The office diva (1/7)

By Drum Digital
08 June 2015

Lerato was always late for everything – now her new job was on the line.

Lerato had arrived late for three consecutive job interviews. With a fourth interview on the way, she wondered if she’d make it on time. “Don’t let us down,” said her husband, Andrew. He picked up his work bag and gave Lerato a loving hug. “Get to the interview early and I hope you finally chose an outfit. Good luck.” “Thanks, I’ll be punctual,” Lerato promised, although she doubted if she’d summon enough self-control to arrive on time.

As Andrew left with their 16-year-old daughter, Minnie, Lerato reflected on the irony of her situation. She’d been married to a chronically punctual man for 18 years and she was still incapable of showing up anywhere on time. She cleared the two breakfast cereal bowls from the table then she opened her e-mail to refresh her mind. The interview was at 2 pm and that gave her four hours to prepare.

Her last spell of employment had ended a few months before. “We’re letting you go because of harsh economic conditions. Business is very, very slow,” Mr Mthethwa, her ex-boss had told her. But Lerato suspected Mr Mthethwa had really wanted to say: “We’re firing you because you’ve never come to work on time, never met a deadline and I’m tired of your excuses.

To be continued...

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