Letters from our readers

Dear Learn and Teach
I enjoy your magazine because I learn a lot, especially about trade unions.
I have a problem. I am working for a building contractor. I work with sand blasting and painting. I have been doing this work for ten years and I am a foreman. But I don’t have any certificates from my work.
My problem is this where can I study more about my work? At school I have done standard seven.
Abraham Malindi

Thanks for the letter Abraham. The Depart­ ment of Manpower says it might give you a trade certificate. To get this you must show that you worked as a painter for at least five years. So your employer must give you a letter. The letter must say how long you have worked as a painter. The Department of Manpower says sand blasting is not a trade. So you cannot get any trade papers for sand blasting. You can go and see the Department of Manpower. Their address is Department of Manpower, 156 President Street, Johannes­ burg. Phone. (011) 29 – 2332.
If you want to study further you can contact the Education Information Centre. They will give you more information. Their address is: 6th Floor Dunwell House, 35 Jorissen Street, Braamfontein, 2001. Phone: (011) 339-2476 Good Luck. -editor

Dear Learn and Teach
Thank you for the story on the New Tax Law. Learn and Teach has made light for many workers. Taxation is heavy on the black nation. I did not know that the government gets so much money every year from the sweat of black workers. I want Learn and Teach every month so I can follow the nation’s background and history.
D. M. N.

Dear Learn and Teach
I saw your magazine from a person who was sitting next to me on the bus. I looked through it. I found it very interesting. So could you send me more information about Learn and Teach.
M. Ngxiki

Thanks for the letter. We are glad you like the magazine. Learn and Teach magazine comes out eight times a year. If you send us R4.00 we will send you the next eight issues of the magazine. It is best to send a postal order. Our address is in the front of the magazine. -editor

Dear Learn and Teach
Please can you help me. I have a problem. I cannot understand English well. I started standard eight but did not finish it. Please tell me what book to buy so that I can learn more English.
B. K. Nornpilo

Thanks for the letter. A place called SACHED has a book to help people read English. The book is called “Readwell”. The book costs R5.00. You can send a postal order for R5.00 to SACHED. Then they will send you the book. Their address is: SACHED, P.O. Box 11350, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2000. -editor

Dear Learn and Teach
Please do me a favour. Send me pictures of Haile Selassie the Emperor of Ethiopia and Chief Albert Luthuli of Groutville.
I really enjoy reading the magazine. The magazine has really improved my English. I and I will survive if I and I can be taught by an African teacher. Jah bless the readers of Learn and Teach.
John Ras Mashampa

Dear Learn and Teach
Please don’t be surprised to get a letter from me. We need your help. We are very worried about our sister who is in Johannesburg. We have not heard from her for a long time. Her name is Nomangesi Ndlwana or Vuma. How can we find her?
Siphiwo Godola
Black 36 M 1
New Brighton

Sorry to hear about your worries, Siphiwo. We hope that our readers will see your letter. Maybe somebody will know your sister. We hope that they will write to you about your sister. Or maybe they will tell her to contact you. We hope this can help you. -editor

Dear Learn and Teach
I want to ask about the law in Namibia. Black people suffer here in Namibia. Everyday the law catches many black people and puts them in jail. White people from outside Namibia can come to visit the country. The law does not catch them – only black people. It is a waste.
N. H.

Dear Learn and Teach
Please do me a favour. I want you to write the full story about Chief Albert Luthuli. The story about Chief Luthuli in Learn and Teach number 9 was not complete.
I would also love you to write more about our black leaders, so that we should know our history.
Nthato Mtimkhulu

Thanks for your letter and sorry the story on Mrs Luthuli was so short. The problem is we don’t have so much space in our little magazine. So we can’t make the stories very long. But we will write more about our black leaders – like the story on Toivo ja Toivo in this edition. -editor

Dear Learn and Teach
For a long time I have seen the life of black people is heavy. Now I ask you what must we do to get a better life? How do we get more money for our work?
Z. Makopane

Thank you for writing. It’s true – life is really heavy. You did not say what your job is. But one way to make work better and to get more money is to join a union. Write to us again. Tell us what work you do. Then we will give you the name of a union to join. Unions make the workers strong. They help to get more pay. Good luck. -editor

Dear Learn and Teach
I like your magazine very much. It’s not so easy to say why I like it so much. All I can say is that it gives us what we desire. It leads us to greener pastures.
It is Learn and Teach that gives us true stories. We are clear about the new tax law now. We know what is happening instead of filling in forms that we don’t understand.
We have told the people about your help. Everybody in town is talking about the new Learn and Teach.
I wish you feet to visit far and near. I wish you a mouth to tell about things loudly. You are so cheap but are worth more than a car. Sloppy makes things even more loveable.
Themba Sangweni


Letters from our readers

Dear Learn and Teach
I like the Learn and Teach magazine. I am a 21 year old woman. I left school in 1978. When I left the school, I was in standard four.
I left school because my parents died. Now I love to read your stories in English. When I read your magazine, I remember school.
Hilda Nomalanga Simelane

Dear Learn and Teach
I am an adult learner in Martindale, Johannesburg. Please forgive me ­but I want to be forward. I found a mistake in your magazine number 2 1983. On page 31 you asked us to make a sentence with these words:
Write to Teach. Workers many a Learn letter s.
I have tried all the ways but I can’t get the sentence right. I think the letter ‘a’ doesn’t belong in the sentence.
Susan Mnisi

Thank you for your letter Susan. You are quite right. We did make a mistake. I’ve spoken to the man who makes up the English lesson. I showed him your letter. I’ve decided to give him one more chance -editor

Dear Learn and Teach
I have a problem with my skin. I have a black patch on my nose. I think I got the black patch from skin lightening creams. I have tried some medicine but nothing helps. Please give me some advice.
Dorah Mudau

Thank you for your letter Dorah. I’m very sorry to hear about your problem. Thousands of women in South Africa suffer because of these dangerous creams. I think you must go see a skin doctor (dermatologist) at your nearest hospital. But in the meantime, throw these rubbish creams away. -editor

Dear Learn and Teach
I enjoy reading your magazine very much. I’m from a poor family. I don’t have money for school fees. Can you please tell me how to get a bursary.
Weppies Sambo

Dear Weppies,
Thank you for your letter. Many readers ask us about bursaries. We will write a story about bursaries very soon. But in the meantime, you can write to an organization for help. The organization is called the Education Information Centre (EIC) The address is: E I C, 6th Floor, Dunwell House; 35 Jorrisen Street, Braamfontein. -editor

Dear Learn and Teach
In 1975 I got a job with a lawyer. I left the job after three years. When I left he did not give me my U.I.F. card. He said he did not get one for me.
Then I got a job at a shop. The shop told me to go to the Labour Depart­ment. They said I must get my own card. So I went and filled in the forms. I sent the forms to Pretoria. But they never sent me a card.
Now I have worked at an insurance company for over two years. I still haven’t got a card. My boss did send the forms but we have heard nothing. What must I do? What happens if I don’t have a card?
Moses Pholoha

Thanks for your letter Moses. I’m sorry to hear about your problems with your blue card. You must make sure you get this card. If you don’t, you may never get U.I.F. money when you lose your job.
The law says your boss must ask for your blue card. All employers must get blue cards for their workers. Workers must make sure their bosses get their blue cards for them.
If you have problems, you can go to an organization for help. Go to the:
Industrial Aid Centre; 312 Trevor Building, Voortrekker Street, Vereeni­ ging, Tel: (016) 22 – 4743. -editor

Dear Learn and Teach
Please tell your readers about the Cape Town Trade Union Library. Five trade unions started the library. The unions want to help the workers learn about trade unions.
Books are so expensive today. Workers cannot afford to buy them. That is why the library has got these books about trade unions and workers’ problems. Any worker can join the Readers’ Club and use the library. There is a small fee. But if you are a trade union member, bring your membership card and you –will pay less.
The library has opened a reading room in Salt River. The address is 108C Malta House, Malta Road. The library is only five minutes walk from Salt River station. It is open every Satur­day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
R.G. Young

Dear Learn and Teach
I have read Learn and Teach. Now I have a friend to share my problems. I write stories. My first story is about a headmaster and the boy who ‘dodges’ school. I want to see my stories in books. Where can I send my stories?
Nelson Awaseb

Thank you for your letter Nelson. You can send your stories to Ravan Press, P.O. Box 31134, Braamfontein; 2017. Or you can send your stories to: Skotaville Publishers, P.O. Box 32483; Braamfontein; 2017. We wish you good luck -editor