Letters
7 hours 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
7 hours 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.
Letters
7 hours ago
WE SHOULD CHANGE HOW WE PRESENT MZANSI
Having followed media coverage for the last 22 years, it is time that we as society, the media, business and government changed the narrative of this country.
Letters
7 hours ago
DADS, PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR KIDS!
The long queues of women found at child maintenance courts are worrying. These lines say a little about women but a lot about men. This tells us that there is a man who has abandoned his financial duty to take care of his kids. Who are these men? How do they justify their absence? No one can claim that they don’t know that having unprotected sex results in pregnancy. Parenthood is a collective responsibility. Couples face many challenges but that has nothing to do with the baby. Babies didn’t ask to be born, so they shouldn’t have to ask to be maintained. Child support should be a fixed expense in every dad’s budget. I support my daughter every month! Men, let’s support our children.
Letters
7 hours ago
KEEP RIVERS HEALTHY BY NOT DUMPING!
The heavens have opened and we are receiving much needed rain in most parts of South Africa. The water has brought relief to our drought-stricken country. Water is life, but can also be deadly if we don’t act responsibly. We need to keep our rivers clean and clear to ensure that the water flows freely. Using our rivers and streams as dumps leads to flooding as rubbish blocks the natural flow of the rivers and forces the water to find alternative courses. Flooding is a disaster because roads and homes are destroyed. The rubbish in our rivers and streams also leads to the blockage of water canals and bridges. This leads to the destruction of infrastructure as bridges and roads are destroyed by the resulting floods. Floods sweep away anything in the path of the water, including people, animals, trees, infrastructure and private property. Keeping our rivers clean and free of pollution has health benefits as it prevents the outbreak of waterborne diseases. As the rain falls, the rivers come back to life and flow again, taking everything in their path along. It is crucial that we don’t dump any waste in our rivers and streams. We recently lost some precious lives due to flash floods. The rubbish blocked canals, and then the water forced its way over bridges and roads. Let us keep our water resources as clean as possible to avoid unnecessary disasters.
Letters
7 hours ago
THANDI, SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE!
Talented jazz legend Thandi Klaasen has left us. Her death is truly a great loss to the music industry. Mzansi has learnt a lot from Thandi’s life. Even though she was attacked with acid as a teenager, she refused to let the incident get her down and went on to become an international name. She was gifted, supportive and full of life. Thandi stood the test of time, building a career that lasted over five decades. The country is saddened by her death, but she lived her life to the full. Her talent earned her numerous awards and global recognition. The country is proud of this music veteran who won the love and respect of millions. We should all celebrate Thandi’s life by following the good example she set us. Songs such as Sophiatown will continue to entertain the country and remind us of her talent. South Africa is incomplete without Thandi. She will be missed and our thoughts are with her daughter Lorraine and her loved ones. Thandi achieved so much while she was still alive. We thank her for her hard work and kind spirit. May her soul rest in peace.
Letters
7 hours ago
PAY BACK YOUR STUDENT LOAN!
People are ridiculous not to repay their National Student Financial Aid Scheme funds. They are being selfish and they deny other students and even their siblings the chance to study. Matrics worked hard last year hoping to study further, but the lack of funding could spoil their dreams. Those who don’t want to pay forget that the money is meant for other poor students. The scheme must come up with measures to ensure funds are paid back. You can run, but you can’t hide! People mustn’t be selfish. Do yourself a favour, repay the money when you start working. Negotiate options so other students can also benefit. Let’s help each other.
Letters
23 hours ago
WE ALL DESERVE RESPECT
That old man who works in your garden or keeps your home neat and tidy is a loving dad to his kids and a husband to his wife. And that woman who works at the shop where you go to buy your things does her job to keep hunger away from herself and her kids and she just loves her job. The young man who fills up your vehicle at the garage is important because of the job he does. Without him, the chain would be incomplete. The security personnel at your workplaces who guard your vehicle also have an important role to play. That street cleaner who comes after you choose to throw your garbage on to the street keeps the same street clean and he is just as important. In life, we all are important. Our roles may not be equal or the same, but we all do something for the economy and this keeps the country going. We all deserve respect because after all, we all are human. We all need each other in this life. Do unto others what you’d like others to do unto you. Don’t become untouchable because you occupy a big position in your company or you have this or that in life.
Letters
23 hours ago
WE NEED A FEES CRISIS SOLUTION!
Our government said it is committed to providing quality tertiary education. Youngsters across the country are eager to go to university to obtain qualifications. However, our universities have said they don’t have enough space for all the students who have applied. Last year’s matric pupils could be in more trouble than they realise. The #FeesMustFall movement’s battle for a free, quality and decolonised education has not been won. If fees continue to be a challenge at our tertiary institutions, what are we going to do about it? Are we going to sit back and watch thousands of potential doctors, engineers, detectives and planners slip through our fingers? Will the country do nothing as its future runs the risk of being ruined? I hope Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande will answer these questions.
Letters
23 hours ago
ANC, TIME TO PUT MZANSI PEOPLE FIRST!
When is the ANC going to stop being obsessed with filling up stadiums with unemployed people? Why don’t they just fill up schools with textbooks, proper teachers and flushing toilets? It’s time for the ruling party to put the interests of the people firs
Letters
23 hours ago
WHY CHOOSE LEADERS BASED ON ETHNICITY?
It has come to my attention that the leadership of the ANC as well as the country will remain in tatters as long as the selection of the president still favours certain ethnic groups. Kgalema Motlanthe was the deputy during Thabo Mbeki’s administration. He was pushed aside when the leadership debate started. Now it is time again to discuss who the next president will be. Cyril Ramaphosa is the current deputy of both the organisation and the country but sections of the ANC are lobbying for a different candidate. They claim that being a deputy does not automatically turn you into a president. Is he being sidelined because he is not Zulu or Xhosa? Come on! People are going to leave the ANC because of our narrow political minds and hatred of other ethnic groups. Three metros have been lost so far during the local elections. We are losing the country. Wake up, people, and stop this nonsense of cadre deployment. We need leaders who can take our country forward.
Letters
23 hours ago
DRIVERS, DON'T FAIL OUR KIDS
It has come to my attention that the leadership of the ANC as well as the country will remain in tatters as long as the selection of the president still favours certain ethnic groups. Kgalema Motlanthe was the deputy during Thabo Mbeki’s administration. He was pushed aside when the leadership debate started. Now it is time again to discuss who the next president will be. Cyril Ramaphosa is the current deputy of both the organisation and the country but sections of the ANC are lobbying for a different candidate. They claim that being a deputy does not automatically turn you into a president. Is he being sidelined because he is not Zulu or Xhosa? Come on! People are going to leave the ANC because of our narrow political minds and hatred of other ethnic groups. Three metros have been lost so far during the local elections. We are losing the country. Wake up, people, and stop this nonsense of cadre deployment. We need leaders who can take our country forward.
Letters
23 hours ago
TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR MOTHER TONGUE!
There have been mixed reactions to Penny Penny’s brand new reality show on Mzansi Magic. While some praised the show for being interesting, others criticised Penny Penny for his poor command of the English language. Many people came to his defence, stating that English is not his first language. Although I agree with that argument, I still wonder why he chose to speak English instead of Xitsonga, his mother tongue. The musician caused trouble for himself when he denied the Tsonga people a chance to be represented on national TV. He abandoned his language in favour of one that he cannot speak fluently. When we are given the opportunity to showcase our languages on a national platform, we often choose to speak in English. How are our indigenous languages going to grow and gain popularity if we do not take pride in them? Why did Penny Penny settle for bad English when he could have easily expressed himself in his own language? Tsonga people receive little representation on national TV. Penny Penny had the opportunity to show off his language and culture, yet chose to do the opposite. This is why indigenous languages are falling behind in terms of popularity. There is nothing shameful about speaking Xitsonga. The ability to speak English fluently does not necessarily mean you are intelligent.
Letters
23 hours ago
WOMEN, DON'T DUMP BABIES!
There’s no need for women to dump their babies because it is against God’s will. Women, whatever difficult situation you are facing, there’s no need to dump an innocent child. Instead, you should give up your unwanted baby for adoption. Dumping babies shouldn’t be a solution for vulnerable mums who think they can’t raise kids on their own. I know some of these mothers are doing it because the fathers of these kids ran away, or don’t want to help support the children. The young mums should open up to their families when they are having problems raising their kids. First-time mothers are often culprits because those who had kids before will never dump their babies, as they know how good it is to raise a child, even if it comes with challenges. Dumping a baby in a pit toilet is barbaric and must stop!
Letters
23 hours ago
TEACH YOUR KIDS ABOUT SEX!
The number of teen pregnancies should serve as a wake-up call to all parents. It seems young girls who don’t have children idolise those who proudly carry Sassa cards. The government offers free contraceptives and safe sex campaigns. Girls can’t claim to have fallen pregnant by mistake anymore. Since all parents want what’s best for their children’s future, they have the responsibility to teach them about the consequences of engaging in unprotected sex. HIV and Aids claim the lives of our loved ones every day. The days when it was taboo to talk to your child about sex are over. If you stick to that, you will regret it when your child is HIV-positive or becomes a teen mother. We need to sit down with our children and help them map out their future. Children who have goals to achieve seldom go off the rails. They listen to their parents’ teachings and make wise decisions. Let’s all take part in uprooting teen pregnancy in our country. If we do that, we will be raising business women.
Letters
25 days ago
BE FESTIVE BUT STAY ALIVE!
Stay out of trouble and petty wars during the festive holiday. There are people who are going to get injured by being stabbed, losing their teeth or even losing their lives. You’ll always find troublesome drunkards who are ready to ruin other people’s excitement and peace. It’s not nice to be beaten during the festive time. Even if you see people fighting or arguing, please just stay out of it – it’s not worth getting involved. It also helps to be very aware of your surroundings. If you walk somewhere, look in all directions and make a point of letting everyone know you’re paying attention by keeping your head up and looking alert. Don’t go and look for trouble. Choose to stay out of danger to enjoy yourself. Choose gatherings where you feel the highest comfort level, and don’t attend too many parties. Responsible drinking is not a bad idea at all. People must remain disciplined and respect others. Nobody likes an idiot, especially a drunken one. Drinking irresponsibly leads to you conducting yourself in a way that you usually wouldn’t. Take pride and drink sensibly. Committing a crime is not acceptable. Bear in mind that alcohol can take you to places you wouldn’t normally go. Hundreds of thousands of injuries every year come from alcohol abuse. Drinking too much regularly can affect the way you conduct yourself, especially around other people. Next year is just around the corner, and good behaviour will get you there. Take care of yourself.
Letters
25 days ago
ALCOHOL ABUSE IS KILLING YOUNG PEOPLE
So many parties are hosted during the festive season. Unfortunately, many young people drink uncontrollably at this time of year. Alcohol abuse among teenager is a growing problem. We have to confront the issue because it seems as though the youth cannot have fun without booze. Some are not even ashamed of drinking in public. Teenagers are pressured to drink until they are drunk, and often feel the need to be a part of every social gathering. Many teens do not realise that drinking too much can lead to serious health problem such as alcohol poisoning. Youngsters also end up in unnecessary debt because they spend their money on alcohol. The consequences of underage drinking affect everyone. The aggressive behaviour, violence, damage to property and deaths that result from underage drinking have a negative impact on all of us. People who start drinking when they are young are more likely to drink in excess throughout their adult lives. They are also at higher risk of becoming dependent on alcohol later in their lives. We can’t let the youth develop bad drinking habits at such a young age. It’s important to arm your children with the information they need to avoid these trials and tribulations. Preventing underage drinking is not an easy task. But we have to stand up, face the problem and do something to protect the youth against alcohol abuse. The future of our country depends on this.
Letters
25 days ago
FOREIGNERS HAVE A BIG CHEEK!
I fully support Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba. Yes, illegal immigrants are linked to criminal activities in the city and they should be deported. In fact, foreigners should leave South Africa. They don’t have a right to march here. This would never happen in Zimbabwe. Robert Mugabe would have arrested all those who marched to Mashaba’s office recently. Their spokesman, Marc Gbaffou, has the nerve to say we leave our borders open and then blame those who walk in. They must pack their bags and go!
Letters
25 days ago
DLAMINI-ZUMA IS WAY OFF THE MARK!
The number of illegal immigrants in South Africa has reached an alarming level. It’s confusing and embarrassing to hear the outgoing AU chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma suggesting that African borders should be removed to enable free movement across the continent. This move will not benefit South Africa. In fact, Mzansi will be negatively affected by it. We have already failed to control the influx of illegal foreigners into the country, and now Dlamini-Zuma wants to give these foreigners a free pass. They will all flock to Mzansi and create havoc. This will hurt us, especially on the economic aspect. Furthermore, we live in a democratic country. Authorities should not make decisions for us, they must consult with people on the ground before imposing these foreigners on us. This can be loosely interpreted as dictatorship. Under no circumstances should my opinion be interpreted as xenophobic, I’m just stating the facts. Dlamini-Zuma and her committee members should go back to the drawing board. This is not on.
Letters
25 days ago
MCBRIDE SHOULDN'T BE SHAKEN BY HAWKS
The South African Policing Union would like to voice its deepest concern about the senseless fight between Robert McBride of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate and the Hawks head, Berning Ntlemeza, as well as Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko. We are by no means implying that McBride is a saint or beyond reproach. The union is only concerned about the apparent vendetta against McBride. It’s clear that there’s a political motive in this brutal war against him and the union calls upon Nhleko and Ntlemeza to back off. The more they want to dig out dirt against McBride, the clearer it becomes that they don’t want him to head the police directorate. This war severely affects the work of the men and women in blue. The Hawks are known for dealing with serious crimes, so I just wonder what it is that McBride has done? The union fully supports McBride, as we did when Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was bullied by the very same Hawks. If the Hawks have a case against McBride, they should drag him to court. The political manipulation of the Hawks will seriously dent its credibility. They remind us of how the Scorpions were used for selfish political ends. We call on McBride not to be shaken or intimidated. He must just focus on his mandate.
Letters
25 days ago
BOOZE DOESN'T SOLVE PROBLEMS
Whatever challenges or troubles you go through, do not try and solve them with alcohol. Alcohol creates bigger problems if you do not control your intake. I was stubborn and angry and got involved in the bad habit of smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol without considering the consequences. Now I find myself in a hospital bed, beaten by strangers who took everything I had. My elders do not want to get involved or assist me. I want to warn the youth of today who are always in shebeens to take care of themselves. A bright future belongs to us.
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