A doctor who believes in family values

2008-10-03 00:00

WHAT is your connection with The Witness and to Pietermaritzburg?

I went to school in Hilton. That was my first contact with Pietermaritzburg, with its schools and with the Royal Show. When I retired in 2004, my wife and I moved to Howick. I have found The Witness to be a good source of information about current affairs, especially with respect to KwaZulu-Natal.

Where were you born, where did you grow up and where were you educated?

I was born in Durban and educated at schools in Hillcrest and Hilton. I trained at the University of Cape Town Medical School where I also received training as a specialist obstetrician-gynaecologist.

How do you spend your days?

I work two days a week at a Howick clinic caring for people living with HIV/Aids. The rest of the week I am a busy grand-father. I have written two books since retirement, one on the Psalms of David, the other on the history of the mission hospital where we lived and worked in the sixties and seventies.

Do you write letters to other newspapers? Why do you choose The Witness?

I write to the SABC and The Witness. I choose The Witness because I like its editorial policy and find its comments helpful. I also enjoy the human and historical interest articles and the short story competition is great fun.

How do you receive your news about South African current affairs and why do you follow it?

I get my news about South African current affairs from the radio, The Witness and the Internet. We have made what we think is a good quality-of-life decision to live without a TV.

Do you have any other passions or interests?

For 40 years I had a passion to ensure that rural women in KwaZulu-Natal have access to good maternity and gynaecological services. Now my passion is to help people see how desperate the destruction of our family life is and how much we need to turn from a secular, humanist world view to a godly one, so that we begin to prosper in a real sense as a nation.

What do you think the value of letter writing is? What inspires you to write letters?

It seems to me that the national consensus is made up of many thousands of individual opinions and conversations. Those who have command of the media and of political public opinion do not necessarily have an altruistic agenda and it is re-quired of us all to engage in that debate. It has been well said that, for evil to triumph, it is enough only that good men do nothing.

What do you think are the biggest challenges facing South Africa today?

Two things, really. The first is to rebuild our family life so that children are properly nurtured and learn to love because they have been loved and to value others because they have been valued. The second is for the nation to turn from its materialism and hedonism and seek God with all our hearts. I think he is best seen in the person of Jesus Christ.

What is your age and marital status, do you have children and what is your occupation?

I am 68 years old and have been happily married to Jacqueline for 43 years. We have three children and eight grandchildren. I work as a part-time doctor looking after people living with HIV/Aids. I help in a voluntary capacity at the eThembeni Hospice, I also run divorce re-covery courses with my wife and others, and engage as an active father and grandfather.

What do you believe has been your best letter?

Perhaps a letter entitled

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