How to get a good deal an over priced house!

Written by Christelle Niemandt. Posted in Letters

It’s possible to get a good deal but you are going to need professional help for sure. It’s important that you have an agent who has good negotiation skills. Such an agent will determine whether the seller is motivated by greed or lack of market knowledge. Find out what similar cases your agent has handled. It all comes down to how well the agent can mediate and make sure that both you and the seller have been accommodated.
There needs to be something in your offer that will attract the seller.

How the people of the North West province should judge the performance of Madoda Sambatha as MEC of Health

Written by Christelle Niemandt. Posted in Letters

It is the mark of any worth leader to share his/her vision with the team under his/her authority. This is important for two reasons. A leader needs a team that buys into the set vision. It is also crucial that the team that does the work in implementing the vision is well informed of the direction the leader wants it to move. During the month of July 2019, Members of the Executive Committee (MECs) in the North West Province presented their visions as leaders of respective portfolios. I took interest in MEC Madoda Sambatha’s blueprint for the Health department.

NHI is not going to solve the current dismal state of our health care system.

Written by Christelle Niemandt. Posted in Letters

Health minister Zweli Mkhize, stated that “a key aspect of the National Health Insurance fund is social solidarity-the rich helping the poor”. The proposed NHI scheme envisages the collection of money from both private and public sector into one funding pool. This, according to government is to ensure a more equitable system. This is a noble attempt by government in trying to address the inequalities in the health care system.

Clients Ask!

Written by Christelle Niemandt. Posted in Letters

Why have I been charged rates and taxes on a vacant land? The municipality collects revenue from all land. Rates for vacant land are high as municipality tries to encourage landowners to develop. Clients find that they have an unexpected bill when they submit plans. Plans are approved at municipality only when all rates are paid up.

Coalition governments can never be the solution

Written by Christelle Niemandt. Posted in Letters

When a number of different political parties come together to form a government, it is a recipe for disaster. According to author, Ian Spears, “not only are coalition governments difficult to arrive at but are also difficult to put into practice”. So what is the reason for this?, there’s a few reasons, the first being that political parties represent different sets of interests and agendas. They thus enter into an alliance with other parties to achieve those interests and push their agenda. For example, in an interview on ENCA, political analyst Lumkile Mondli said that, “ the EFF used its position as king makers in the coalition to punish the DA for not backing it on land reform issues”.