Still fresh in the Inner City of Johannesburg, continued

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February 16, 2016 by petrujviljoen


Still fresh in the city. It was weekend and I wanted to go out and there were no busses. The people with cars didn’t want to go where I wanted to go. So I walked to the Bree Street taxi rank, in Newtown, to get a taxi to Melville. The walk was fine. At the rank people thought I was a tourist and there was some chagrin at my presence. For some reason I spoke Afrikaans and it was understood that I’m South African. The taxi seat very nearly got wiped for me. I was helped with the fare. In fourteen years of using taxis, nearly daily, never once was there dispute about the fare. We organised it ourselves, there wasn’t a marshal to collect the fare. We sorted each other out with change and the driver got his correct amount. Never once in fourteen years! It’s the way it…

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