HAVING just watched a speech by President Jacob Zuma at the ANC conference in Nasrec, I was mystified by his jacket, which has zips over both shoulders. After some consideration, I realised that the probable reason for these zips were for inserting shoulder pads. This leads to the question: What are the shoulder pads made of ? Various possibilities came to mind, gold bars, shares, high denomination bank notes, property deeds but most certainly not normal material. Oakdene GIVEN that the Competition Commission has recently launched an investigation into Aspen’s pricing of cancer drugs, it might also like to look into the prices Aspen charges for antiretrovirals. I discovered today that Aspen’s generic tenofovir costs more than twice as much as the Adco generic – R308.80 compared to R117.42 I have written to Aspen several times but have had no response. Linksfield Ridge ON Tuesday morning, I went through the Star’s Tonight section to do my favourite puzzle, the Quiz Crossword, only to find it wasn’t there. Assuming there was some editorial mishap, I expected it to be in Wednesday’s paper. But no! Please explain the absence of the Quiz Crossword. Risidale IMAGINE my consternation on finding that my favourite Basset Hound, Fred, and the world’s most irascible and grumpy feline, Garfield, no longer feature in your cartoon strips. Please bring them back as soon as possible, my evening is just not the same without these two delightful characters! Wendywood THE national policy conference of the ANC has come and gone.
Some within the leadership claim that it was a success, but to what extent was this success? The ANC is known to be a democratic organisan which embraces internal debates. But debates alone are not enough if resolutions are not going to be implemented. This is the problem that has been facing the ANC for a very long time now.
It is, however, very fair to note some policy proposals are progressive. The example can include the radical economic transformation. However, increasing the child grant age could be a problem. Where is the money going to come from? South Africa is spending a lot on grants as it stands. Let’s hope that this time around, things will improve and taxpayers’ money will be put to good use. Braamfontein