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Woolies’ re­sponse to baby car­rier scan­dal leaves much to be de­sired

If Wool­worths staff did this [in­tro­duce a baby car­rier that the re­tailer ad­mit­ted bore “strik­ing sim­i­lar­i­ties” to one made by a lo­cal en­tre­pre­neur] on their own with­out man­age­ment ap­proval, they should be fired for em­bar­rass­ing the com­pany and tar­nish­ing its im­age.

We are all quick to de­mand that the heads of gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials roll, but the same must hap­pen in the pri­vate sec­tor. If man­age­ment was aware of and ap­proved the “IP theft”, they should also fall on their swords.

Pi­eter Jou­bert, on busi­nesslive

Wool­worths, this is not about “strik­ing sim­i­lar­i­ties”. Call it what it is: out­right, bla­tant and dis­gust­ing in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty theft.

Don’t talk about strength­en­ing con­trols — this isn’t the first time, and those are only the re­ported cases.

How about some in­tegrity and trans­parency?

How about a “pay back the money” mo­ment?

How about a state­ment from the CEO stat­ing that in fu­ture any­one found do­ing some­thing sim­i­lar will be dis­missed im­me­di­ately?

They say a fish rots from the head. You can’t just talk about eth­i­cal be­hav­iour and then turn a blind eye — you have to live by the prin­ci­ples.

Nick Steen, on busi­nesslive

The cross these shoes must bear

As a prime tar­get for Green Cross prod­ucts (ma­ture; slen­der feet but with re­stricted move­ment; can af­ford the prices), I fre­quently take a look in their shop in our lo­cal mall — and walk out with­out buy­ing any­thing “Green Cross keeps the name, cuts the work­ers” (De­cem­ber 9 2018).

Why? Be­cause the de­signs are ei­ther aimed at the very trendy, and are much cheaper else­where, or they are in­cred­i­bly old-fash­ioned and de­press­ing, and I wouldn’t be seen dead in them.

I’m re­ally sorry skilled work­ers are los­ing their jobs — what a pity the com­pany has no di­rec­tor with an eye for el­e­gance.

Mrs S Mac­Don­ald, Wilder­ness

Not-so-happy new year

Al­most ev­ery peace­ful in­ven­tion over the past 1,000 years has been turned into a weapon of war to dec­i­mate mankind in the name of po­lit­i­cal dom­i­nance.

Man split the atom and cre­ated the atomic bomb. The air­plane was in­vented, which gave birth to fighter air­craft and bombers that in­cin­er­ated cities and killed more than a bil­lion peo­ple. Com­mer­cial jet air­craft came into be­ing and, as an ae­rial weapon, de­stroyed the Twin Tow­ers in an un­prece­dented dis­play of in­san­ity.

The mo­tor ve­hi­cle is be­ing used as a mil­i­tary plat­form to blast hu­mans to smithereens. Drones are now soar­ing through our skies — in­evitably, they will be used to at­tack civil­ians with toxic and bi­o­log­i­cal agents. Elec­tric and driver­less ve­hi­cles will pro­pel hitech re­mote war­fare into a new di­men­sion.

Man’s in­ge­nu­ity and thirst for dom­i­nance will usher in a sin­is­ter form of asym­met­ric ca­pa­bil­i­ties, us­ing TNT, lasers, gas, chem­i­cals and money as weapons to se­cure com­plete global dom­i­nance. This year will wit­ness tragedies of un­prece­dented pro­por­tions.

Farouk Araie, Jo­han­nes­burg WRITE TO: PO BOX 1742, Sax­on­wold 2132. SMS: 33971 E-MAIL: let­[email protected]­

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