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Life Orientation is a waste of time

MANAGING finances is not a course that is taught, but it’s important for all students to learn. Once students graduate, they need to make smart choices about their money if they want to become financially secure. I read recently about a school abroad that decided the best way for students to learn about finances is…
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Water limit is indeed unfair

SUBBED BY DAVE I READ with interest the letter ‘Blanket water limit is not a fair deal’ in your ZO of 25 April. D Wyngaard writes that it is not fair for larger families to be handed the same water limit on their household as singles, or couples. I am in a similar situation and…
Action at the roadside as SPCA’s Shelly Prinsloo, assisted by Sphiwe Mdletshe and Phindile Myeni make sure 23-year-old Noxolo Ngubane and her baby are comfortable while waiting for the ambulance

Compassion in action

MY thanks to all SPCA parties involved in the safe delivery of a baby last week. Though we are always interested to hear the hard-hitting issues in our community, it was wonderful to pick up the paper and read this story of human compassion on the front page. It is wonderful to see these hard-working…
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Blanket water limit is not a fair deal

I AM a pensioner who lives in a family home in Empangeni’s suburbs with a disabled wife – also a pensioner – and an adult disabled son. I care for my young grandchild who lives with me, and there are eight people who permanently live in my dwelling. My question about the fines that are…
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Too little, too late for water cuts

BY inference the article on page three of Monday’s paper is worrying in as many ways as a cobra in the toilet. First off, how on earth do they expect me to keep my agapanthuses blooming with only 15 kilolitres? Have they lost their marbles completely? Before you jump the gun, I fully realise that…
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Lifeguards needed in the Bay Hall area

THE positive intervention by rescue stakeholkders to prevent further drownings in the Bay Hall area is welcome news. One cannot stand by every year and watch more children tragically losing their lives. While the erection of more signage and a designated swimming area will assist going forward, the need for lifeguards during busy periods cannot…
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LONDON LETTER: Last bastion of proper journalism is community press

ONE of the perks of not being involved in the UK media anymore is that I no longer feel guilty when I switch off the 24-hour news channels. It certainly wasn’t always like that. In fact, when 24-hour global news kicked off in 1980 with Ted Turner starting CNN, as a news junkie I thought…
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The IEC needs to get its house in order

IT boggles my mind that the IEC is unable to explain why there were missing or incorrect details on the voters’ roll during this weekend’s registration. My physical address has not changed for the past 25 years and I have voted in every municipal election, so I was shocked to find that a wrong address…
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Who acts against neighbours from hell?

WITH reference to the letter in ZO published on 8 April ‘Noise pollution an unending problem’. I have been reading a lot about municipal bylaws not being adhered to. I have been trying for months to find out if vehicle reverse alarms in the residential suburbs constitute a noise nuisance – to no avail. Every…
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Appoint principals who kick butt

IT is encouraging to read that the KZN Department of Education is visiting non-performing local schools unannounced to identify and correct poor management practices (Local schools hit the second term running, ZO of 8 April). Given the rapid rate at which education standards are dropping in especially rural areas, the efforts of the department to…

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