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Media Response

The Media Desk contributes local, national and international news articles for the website and also focuses on news content of the Muslim world. etters commenting on broad issues are also regularly sent to the editors of newspapers Below are a few letters which were sent by the Media Desk and published in newspapers. Bias and negative reporting against Islam has become a very real phenomenon in the media, especially in the international press.

The Darul Ihsan Media Desk primarily monitors the media for Islamaphobic (anti-Islamic) comments and anti-Islamic sentiments made in the mainstream media and interacts positively with media portals conveying the Islamic perspective.

Tuesday, 11 December 2007 12:46

Our Children (Media Response)

Sunday Times


Your front page reporting of children raping each other is probably only the tip of the iceberg. Some of the current activities of learners at schools are not much to be desired. This obviously cannot be attributed as blame to the schools and educators; it’s largely a social problem.

In the name of enjoyment, entertainment and pleasure, our children are growing into an advanced stage of modernization where parents have lost a great deal of control over their children. Parental advice and disciplining of children are probably things of the past. They have a mind of their own and do as they please. While we cannot squarely place the blame on any one particular aspect of life; however, since the introduction of the chat rooms, mxit, violent movies, etc. the situation has exacerbated to alarming proportions. The stabbings, assault, substance abuse of pupils and attacks on teachers is really out of control.

The general behavior and activities of many children is indeed disturbing. In fact a great deal of undesirable activities goes unnoticed which need to be checked and corrected immediately. It is hoped that parents and all caring South Africans find solutions to better the situation and lend their support in this direction.




Monday, 07 January 2008 13:07

Babies (media response)

The Mercury

The reality is that more than eighty percent of South Africans cannot afford private health care and therefore it is incumbent that the state provide basic health care.

It was indeed disturbing to learn in an article some weeks ago that newborn babies are sometimes kept to rest in cardboard boxes at the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital – the world's biggest hospital. Latest report reads, “Minister Blames shortages” in the twist of babies dying at government hospitals in a deadly klebsiella outbreak. The Minister blames this to the lack of resources – well then the government must do something and dare not wait for another five babies to die before deciding to do something. 

It is really time to reflect and the Department of Health clearly needs to take some action. In general, government hospitals by and large require an upgrade of facilities and equipment. Housing and health care should be top priorities: needless to say that to some extent the government has failed to deliver.



Wednesday, 09 January 2008 11:51

'Whites only' (Media Response)

The Mercury


I was immensely perturbed by the incident in which a non-white family was humiliated by being forced to leave a 'Whites only' shower facility at one of the camping resorts in the Cape.

This type of discrimination is definitely not acceptable. It is a slap in the face to all South Africans who worked and fought relentlessly in the bitter struggle against apartheid.

This latest unfortunate incident reveals that apartheid is still alive in the hearts and minds of some South Africans, a decade after it was officially abolished. It is very sad to note that in this day and age South Africans have to witness racism when the majority of the oppressed people of this country have forgotten and forgiven the harsh past.


Though we are still a young democracy, a forgiving nation and a tolerant people, let this not be an excuse to turn a blind eye on the incident but rather ensure that appropriate measures are taken by the relevant authorities in dealing with the matter.



Wednesday, 16 January 2008 12:57

Matric (Media Response)

The Daily News

Education Minister, Naledi Pandor must be complimented for her deep insight and sensitivity with regard to her call for a ban on publishing matric results for public viewing. 

Pupils with good results will obviously not object to public viewing but consideration must be made for those who perform poorly. One needs to be sensitive toward their feelings. Pandor's thoughtfulness towards this end is appreciated. 

The young matriculants should be at ease and enter into their next phase of learning without being taunted and embarrassed by a low aggregate pass. They need to walk with confidence and embrace the challenges of their educational career in a positive way. Good luck to all.




The Daily News

Load Shedding - in the New South Africa.  

With the re-opening of schools and industry in the New Year, frequent outages would be expected. Eskom and municipalities have given us warnings to ‘brace up’ for electricity cuts.

However, finding sufficient ways to resolve and overcome the problem needs to be explored and extensively discussed. The public may not fully understand the workings of the system but information from the providers of electricity might ease the very uncomfortable situation that exists.  

It is intriguing to note that ‘load shedding’ and outages were not common in the past. 

The respective departments must be sympathetic that people pay for services and if they default they bear the consequences.



The Daily News

Are we living 'Out' of 'Ages'? 

The load shedding, outages, shortages, power-cuts, load-cuts, undercuts – call it whatever you want – it's taken a heavy toll on everyone – individuals, households and businesses. The complaints and remarks of almost everyone are echoed with a sense of frustration and deep seated anger. 

I was wondering whether Eskom and the local municipality should consider controlled power cuts during the autumn and spring seasons – avoiding the hot summers when fans and air-conditioners are used extensively, and likewise in the winter months when electric heaters are used most. 

May I also suggest that during the months when the load is most high that only alternate street lights are switched on. A similar programme can be implemented at recreational facilities, parks and public venues to save on electricity. Another consideration for the council is to implement a points system, i.e. those using a certain percentage of electricity will qualify for an uninterrupted power supply. This will motivate people to exercise restraint when consuming electricity.



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