Mossel Bay deserves award
Francois Barnard, writes:
I read the letter by Ash Botha and had to respond.
Botha's main complaints are shopping, salaries, accommodation and then substance abuse.
Before taking his pen in hand Botha should have considered what he is saying. The prize was not for shopping centres or highest salary, it was for town of the year. Did he even bother to look at the criteria of the competition? The town was chosen by people voting, not organisers.
Competition aside, comparing Mossel Bay to George is senseless as George is a city, not a town as defined.
As Botha appears to have time to sprout poison from his pen he may take the time to consider the difference. He could also consider the beauty of Mossel Bay, the unique character and everything else that no other town has. Substance abuse is unfortunately not confined to Mossel Bay, even South Africa for that matter. (Another thing he might want to read up on).
The town is well run with a municipality that outshines the rest of the country. It is unfortunate that the written word is available to one person, with personal issues, to hurt others who care for and are actually contributing positively to the town.
Mossel Bay is not a so-called down and out dorpie, it is the opposite. We are proud of our town and all its positive attributes. Mossel Bay is a lovely seaside town.
Life depends so much on what is in your own heart because that is what you will see around you.