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Letters from our readers 1983 No 3

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

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 MOUNT FLETCHER

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 DUBE

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 MDANTSANE

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 STEELPOORT

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 Com­missioner 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 DAVEYTON

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 ORLANDO

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 SASOLBURG

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 TZANEEN

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


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