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


Letters from our readers

Dear Learn and Teach
Thank you for your magazine. Can you please tell me more about learning groups.
Maria Mogangane

Thanks for the letter Maria. People learn to read and write in learning groups. If you want to join a learning group, find some friends who also want to join. Then find a friend who can read and write already. Then write to Learn and Teach. We will show your friend how to teach the group. We will bring books for the group. And we will visit the group often. Good Luck! -editor

Dear Learn and Teach
Thank you very much for your magazine. I liked the story about Don Mattera. The story shows that a tsotsi can change and get good manners again. Please write more interesting stories.
Samuel Luthuli

Dear Learn and Teach
I have only read one Learn and Teach magazine. And I really liked it. I have sent R2.50 for the next 10 magazines. Can I get the old magazines?
Amos Phethe

Thank you for your kind words. Yes, we do sell old magazines. Send us R2.50 and we will send you the last 10 magazines. -editor

Dear Learn and Teach
Your magazine is wonderful and I think everyone should read it. I have learnt many important things. I try to teach these things to other people. Thank you Learn and Teach.
Gaby Andrew
Natal Teachers Training College

Dear Learn and Teach
I really enjoy reading your book. I read your magazine every night. I’m sorry my English is not good enough. I want to study standard five. Yes, English is good but I talk Xhosa. I want to read Xhosa in the magazine.
Beauty Nonqaba Bhogwana

Thank you for your letter. We are thinking of starting a magazine in some black languages. What do other readers think? -editor

Dear Learn and Teach
I live in Namibia. I like reading your magazine very much. But I don’t like anything without music. Do me a favour. Write stories about music in the magazine and make me happy.
John Kgositsele

Thanks for the letter, John. I hope you like the story on Mara Louw in this magazine. -editor

Dear Learn and Teach
I worked at a company at Elandsfontein for five and half years. When I left, they gave me my U.I.F. card. When I tried to get money, they wanted to arrest me. I thought my card was useless. So I burnt it. What is your advice. Must I get my card again?
Alfred Boloka

Thanks for your letter Alfred. I think you must try get another U.I.F. card again. After all, you paid money to the U.I.F. fund every month. Get another card. Go to the nearest Com­ missioner or Magistrate’s office. Or go to the Department of Manpower in Pretoria. The address is: Laboria Building, 310 Paul Kruger Street, Pretoria. -editor

Dear Learn and Teach
I belong to a Christian Youth Club in Daveyton. We really want to help you people. Can we sell the magazine for you in Daveyton?
Sipho Mbele

Thank you for the letter. We want organiza­tions to sell the magazine for us. An organiza­tion must take at least 50 magazines. The organization can keep 10 cents for each magazine they sell.- -editor

Dear Learn and Teach
I found out about your magazine a few days ago. Can I take pictures for the magazine?
Cyril Mliso

Thanks for the letter Cyril. We want people to send us pictures. But we also want stories with the pictures. Think of some ideas. And write to us or phone us. Our telephone number is (011) 834-4011.

Dear Learn and Teach
My name is Bethwell. I want to tell you about my problem.
I have worked on a farm for 10 years. We start work at 6 o’clock in the morning. We finish at 6 o’clock in the evening. We work five and half days a week. The farmer pays me R25.45 a week. I am very good at my job. But my wages have stayed the same since 1973. I never get a bonus. Can you please give me some advice.
Bethwell N.
Elgin, Cape Province

Thanks for the letter Bethwell. The law does not look after farm workers. The law does not say how much money a farm worker must get. And the law does not say how long a farm worker must work. Farm workers must try to stand together. They must try to fight for a better life. Go and talk to African Food and Canning Workers Union. Maybe they can help you. They have a branch near you in Grabouw. The address is. Gerald Wright Memorial Hall, Pineview, Grabouw. (No telephone) -editor

Dear Learn and Teach
I worked at a chemical factory. After I left the company, I got sick. The doctor said the chemicals made me sick. He said I can’t work for the rest of my life. What can I do?
Sidwell Mohale

I am sorry to hear about your problems Sidwell. You must go to an organization for help. Go to the Industrial Aid Centre; 312 Trevor Building, Voortrekker Street, Vereeniging. Tel; (016) 22 – 4743. – editor

Dear Learn and Teach
I’ve got some problems. I come from Witsies­ hoek. But I stay with my uncle in Tzaneen. I am in form three. Now my uncle says he can’t afford to keep me. So I must go and work. I will work and go back to school later. Can you tell me how to get a reference book?
S. Mohlakoane

Go to the Black Sash. They will help you get a reference book. But you will have to travel far. The nearest Black Sash is in Pretoria. The address is: Presbyterian Church, 294 Schoeman Street, Pretoria. They are only open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings.

But try not to leave school. The new law does not let students over 21 stay at school. Try get a bursary. Write to the Education Information Centre. They will give you a list of bursaries. The address is, 6th Floor, Dunwell House, 35 Jorissen Street, Braamfontein, Tel: (011) 39 ­ 2476. -editor