There comes a time when one needs to be “brave, inspiring and … from the heart”, without being rude, condescending or malicious.

Such was the letter this year that Bergvliet High Principal, Mr Stephen Price, wrote to our President, Mr Jacob Zuma.

Our country faces a daunting assignment when thinking about fulfilling our educational mandate but the process does not need inflamed rhetoric that threatens to turn our children and our children’s children into militants unable to resolve the challenges they face with dignity and civil dialogue.

Thank you Mr Price, for not only communicating an important message but also for laying down the gauntlet with such sincere value place on the importance of civil dialogue.