PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Faatimah Hendricks
 
Comments: 195
Article views: 460
 
 
Latest Badges:
 
 

'Dear Tony Ehrenreich...'

29 April 2011, 09:26  - Faatimah Hendricks
Dear Tony Ehrenreich,

I like you. I do. You are very clearly so passionate about the needs of the disadvantaged communities in the Western Cape and that is the type of person we need in power - a pro-active individual who will address the needs of this city and deliver on basic services which have been lacking since... forever. Based on this I would really love to vote for you.

However, your extreme views on “affluent areas” are worrisome for me. I happen to live in an affluent area in the Northern Suburbs, the part of Cape Town you publicly speak out against - the “elite/white wealthy” residents of Cape town who are “friends of the Democratic Alliance”. Yes, those are direct quotes from your press releases in my inbox.

It’s really not fair of you to make such a massive generalisation. I, for one, know plenty of people on this side of the world who are not regarded as part of the “elite wealthy” and who do not support the DA. In fact, here are loads of “poor whites” who are pro-ANC and anti-DA and there plenty of non-whites who live here.

For now I just want to touch on one tiny issue that you have made a big hoo-haa about on numerous occasions - transport infrastructure in the townships vs transport infrastructure in the affluent areas, home to the apparent DA supporters.

You have always been openly critical of the bicycle lane that was constructed to run from Milnerton to Cape Town’s Central Business District. You’ve expressed your dissatisfaction with the City of Cape Town that “prioritises bicycle lanes for white wealthy citizens whilst poorer communities on the Cape Flats are subjected to overcrowded and unsafe public transport every day of their lives”. Here’s another lovely quote of yours: “These larneys of Milnerton all have cars anyway, so they should not be the most urgent consideration of public funds.”

The “poor, mainly black and coloured communities” are fortunate enough to have trains, buses and taxis running every few minutes. They start their rounds early in the morning and end off late in the evenings. I wish I could take public transport to work but I can’t because in my neighbourhood there are no nearby train stations, taxis are virtually non-existent and there’s one bus every hour starting from 06:00 only.

I am not white, wealthy or elite. I can barely afford to own a car, much less keep it filled with petrol, but I have no choice. I have a job to get to by a certain time every day in Salt River. I really wish public transport could be more accessible for my neighbours and me, and I would love to do my part in saving the planet and using a car as seldom as possible.

I think there is a great need for a bicycle lane or any other infrastructural developments that would reduce traffic and our carbon footprints, as well as making public transport way more accessible. We have a right to these services as we pay tax - probably more than those living in the poorer communities. So why can’t we benefit from that public funds? Why do we have to be excluded from development projects if we contribute towards public funding?

Of course the disadvantaged communities must be upgraded and developed. I support that 100 % because my roots lie in the Cape Flats. But we in the North can’t be completely overlooked and sidelined.

Please bear something in mind. Not everybody living in Milnerton, Table View, Blouberg and its surrounds are rich or white. Poverty is widespread and it knows no race. Everybody is battling to survive these days. We are all affected by the ever-increasing costs of living and there is a large informal settlement here called Du Noon that will also benefit from any social upliftment projects.

Lastly, could you please try to refrain from referring to the “blacks”, “coloureds” and “whites”? You are calling for the integration of the different races and classes which is cool. But you have got to stop with the race labelling. The more you refer to individual races, the more you’re making us sound to be a divided nation. We should all always aim to be united - whites, coloureds, blacks, yellows etc.

When I read your press releases targeting the “white elite of Milnerton” I get a great sense of animosity towards them from you. I’m not sure if I want someone like that, who discriminates against certain races and classes, to be my leader. So come May 18, who will I be voting for to be my mayor, the person who will look out for the needs of my community? That is the million-dollar question.

Yours sincerely,
Faatimah Hendricks


- Faatimah is a journalist and works at a community media house. She blogs here and tweets here.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

- News24

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
195 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
PeterTracey
Decisions, decisions

Some things are not as easy as they seem. Read more...

0 comments 251 views
Submitted by
James Matoma
Bafana is a national embarrassmen...

How can the minister of sports and recreation, Fikile Mbalula, claim that he was satisfied with Bafana Bafana’s performance? Read more...

17 comments 719 views
Submitted by
Kalibanache
Clive Derby-Lewis and the rest of...

Forgive. Forgive me, forgive other people. Forgive is to forget, otherwise you have not forgotten.  Read more...

20 comments 633 views
Africa must break from negative n...

Despite decades of conflict, death and tragedy, coverage of issues in Africa has often been ignored, oversimplified, or excessively focused on limited aspects. Read more...

11 comments 351 views
Submitted by
Amaps
Let the Chuch be the help to the ...

So disappointing how the "church" which claims to be the body of Christ, its not as it should be, its operated like a corporate company. Read more...

137 comments 764 views
Submitted by
MarkH
South Africa: The reality show

I see a tendency – just love that word – developing lately of the regime – another old favourite – to spread far and wide as much confusion as possible, all involving spending my money, of course. Read more...

5 comments 458 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Games on Sale!

Save up to 60% on selected games. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2015 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.