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You South Africa 05 Aug 2021

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South Africa
Media 24 Ltd
52 Issues

in this issue

1 min

MY HUSBAND is obsessed with the Olympic Games. There’s currently a man-shaped indent on the couch and the remote seems welded to his hand as he checks what’s happening on various channels. Even when I’m clearly busy with something else, he’ll give me a running commentary on this interesting athlete or that fascinating discipline. I’m not sure he even requires a response. He’s always been like this about major sporting events. This one was no exception despite the fact it’s so different thanks to Covid-19. It doesn’t matter that there aren’t spectators, was his reply when I pointed out how sad the empty stadiums looked. It’s about the athletes and them showing what they can do. It’s about the fact that they’re finally able to show off the results of years of training…

1 min
things we take for granted

When I woke up this morning it was still dark. Everyone was still sleeping as I peeked out of the living-room window. The streetlights were bright. The traffic lights were working. That meant that all through the night the transformers had been working and there would be electricity to take a nice hot shower, to charge my phone and allow me to write this letter. I heard the trucks running. The food was being delivered to the grocery stores. I’d be able to buy oats to make my breakfast and vegetables to make soup for dinner. One thing the looting catastrophe has taught me is that we take things for granted. Small things that may not seem like much, things we don’t appreciate until life slaps us in the face. I know things might…

2 min

PROUDLY SAA! I was an SAA crew member during the late 1970s and early 1980s and I hold my head up high! The SAA that Robert Schapiro portrays in his book (YOU, 22 July) is nothing like the SAA I experienced during that time. He has taken it upon himself to degrade and insult every cockpit as well as cabin-crew member – portraying us, among others, as unprofessional, inconsiderate and flippant. It’s very sad and disappointing! PATTI, EMAIL COME RAIN OR SHINE Sixty years ago, we chose 10 June as the date for our wedding. Then my sister met someone and, after a whirlwind romance, he proposed. Being a member of the British police force in Kenya, he was due back soon so they chose to marry on 10 June – causing us to change our…

2 min
a time to think of others

When we look around us, it’s scary to see how innocent people suffer every day – people who’ve lost their jobs and struggle to provide for their families. Sky-high electricity and food prices don’t make it any easier. Then there are families who’ve lost loved ones because of this terrible pandemic, loved ones gone without even a goodbye. A mother on the Cape Flats waits for her child to come back from the shop, only to hear he was caught in gangsters’ crossfire and was shot dead. A little girl is kidnapped, and all hope is shattered when the child’s little body is found days later in an open field. Sometimes we get so caught up in our own little world that we’re blind to all the suffering around us. Let’s be grateful…

1 min
in brief

If everyone disposed of their junk in a responsible way there wouldn’t be beaches, cities and oceans filled with junk! It’s not rocket science, people. WENDY, MIDRAND Producer, please remember that us elderly people battle to open bottles. I have arthritic fingers. Our tenant was telling me he knew an elderly man who couldn’t get his heart-tablet bottle open and died. They found him clasping the unopened bottle! ARLENE CHAPERON, SMS I think it’s so unprofessional when newsreaders drink coffee while doing the news in the mornings. COLIN, SMS I received both my vaccine jabs at Mediclinic Vergelegen [Cape Town] and I can’t praise the staff highly enough. I was in and out within 20 minutes. Medals should be handed out to all medical professionals. LOUISE, SMS Paris is reducing its speed limit to 30km/h in all…

9 min
harry deals his gran a heavy blow

IT’S the biggest and most important event on the royal calendar – the queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations, set to take place in June next year to pay homage to the monarch’s record-breaking 70 years on the British throne. Several days’ worth of events are being planned in the UK to honour the reign of a woman who’s dedicated her life to duty and country. Already the stage is being set, the itinerary fine-tuned, the guest lists finalised for festivities that will be the highlight of Queen Elizabeth’s jubilee year. But what should be a happy if busy preparation period is being overshadowed by yet another bomb that’s been dropped on the royal family. News recently broke that Prince Harry will be releasing his memoir later next year – and while he’s promised it…