|Hijackings and 'Smash and Grab'
has become such an evil in Gauteng that a special website is now dedicated
to highlighting hotspots. eBlockwatch
works on the principal that subscribers receive an e-mail and/or an SMS
when new incidents are reported in their area. It's grown to such an extent
that Pretoria has also been included. Relevant municipalities have gone
as far as to erect special 'hi-jacking hot spot' roadsigns!
The state of our emergency services has again been highlighted with an ambulance breaking down in Soweto. Another vehicle arrived to take care of the patient they were transporting whilst the two man crew decided to stay with the broken down vehicle until a mechanic arrives. Unfortunately for them they were attacked by a group of men who took not only personal belongings but also medical equipment from the ambulance.
A case of 'under reward'? A laundry worker at Sandton Sun & Towers discovered 6 000 Euros in a jacket handed in for cleaning. The worker turned the money in to her boss who returned the money to the owner. The owner (a head of state) thought he lost it somewhere in Sandton during the course of the Summit. A couple of days later the general manager of the hotel 'rewarded' the worker with R60.00's worth of shopping vouchers and a thank you note - and that for returning the equivalent of R60 grands worth of money! The 'head of state' was obviously too ignorant (like most government officials) to even bother with same.
Some more on the Summit (or rather, the aftermath) - R1.5 million worth of furniture specially ordered for the Summit has been allocated to schools and charity organisations. Another big rip-off scheme (enough to dowse the good news) was the organisation who took care of accomodation for delegates to the Summit. I was told that this concern charged per room for each house / bed and breakfast made available during the search for additional accomodation, in order to officially register. So, in order for you to submit and get accepted as a 'possible' location for foreigners to stay during their visit to South Africa, you had to pay this British company a couple of thousand Rands per room. That still did not guarantee that delegates to the Summit will actually stay there! Of course there are a lot of sad stories regarding the above. One Soweto woman spent half a million Rand to upgrade her facilities. Even purchasing two brand new mini-busses to transport her guests. Only to be passed over by above mentioned company.
And people 'out there' who
took heart when reading some good news on past pages on this website,
here's a bit of a downer -
As a white Afrikaner, a patriot
who loves South Africa, I fought my whole life against apartheid. The
first time I made use of a constitutional right was when I voted in our
first democratic election - for the ANC, for the purpose of having a fair
and colourblind society.
Makes you think, doesn't it?
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