x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Mandela's work is not yet complete

A reader congratulates the former president on his birthday but notes that South Africa still has many challenges as a nation. Other letter topics: suggestions for Mawaqif, a tribute to Rajesh Khanna and the new Batman film.

A reader praises South Africa's Nelson Mandela, pictured with his great-grandchildren. Peter Morey / Reuters
A reader praises South Africa's Nelson Mandela, pictured with his great-grandchildren. Peter Morey / Reuters

It would be a good idea if Mawaqif could organise the distribution and sale of parking cards of various denominations through petrol stations and other handy outlets.

Currently, there are only one or two outlets selling these cards and it is inconvenient for the public to obtain them.

Also, it is not easy to locate the parking meters in many places. It would be helpful if the authorities put up some special signage pointing to the parking meters.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

Superstar's films live on in memory

Your article Bollywood mourns its first heartthrob (July 19) was sad and painful to read.

Rajesh Khanna was one of the most charming and stylish actors of yesteryear. He was Bollywood's first superstar and won many awards.

His pictures Aradhana, Kati Patang, Sacha Jhutha, Dushman, Do Raaste and Anand  are still in the front of my mind.

Indian cinema has lost a great thespian. My thoughts are with his bereaved family members.

K Ragavan, India

Mandela's work is not yet complete

Millions salute Mandela's birthday (July 19) reminds us of how this great man became a unifying force in a deeply divided nation.

It is also a reminder that while apartheid has been dismantled in South Africa, it remains - often under other guises - elsewhere in the world.

And, while I join those who wish Mr Mandela well, remember his struggle and praise his efforts during his tenure as president of South Africa, we must not forget that his nation still faces many more problems.

As the last paragraph of your story says, "The country remains beset by tensions over continued white minority domination of the economy, massive unemployment, poor education and health services, and the millions who remain homeless or living in shacks."

Those who carry on Mr Mandela's work have much yet to do.

Chris Bryant, Abu Dhabi

South Africa has taken pride of place among the countries of the world today, often punching way above its weight on numerous international forums.

Yes, we have challenges facing us such as HIV/Aids, violent crime, poverty and unemployment.

But South Africa is now widely regarded as Africa's best hope, both politically and economically. There is widespread recognition in numerous quarters that South Africa simply has to succeed so that it can serve as a role-model and engine for uplifting the African continent.

A successful South Africa would serve as a powerful beacon of hope and show what is possible if a country adheres to democracy, sound economic management and good governance.

Samaoen Osman, South Africa

Option of deadly force a sad reality

Regarding 'Refresher course on procedure is required' (July 19), it's no wonder the head of a security company in Dubai quoted as saying that "an attack by a speedboat off Jebel Ali is clearly implausible" wishes to remain anonymous.

If his clients knew who he was, he would be out of business within the week.

Equally, for the "shipping industry authority", likewise anonymous, to suggest that the US Navy should pay no heed to fishing boats because they are a common sight, reveals a chilling lack of awareness.

It is precisely because bombers choose vessels that are common in an area that it is so hard to detect them. That is also why it is vital that any warship protects itself with a series of clear warnings, followed by the use of deadly force, if necessary.

I'm afraid under the current circumstances in the Arabian Gulf, and elsewhere, the obligation is on the fisherman to stay clear.

Steven Still, Dubai

Dark Knight delay doesn't add up

I agree with Michael Maksoudian (The Dark Knight pauses, July 19) that there should be a few special screenings of the new Batman film especially for the diehard fans.

I also agree that while we must all be respectful during the Holy Month of Ramadan, the decision to hold back the release has more to do with money than respect.

Trevor Long, Abu Dhabi

If the film is on hold "out of respect for the Holy Month" then why are any movies being shown? Is it just Batman that's insulting?

M MacLennan, Dubai

More channels, less exercise?

Inactivity is as bad as smoking, according to a new study. The good news is that eLife now costs less (Etisalat offers cut-price TV, July 18).

So, relax on your couch and tuck into that bucket of takeaway chicken while surfing 80 channels.

U Ubaid, Abu Dhabi