Letters
An hour ago
PRIDE WILL DESTROY YOU! Our pride can make or break us. Negative pride is self-centred and produces a profound darkness in the minds of those who tolerate it. People with such pride have a high opinion of themselves and often want to be the centre of the universe. It becomes difficult for them to admit that they have a problem and need help. They act as if they know everything. When they’ve wronged others, their pride never allows them to apologise. Such attitude jeopardises a healthy social lifestyle. They have more enemies than friends and miss out on important information. When pride rules in you, you also become greedy and jealous of other people’s success. The people with positive pride are those who do everything in their power to protect their dignity. They have a healthy social lifestyle and try new things to prosper. We must swallow our pride and take part in the society we’re living in. We must love and respect others, just as we expect them to do the same for us. We need to start by building good reputations, become the pride of our families and then of our communities. Let’s swallow our negative pride and work well with others. That’s when we can expect to be respected and supported for without the support of others, we won’t succeed.
Letters
An hour ago
67 MINUTES IS NOT ENOUGH
It’s beautiful to see everyone celebrating Mandela Month by offering their 67 minutes to help and make a difference to someone’s life. I hope and pray that from today, we make a conscious decision to go beyond just 67 minutes. Let us make every day a Mandela Day. Madiba lived his life for others. He fought for us and helped make a difference to the lives of the poor. Let’s learn to help people every day, not only during this month. I promise to give beyond 67 minutes.
Letters
An hour ago
MZANSI IS RUN BY A FOREIGN CABAL
Historians will remember the ANC of 2017 as an organisation that lacked morals. Its national executive committee betrayed and destroyed the legacy of our beloved icon, Nelson Mandela. He was the only person who guided Mzansi away from its dirty past and onto the road to democracy. The late former president’s courageous administration would have had more to say to today’s crop of political hyenas than perhaps any other leaders in our history. The freedom we take for granted, he paid for in blood, tears and an anguished heart, only to have it squandered by the current clumsy leadership. South Africa is today occupied territory, run by a foreign cabal. Our politicians keep reinventing themselves as champions of the masses. The country has deteriorated into an evil and demonic society. Our culture is marked by wicked self-indulgence and moral decay. As a community, we must condemn political arrogance wherever it appears, and we must not allow it to become part of the political process. The future of South Africa will go from bleak to dark. Our veterans have fearlessly spoken out against state capture. If we’re not willing to do everything to defend our democracy, then who will?
Letters
An hour ago
TEACH KIDS HOW PRECIOUS WATER IS
Mzansi is a water scarce country. This calls for all hands on deck to ensure we use the water we have sparingly and wisely. We must ensure a sustainable water supply for future generations. All of us have to behave responsibly and ensure that our kids understand the value of water as a source of life and the means for economic growth. As we live in one of the world’s driest countries, we seriously have to educate our kids about just how important it is to conserve water. Our actions are very important to inspire the correct behaviour in our kids. The department of water and sanitation is doing its best to create water ambassadors through its 2020 Vision. But without people’s help, especially parents, the water security battle will never be won. Our kids are the future and we must encourage them to become ambassadors for water conservation. They should use it wisely to ensure the future supply. Kids do their best to copy what their parents do and we want to be proud of their actions. We urgently have to teach and encourage them to behave responsibly when it comes to water. During the school holidays, let us be responsible parents and encourage kids not to play with this precious source of life. Let us create and develop responsible water users and teach them to be water ambassadors so they don’t blame us in the future. Water has no substitute. Every drop lost will never be recovered. Water security is in our kids’ hands.
Letters
An hour ago
GOD BLESSES THOSE WHO GIVE TO OTHERS!
Mandela Day is a special day that brings memorable and remarkable thoughts to our hearts and minds. This is the day when South Africans commemorate the day when the world icon was born. Some South Africans went out on Tuesday to change the lives of disadvantaged people. Others are still waiting to receive anything that can brighten their day. We must know that if we don’t stretch out helping hands to others, we’re letting down people who can’t help themselves. I would like to salute those who’ve donated and contributed to the lives of indigenous communities. Kindly do that continuously and tirelessly. There are many things we can do to help others. Remember, we don’t have to be rich to help. We can go to schools to wash windows, give away our old clothes and blankets, or other items that could be useful. If we have hands and time, we can help gogos and at churches, libraries, creches, orphanages, non-profit organisations and clinics. Helping the needy is a way of carrying on with the legacy and culture of giving that Mandela began. As South Africans, we must ensure the rainbow nation doesn’t die. We must help each other where and whenever we can and as much as we can. Blessed are those who give because God will bless them too.
Letters
An hour ago
NEVER TOO LATE TO START SAVING
Financial literacy, the ability to understand how money works in the world, is lacking among South Africans. Such skills and knowledge allow an individual to make informed, effective decisions. South Africans spend more than they earn and often fall into a debt trap. Financial planning should be taught at schools so that more and more people may learn to handle their finances with confidence. It’s also important for children to learn about financial matters from a young age, because they form opinions and habits at this critical stage. If we’re exposed to an economic way of thinking, we’ll find it easier to adapt to real-life situations. And we’ll be able to make better financial decisions and develop solid saving and spending habits.
Letters
An hour ago
LET'S UNITE AGAINST ZUMA!
Everyone in the ANC was seen as compromised, but after we saw the great Makhosi Khoza standing firm against the corrupt President Jacob Zuma regime, we have hope that not all is lost. These are hard times for South Africans, but leaders like Pravin Gordhan, Khoza, Mathews Phosa and Sipho Pityana are hard at work restoring Madiba’s spirit of a great South Africa. The ANC Youth League of the 1950s stood firm against policies of the mother body that compromised its citizens. What we are seeing today is a disgrace to the fallen heroes who lost their lives for a better South Africa, where we could live in peace and prosperity. We urge all those in high positions in the ANC to join the likes of Gordhan, Khoza and Phosa, who are against the demons trying to dismantle our beloved country. We once overcame apartheid, so we can also overcome state capture by uniting the country against terrorists like Zuma.
Letters
An hour ago
KASI PROJECTS IMPROVE LIVES
Any community service project, no matter how small, can bring positive change to many lives. Whether it’s the construction of a playground or a home for the elderly, such projects can increase the value of our communities. Talented unemployed youth need to share their skills by volunteering to gain more knowledge and experience in what they want to succeed in. Creating a community garden can also be helpful for those who have a passion for farming. Kasi projects improve the lives of everyone in the community.
Letters
Yesterday
NO QUICK FIX FOR BOOZE AND DRUGS
It is so unfortunate that booze and substance abuse is out of control in our society and is our country’s biggest challenge. When will people learn to understand that alcohol and drugs create chaos in our lives and never solve our everyday problems. They just make an already catastrophic situation worse. Finding comfort by indulging in drugs, or by drinking too much is only temporary. Your problems will still be there waiting for you once you have sobered up. No amount of booze or drugs will wash away your problems. Social ills and challenges will always be there, no matter what, and will always need a sober mind to be dealt with. Many families are broken and disorganised because of booze and drugs. Relationships have crumbled and dreams have been shattered, promising careers have died a slow death and disappeared like snow at sunrise. Lives have been flushed down the drain simply because of alcohol and substance abuse. The saddest part about alcohol is that it offers no prize, no reward and no trophy to be proud of and will only leave you feeling like a useless idiot, miserable and broke. There’s nothing wrong with drinking but only if it’s done under control, just like anything else. Our kids have been reduced to walking skeletons because of drugs, especially from nyaope and alcohol abuse. I speak from experience. Believe me, there’s nothing good to be said about alcohol. It destroys your future and your families’ lives.
Letters
Yesterday
YOU CAN RUN, BUT YOU CAN'T HIDE!
It is high time people stopped being selfish, started considering others and repaid their Nfsas loans. Just pay back the money so that other students can also benefit from it. Some people are ridiculous. They wait for the scheme to find them. You’re being selfish. You’re actually denying other students, and even your siblings, an opportunity to further their studies. Students work hard in matric, hoping to further their studies but lack of funds derail their dreams of studying further. Those who don’t pay back the money seem to forget that the fund is meant to help other needy students after them. The most worrying thing is that some of the people who owe the money are senior officials in the private and public sectors. Nfsas must come up with tougher measures to ensure the money is paid back. You can run, but can’t hide. People must stop being selfish and remember where they come from. Don’t wait for the scheme to find you, because you won’t be happy with the deductions from your salary. Do yourself a favour and repay the money once you start working so that other students can benefit. Let us help each other to succeed.
Letters
Yesterday
OUR COUNTRY IS IN A MESS!
The person who said Mzansi was drifting towards becoming a mafia state really hit the nail on the head. There were robberies at the offices of the chief justice and the National Prosecuting Authority’s offices is really worrying. Now ANC MP Makhosi Khoza is allegedly getting death threats for taking a different view on the president’s motion of no confidence vote. The less said about the Sassa debacle, state owned entities and state capture, the better. Our country is in a mess because of the ANC’s arrogance and the Jacob Zuma’s refusal to step down as head of the state. Zuma has not only betrayed the trust of the SACP and other alliance structures, he has also let the majority of South Africans down. Many people had high hopes for this country, but they have been let down by the ANC and its president. It’s time for ordinary South Africans to stand up and say enough is enough! Until then, one can only echo the words of Alan Paton and say, “Cry, the beloved country”. Mzansi people, it’s time to save our country from becoming a banana republic.
Letters
Yesterday
TEEN PREGNANCY ISN'T THE END OF THE WORLD
Most young girls have high hopes and dreams for the future. Unfortunately, many teenagers become pregnant and fail to finish school. Teenage pregnancy is a concern because teen mums are also more likely to have complications in pregnancy. While many of these pregnancies end in abortion or adoption, young mothers who do decide to keep their babies face many challenges associated with being a parent. Teen parents often find that caring for a child makes it difficult for them to continue at school. Lack of schooling makes it more difficult for teen mothers to find and keep good jobs. Many unplanned teen pregnancies are the result of unprotected sex. However, being a young mum doesn’t mean the end of your educational journey. It should serve as an eye-opener and a motivating factor for the unfortunate young mum to work even harder to make ends meet and get a better education. She must not solely depend on the baby’s father for financial support. Grandparents are always there to help. They often look after their grandchildren when the kid’s parents are at school or work. Having a child at a young age is not the end of the road. I urge all the young mums out there to go back to school and become good models for their own kids.
Letters
Yesterday
LOCAL RADIO STATIONS NEED HELP
I would like to take this moment to thank community radio presenters and staff. Having worked for a number of community radio stations, I fully understand the hard work these people put into their work, with limited resources. They’re paid stipends or nothing at all. The lack of management skills also contributes to the poor performance at these stations. People talk about job creation but what is done to help these hard-working presenters and staff at local radio stations? I think it’s high time the government supported these stations because they entertain, inform and educate communities. The Media Development and Diversity Agency’s funding is not doing justice when it comes to helping community stations. What worries me the most is the millions wasted by the agency. That money could help improve working conditions.
Letters
Yesterday
SECRET BALLOT IS A PIPE DREAM
Opposition parties seem to misunderstand the Constitutional Court’s ruling regarding the secret ballot. The court ruled that the decision to allow a secret ballot lies with Baleka Mbete. I don’t understand why the opposition is so excited by the court’s ruling. After all, Mbete might decide to call for an open vote. How will the ruling further their cause if the power still lies in Mbete’s hands? What puzzles me the most is the fact that the opposition is relying on ANC MPs to vote in their favour. ANC members might not vote against their president even if the secret ballot is allowed to take place. It seems the opposition is trying to achieve the impossible. If ANC MPs are disciplined, they will not allow opposition parties to make them act against the ruling party’s policies and principles. The DA must accept that the ANC fought for decades to liberate the masses and the public will not let go of that hard-earned freedom. The DA must prepare itself for many years of campaigning in their mission to take over from the ANC.
Letters
Yesterday
A LITTLE CHARITY GOES A LONG WAY
It was nice to see caring citizens dedicating 67 minutes of their time to a good cause. We should all do something to make a difference in other people’s lives. The little things we do for others have the potential to change the world. Vulnerable people need our support more than ever during this time of extreme economic hardship. May the selfless spirit of Tata Madiba continue to inspire us to make sacrifices that improve the lives of others. Let’s do this every day to the best of our ability.
Letters
2 days ago
MADIBA PLAYED A BIG ROLE
Nelson Mandela International Day is a special event on which the world celebrates Madiba’s values and big role he played in Africa’s struggle for liberation, unity, equality and justice. He had a vision for a non-racial South Africa, a country in which human rights, service to humanity, gender equality and political stability would be fundamental. This is what the world needs right now. There are widespread inhumane acts and heinous atrocities around the globe. This is a day when the human race has to embrace peace, love and harmony, and in so doing Africa and the world will not be as hate-infested as they have been. Mandela was a determined and brave leader who had a vision – a vision so vast that he sacrificed his freedom so that those who lived in it lived in peace. He fought against racism and stigma of any form. Protection of women and youth development were on his agenda, and he discouraged violence. He came, served, inspired change, united masses and instilled love among us – and with that his legacy lives on. Let’s raise our fists high and celebrate the life of a great freedom fighter and his selfless struggle. Mzansi, stand up and unite for what is right and promote humanity through tolerance. Let there be unity, equality, respect and most of all love in our communities so that Mandela’s legacy lives on.
Letters
2 days ago
EDUCATION IS USELESS!
If I could travel back in time and give advice to my 18-year-old self, I would tell myself to immediately get a job. Despite obtaining N6 certificates in marketing, I am still unable to find a job. I was at an interview two months ago and spoke to a girl who dropped out in grade 10. To my surprise, the girl was one of 15 people who were eventually hired by the company. I, on the other hand, was told I was overqualified. What is the point of studying? Are my certificates supposed to be used as decorations?
Letters
2 days ago
IT'S THE MUNICIPALITY'S FAULT
How long will it take for municipalities to realise they can’t just allow people to stay in any available house, room, building or piece of land? Municipalities must enforce by-laws, because without them incidents such as the one that took place in Hillbrow will occur frequently. But whose fault is it? If there are by-laws in place, property owners need to comply and there will no longer be buildings, rooms or pieces of land that endanger occupants. You can’t say Nigerians have taken over the streets of Hillbrow. It’s the municipality’s fault. It allows people, and not only Nigerians, to occupy any building. Municipalities must begin to take their work seriously.
Letters
2 days ago
NATURAL BEAUTY STARTS WITH PRIDE
Too many South African women don’t seem to feel comfortable with themselves as they are. There is nothing wrong when women put on weaves and apply make-up to look more beautiful. But it’s a problem when they spend every last cent on their looks. Black people naturally are short-haired and it boggles the mind why some women seem to feel ugly with their own hair. We are called black people because of our natural dark skin. But the beauty and fashion industries would have us believe women with dark skin are ugly. This is why many women spend a fortune on products to help them lighten their complexions. Women who are comfortable with their natural looks spend less money on beauty products. It is disappointing to see cosmetic companies that make fake hair, nails and eyelashes growing at the expense of poor women. Some women spend their child support grant money on fake hair. This shows how desperate they are to be different from their natural selves. If you are proud of who you are, beauty starts from within. I salute the few beautiful women who still have their natural hair, nails and eyelashes. Their beauty is real. All women are born beautiful. You don’t need to spend so much on hiding your natural looks.
Letters
2 days ago
TAXI FUNERALS ARE CHAOTIC!
It’s good to see our loved ones being buried in a dignified manner. I’m always shocked to see what happens when taximen are buried. When a taxi driver is laid to rest, there is chaos. At their funerals, people play loud music, sit on top of minibus taxis and drink publicly. Is the taxi industry a lawless profession? Is this what drivers get up to when on duty? Please forgive me if my perception is wrong.
Letters
2 days ago
KIDS CAN'T BE FORCED TO BEHAVE
Many parents are living in shame because their children are drug addicts. Their shame comes from the fact that society blames them for their children’s bad behaviour. No sane parent wants their child to become an addict. Some parents go out of their way to be loving and generous to their kids, with some going as far as spoiling their children. Sadly, some youngsters still insist on walking down the road to destruction. While it is true that parents make mistakes, we must accept that everyone is responsible for the decisions they make. Many people make foolish decisions in their youth. By the time they realise the error of their ways, the mess they are in is too deep to escape. While parents have the responsibility to guide their children, they cannot have absolute control over their decisions. We must open our eyes and see the problem for what it is, instead of blaming parents. You can put the blame on poverty, your parents or your community, but in the end every young person must look in the mirror and take responsibility for the person they have become.
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