Opinion

Angling Report – 24 February 2017

Everyone was watching the progress of tropical storm Dineo for much of last week that was upgraded to cyclone status just before making landfall. Many people do not remember the carnage when cyclone Demoina moved down the coast in the 1980’s but those that do, have not forgotten. Ten meter swells were recorded in the…

Two Bits – A remarkable story, well told

There are two kinds of memoirs that I start reading cautiously and find an excuse to put down at the slightest provocation: those by politicians and those by journalists. Politicians usually have an over-inflated sense of their own importance while in reality their role in their country’s or world affairs will, most likely, be relegated…

Letters: Bordering on hate speech

In response to the letter “Radio Station is ‘racist’ (Courier, February 10), in my opinion the views expressed in this particular letter are tantamount to hate speech. The writer is clearly expressing his/her hatred for two particular groups of people. The baseless irony resonates all through this letter. It is quite clear, when entering any…

Letters: School system ‘bastardised’

The definition of “bastardise” is “to corrupt something or make it impure by adding new elements”. An example of usage of the word “bastardise”: The schooling system of late has been “bastardised”. I say this because some schools operate with a bureaucratic ignorance governed by gender-political, kitchen type alliances and moderately uneducated SGB members whose…

Letters: Creative thinking for mall

Reading the letter “Move the taxi rank to the mall roof” (Courier February 10) regarding Ballito Bay Mall, I would like to add some further food for thought. The taxi rank could be given the basement parking area which already has a working car wash and a section for minor repairs could be added. With…

Angling Report – 17 February 2017

There was some wind and a bit of a swell at the beginning of last week but the sea and weather conditions were ideal for much of the week. Most of the action took place offshore where some nice fish were caught, both by anglers and spear fishermen. There was a low swell and small…

Two Bits – Julius just got predictable, therefore boring

Julius Malema and the EFF are finally running the risk of becoming predictable and boring. Imagine them sitting in some smoke-filled shebeen, planning their strategy for Zuma’s 2017 State of the Nation address. “Hey guys, what we did in 2015 and 2016 worked so well. I’ve got a brilliant idea – let’s do it again!”…

Letters: Most ridiculous idea ever

In response to the letter “Move the taxi rank to the mall roof” (Courier, February 10), I would like to say that this idea of moving the taxi rank to the Ballito Bay mall rooftop is the most ridiculous idea ever. The writer quite obviously does not live anywhere near the shopping centre, otherwise he/she…

Letters: Has the rainbow nation’s colour leaked?

In response to the article ‘Dating across the racial divide’ (Courier, January 27), the statement that caught my eye was ‘Old prejudices die hard’. I find that this statement is very accurate in relation to the amount of prejudice and racism still found in South Africa. This article is about prejudice against multi-racial relationships. From…

Letters: Teachers who cultivate and inspire

I’m a 17-year-old TrinityHouse Palm Lakes learner. In one of the recent issues of The North Coast Courier, I was inspired by an article entitled, “Excellence from nothing”. This article spoke about Nondenisa Secondary School. Despite having excessive numbers per classroom, hard work and achieving excellence is the name of the game. It is likewise…

Letters: Thank you!

I want to thank the staff of Zara’s Coffee Shop for finding my cell phone and keeping it safe for me. This says a lot for the calibre of people who work there. Very well done. COLLEEN MCKEE Ballito

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