HIV status does not define who you are

2018-05-31 06:01

A YOUNG, black woman, advertising life insurance on television, states that the HIV positive status does not define who you are, as the virus is in the blood circulatory system.

However, one’s behaviour definitely defines who one is. HIV can, [in some cases], be attributed to promiscuity.

The Government accepts or condones, supports and encourages promiscuity by acknowledging child pregnancies and plural marriages or partnerships and by providing child grants to unmarried mothers.

The South African blood services constantly suffers acute blood shortages, as less than 1% of the population is donating blood. Blood donors are required to be monogamous (to ensure blood is safe) — a way of life not [always] embraced by the African culture.

A few weeks ago, the grounds and gardens around Uvongo Library were strewn with unsightly litter.

As a principal of a school, I organised and accompanied pupils on trips. Not one scrap of debris was discarded.

At a school meeting I addressed parents stating that the child is a product of the home and his or her behaviour reflects that of his immediate environment. (I observed a few parents squirming in their seats). Correctional and prison services are more than 170% overcrowded, indicating that the South Africans represent a population of hardened criminals or offenders. A sustainable, viably economic programme must be instituted to remedy the unrealistic unemployment rate and the abject poverty. Instead of appropriating land bought and owned by honest, conscientious farmers, who laboured to irrigate and cultivate their land or raised cattle, apportion vacant, municipal land (not in the suburbs) for a collective farming system.The homeless or squatters could be practically instructed to build sturdy houses; whilst others could be trained in agriculture.

Once successful, the private sector would provide financial assistance and instruction. (My recommendation of this system of collective farming was rejected by the ANC).Finance for these projects could be acquired by confiscating luxury vehicles from parliamentary ministers, reduce their unnecessary overseas holiday, provide them with less extensive mansions and reduce their exorbitant salaries. Also reduce the numerous celebrations. By achieving economic independence and success, self-worth is experienced and crime would probably be reduced.

YOURS FAITHFULLY

DR L.J. PELTZ

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