THIS AND THAT Round and round we go
IF THERE is one thing that irritates me it’s the fact that drivers just do not know how to drive when they approach a traffic circle.
Now, I need to point out that I drive to and from work outside of “rush hour”, so I can just imagine how chaotic it must be at these roundabouts during school dropoff and pick-up times. And they want to put up circles at the “killer crossings” just outside of the city – I’m shuddering as I am sitting here.
Let me give you a brief lesson – even though you may have had your licence for donkey’s years already – if you are not leaving the circle at the very first exit to your left you take the inner lane … THE INNER LANE!
Hopefully we have got that sorted and we can move on to other issues without – touch wood – any accidents.
Something else which is really bothering me this week is our residents’ feeling towards the artisanal miners.
Yet again prejudice – affluent versus needy – has raised its ugly head. The story is about illegal miners trying to eke out a living, be it legal or not – judgement is still reserved at this stage.
The lengths that these miners are going to, nay, fighting for, is a job on its own. If the country’s economy wasn’t as in the doldrums as it currently is, I can almost guarantee that they would not have to be doing what they are currently doing.
They would have their basic human rights taken care of – a job, a house, a plate of food, water, electricity and – for those wanting it – an education.
I can imagine some of you saying that you don’t owe them anything, and you are entitled to that opinion.
I totally give you that. You don’t owe them anything.
But one thing I feel very strongly about is the fact that you condemn what they are doing.
According to some reports, once you are in a cycle of poverty it is extremely difficult to get out of it. It affects your daily circumstances and a lot of young people drop out of school at an early age because of it.
This gives them very little or no opportunity at all to even secure an entry-level job – that is if something like that even exists.
So their opportunities are extremely limited, but anybody can rise above their circumstances. And, given the chance and resources, I’m sure a lot of them would.
What would you do if you were in their shoes? I would love to hear your feedback and we have various platforms on which you can do just that.
If you ask the people that know me well, you don’t want to irritate me or make me feel irritated.
So let’s be safe out there … and let us put ourselves in others’ shoes before we throw our toys out of the cot.