On my way to work today I made a mental promise to myself that I would not allow the traffic to make me angry or irritated or anything. I can’t say that it worked, but it did let me think a little bit more about things. I am curious as to what everyone thinks.  Can we judge people by their driving? Or do the South African roads just bring out the worst in all of us?

I know that I personally get a lot more aggravated and impatient on the roads than I do in any other area of my life. I know that my tolerance of people on our roads is incredibly low when compared with my tolerance of people in other areas of life. I think that that may have to do with my patience having run out somewhere along the line, though. I think that the road works have created a kind of monster in all of us.

I was thinking about all of this as I was sitting dead still on the highway, while car after car sped past me in the construction lane. It really made me wonder about the type of people in those cars. Are they that inconsiderate off the roads? Are they that arrogant outside of their car? Do they think they are somehow more important than other people? Or do they just think they are somehow the smart ones of all of us? Or do they even think about the consequences at all? Do they realize that they are contributing to the traffic that the rest of us are stuck in? Or are they just so ‘gatvol’ with traffic and roadworks that they just don’t care anymore?

I really want to believe that they are ignorant rather than arrogant, but I really don’t know anymore! I am just glad that the majority of people are still considerate and patient enough to wait there turn and take the traffic in stride!

One thing I am convinced of, though,  is that once these road works are finished we are all going to advanced drivers, impatient or not :)

This Lolly Jackson case reminds me so much of a crime fiction novel. I can’t wait until they find the killer and we can actually understand what has happened. I mean, it’s such a strange case – celebrity business man, 15 shots and the killer calls the cops before fleeing the scene in Jackson’s Jeep? Why? What could the motive be? And why was the house locked?

I may sound a bit creepy, but to be honest this doesn’t feel very real and I didn’t know Jackson, so to me it’s just a really interesting story. He was quite the controversial man, with some people saying he was great and others saying he was terrible. I suppose it’s all about who you ask. Maybe he was both and maybe he was neither… right now that feels a bit irrelevant. I just want to know what the hell happened!

We are so used to crime in this country. Most of our headlines consist of people being killed left right and centre – it’s been a while since it’s been an “actual” murder, as such, and not just a robbery or some kind of crazy prejudice. Eugene Terreblanche’s murder was a big one, but that didn’t feel so ‘crime fictiony’.  It was almost expected and all it did was create drama between racial, or should I say cultural, groups. This is different – this is really interesting.

Okay, I need to stop sounding somewhat excited by the drama.

I do feel terrible about the reality of it and my condolences do go out to those who loved him.

Okay, so I know I moan about this a lot, but I cannot help it. It has been almost 3 weeks and SANRAL hasn’t done anything about it!

The traffic between Diepkloof Interchange and Maraisburg, on the N1 North, has become a nightmare and it’s not the traffic that grates me, nearly as much, as the fact that it’s for NO GOOD REASON!

I already hate the fact that they take away lanes for no apparent reason but when they take away lanes and then give them back, only to take them away again, it is just ridiculous!

Here is a silly diagram I made to explain this concept to SANRAL: (Note: This is not in any way ‘to scale’… it is just for descriptive purposes!)

Now you’ll see that in the first picture the lanes merge (this happens twice just after the Soweto Highway off ramp) and then after about 1km, the third lane reappears. This would be grand… if they didn’t take the right lane away after about another km! (Just before the bridge at Maraisburg.)

Now, if you take a look at the second picture you’ll see that there is a better option – an option that will actually decrease the traffic! Wait for it….. Wait for it….. Don’t open the third lane again – just keep it at two and then we won’t have the traffic of merging again!! (OMG! What a revelation!)

No seriously, it’s very frustrating having to leave before 6 in the morning so that I don’t have to get stuck in this traffic for over an hour every morning. Especially considering that the only reason it merges into 2 lanes in the first place is because they have gouged out the tar from the second lane on the left (tar that they put there not so long ago, might I add). Does it seriously take 3 weeks to re-tar a strip of road??

Okay, sorry about the ranting again, but it really is hard to write about other, more pleasant things, when you have to drive in that rubbish every morning!

Anyhoo… I hope that my silly diagram at least got a laugh out of someone :)

HaPpY ThUrSdAy EvErYoNe!

*Whoohoo for 4 day weeks!!*

Because I am one of the many people who are tired of all the ANC Youth League’s antics, I want to voice my support of the initiative, started by Sipho Hlongwane, called ‘Speak ZA’. ‘Speak ZA’ is a social media protest against the ANC Youth League’s tactics against the media and journalists of our country.

Speak ZA

Bloggers for a free press

Last week, shocking revelations concerning the activities of ANC Youth League Spokesperson Nyiko Floyd Shivambu came to the fore. According to a letter published in various news outlets, a complaint was laid by 19 political journalists with the secretary-general of the ANC, against Shivambu. This complaint letter detailed attempts by Shivambu to leak a dossier to certain journalists, purporting to expose the money-laundering practices of Dumisane Lubisi, a journalist at City Press. The letter also detailed the intimidation that followed when these journalists refused to publish these revelations.

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the reprisals against journalists by Shivambu. His actions constitute a blatant attack on media freedom and a grave infringement on constitutional rights. It is a disturbing step towards dictatorial rule in South Africa.

We call on the ANC and the ANC Youth League to distance themselves from the actions of Shivambu. The media have, time and again, been a vital democratic safeguard by exposing the actions of individuals who have abused their positions of power for personal and political gain.

The press have played a vital role in the liberation struggle, operating under difficult and often dangerous conditions to document some of the most crucial moments in the struggle against apartheid. It is therefore distressing to note that certain people within the ruling party are willing to maliciously target journalists by invading their privacy and threatening their colleagues in a bid to silence them in their legitimate work.

We also note the breathtaking hubris displayed by Shivambu and ANC Youth League President Julius Malema in their response to the letter of complaint. Shivambu and Malema clearly have no respect for the media and the rights afforded to the media by the Constitution of South Africa. Such a response serves only to reinforce the position that the motive for leaking the so-called dossier was not a legitimate concern, but an insolent effort to intimidate and bully a journalist who had exposed embarrassing information about the youth league president.

We urge the ANC as a whole to reaffirm its commitment to media freedom and other constitutional rights we enjoy as a country.

Check out all the details here and lend your support :D

I had to share this – you have gotta love Kulula!

So this was the initial ad that they published:

It’s cute, right? But nothing really great. Well that is until they got into trouble with FIFA for using the term “South Africa”, a stadium, soccer and our national flag. This was their response:

OMG! It’s brilliant really. All FIFA did was create more publicity for the campaign! I love it when stupidity comes back and bites people in the ass! :mrgreen: