Brewer's Droop #227
I misplaced my cell phone the other day so, like most normal people, I phoned it from another phone to try and work out where it was.
I didn’t actually hear it ring but the cat levitated from the vibrating cushion so that was a clue.
WILL THE CONSUMER WIN FOR A CHANGE?
E-tolling Gauteng’s highways has failed and the system falls short of its intentions, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) said on Tuesday.
“This system is falling far short of its intentions and targets,” Outa chairman Wayne Duvenage told public hearings in Midrand on the impact of e-tolls.
“We are not saying it will fail, we are saying it has failed.”
The Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) was necessary, but things could have been done differently to ease congestion on the roads.
Duvenage said the system was not thoroughly researched.
E-tolling was launched in December and Duvenage said it was clear the public would continue to reject it…the hearings are intended to examine the economic and social impact of the GFIP and the electronic tolling system set up to fund it. The panel is expected to present its findings to premier David Makhura at the end of November.
[Citizen 02 Sept 2014]
I walked past a newsstand the other day and noticed that the headlines were blaring out that Oscar Pistorius could be paying as much as R100,000 per court day and that he’d recently been selling his fixed assets.
Some journalist asked him “how he was coping?” and I’m not sure what his answer was but I know what I would have said. It wouldn’t have been polite.
The bottom line is that, no matter what the result, he’s lost his home(s), his reputation, his dignity and still has to face the litigious revenge of Reeva Steenkamp’s family. And, most sad of all of course, he’s lost Reeva herself.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not on his side nor do I defend what he did. What really confuses me are the legal costs.
Let’s assume, for one moment, that it was, in fact, a tragic accident and he didn’t plan to kill her. It will cost him millions of Rands to prove his innocence – and he’ll be destroyed forever.
On the other hand, if it was all a devious plan to try and confuse the police and that he hoped to get clean away with murder, the State should not have to pay millions just to secure a conviction.
So where do all these “costs” disappear to?
Well, my guess is that it goes to all those guys who love seeing themselves on TV and who absolutely love being able to be as rude as possible to the witnesses (who only came to help after all). How they haven’t had their respective noses broken several times amazes me.
Any normal person would have lost the case – guilty or not.
To pretend that there is justice for all in South Africa (or the World for that matter) is to be naive in the extreme. Justice is a very expensive commodity and affordable only by a very few people.
KEEPING TO THE SPEED LIMIT
Just because the limit is 120 kph it doesn’t mean it’s non-negotiable that I have to drive at that speed. I’m perfectly entitled to travel at 80 kph if I wish (and enjoy about a 50% less chance of avoiding an accident than if I was doing 120 – or more).
There’s a single lane road outside the complex where I live and the limit is 60kph so I usually set my speed control at that. The number of people that creep up my ass until their bonnet is only a few centimetres away from my back bumper is astonishing. More surprising still is the number of people who flash their lights and hoot – telling me to go faster.
As much as I would like to believe they are in a crisis or there’s an emergency at home, there’s no way that I’m going to speed. And since I can’t pull over, they have to wait until I reach the end of the road.
Sometimes, if it’s someone I recognise as having done this before, I slow down to 40 and that sends them into a fury.
Reducing the deaths on our roads is quite simple and one of the biggest ways is for everyone to drive slower and more politely. Another is not drinking and the other is to ban all cabinet ministers (and their blue light out-riders) from driving at all – they can catch the bus.
And another thing….We all know that Britain will relax its visa requirements for South Africans once the amount of fraud has been dealt with. Well, it’s clear that not much is being done, so here’s my plan:
No senior manager of Home Affairs, no Cabinet Minister and no member of parliament will be issued with a visa until this mess is sorted. If they try and enter Europe they will be turned away.
Let’s see how long it takes for the matter to be resolved then!
TAKING OFF MY CARDIGAN
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(I was once asked out by Julia Roberts you know. I was in her hotel room at the time;-)