EN PASSANT

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Tom Lambe Ruth Muller Sarah Bain Celia Chalmers Tom Mh­langa

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

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