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EDUCATION IN A MESS

TEACHER quits and education boss suspended. What a disgraceful (ANC-managed) mess! The education bosses at national, provincial and local level must get off their butts and spend time in schools and classrooms to understand what they are responsible for!

BARRY

MY daughter was also employed as an exam assistant in March and also hasn’t been paid. She heard via social media that she had to sign new claim forms as the originals had been “lost”. This she duly did and to date hasn’t heard anything yet. Please do investigate as once the marking centres are closed the officials vanish into thin air.

MIKE

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS BELOW PAR

COUNCILLOR Brenda Matthee is an expert at pointing out problems. Well done, but why doesn’t she fix instead of always complaining? Actions speak louder than words.

CBJ

FLAG half-mast at Fort Frederick: flag also upside down. A distress signal! SA in distress? Most certainly for 20 years.

PEDRO

FORT Frederick: what a sad state of affairs. Where’s Mandlakazi Skefile, of NMB Tourism? Correct me if I’m wrong, but the flag seems to be upside down too.

MAC

RED Location Museum: why was the municipality only alerted after the security problem was reported in the press? Why has it not been looking after the security and putting things right earlier? Mark Wiggett spot on with his cartoon.

BRIAN STONE

REPLIES TO COMMENT ON OTHER TOPICS

SCOOP, garbage bag collection in Kamma Park has the same problem. Phoned municipality, they told me they were short of refuse trucks.What next?

AJL

LES Barnes, a lovely tribute to Lotie van Dyk, our headmaster at Victoria Park Grey – we salute you on your 80th!

THE LOVEMORE SISTERS

IT’s not just Pasella repeated. Lots of movies are being repeated ad nauseam! Surely the SABC can do better? We are paying our licences!

UNHAPPY VIEWER, PORT ELIZABETH

HERALD COLUMN SPOT ON

WELL written piece by Mandla Seleoane in No Holy Cows. What can you expect if the head is corrupt and rotten? Get rid of the No1 corrupt politician first, “the Don”.

OBSERVER

OSCAR PISTORIUS TRIAL

THE psychological report says Oscar Pistorius is “anxious and hypervigilant” (aren’t we all, including wasn’t Reeva Steenkamp?). Because Pistorius feels “vulnerable on his stumps he has a strong fight or flight response”, but the report does not explain why Pistorius did not flee to safety. Or why if he is vulnerable on his stumps he courted and confronted perceived danger? In less than half a minute he could have attached his legs, checked for Reeva and fled to safety. I trust the trauma of having had his legs amputated does not mean that his actions would be justified. Barry Roux argues that Pistorius would “react more sharply”? Can Roux explain why Pistorius would act irrationally, impulsively, thoughtlessly? But the law does not believe Pistorius went after a noise! He has been charged with murder, lest we forget.

JUSTICE4REEVA

STRANGE, isn’t it? Fireworks sound the same as gunshots yet Oscar Pistorius likes guns but not fireworks! Ag come on, who’s fooling who? I am an old woman, over 70, I live alone and I am vigilant at all times because I know of the many dangers around me. But I am not disabled, am I less vulnerable because I am not famous?

READER

MUNICIPALITY RIPS US OFF

ELECTRICITY rates: I paid R400 for 334 units. What a rip-off! This municipality is raping the public, paying themselves exorbitant salaries and service delivery is on a steep decline.

RIPPED-OFF RATEPAYER

WELL done, NMBM, we are like Johannesburg billing. No bill for meter reading for two months now. What now, Kupido Baron and Roland Williams?

PB

MANAGEMENT DOING RIGHT THING

WELL done, Imizi, for wanting to eliminate long term live-in lovers posing as visitors. These live-in “visitors” have well-paid jobs and are basically living rent-free. They are cheats and steal from those deserving families who are less fortunate than them and who deserve to be accommodated.

MOSES

JANICE Frost, Imizi has absolute rights. Tenants have limited rights, but have obligations. Visitors have no rights. Right?

MARY

SCHEME TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE

CAR scheme: if something is too good to be true, it is. Buyer beware principle always pertains.

MALCOLM

A FIRST FOR SA!

THERE’s a first! Smuggling into South Africa (sea horses)! There I was thinking we were a net smuggling exporter!

JOHN

TAKING THE EASY WAY OUT

DEAR traffic officers and police, you have set up a regular roadblock out in the busy metropole that is St Albans, checking licence discs and driver’s licences of the thousands of daily commuters who pass through that heavily congested area. While at the same time in the city minibuses and taxis with vehicles that wouldn’t be considered roadworthy in a post-apocalyptic world jump red lights, hoot and scream and hang out of the windows as if the vehicle itself is on fire, stop in the middle of busy roads with traffic behind having to slam on the brakes to avoid a pile-up. I always knew you were fat and lazy. I just never knew you were cowards.
DEXTER

ADULT CONTENT IN EARLY EVENING

SABC3 channel between 5pm and 6.30pm weekdays an absolute disgrace! An hour and a half of steamy bedroom scenes, when every child in the country is in front of the TV.

DISGUSTED

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