You can cancel your cell phone contract

How do you cancel your contract? Perhaps you don’t need your contract anymore? Perhaps you simply can’t afford it? The good news is that you can cancel the contract. 1. Did you know The Consumer Protection Act (CPA) allows you to cancel your cell phone contract? 2. Did you…
Between You And Me

Between You And Me

A common mistake in English is to say ‘between you and I’, as in this sentence: 'It’s a bit silly, between you and I.' This is wrong. We should say 'between you and me'. There are no exceptions to this rule. It is always correct…

Good Writers Mean Business

Marketing, PR and Sales staff spend more time writing than speaking. Yet writing skills continue to deteriorate. Money is poured into market research and branding. Thought leaders think. Experts advise. Marketing companies market. However, this is wasted money if we can’t write for a target…

Hyphens And Dashes

What’s the difference? Hyphens: join two or more words together. Examples: door-to-door,  editor-in-chief attach prefixes to words. Examples: ex-wife, non-executive, co-worker are used to avoid ambiguity: He wants to re-cover his furniture (to put new covers on it). He wants to recover his furniture (to…

If you own a cell phone read this

Press Release Date: 14 November 2011 Issued by: Writers Write Title: If you own a cell phone read this Begins# Watching the cell phone companies scrambling in the wake of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) has been entertaining.   These companies have a terrible reputation…

Plain Language Defined

Section 22. Right to information in plain and understandable language (2) For the purposes of this Act, a notice, document or visual representation is in plain language if it is reasonable to conclude that an ordinary consumer of the class of persons for whom the…

Plain Language Made Easy

Writers Write promotes and teaches plain language writing skills. There is an act called the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) No 68 of 2008. Protecting the consumer is a priority in South Africa. High levels of illiteracy and social inequality have brought Plain Language into focus. What is…

Writing Minutes

What are minutes? Minutes are formal, precise and concise records of meetings. Their purpose is to ensure that meetings are correctly documented. Minutes must clearly show who attended, what was discussed and what was decided. The format The opening sentence includes the date, time and…
Plain Language Is An Opportunity

Plain Language Is An Opportunity

13 October - Happy International Plain Language Day! Writing is a core competency. All business writing must comply with Plain Language Legislation. This includes proposals, contracts, policy documents, stakeholder reports, emails, text messages and tender documents. Plain Language means communicating so that nobody misunderstands your…