Letters
2 months ago
BLESSERS ARE A CURSE It’s annoying to hear an old man who sleeps with young girls complaining about teenage pregnancy and how young mums use social grants to party. We can’t keep placing the blame on girls when we know they are seduced and impregnated by older men. Blessers are grown men who should be helping young people pursue their dreams. Instead, all they do is give them money and buy them expensive gifts in exchange for sex. If you want to point your finger at someone, point it at a blesser. Elderly men need to start behaving like adults and controlling their sexual desires when they are around kids. They should stop criticising young people because they are the ones who are destroying them.
Letters
2 months ago
BLACK SKIN IS BEAUTIFUL!
Skin lightening has become a trend in South Africa. A lot of people have their own reasons for doing it. Some have medical reasons while others think a lighter skin will make them more beautiful and socially acceptable. In many African cultures, light-skinned women are known as yellow bones. In order for dark-skinned women to fit in, they buy skin lightening products from vendors who promise miracles. A lot of women are not aware of the health hazards associated with using these often dangerous bleaching products. Even celebrities are lightening their skins, like TV personality and actress Khanyi Mbau and former kwaito star Mshoza. This treatment includes the use of pills, soap, supplements, surgery and injections. The ingredients often include mercury, hydroquinone and corticosteroid, which can burn and permanently damage skin. The idea that a dark skin is not beautiful, and that being light-skinned can open doors for you to be loved, is wrong. Let’s learn to embrace and love ourselves for who we are.
Letters
2 months ago
ZUMA AND ANC ARE SPINELESS LOOTERS
The ANC is filled with spineless cowards who continue to support President Jacob Zuma and the looting of the public purse.
Letters
2 months ago
WORRY LESS AND YOU'LL LIVE LONGER
Many of us worry about all kinds of things: work, relationships, money, health. Some concerns are real but many are unnecessary. Some people have become so fragile that even little things make them anxious and stressed. The constant question at the back of their mind is “what if”. The major ingredient of any recipe for fear is the unknown. In reality, there are many things in life you have zero control over. And no matter how much you stress about it, whatever can happen, will happen. By worrying chronically you only limit your ability to handle your emotions. Worrying has a negative effect on your health, making you tired and stressed. It will speed up the ageing process and makes us more prone to depression. The sad thing is that we spend most of our lives worrying about things that never happen. When you are overwhelmed by emotions, sit back, take a deep breath and accept the fact that sometimes things go wrong. It’s time to stop worrying about things you can’t control and focus on the things you can. Life is too short. Stop worrying and start living.
Letters
2 months ago
LET THE LAW TAKE ITS COURSE
The SABC flighted a disturbing story on Tuesday about a farmer who practises child labour. What’s even worse is that he pays the kids a mere R70 every three months. This is the worst form of exploitation any worker can be subjected to. The farmer should have known that child labour is outlawed in this country. The less said about their living conditions, the better. Their conditions are so inhumane. Let’s hope the law will take its course. The farmer doesn’t deserve to run any business in the country. Not now, not ever!
Letters
2 months ago
UNITING ANC SHOULD BE OUR MAIN AIM!
Even though Women’s Month ended last week, we must maintain efforts to advance and promote women. Many of our women fought for the freedom we enjoy today. They did this with no expectations because they were in the service of their country and to serve its people. Our women are highly politically conscious, and we reject the notion that women are housewives. It’s as though they are brainwashed like robots whose sole purpose is to cook for men and to fulfil tasks set by some male programmer. Women must be central in determining the outcomes of the challenges we face in the various facets of our national development. For this reason, I call on ANC branches to support a woman deputy president in the 54th national elective conference. I call on ANC branches to vote for Cyril Ramaphosa as president and for his deputy to be a woman. As we celebrate Heritage Month, we all owe this to the women who fought for our freedom. Let us stay united in Heritage Month and mostly as we march towards the 54th national elective conference. As Eastern Cape branches, let us be united for our 8th ANC provincial elective conference. We must ensure that we field Oscar Mabuyane as the provincial chairman, Mlungisi Mvoko as his deputy, Lulama Ngcukayithobi as secretary, Helen August-Sauls as deputy secretary and Babalo Madikizela as our treasurer. This will not isolate Pumulo Masaulle. He should serve in our movement’s national executive committee. His leadership experience is highly needed in the NEC. We appreciate Masaulle’s role in the province. He deserves to be in the NEC and I call on him to lead this call. Let’s celebrate Heritage Month by advancing the unity of the ANC.
Letters
2 months ago
UBER DRIVERS MUST BE PROTECTED
How many lives have to be lost before Uber and metered taxi drivers stop their endless war? Driving for Uber has become a deadly profession. Reports of attacks on drivers have been all over the news. The violence has reached crisis level. The drivers are in danger‚ but it seems Uber does not care about their safety. The company is doing nothing, even though they are aware of the violence directed towards their employees. Metered taxi drivers need to accept change. In the past they had no competition, and this made them think they owned the streets of South Africa. The only way to end this senseless violence is for police to start making arrests. So many people have died, yet no one has been arrested or prosecuted. The police should start taking cases involving Uber drivers seriously. It’s important for Police Minister Fikile Mbalula, Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi, as well as Uber and metered taxi drivers, to meet urgently and find a solution before many more lives are lost. It’s time for all the parties involved to act now. Uber drivers need the support of the police to put an end to this war.
Letters
2 months ago
INFIGHTING HURTS PEOPLE
The recent squabbles at the Nelson Mandela Metro is an indication that coalition politics in South Africa seldom work. Even worse, the arrogance of the DA and UDM leaders doesn’t provide us with hope that things will change for the better. What is disturbing is that when political parties fight among themselves, the people who voted for them always suffer. Why do people care who is deputy mayor? The masses only care about services, regardless of who the provider is. It’s high time these parties put the people first. Their arrogance and political beauty contest don’t matter to the people. Otherwise they must all resign and let people who are serious about serving the people take charge.
Letters
2 months ago
SKINNY TROUSERS MUST FALL!
Hoerskool Pretoria West pupils should get their act together. Demanding to wear skinny pants instead of normal cut pants is just not on. The protest left a bad taste in my mouth. They should be focusing on the preliminary exams and their studies, not on how they look. These pupils should be competing for top marks as opposed to getting involved in petty skirmishes. Parents send their kids to schools to learn and not to strut down a runway in skinny trousers. To me. this looks like an excuse to skip school. Pupils are supposed to be proud of the school uniform prescribed by their schools. Our kids have become spoilt brats. What happens to spoiled children when they become adults? Parents must wake up and yank their kids back on track. We say no to tight pants and yes to the common grey, school uniform cut.
Letters
2 months ago
UBUNTU GOES A LONG WAY
Legend has it that it’s the smallest gestures that go the longest way. We all are different but the most important thing is that we are all human. Humanity comes naturally and is not based on what your perceptions are or where you come from. We have a variety of people in the world but at the end of the day, the unavoidable fact is that we have this one special feature and it is that we are human, and ought to show our humanity to all. If we could show humanity to those around us, then generosity to mere strangers would be easier. As an individual, one has to set up structures to treat people equally, without being biased. This is another example of how we can express our humanity to other fellow humans. Being able to be kind is a sign of great strength. Kindness comes from a special place in one’s heart. Let us continue to show the spirit of ubuntu and be united. We all strive towards a united world where our common goal is world peace and stability. Humanity starts from an individual, and then goes to those around the person and the community. It then spreads on a national level, escalates to continental regions and soon prospers throughout our beautiful world.
Letters
2 months ago
SAVE MORE AND REAP THE BENEFITS!
It is much easier and more enjoyable to take the income we have worked hard to receive and spend it all every month. We often purchase what we want and don’t think about the future. The future for some people is so far away that we think it is not necessary to think about it. In reality, there is no better time to begin to see a bigger picture than right now. Between today and the conclusion of our income earning days, a lot can and will happen. We might lose our jobs, take a pay increase or decrease or become disabled and unable to work. To make plans for the future is one of the best things we can do with our hard-earned income. Once you realise the importance of saving and the role it plays in your life, creating goals is the next step to stay on track. Saving for our future makes our children’s education easy. Let’s save today to keep the future secure.
Letters
2 months ago
PUPILS' LIVES IN WRONG HANDS
As long as we have unregulated school transport, we’ll always have unskilled drivers transporting our kids. These drivers put pupils’ lives are at risk. This is a major issue which needs to be addressed before more lives are lost. Our kids’ safety is in the hands of drunk, negligent and reckless drivers. The regulation of school transport should be accelerated. Those responsible for killing and injuring pupils must be punished. We keep hearing of pupils dying on our roads because of unroadworthy vehicles, as well as unlicensed and irresponsible drivers. The school commute has been a key challenge in South Africa for many years. Pupils in both rural and urban areas still have difficulty getting to school safely. The department of transport should enforce stricter laws on drivers. A good start would be to have unique branding on all scholar transport vehicles so they can be easily identified. As things stand, these vehicles are ticking time bombs waiting to explode. They should be outlawed. All operators must be licensed, have the correct vehicle licences and should be registered with a provincial regulatory entity. My advice to pupils is that no matter which scholar transport you use, remember to stay safe. Always buckle up and never take any favours from strangers – not even if they offer you a free ride to school. Let us continue working together to make South Africa’s roads safer for our children.
Letters
2 months ago
ALWAYS WATCH YOUR BACK AT ATMs
It’s worrying that there are thugs who target people at ATMs. My biggest concern is that even though we all know about card scammers, many of us still get robbed at ATMs and shops when we swipe our debit or credit cards. Thieves who get hold of your credit or debit card details can cost you thousands of rands. It’s advisable not to let anybody distract you when you are using an ATM. People should also have an idea how to operate the machines. Don’t ask strangers to help you. Those who are still learning how to use one must ensure they are assisted by bank workers. They must be careful not to give their secret pin code to anyone, including the bank staff. They must always be alert when they withdraw cash. And if anyone stands too close to you after you have already inserted your card, rather cancel the transaction. When you pay for your goods and services with the card, don’t lose sight of it. Make sure your bank card is always in a safe place. Never leave your card lying around anywhere, not even at home. If your card is missing, report it immediately so the bank can stop it.
Letters
2 months ago
IF YOU PAY FOR IT, THE JOB IS FAKE!
People must stop paying for something they have never seen. Hoax advertising is real and people must be careful. Fake job ads and similar online scams are increasing. Desperate jobseekers become victims and lose their money. Fake ads and hoax announcements spread like wildfire on social media. These “adverts” can harm the brand involved and the people who watch the content. Businesses can’t keep fraudulent adverts from spreading on social networks, but they can respond to minimise the damage. Fake adverts can do damage by negatively influencing public perception of a brand or organisation. Scammers posing as recruiters or employers will likely ask you to pay money upfront, giving reasons such as costs for training, travelling and doing interviews. Cash in advance and subscription fees are not requirements of legitimate employers. If you’re asked to send money, do not do so, as it’s probably a scam. It’s important to be aware of the warning signs and avoid scammers.
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