Humpty dumpty - no response Minorities and majorities

2015-04-30 13:57

Sir, I REFER to the article in last week’s Gazette concerning the atrocious speed humps in McCullum and Erskine streets.

The “no response” from the officials at “our” municipality is par for the course.

As mentioned in your article, these humps are completely illegal and so allow motorists who have damaged their vehicle to make claims against the municipality.

This is not only short-term damage, but long-term damage to tie rod ends, suspension, steering boxes and a host of other items.

This is a high-risk road area and definitely needs speed-calming interventions, not the wrecking devices installed.

I have spoken to a number of club members who are in favour of this intervention, but suggest that another speed hump be installed halfway down Hallcar Street towards the Greytown Club.

Their concern is the Flying Fortuner Club members who scream through the club parking area carrying school children back and forth - this is a disaster waiting to happen here.

Should Mr Municipal Manager have a transport problem, all he has to do is call me and I will gladly take him to the site so he can see for himself.

Brian Walker

082 373 5301

• Editor’s note: Umvoti Municipality has not responded to the Greytown Gazette’s request for information. However, the engineer’s department said that the matter would be looked into.

Sir, TWO letters appeared in this column a few weeks ago – one written by P.G. Mavundla and the other by J. Cowie. I have no issue with the contents of the letters, but have a different perspective with terminology than that used. The former used the word “minorities” and the latter as a member of the “white group”.

Cowie used the term, which was the basis of our society pre-1994. Historically we have passed that terrain and should not traverse that path again.

Mavundla uses the term “minorities”, which is in vogue post-1994. The narrative of freedom did not include the political lexicon of minorities. It only appeared post-1994 imitating many countries in the world giving rise to tensions and conflicts.

“Majorities and minorities in pour country” implies two groups of people based on race, one superior and the other inferior which goes against the grain of non-racialism.

To achieve that society as the preamble to the Freedom Charter on 26th June, 1955 in Kliptown states: “South Africa belongs to all who live in it ... without distinction of colour, race, sex or belief.”

Our education must be directed to that end whether in our educational institutions, civil and political interactions and religious discourses in our churches, temples, mosques and synagogues.

In short in every facet of life.

I conclude with the words off Aime Cesacre­: “No race possesses the monopoly of beauty or intelligence of cancer, and there is a place for all at the rendezvous of victory.”


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