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2018-06-21 06:00

AFTER dialing a number to a local merchant, a voice message informed me, “This number has been changed and is currently not available. Please phone later.”

As the street lights were illuminated 24 hours per day on a section of Marine Drive in Ramsgate, I telephoned on numerous occasions to voice my complaint. I even received a SMS and a reference number stating that this situation would be remedied — to no avail. Thus I addressed the manager of the street electricity of the municipality who explained, “We cannot do anything because we are awaiting the delivery of LED globes.” (energy saving globes).

I was required to submit an affidavit. At the police station I was told there was no paper as it was “locked away by the captain.” A friend, who for numerous years had no access to the SABC television service, owing to a lack of a signal, which was verified by a TV company in Margate, was instructed by an SABC lawyer that she was obliged to pay both a TV licence and a termination fee. (She had notified them of the situation at the Durban and Johannesburg offices, also to no avail). Why would anyone be obliged to pay a fee for no service and a termination fee for a non-service!

A site on Google offers free legal advice by an ombudsman. Prior to receiving the free advice, a notice appears on the screen instructing the user to pay approximately R500, which is “immediately refundable”. The user is obliged to enter all their bank details and personal information! — a scam from a legal department in South Africa!

Two weeks ago, concerned residents arrived at the Uvongo town hall to attend a meeting scheduled by Ugu. A young male was obliged to inform us that the meeting had been cancelled “at the last moment”, “no reasons provided” and no rescheduling of this important meeting. After contacting the roads department for the past nine months, only half of the potholes were repaired. This road leads to the beach.

South Africans must be advised that the ANC has bankrupted the country by their corrupt dealings. No doubt another petrol hike is to be levied next month.
Perhaps an aspiring poet/musician should compose a melody “Where has all the revenue gone, long time in passing?”

DR L.J. PELTZ

South Coast

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