Letters
2 hours ago
DON’T TOUCH YOUR MONEY! People should avoid cashing in or withdrawing their pension or provident funds when they resign from work. Some people even retire early just to get money to pay off their debts. Please, just avoid this idea if you want to enjoy your hard-earned savings after retirement. Many people access these options without fully understanding the effects that early withdrawals will have on their financial position later in life. Not only are they reducing the fund benefits they’ll enjoy when they retire, but many retirement fund members are unaware of the tax implications involved. Most people are aware that any withdrawal taken will be taxed, but not everyone fully understands the impact of the withdrawal on tax at retirement. All lump sums received from a retirement fund are either taxed as a withdrawal benefit or a retirement benefit. South Africans should be encouraged not to cash in their pension or provident funds when they resign from work. The best option is to save the money in a preservation fund. Financial education is important so that people can make wise decisions about their pension or provident funds. People, you will reduce your retirement benefit if you use your once-off withdrawal option. Just leave it to mature and it will be there for you in the future.
Letters
2 hours ago
LOW LIFE DEALERS MUST TASTE JUSTICE!
We have seen crime levels skyrocket around the country lately. The common factor is drug abuse. Drugs destroy the moral fabric of society and their effects are felt for generations to come. The fight against drug dealers is not for the police alone. It needs effort from all of us, especially from the community itself. We all know these dealers and where they operate. Many foreigners are druglords. The recent torching of houses in Rosettenville is proof that the police aren’t doing enough. We have had cases in the past where police were found to be friends with these monsters. We all remember Glenn Agliotti. The battle against drugs needs the whole community to come together to police the neighbourhood and be our neighbours’ keepers. And when parents pass on care of children to teachers, they are not doing any justice to the battle. It’s time government revised the penalties for those meddling in illegal substances. Custodial sentences with free education has failed to prevent these people from gambling with other people’s lives. If Nelson Mandela could spend nearly 30 years on Robben Island for justice and freedom, why are drug dealers not being punished severely? When courts hand down such light sentences, it’s unacceptable for the whistle-blowers and activists who use their resources to report this evil. It’s disturbing how quickly these low lives come back to our communities and continue with their business as usual.
Letters
2 hours ago
NO WOMAN IN ANC CAN LEAD!
Is the succession debate open now or is only okay if the president speaks about it? Now that having a woman president suits Zuma’s agenda, he is fine with the prospect. Is it because his ex is one of the possible candidates? What happened to ANC’s presidential succession culture? South Africans, we are heading for another Pretoria/Didiza situation? Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s candidacy would maintain the status quo. As a bruised nation, we can’t have another Zuma in power! Mzansi needs a competent leader, not any of the women in the ANC.
Letters
2 hours ago
DISRUPTIONS WON'T SOLVE ANYTHING!
All honest citizens of Mzansi will agree with me when I say the EFF has proven to be a problem for this country. They have vowed to stand in the way of all good that is intended for the upliftment of the poor. Their protests in Parliament and the disruptions of the provincial addresses are not rectifying any wrongs they accuse certain individuals of carrying out. We all know about the Esidimeni tragedy, the Public Protector’s reports and recommendations, but how does it help to address these concerns with disruptions and destruction? I respect the existence of all political parties in Mzansi because their contributions keep the ruling party on its toes but this baseless noise by the red berets is out of order.
Letters
2 hours ago
HIRE COMPETENT PUBLIC OFFICIALS!
The decision to move mentally ill patients from Life Esidimeni to non-governmental organisations led to over 100 deaths. Incompetent and unqualified public officials are to blame for the tragedy. These are the catastrophic consequences of hiring people who are not qualified to do specific jobs. Hiring unqualified comrades goes against the principle of batho pele. What type of government allows people to die in such inhumane conditions? Was a study conducted to assess the NGOs involved in the Esidimini tragedy? Why were those mentally ill patients treated like cattle? Unfortunately, some families still cannot even locate their mentally ill relatives. The most vulnerable in our society must never be subjected to such cruelty. Legal action must taken against former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu and her team.
Letters
2 hours ago
ZUMA MUSTN'T TALK ABOUT HIS SUCCESSOR
In 2007 when Jacob Zuma was still deputy president, many people supported him to replace Thabo Mbeki as president. A faction within the ANC favoured Zuma’s election. He then became the president of the country. Now that the same principle should apply to replace him, Msholozi is playing a different tune. He insists that the ANC president doesn’t need to be replaced by the deputy president. If this is the case, he should have raised this in Polokwane and refused the presidency. The two main candidates for the presidency are Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Zuma is playing tricks to sideline Ramaphosa in favour of his former wife. This action will be met with strong resistance within the organisation and factionalise the already divided ANC. For the sake of peace and stability within the party, Zuma must refrain from commenting on who should replace him.
Letters
2 hours ago
DON'T STRESS ABOUT THINGS YOU CAN'T CONTROL
The drama we are going through is not fuelled by the words or actions of others. There more you think about something, the more power you give it. Why do we get so easily stressed by petty things? Is it because the world isn’t the predictable, orderly, blissful place we’d like it to be? We want things to be easy, comfortable and well ordered. Unfortunately work is hectic, relationships are challenging and many people demand our time. We are not always as prepared as we’d like to be, our families frustrate us and there’s just too much to do, learn and process in our minds. So we get stressed and drama follows. The problem isn’t the world or other people’s thoughts and behaviour – these aspects of life will always be uncontrollable. The problem is that we’re holding on too tightly to ideals that don’t match reality. We have subconsciously set high expectations for ourselves, others and even our relationships. Our attachment to our ideals stirs anxiety in our minds. It also brings stress into our lives. We must accept things as they are to avoid drama.
Letters
2 hours ago
PARTY'S ABUSING ITS POWER
It appears some people don’t recognise facts as long as they don’t suit them. For a letter writer to suggest that the EFF caused disruptions in parliament during the State of the Nation Address is totally wrong. Maybe the writer is not aware that President Jacob Zuma had breached his oath of office as stated by the Constitutional Court last year. The best thing that ANC people like Thabo Thwala could do is to replace their president with someone more honourable to lead the country. What we are seeing in parliament is a circus. The ANC is abusing its parliamentary power. The culprits will remain culprits, no matter the number of votes they get during the election.
Letters
19 hours ago
MAKE PEACE WITH THE PAST!
There comes a time in people’s?lives when they have to decide whether to keep dwelling in the past or focus on their future. No matter how painful your past, you eventually have to start a new journey and make peace with the bad experiences you’ve been through. You can’t focus on the future if you’re still obsessed with your past. You can’t change the past, so why waste your time worrying about it? The only thing you can do is ensure the past doesn’t repeat itself. Invest your time and energy in your future success. Leave the past behind you, where it belongs. Life is much more pleasant when you focus on what the future has in store for you. Everyone was born with a purpose, and your destiny lies in the future. Your future will always be greater than your past, so rather keep your mind on what lies ahead. My friend, it is time to decide where your time and energy will be spent. Will it go towards worrying about the past, or looking forward to the future? Stop delaying your success by focusing on the things you cannot change.
Letters
19 hours ago
WE’RE ALL AFRICANS IN AFRICA!
For a black African to call another a foreigner is mind boggling, because boundaries and borders are the product of the white man. History teaches us that Bantu people, languages and culture have their roots in kiSwahili, hence we find similar words in Venda, Shangaan, Shona, Zulu and even our customs are similar. When people look for a better life, as when someone boards a leaking, overloaded boat to cross the Mediterranean Sea, it is a phenomenon also witnessed in the animal kingdom. Locusts, birds, fish and land animals migrate. In the 1990s there was a heavyweight boxing contest between British boxer Frank Bruno and SA’s Gerrie Coetzee. The next day’s paper carried a picture of the fight with a caption that read – The European lands a punch on the African. Where do we go from here? South Africa’s independence was supported by other states. G Chirambadare, Orange Farm
Letters
19 hours ago
ADD VALUE TO OTHERS’ LIVES
Our influence has nothing to do with our position or title, but it’s all about the life we live. It’s not about position, but production. It is not the education we get, but the empowerment we give that makes a difference to others. The keyword is credibility. We gain credibility when our lives match our talk, and when we add value to others’ lives. People, it’s important to stay positive in life.
Letters
19 hours ago
PREACHERS ABUSE US IN THE NAME OF FAITH
A sermon is essentially an overspill of the preacher’s character and experience. It’s a simple principle: if you have not yet experienced it, you are not qualified to preach about it. The early church apostles were effective in their preaching because their sermons were an interpretation of how they lived. John testified: “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and our hands have handled, is the Word of life.” But guess what? Some modern-day preachers have cunningly devised means and methods to speak without merit or morals. A preacher and his preaching cannot be separated, but some preachers are able to submit a presentation that is not a faithful reflection of their true self. When God gives you a revelation, live it before you preach it. That’s the normal and moral order of events, but sadly this has been abused in the name of faith. Bartholomew Mukucha
Letters
19 hours ago
KEEP FIGHTING CORRUPTION
If you want to get rid of cockroaches, keep your house clean rather than fight with Doom pastors for insecticide. I want to praise the city of Joburg for working hard to rid the city of corruption even though we know it will cost a lot. All departments need to be spring cleaned. This applies to all cities and spheres of government. Corruption is not a beer hall matter but needs people to stand up and dirty their hands. It stops progress and cancels out the steps taken by the dedicated men and women of this country since the dawn of our hard-earned democracy. It breeds maladministration and nepotism, depriving deserving people of jobs, while crime ends people’s lives. All those involved in corrupt activities should see themselves as thorny shrubs waiting to be cut down. No evil lasts forever. Elias Maile, Kempton Park
Letters
19 hours ago
WHY WERE MZANSI MINERS LEFT TO DIE?
South Africa is a country on the most southerly tip of Africa. About 8,?469?km to the west of Mzansi lies Chile, which is on the southern most part of South America but the similarities end there. The rest is an endless list of differences between the two. South Africa is the richest country in Africa, and for a long time it was the biggest producer of gold in the world. This means that it has the capability to rescue miners at any depth. Chile, on the other hand, has the third largest economy in South America. But it’s nowhere near Mzansi in terms of sophistication and wealth. Both countries have experienced tragedies of a similar nature. It’s the way those tragedies were handled that sets them apart. In 2010, 33 miners were trapped in a collapsed mine in Copiapo, Chile. The government of Chile under then President Sebastian Pinera led the rescue operation of the miners who had been trapped 700 metres underground for 69 days in a dramatic operation that was televised worldwide. South African company Murray and Roberts was one of the first to respond to Chile’s call for help in saving the men known as “los 33”. South Africa experienced a similar tragedy in February last year, when three miners were left to die at a depth 10 times less than the 700 metres in Chile. With the rescue expertise available in this country, why has no one offered to retrieve the bodies of those miners?? Gram Chigura, Hillbrow
Letters
19 hours ago
CAN’T BELIEVE BANKS CHEAT!
The allegation that major banks colluded to manipulate and fix the exchange rate is extremely disturbing. This is financial treason and economic sabotage. They impoverished an emerging democracy and distorted economic growth. They have since 2007 made billions of rand in illegal profits. How can such an enormous and monstrous crime go undetected by treasury and the Reserve Bank? Evidence exists that local and other large banks were involved in a scheme to manipulate a key interest rate index, thereby cheating investors on a global scale. Farouk Araie, Joburg
Letters
19 hours ago
BEWARE OF FONG KONG MEN OF GOD
A friend of mine told me her cousin went to see a prophet in Pretoria last week. However, church members have to pay to see the prophet. She also claimed the prophet charges R7 000 for a private prayer session. It is strange to see pastors selling the word of God. Some people go as far as borrowing money from mashonisas to pay for healing. Why should we pay to receive God’s blessings? This sounds like daylight robbery. These people are clearly just false prophets who want to scam our people. The prophet in Tshwane is no different from the conmen who told their church members to drink petrol and eat snakes. These prophets promise to heal the blind as well as women who cannot have children. Sadly, these are just empty promises. There are many good churches out there. All you have to do is to pray to God and he will direct you to the right church. Jesus never sold anything to the sick. Why must we pay for the word of God when it has been freely given to all of us? Most modern churches are only after money. If you go to the Joburg or Pretoria CBD, you will see a church on every street corner. Most of these churches are not registered with the department of social development or the South African Council of Churches. Our people should not believe everything they are told. They must learn to pray for themselves because God loves us all. Sidwell Tshingilane, Soweto
Letters
Yesterday
BOOZE IS NOT FOR CHILDREN!
It seems some small tavern owners don’t see the danger they cause by selling alcohol to underage people. At some taverns, you’ll find a 12-year-old kid drunk at night. Those tavern owners don’t have the best interest of our children at heart. If it was their own kids, I doubt if they would accept this bad behaviour. Children are our future leaders and they should be nurtured at all costs. Parents must also play a role in this issue. How do you sleep at night while your under-18-year-old is not at home? Parents should educate their kids about the dangers of alcohol. Some parents even send their children to buy them alcohol. That is wrong! Parents, don’t drink in front of children. Alcohol ruins lives. The government must not only advertise in the media about underage drinking, they must go to the taverns to see if they are licensed to sell alcohol and if they are not selling to underage people. I urge the cops to patrol taverns every weekend and eventually we will defeat this problem. As the youth, I think we know about the dangers of underage drinking, but we are just being ignorant. Alcohol won’t get you the perfect job, house or family but it will ruin your life.
Letters
Yesterday
ANC LEAGUES LACK DIRECTION!
The ANC Youth and Women’s Leagues never cease to amaze me. The youth league should be encouraging young people to go to school, while the women’s league should be standing up for the development and advancement of women in our society. But these leagues seem to be doing the opposite. In January they did not even comment about the matric pass rate, the placement of new pupils or the textbooks that were delivered late in some of the provinces. Young people are the future of every country and education is the key to a bright future. Our youth mistake some of our corrupt and rich-looking elders, especially government officials, as role models. Our women must refuse to be used as proxies to avoid being regarded as too weak for leadership positions. There are looming mass job losses in the poultry and textile industries due to cheap imports authorised by our government, but these leagues are not doing anything to try to save the situation. The youth and women’s leagues are proving to everyone that money is power. What’s even worse is that the youth league is against anyone who tries to fight corruption in Mzansi. I am not sexist, but I am not convinced that the quality we have in the women’s league can produce a woman president.
Letters
Yesterday
POVERTY IS KILLING MZANSI!
President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address should have focused on poverty. Poverty is a ticking time bomb that could destroy the country. Riots, increased crime and social instability are all a result of hunger and desperation. Research indicates that children whose physical and mental development was delayed by poverty lose between five and 10% of their lifetime earnings. The country’s future depends on how urgently we urgently tackle this issue, because it is giving birth to hopelessness.
Letters
Yesterday
DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!
When we find ourselves in a difficult position and we battle to settle our debt, it is time to check our budget and see where our cash might be getting away from us. We must spot the unnecessary items we spend money on. There are many things we can do ourselves, but we keep on hiring people and pay them a fortune. We cook more food than we need and throw away the leftovers. We buy items we do not need simply because they are on sale. There is never a limit on how much we spend on booze. If we take extra cash to the bar, we come back with nothing in our pocket. Pay your credit instalments before the due date to avoid interest on the arrears. Don’t buy anything on credit unless it is an emergency. Buying bottled water instead of drinking from a tap is a waste of money.
Letters
Yesterday
CHEATS WILL EXPLOIT THEIR WIVES
Being a wife is a job, not a calling. It doesn’t happen through God’s will, but is a moral choice. Girls don’t just become women. They only become older girls, but mature into womanhood. Without proper decisions and a mature sense of moral responsibility, girls enter old age trapped in wrinkled skins. Despite their brittle bones, they remain girls, not women. Growing up demands personal effort in terms of decisions and discipline. I remember when mobile calls were only charged for after about three seconds and clever people developed beep talk. This was for straight-to-the-point type of talk. You’d call a friend as short as possible, ask him where he is and hang up before the three seconds were over. He would call you back and tell you where he was, the weather at home or in town and hang up in three seconds. Full-length conversations would be made out of many snap chats. It was convenience talk and people did it to avoid costs. But tragedy strikes when this type of communication creeps into marriages and relationships. Nothing beats the pain of a meek, moral wife watching her husband change for the worse. When the man, who God made the family head, starts losing respect for family time, communication and commitments, the wife is still expected to submit to him. Getting married to a man knowing he is a cheat is better, because you know what to expect and when the worst comes you will be ready. What’s worse is to marry someone who only becomes a cheat later.
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