Letters To The Editor, 4th November 2017

South Taveuni water supply Shariff Shah, Savusavu Can the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) or the minister concerned please advise the public of South Taveuni when will the water woes
04 Nov 2017 13:03
Letters To The Editor, 4th November 2017

South Taveuni water supply

Shariff Shah, Savusavu

Can the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) or the minister concerned please advise the public of South Taveuni when will the water woes end?

You have set up the desalination plant, but its not working. Can you put a little more money and get this up and running? It will be lot cheaper than carting water daily.

I am inviting the chief executive of WAF and the minister to come over and stay with me – free of charge – for two days only and see for themselves the hardship people here have been going through for ages.

I am sure you will run away and that too, without brushing and bathing. We can live without light, but not water.

Fiji Airways Drua vs QLD Country

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Suva

The second Australian National Rugby Championship semifinal match between the Fiji Airways Drua and Queensland Country should be won by QLD.

It is their turf and they have a home crowd advantage.

The Drua side have lost two straight home games, the second against QLD Country and we should expect them to lose in their semifinal rematch on Sunday.

But magic has happened before, where a team that has lost two previous games, comes alive after learning from its mistakes and makes one final victorious onslaught.

This is what we all want to happen to the Drua side because we know that they have the flair and capability to create an upset in Queensland territory.

Come on Drua, we want to see some Fijian magic as you take on Queensland Country on Sunday.

Win or lose, you have made Fiji proud by reaching the semifinals of the NRC in your first year of competition.

Go Drua, go.

Text messages

Spencer Robinson, Suva

Recently, I have been receiving multiple text messages on my mobile phone from Vodafone Fiji on the subject of “Fare Review”. The content reads: “Calling for public submissions on Bus Fare Reviews. Send your views on submission@busfarereview.gov.fj or text to 336 FOC. Submission closes 30 Nov 17.”

Firstly, I must thank the Government and Vodafone Fiji for this public awareness platform, which would allow Fijians the opportunity to submit their views and opinions on the Bus Fare Review.

Secondly, I hope that all Digicel customers are getting the same text messages for the purpose of fairness, transparency and accountability.

In addition, can Vodafone Fiji also send out text messages that discloses members who make up the Fiji Bus Fare Review Committee? Every citizen should be aware of this information as well because it is our constitutional right to know and be well informed. Come to think of it, people will be asking this fundamental question – ‘How or Why do I make my submission to the Bus Fare Review Committee, if I do not know who sits on this very important body? On the contrary, people may say that it’s not important who sits on the review panel, but what is significant is that you make a submission if you want your voice heard. This primitive way of thinking is absurd.

It is equally important that you make a submission and at the same time be knowledgeable of the fact on which individuals comprise of the Bus Fare Review Committee. At the end of the day it is the policies they make that has an impact (positive or negative) both on the customers and the bus operators.

While the final policies are basically derived from the public submissions that were received and analysed, the question still arises is how the public submissions are translated into the policies that are made. Thus, it is imperative that the public are also made aware of the individuals who make up the Bus Fare Review Committee.

Global warming

Shad Alfaz Ali, Navua

This is to thank the authorities for putting in strategies to control and reduce the amount of plastic bags used and disposed on a daily basis.

A plastic bag from the outset is a non-biodegradable item in that it is not decomposed by bacteria and other decomposing agents.

Plastic bags and plastic in general is one of the most active agents in terms of altering our ecosystem and contributing to global warming.

The restrictions imposed on plastic bags is in line with the visions of COP23, which aims to create worldwide awareness on the importance of combating global warming and the human activities that cause it.

It takes approximately two kilogrammes of oil for energy and raw material to produce 1kg of plastic, and burning 1kg of oil creates about 3kg of carbon dioxide, which heavily contributes to global warming.

The increase in earth’s temperature causes the Antarctic ice to melt leading to the rise in sea level, which we all have experienced already.

In addition to the above, plastic bags, apart from causing blocked drains and leading to flash flooding, also poses serious danger to marine life.

Millions of sea birds, whales, seals, dolphins and sea turtles die from plastic debris that ends up in our oceans.

Global warming has a global impact and it’s important that we all play our part in our small ways to help mitigate it.

For the benefit of our future generations and the existence of planet earth, let’s all make a pledge today to reduce the amount of plastic bags we use.

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