Drum – 22 August 2019

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NOTADEATHSENTENCE
Itisnotnecessaryforpeopleliving
withHIVtoliveinfearbecausethe


diseasecanbemanagedsuccessfully
withpropertreatment.
ThestoryWinningtheAidsbattle(
July)abouthowNelisiweMphanzaof


Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal,hasbeen
livingwith HIVsince 2012 should
inspireotherpeopletosticktotheir
antiretroviraltreatment.Andthestory


shouldbea remindertopeoplethat
thisdiseaseisnota deathsentence.
Peoplewhorefusetotaketheiranti-


retroviralswhentheyknowthatthey
areHIV-positivearediggingtheirown
graves.
HIVisnolongerthekillerdiseaseit


oncewas,notsincetheintroductionof


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HATaninspira-
tion Northern
Cape premier
ZamaniSaulis.
Inthisdayand
ageweusually
onlyhearofcor-
ruptionwhenit

comestopoliticians.Soit waswonder-
fultositdownwiththishumbleman
whoisinpoliticsnotforthefameand
glory, buttohelphispeople.


We wouldloveit if allourpoliticians
couldadopthisattitude.Imaginea
SouthAfricawherepoliticalleaders


didmoreforusthanforthemselves?
Wheretheydon’tspendmillionson
luxurycarsandhomes.Whereinstead
theyusethatmoneyforthingsthat


couldimprovethelivesofcitizens?
Turntopage 10 toreadmoreabout
thismanwho’sdoingsuchgreatthings.
Untilnexttime,


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Wewouldlovetohearyourthoughts
onmattersclosetoyourheartor
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antiretroviraltreatment.
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SAM’SSADENDING
TherecentpassingofSamMeyiwa,the
fatherofformerBucs iconSenzo
Meyiwa,senta floodoftearsdownmy
cheeks.
The old man died heartbroken,
withouteverfindingclosureonthe
deathofhismurderedson.Hedied
withoutseeinghisson’smerciless
killersbroughttojustice.
Hethoughtthemotormouthformer
policeminister,FikileMbalula,would
haveliveduptohispromisesbyapp-
rehendingtheculprits,but dololo
(nothing)!
Then came the fearlesscowboy
“Ndosi”[policeministerBhekiCele],
whoalsopromisedthatSenzo’scase
wouldbea priority,butnothingseems
tobehappening.
I fearSenzo’smommightpassnext,
becauseit isnoteasycopingwithsuch
a loss–herhusbandandtwosons.
MaySamMeyiwa’sheartbrokensoul
restineternalpeace!
SAMUELRADEBE,HEILBRON

BADTOWORSE
I washopingthatthingswouldget
betterinourcountrybutit seemsasif
thesituationisonlygettingworse,
withunemploymentnowat29%.
Wehavethehighestunemployment
comparedtootherBricscountries.
Whyareourleadersnotlearningfrom
othercountries?
Somethingiswrongwithourstate.

Wealsoleadthelistswiththehighest
crimeandcorruption.
Someofthebanksareabouttore-
trenchevenmoreworkersbutnoone
seemsworriedaboutthat– unlessit is
EskomandtheSABC,whereministers
saywecannotallowretrenchment.
Ourcurrentpoliciesarenothelping
usatall.
ALFREDRADEBE,SMS

Unemploymentisprevalentinour
communities.Themainreasonforthis
isthatthegovernmentdoesnotoffer
enoughjob opportunitiesforour
people.Thereisalsoa lackofenthu-
siasmanddriveamongpeople.
I believethegovernmentcanonly
helpthosewhowanttohelpthem-
selves.
Imagineifsomeoneinyourcom-
munityhada businessideaandwent
ontopursueit– drawingupbusiness
plans, budgets and doing allthe
necessaryresearchtoturnthatidea
intoa detailedandconvincingbusiness
venture.
Next,thepersoncouldproposethis
tointerestedparties,companies,the
mayor,councilsandsimilarbodies.
Ifthebusinesstakesoff,moreindi-
vidualswillbeemployedinthatcom-
munityandthenumberofunemployed
peopledrops.
Nowimagineif thiswasthecasein
allcommunities.
I feellikethisis a strategythatshould
beutilisedtoempowerandenhance
livesinourcommunities.
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