SMS column

2015-05-05 06:00

People’s Post, 24 March edition refers.

Several years ago a lady wrote to the SMS column complaining about a pothole in a certain road in Fish Hoek. She ended with “Fix it.”

My question was who? If people have such complaints or requests they should write to the authorities concerned, the press is not in a position to fix the potholes.

The same applies to the SMSes under the heading of Disaster Plan as seen in the last edition of People’s Post.

Why not submit your suggestions and ideas to those responsible for fire breaks, roads, tunnels, vagrants, residential developments, traffic control or whatever. The press does not carry the authority, nor the machinery to meet your requests and demands.

Yes, it is interesting to read about these things but they need to be directed to the correct departments.

The SMS line, much like the letters column is a platform for readers to debate issues or raise concerns. It also provides readers with a quick system to provide feedback on future projects and plans.

Not every reader has the time or resources to send an email. The SMS column is often used by authorities to gauge the public’s opinion on a matter.

Yes, people should submit their suggestions or complaints directly to the relevant authority but this column allows them to also share their views with the rest of the community. It is also often the last resort for some. - Ed

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