women wake up every day hating themselves. This, of course, is nothing but a drive to propel women to spend ridiculous amounts of money on products that supposedly have the ability to “fix” them. This misleading information is obviously working. Some women have undergone dangerous procedures in pursuit of the “perfect” look. They also use products that are bad for them. The truth is that perfection is an illusion. Not every woman can be a lean size 28. Not every woman will have long and shiny hair. Woman can’t all be light skinned. And they don’t all have to be! You have to learn to love and accept your self the way you are. God made you that way for a reason. It is understandable to want to enhance your appearance, but the trouble begins the minute you start hating yourself. Love yourself enough to be comfortable with being bigger than others. Appreciate being darker, shorter or even taller than others. At the end of the day every part of you is perfect, just as God had intended for it to be.
Letters
Yesterday
RUN YOUR OWN RACE IN LIFE
We often find ourselves frustrated when things don’t go our way. Yes, we all want to achieve success so we can live a comfortable life, but the problem starts when we want it all at the same time. Society has led us to believe that success translates to attaining certain material possessions by a certain age. This causes us to believe that if we do not have these things by that time, we are failures in life. It is important always to remember that each and every one of us runs a separate race. We all have our own destiny, and this means we will only achieve the level of success in our life that equals our level of self-worth. We are responsible for our own life, so take responsibility and control. Do not compare your progress to that of others because it may bring you down and make you feel like an under-achiever. Do not let society dictate to you how you should live your life and at what pace you should move. Having motivation and success are two things that go together. You can use your friends and family as motivation to keep you going.
Letters
Yesterday
BIG UPS TO NATIONAL CRICKET BOYS
Congratulations to the national cricket team after our boys scored their impressive victory. They have inspired us all! The Proteas’ bowling was on point and their performance stunning. Their victory against Sri Lanka has made history and we’re very proud of them. nal cricket team after our boys scored their impressive victory.
Letters
Yesterday
STOP FIGHTING FOR POSITIONS!
I want to appeal to every ANC member to stop fighting for positions. Opposition parties like the DA and EFF will pounce and steal voters. President Jacob Zuma made it clear that the ANC is a democratic organisation. Any person who is a member in good standing has a right to become the next president. Stop fighting one another and instead focus on priorities like jobs and fighting crime. Communities of poor people need service delivery.
Letters
Yesterday
BULLIES HAVE NO PLACE AT SCHOOLS
Bullying has become a global problem that has the potential to harm pupils physically and mentally. Some kids don’t look forward to the first day of school because they know that bullies are waiting for them. A large number of these incidents are not reported because the victim fears being intimidated and embarrassed. In some cases the school does nothing because it wants to protect its reputation. The worst part is that classmates do nothing when their peers are being bullied. They record the incident on video and share it on social media instead of stopping the bully. Bullying often causes pupils to drop out of school, bunk class or resort to suicide. This was confirmed by a study conducted by the World Health Organisation. Of the pupils interviewed for the study, 71% of the girls said they had been bullied. On the other hand, 63% of the boys said they felt unsafe at school. Some of them even said they felt threatened by their peers. Pupils are now bringing knives and guns to schools to protect themselves from bullies or to bully others. This proves that bullying goes beyond a bit of name-calling and teasing. It is a vicious act that has the potential to harm the victim’s mental health. In some cases, bullying even leads to death. Some parents and pupils argue that most teachers turn a blind eye to bullying. A teacher from Forte High in Dobsonville, Soweto disagrees. He said: “Teachers have very little control over how to handle violent pupils in their classrooms. “These pupils have rights and they are quick to insult you in front of their peers.When you try to discipline them, they report the incident incorrectly. “Some teachers refrain from reporting such incidents because they fear for their lives and don’t always receive support from the principal or school governing body.” According to statistics revealed by the South African Council of Educators last year, South Africa has some of the highest incidence of violence in schools. The Protection from Harassment Act 71 of 2011 grants relief to victims of bullying. The law recognises the extent of the problem and provides laws to protect victims.
Letters
Yesterday
MUNICIPALITIES MUST PAY UP!
I fully support Eskom’s move to cut power to municipalities which are failing to pay their outstanding debts. I think it’s only fair that everyone should pay for the electricity they use in their homes or companies. The municipalities which supply electricity to companies and households that are not using prepaid meters should immediately cut their power. I’m one of those people who always blame Eskom for poor management, but I think I am wrong. Now I can see that the problem doesn’t lie with the power utility, but with our municipalities. It’s time for them to take action against people who are not paying for the electricity they use every day.
Letters
Yesterday
DON'T LET SOCIAL LIFE RUIN YOUR STUDIES!
It is that time of the year again when young people are going to varsity for the first time. Responsible parents will continue to support, encourage, advise and remind them that university is not a playing ground at all. There are a lot of challenges, including peer pressure. Only hard work counts! Parents should bear in mind that university may be their child’s first taste of independence. The social side of the child’s life can be one of the most enjoyable aspects. They are going to make new friends, discover exciting opportunities and get involved in things they have never tried before. There’s nothing wrong with all these new developments. The goal is to balance social life with academic life in order to conquer academic challenges.
Pastor Daniel
2 days ago
PASTOR, YOUR PRAYERS HAVE HELPED!
Pray with Pastor Daniel Mogotlane.
Letters
2 days ago
BOOZE CAN RUIN YOUR LIFE!
The fastest way to self-destruction is through excessive substance abuse. I was a living testimony to this. At the age of 22 l had almost everything that my heart desired. But alcohol abuse almost led me to sleep under bridges because I constantly failed to pay my rent on time. This was not because l didn’t have the money. At the time l was studying towards a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing. I would bunk classes and not hand in my assignments on time. As a result I failed my second semester. I asked God to give me a second chance and he did. I wanted a way out of the darkness. I couldn’t do anything without drinking beer first. I had become an addict and I could finally see it. I was also aggressive especially if I hadn’t had a drink. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with drinking alcohol if it’s done in moderation. Many families are broken apart and relationships crumble because of alcohol abuse. Some people lose their businesses or jobs because they are hung over every Monday. I remember when I was still at school and our teacher had organised what we thought would be our year end function. We were driven into a building with high walls. To our surprise, we were taken to a rehabilitation centre. On arrival, we were met by a guy who looked frail, with yellow teeth and some missing. You could tell that he wasn’t old but he certainly looked it. The guy was once a pilot, but the only thing that he had to show for it were old photographs of himself standing next to an aeroplane. I wondered if the alcohol and substance abuse mistakes were worth forfeiting his illustrious and sought after career. Many great talents have disappeared into oblivion and careers flushed down the drain because of drug and alcohol abuse. Never seek solace in alcohol! Seek help if you are addicted.
Letters
2 days ago
YOUNG PEOPLE MUST WORK HARD!
In my mother tongue we have an old saying that goes: “Vusiwana byi chava mavoko.” It means the only way to beat poverty is through hard work. I am not a big fan of stereotypes, but I think most of our young people are lazy. We have become a group of people who blame the government for the poverty we face. What I have discovered is that our young people lack self-esteem compared to the youth from other African countries. They are not afraid to explore opportunities just to make a living. You will find businesses belonging to Nigerians, Somalis or Pakistanis while our youths sit around, doing nothing. Mzansi youth, it’s time to wake up. Self-pity doesn’t pay the bills. Whatever you want in life, you need to sweat for it. There’s no need to wait for government to provide jobs for you. Do things for yourselves.
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