Letters
15 hours ago
LEADERSHIP IS NOT EASY Every community, company and country needs a good leader. John Maxwell, an American author and leadership expert, once said: “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.” A good leader must be a good listener, a patient observer and someone who thinks carefully before they address others. They must also acknowledge their weaknesses while using their strengths to empower others. Although they are the ones in charge, leaders must also be willing to be led by others. Most importantly, it is vital for a leader to admit when they do not know something. If you want to become a better leader, you must consider the opinions of others, even if they disagree with yours. That is how you become the type of leader that people want to follow. True leadership is taking a person’s vision to greater heights, and improving someone’s performance until their full potential is reached. School teachers must realise they can only become good at their job by learning from their pupils. Let us all strive to be the best leaders we can be.
Letters
15 hours ago
SOUTH AFRICA IS GOING BACKWARDS!
Many citizens believe the country would be managed better if voters elected the president directly. Mzansi was regarded as a beacon of hope by the world because of the peaceful elections and transfer of power in 1994. Global observers called SA “the greatest racial miracle the world has ever seen!” Fast forward until today. Mzansi has been pegged as a country to avoid because of the high crime rate. Where did it all go wrong? Let’s go back to the early 1990s during the series of negotiations for a new South African, under the banner of Codesa. Not all communities, organisations and other local stakeholders were present at those talks. Political organisations present at those talks were more concerned about their own agendas than the best for the country. Those who dominated the Codesa talks engineered a party-based democracy. Codesa talks proved to be flawed as the electorate have become mere voters during election time. They have no say in how and what the party they voted for does, including how they elect the president. Accountability and transparency from party leaders is non-existent. I believe that the time has come for civil society to campaign for electoral reform and protect our country from dictators.
Letters
15 hours ago
GOVT HAS FAILED RURAL PEOPLE!
The promises made by the ANC-led government to develop poor rural communities have still not been fulfilled. It’s hard to believe that there are communities that still don’t have clean water, clinics, tarred roads and schools. What is strange is that most of the affected areas are ANC strongholds. These communities are only used to pave the way for the fat cats to enjoy a ride on the gravy train. If the leaders were serious about developing our country, they would prioritise poor communities. But most of our leaders are greedy. They always put themselves and their friends first. Some of the leaders come from poor communities, but once they get to the top, they forget about the struggle of their people back home. If all leaders committed themselves to ploughing something back into the communities that raised them, the youth would be inspired to improve their lives. If the government hadn’t made many promises, the people of Mzansi would still be working and doing things for themselves. Many people are lazy because they expect free things from the government.
Letters
15 hours ago
15 000 GIRLS FELL PREGNANT!
Being pregnant is supposed to be the happiest time of your life, but this should happen only after you have completed your studies. A 2015 school survey estimated that about 15 000 girls fell pregnant in SA during the school year. The education sector is working to address the high pregnancy rate in schools, but teachers are contributing to the problem. The Department of Education has zero tolerance towards teachers who make sexual advances on girls. Parents, health workers and the community must help curb this mess. Sex education will also help prevent teenage pregnancy.
Letters
15 hours ago
ARTISTS, INVEST IN YOUR EDUCATION!
I urge musicians to plan their lives and futures well. Artists end up signing big contracts they don’t understand because of their limited education. They must think about their education. These days, music has become a quick career anyone can do without going to school or reaching tertiary level. How many artists are we going to have in the country five years from now? Become educated first and then think about music. You should also study it so you produce something good and remain relevant. Zakes Bantwini studied jazz and music performance at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and look how successful he is. He also did a social entrepreneurship programme at the Gordon Institute of Business Science and has developed his brand in the industry. Musicians struggle to make ends meet because it’s tough when bookings are not coming in. I know some are earning big salaries and for now, don’t see the importance of education. But I encourage you to have a sound life plan and invest a portion of your income in your education. At least if you have that, you can fall back on it if your music doesn’t go well. Don’t rely on music only – artists still die poor. Please get an education!
Letters
15 hours ago
DON'T LET ZILLE IRRITATE YOU!
I wish to place on record that I’m not a politician and do not wish to be one. I just want to comment on the Helen Zille saga. It is a fact that the colonisation of Africa led to apartheid in Mzansi. We had to fight and sacrifice our lives for our freedom. We have to live with that fact and attempt to reverse it. Zille and many more white South Africans believe apartheid was good for them. We cannot squeeze that feeling out of them. The black majority should not go into a frenzy over a tweet not classified as hate speech. Zille has never had the interests of black people at heart and never will.
Letters
15 hours ago
GOD IS EASY TO PLEASE!
Sometimes I feel we miss the point of what being a Christian means. The Bible teaches us many things, but strongly emphasises that there’s nothing greater than faith and love. In my Christian journey I have learnt that it’s more difficult to please people than it is to please God. God forgives, while people find it hard to do so. God is love but people hate easily. God understands your circumstances but people will judge you without trying to understand what really happened. That’s why I say to you: you are not God! Learn to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and you will learn to understand others. That’s why I choose to please only God. As for the rest, I really don’t care what their opinion of me is. I’ve realised that when you do good, no one will compliment you but when you make a mistake, everyone will talk about it.
Letters
Yesterday
IF YOU PAY FOR A JOB, IT’S FAKE!
The reality is that unemployment is high in South Africa and many South Africans are living in poverty. The unemployed are even more vulnerable and many of them are scammed. Unemployed people have no income and as a result cannot put food on the table. Poverty and hunger make people so desperate that they make poor decisions. Criminals and scammers take advantage of their situation by promising them jobs, thereby taking the last money from the vulnerable, poor and unemployed. Some of them borrow money from loan sharks to pay scammers for so-called employment opportunities. They hope that they’ll get employed and will then be able to pay back the loan. But they later find out they had been scammed and end up even poorer. People must be aware that scammers are always out there looking for ways to make money in illegal ways. It is clear that jobs are not being sold in the public or private sector. We must learn from the fact that many people were conned out of their last money by scammers because they’re desperate to get a job. Many such cases have been reported in the media, but people still fall victim to scammers. It is appropriate to repeat the warning that people must not be lured by dishonesty. No good will come from this – only harm. Apply for a job through the proper channels, where you don’t have to pay, and go for an interview.
Letters
Yesterday
ISRAEL HAS THE RIGHT TO DEFEND ITSELF!
I disagree with people who say Israel is an apartheid state. After years of attacks on Israeli citizens that have claimed many lives, their government has taken measures to prevent Palestinians from killing more Jews. When Israel applies these measures, it is accused of apartheid-style oppression. Israel, like any other state in the world, has the right to protect its citizens. What I cannot understand is that nearly 3 000 Palestinians were killed in Syria during the civil war of 2011. But because they were killed by Arabs, not Israelis, this was never serious news. Human rights organisations paid little attention to this – they are too busy blaming Israel. The Palestinians have consistently rejected Jewish peace offers, even before the creation of the state of Israel. They keep fighting a pointless war to destroy Israel, a war they will never win. Israel has invented advanced technology to preserve and purify water. This technology is also benefiting most of its neighbours, including Palestine. Arab Israelis have the same freedoms and rights as Jews.
Letters
Yesterday
CORRUPTION IS CRIPPLING US!
Corrupt public officials are usually at the heart of most complaints about poor service delivery. There are some public servants who are not qualified for their position, but have gained valuable experience during their time in government. Despite their lack of education, they are do their best to fulfil their duties. However, we must never underestimate the importance of education. Corruption and nepotism in the public sector must be taken seriously. Residents are tired of poor service delivery. Government officials must stop hiring their friends and relatives. Jobs must be given to qualified people who can perform their duties efficiently. There should be no compromise in ensuring officials possess the skills and qualifications needed for their job. I have no doubt service delivery will be improved ahead of the 2019 national election.
Letters
Yesterday
STOP YOUR BAD BEHAVIOUR!
The recent rape inside a taxi of a 26-year-old Roodepoort woman, and that of an Orange Farm woman in front of her child, are shocking, unfortunate and raise serious concerns. The thugs’ behaviour has tarnished the image of the taxi industry, so much so that we’re not sure if taximen are involved. As a woman who travels by taxi almost every day, I don’t feel safe anymore. We’ve heard of similar attacks before, but we thought they would be dealt with. But they have now come back to haunt us. This is worrying because many women use taxis to and from work. We used to believe that hitch-hiking was more dangerous, but now it seems it’s no different from catching a taxi. I’d like to urge the taxi industry, cops and communities to stand together and fight this injustice. This is another form of crime that affects us all as communities. We need to fight this scourge head-on. One rape incident is one too many. No woman deserves to be raped. Women are too precious to be abused. No child deserves to be molested, because kids are our future. To all rapists and abusers, you must stop your bad behaviour! According to statistics, the number of women is higher than that of men. That means that any lonely man should be able to get a woman. Get yourself a woman that you can love and settle down with.
Letters
Yesterday
DON'T BLAME IT ON ALCOHOL!
Booze has been blamed for many wrong things, but there are people who have been drinking alcohol for a long time and are not troublemakers. One can’t help but wonder what it is that makes them behave all the time. Although alcohol is sometimes blamed for a person’s bad behaviour, I believe it all depends on an individual. If you are a responsible person, you’ll know when to drink and when to stop. People should learn to drink responsibly.
Letters
Yesterday
HANDS OFF GOD'S GOOD PEOPLE!
Evil thugs who strike and rob church worshippers don’t respect God. Thieves steal in the blink of an eye, and the situation is so bad that worshippers are being robbed inside churches. We can no longer have thugs disturbing congregations. Whether people pray in church or in the bushes, thugs have no right to disturb them. I just wish God would punish them severely, so that they can stay away from worshippers. People shouldn’t have to skip prayer sessions because of thugs who put worshippers’ lives in danger. Never rob or torture God’s good people, because you won’t like the consequences of your crimes. What you are doing is cruel. Just leave them in peace to continue praying. They are supposed to be move around freely after services or prayers, but they now have to pray in fear. It’s also the responsibility of the police to ensure the worshippers’ safety. People should focus on worshipping the Almighty. God and the police will deal with thugs.
Letters
Yesterday
USE YOUR DEGREE TO DEVELOP AFRICA!
Many people who have degrees and good jobs are doing nothing to develop our continent. A degree that leads a graduate down the path of materialism and selfishness is useless. It is not enough to obtain a degree and earn a good salary. Education is meant to empower the sons and daughters of this beautiful continent. Once they are educated, it is their responsibility to invest in Africa’s development. Our engineers need to construct buildings that will make this continent better. Doctors must use their knowledge to keep our people healthy. Lawyers must work tirelessly to ensure justice is served and human rights are protected. We can no longer have graduates who only care about themselves and forget about the rest of our people. Everything we do must be for the greater good of this continent, otherwise we are useless. We must celebrate graduates, but we cannot honour them simply because they have degrees. Unless something changes, we will continue praising useless graduates.
Letters
2 days ago
WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY!
Ministers and their deputies should stop wasting taxpayers’ money! How do they justify spending millions of rands on luxury cars? It’s clear that some of them put themselves first, instead of the people they represent. It seems the ministers compete among themselves as to who drives the best car in town Spending over R40 million on cars in the past three years shows how careless they are. The money should have been spent to build RDPs. Ministers, the people of South Africa don’t care which car you drive. All they need is proper service delivery. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan must tighten the budget when it comes to spending money on vehicles for the ministers and their deputies. He is the only person who can stop this wasteful expenditure. Every time people want money for something positive, they are told there’s no money. But part of their tax money is spent on luxury cars for ministers. Our ministers must learn to put the people of Mzansi first. They should be reminded that they are there to serve others, not themselves. This endless wasteful expenditure by our leaders must come to an end! There’s no justification for flashy cars for ministers and their deputies.
Letters
2 days ago
ANC MUST SHOW ITS COMMITMENT!
The call by Minister Naledi Pandor to have lifestyle audits of senior government leaders is nothing new. What is of interest is the resistance to it within the ruling party. For a party that talks a good game about its commitment to fighting corruption, the ANC has moved frustratingly slow to bring about measures to prove its readiness. The ANC has the ability to mobilise and do all manner of things, but as soon as things get too close to home, everything changes.
Letters
2 days ago
ALWAYS CHECK THE EXPIRY DATE OF FOOD!
I would like to highlight the danger of buying items without checking the expiry date. I know if one is in a hurry it seems to be a waste of time, especially before leaving the store, but it’s critically important that you spare a minute to check the expiry date. Over the weekend I stopped at a spaza shop owned by an Ethiopian brother for a cold drink. My instinct told me to check the expiry date. The date on cans is not always visible, but I turned it over until I discovered the drink had expired two weeks before. I asked the shopkeeper for another type of drink. When he took too long while checking the expiry dates, I asked him to refund me, but instead he brought me another flavour. I am writing to warn all SunReaders and their families to check the expiry dates on products they buy. You should do this at every shop you visit – not only spazas. Two years ago I wrote a similar letter after I found expired groceries on the shelves of a Chinese shop in Mpumalanga. I think at times we are being taken advantage of due to our casual approach and ignorance. Please take your time when shopping and be safe. Expired food is bad for your health.
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