YCL worried about noisy taxis

2012-02-16 21:00

Johannesburg - Music blasting from noisy taxis and buses could cause a hearing loss "epidemic" among children, the Young Communist League in Gauteng warned on Thursday.

"Preliminary investigations have shown that the kids are not exposed to conditions of consistent noise except in transports that ferry them to and from schools in which high volumes of music are played," the YCL said in a statement.

However, the danger was not only of the four-wheel kind, as parents had also raised concerns that television could be at fault.

"It is highlighted that this has been detected in the households of the kids who frequently want television and radio volumes to be increased and messages to be repeated during conversations," said the YCL.

It would be writing to taxi associations to alert them to the audio damage they could be causing.

"We will also alert the Gauteng education department and request its intervention, including a detailed research project about this phenomenon, and curtail it before some sort of a hearing loss 'epidemic'... among young people - the future adult population.

"If this matter is not addressed with the urgency it deserves, sooner [rather] than later, our province and the whole country could find themselves faced with such a hearing loss 'epidemic'."

  • Moss - 2012-02-16 21:13

    Haha, yaah neh!!

      John - 2012-02-16 21:51

      Venceremos Comrades! Where have you been? What took you so long? No more kwaito! Only revolutionary songs! Eishhh...

  • louisdiemasjien - 2012-02-16 21:15

    Why do we have a Young Communist League? Really, why? Haven't anyone read Animal Farm?

      John - 2012-02-16 21:52

      Diversity ma

  • ISO - 2012-02-16 21:16

    What type of communist league is this, worrying about noise? The kids dig it, thats why they ride in those taxis.

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-02-16 21:17

    VUVUZELA's have 25+ more DB's than a taxi hooter sound so thats not possible.

  • Swapie - 2012-02-16 21:18

    Noise pollution is bad. Just as Julius.

      John - 2012-02-16 21:55

      I tought that I'll have a secound without that name Swapie...:)

  • HAD35 - 2012-02-16 21:29

    I saw some of the comments so far and it is clear that many of these come from people who have never heard of NIHL (Noise Induced Hearing Loss). It is a real danger! Pity that it takes this organisation to mention it. It should have been noticed by the Dept of Health. But then again, they can't even notice the disasters on their own doorstep!

  • Mash R Bantwini - 2012-02-16 21:32

    What a low blow from YCL. They are pimped to grab attention. Who is gonna hire them while they dnt bang? Aowa, come on now, deal wit real issues.

      karen.cigana - 2012-02-16 22:45

      "wit" what does that word mean??

  • ISO - 2012-02-16 21:40

    YCL = ANCYL - they have the same principles!

  • Irene - 2012-02-16 21:46

    Hilarious! These morons are worrying about people going deaf in taxis. Shouldn't they rather worry about the state of taxis and the thugs that drive them? Surely dying is more of an issue than going deaf?

      Godfrey - 2012-02-16 22:28

      Ag shame they are also looking for attention, without rocking the ANCYL's boat.

  • Sylvester Mohloli - 2012-02-16 21:58


  • Comrade - 2012-02-16 22:07

    The WHO????? ...lmao

  • adele.coetzee1 - 2012-02-16 22:21

    Hell it took so long! Noise pollution affects us all. I am hearing impaired and still have to listen to noise out there with a hearing device. I am very fortunate to be able to hear with it, but I take it out often to calm down and soften the blast! Listening is a skill, as much as it is really understanding what your audience has to say. Some people have forgotten to listen to their hearts.

  • Rebaone - 2012-02-16 22:46

    is this realy a young communist league or its jst another name to fool us? These kids loves the music and why is it not supporting them? The other thing is that they are worried about noise while there are important things to worry about like Education or they should jst worry about soccer since they have nothing better to worry about.

  • MornĂ© - 2012-02-16 23:24

    It's tragic how cynical our society is. I'd like to take YCL comments at face value and applaud them for looking after the interest of the youth. Would it not be great to have a society where you can respect the views of your opponents (political and otherwise) even when not agreeing with them. Or support the effort of the same opponents when they are doing good, instead of ridiculing them and picking holes in their plans. Even the supposed humorous comments are so bitter that you have to be a real psychopath to find it funny.

  • Carlo Hayes - 2012-02-17 05:48

    I thinks the bigger danger is just by riding in these taxis.

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