LET­TERS

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NDUMISO KNOWS US WELL

NDUMISO Ng­cobo’s “Help! My house won’t ad­just” (May 28) is like déjà vu.

I’m a year away from 40 and a lot of what he says I can al­ready re­late to. Guys as old as 25 al­ready call me “timer” or “un­cle”.

To try and keep the waist­line in check I’ve de­cided to keep run­ning marathons. The Com­rades is the best be­cause it keeps me run­ning for most of the year and, even though I’ve yet to fin­ish it, with my third at­tempt for a medal com­ing up, it keeps me hop­ing to live longer and health­ier.

Ev­ery­one close to 40 needs an out­door ac­tiv­ity/hobby of some sort. — Montshiwa Molemi NDUMISO Ng­cobo wrote about Wil­liam Ni­col in his de­light­ful col­umn on May 28. Many do not know that Wil­liam Ni­col was a prom­i­nent leader in the Dutch Re­formed Church who fo­cussed much of his at­ten­tion on up­lift­ing the poor through ed­u­ca­tion in their mother tongue. To this end he was in­stru­men­tal in the cre­ation of the Help­mekaar Afrikaans schools and in the trans­la­tion of the Dutch Bi­ble into Zulu in the 1920s.

As mod­er­a­tor of the church, his ap­proach was in­clu­sive and this of­ten brought him into con­flict with the pow­ers when he wished to in­vite church lead­ers from other African coun­tries to con­fer­ences.

He was ear­marked for the po­si­tion of rec­tor at the Univer­sity

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