YOU (South Africa) - - SAY -

The hype and over­spend­ing on ma­tric farewells re­flect how com­pet­i­tive and com­mer­cialised this mini-in­dus­try has be­come.

Young women try to outdo one an­other by dress­ing provoca­tively and sourc­ing the most out­ra­geous means of trans­port – Bent­leys, Mazzer­atis, Bu­gat­tis, Rolls-Royces, even horse-drawn car­riages – to make their grand en­trance.

What about the girls whose par­ents don’t have this kind of money to burn? They feel the hurt of not be­ing no­ticed,

ar­riv­ing qui­etly and without fan­fare.

I won­der how many of these par­ents who spend many thou­sands on their lit­tle dar­lings give a sec­ond thought to the learn­ers whose only means of trans­port is a taxi or an in­signif­i­cant old car.

The sad thing is it’s the learn­ers’ moth­ers who are right up there try­ing to outdo one an­other. This farewell psy­chosis should be stopped. PETER BACHTIS, EMAIL

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