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Backyard mechanic

28 September 2012, 08:54

     In order to save on fuel costs, the four of us: Piet, Gordon, Paul and myself started a mini lift club. Each person would drive the others to work and back for a week then the next one takes over etc.

     On this particular day Piet did not turn up so I went looking for him and found him at his home standing beside his car. The bonnet was open and the car refused to start.

      I loaded him up and fetched the other two. At work Piet arranged for a tow-in service to collect the car and deliver it to a designated garage where repairs will be done. The garage could not get the vehicle going so they towed it to another garage but with the same outcome. The costs so far, excluding the tow-in was about R500. Piet almost blew a gasket. The car was now towed to an auto-electric business and within a few minutes the engine was running. Cause : a loose connection on the fuel injection system.

     A touch of solder and Mugabe is your uncle.  Cost - Zero.

     Were I to have some drug or other medical problem I definitely would never pay a visit to the butcher, the baker or the candle-stick maker or other forms of back-yard mechanics But rather to a specialist or GP that has experience and the relevant qualifications. But I would only do so if the qualifications and ability were genuine.

    Further, I would never take my problems to the News 24 dagga warriors to ask for assistance  No sir, I would rather live with the psychosis than be tormented with a bunch of irrelevant statistics.
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