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Offline alwyn

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What a difference
« on: March 21, 2010, 08:37:57 pm »
I had the fortune of being sent to the US for 4 weeks for work and I must tell you although it doesn't have the beauty of SA, it was a great to experience friendly service and operational government structures.

Returning we landed in JHB after a 16 hour flight.  Ran to the first restroom to freshen up.  Seriously??? 2 toilets????  You rave about your locally manufactured sh*t paper and you treat 2010 visitors to this lack of facilities???

I have to connect to a Cape Town flight, exit the luggage area and is confronted by a mob of porters who for some reason can say nothing more than 'domestic transfer (if that?)'. No smile, not helpful, nothing beyond the uniform that says porter (could work for anybody) that might tell you what this guy wants and what his purpose is.  So I just ignored these clowns as I fully expected them to try and rip me off or something.

Get to the check in area for Cape Town, but I'm more than 3 hours early.  This one vulture must have spotted my indecision and flew in for the kill.  Says no I can check in early, no problem.  Takes me over to the SAA queue.  We stand there for a while and I'm thinking ok, you've helped me, I'm ok, now go 'help' somebody else.  Soon he mumbles something about this queue is taking too long and takes me to the first class queue and enters into a Sotho discussion with the lady working there.  She looks upset about something (thinking about it, maybe an act), but takes the bags, tag them and issues my ticket.  He then insists on escorting me to the gates.   Few steps along I confront this guy and asks him what he wants and who he's working for.  His buddy rocks up and says that I need to pay his friend R50 as agreed, and that he also must get money.  The original guy also claims that my baggage was overweight and that he helped me.  So I tell him its bulldust and that there was also no agreement.  So I gave him a small tip for the help he did give me and told the other guy to get lost.

Now I'm thinking 2010 is on the way and people all across the world will come to visit us and the best use of this opportunity will be to scr*w them over as much as possible?

Wonder when the rest of the world will wake up and realize why Africa is such a Black Hole and that they owe Africa nothing, not even sympathy.

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Re: What a difference
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2010, 10:17:58 pm »
Well my one SIL just came back to NZ for the 3rd holiday in SA in 3 years and according to my wife (who spoke to her sister, I didn't) according to S&BIL, crime is running rife, the country as a whole is looking filthy and the "mood" is not as up beat as expected before the SWC. I know of people coming to "visit" family in NZ to just not be there while the WC is on. Come to think of it... when is the SWC exactly?? Cheers, SAKB.
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Re: What a difference
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2010, 10:17:58 pm »

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Re: What a difference
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2010, 10:47:56 pm »
Thanx Schalk, ek het amper gedink ou Steve Hofmeyr is dalk ook hier vir daai "tyd"....  :2funny: Weet nie wanneer gaan hy terug SA toe nie, weet net hy is die 17de Mei in Rotorua, niks verder van sy agenda nie.
Cheers ou "stoute", SAKB.  :2funny:
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Re: What a difference
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2010, 02:32:28 am »
Didn't think that Leon actually knew what "fusbol" was or is. Once he figures it thouogh, would love an unedited and realistic view of it, portrayed the way he can. :2funny:

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Re: What a difference
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2010, 03:12:01 am »
 :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: could be read two different ways that, schalk. I'll take it as vol van die goetes wat beeste agter laat val. Then again, maybe Eksdom is deesdae vol ka....., that's why tey are in trouble. Getting back to alwyn for a second, that story is troubling, in that we are going to SA in September. At thhis precise moment maak my agter aangehegte sitplek snaakse geluide, ekmis peop bang om terug te keer. Worried that they are going to sink Africa once and for all, with the crime rate and savagery of it towards anyone, including tourists. Lord I hope they don't murder a tourist for his bloody cell phone. Serious opportunity limiting activity, for Africa as a continent, that would be. My own case, just too much a Kiwi now and geuinely peop bang to go thorugh Jozi airport (coz I don't know what the stupid airport's name is anymore - changed so often). :death: :guns: :cowboy: :furious: :eek:

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Re: What a difference
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2010, 03:42:58 am »
Thanks Schalk, no I hadn't seen that and just had a really good laugh. :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:

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Re: What a difference
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2010, 04:10:46 am »
Shoo, Schalk, he does it quick. Never been good on the listening, to those rapper type things, so will have to listen a few times. Love the way Leon always sticks in a pic of the old flag, old SAA / SAL tail on the plane etc. it is fun seeing and listening to old Schuster again, thanks for that.  O0 8)

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Re: What a difference
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Re: What a difference
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2010, 05:03:16 am »
The problem is ou Leon and people like him cannot leave because in other countries they are seen as just normal people and they are only "celebrities" in SA, but yes he gives you the "truth" about all the "kaf" and then there is the alternative, trek. Now we, on the otherhand have voted with our "feet" and we "trekked", as is suggested  :heeha: . Cherriebaai, SAKB
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Re: What a difference
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2010, 12:22:51 pm »
I was thinking that with all the people coming here for the SWC there must be a lot of empty seats going back so maybe I could afford to be out of this circus over that time :)  Alas money is the issue as usual.

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Re: What a difference
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2010, 09:22:33 pm »
alwyn, heard that tickets might be very cheap then, so good luck with that if you can get it right. :gl: :gl: :gl: