PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
MarkH
 
Comments: 23
Article views: 1177
 
 
Latest Badges:



 
View all MarkH's badges.
 

Salute to Gautengers

22 February 2013, 20:25

I really have to hand it to Gautengers, you are surely a hardy lot and make no mistake about it.

You may well earn more than anybody else, anywhere in the country, but you deserve every cent as far as I can tell. What you do to earn your daily bread goes way beyond the call of duty.

You’ll spend an hour in traffic in the morning, getting to work, and then another hour doing the same to get home and I’ve yet to see anybody alight from their vehicle and start shooting.

Haven’t noticed anybody having a heart attack or nervous breakdown either, come to think of it, but perhaps those misadventures only happen either at work or when you’re at home with your feet up.

I don’t know as I’m no expert but I’ve wondered these past 3 weeks if that ever happens. Can you imagine the traffic backup? I don’t even want to think about it.

I’ve been doing the daily hell run on the N1 and N3 from near Pretoria to Alberton for 3 weeks now and I honestly don’t know how you folks handle it. I would go stark staring mad, off my rocker, crazy!

I last travelled these highways and byways way back in 1996 before getting out of what I then considered was a rat race but what you’re contending with today is a nightmare.

I leave my peaceful little cottage, surrounded by silence except for the birds a-twittering, at 6am and if there are no major hiccups I make it to work about 6:45, just in time for coffee – the strong stuff to get my nerves under control – before attending to the normal chaos that my job entails at the moment.

At 5pm I steel myself, climb back into my vehicle, and make the tortuous drive back home, usually without any incident barring the taxis cutting me off, the odd crazy who uses all available lanes in an effort to beat the odds and the clueless ones - usually in big, powerful Mercs or SUV’s - who one can see have no idea what they’re doing and obviously work for government.

Nothing drastic or heart-stopping but it does take me an hour before I can settle down with that first ice cold beer – again just to settle the nerves you understand.

In fact today was the first time I’ve hooted in anger and that was just at a taxi who decided to change into my lane whilst I was still alongside him. Good naturedly he hooted back, we exchanged some pleasantries, and continued on our way. Yes, you’re a patient lot as well.

Like I say, you people are surely the bravest of the brave or else completely out of your minds with the ultimate death wish. You could not pay me enough to do this on a daily basis – not all the tea in China, nor all the cows at Nkandla would be enough. It’s really a horrible way to live.

I’ve got at the most another 3 weeks of this before my project starts and thereafter I’ll be living, and working, close to a beach on the tropical east coast of Africa where the worst that can happen to me is that I’ll have flashbacks of driving on the Gauteng freeways in peak hour traffic.

To all of you Gautengers I can only say – you are amazing people. Not sane of course, but amazing.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
23 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Lethiwe Mdluli
Have you suddenly developed a fea...

Flying has always been considered as the safest way of travelling until this fact was questioned because of the recent tragic events surrounding airplanes. Read more...

4 comments 99 views
Submitted by
Greypatriot
Ending the Malema revolt

During the past five years Julius Malema has become a deadly threat to future public order and peace. He has grown in fame and popularity as a radical youth and political party leader, way beyond the expectations of critics and experts.  Read more...

31 comments 654 views
Submitted by
John Comyn
Eskom have hijacked us

Anyone out there seen their electricity bill this month? I live in an apartment and my bill has gone from approximately R600 to just over R1000. Read more...

1 comments 26 views
Submitted by
Thabiso Sbo Dlamini
Open Letter to my fellow ANC comr...

I am not an expert in politics, I’m just an ordinary South African who loves South Africa, the African National Congress and would like to see our country prosper. Read more...

14 comments 762 views
Submitted by
Dudebear
The sadness that is Malema

All in all, Malema is one bad cow. He should have been incarcerated long ago for his utterances. Many of which tread the line of treason.  Read more...

3 comments 300 views
Are they going to bomb the Karoo ...

Kiev has bombed Donetsk to smithereens. So what I want to know is this: do they have the same plans for our Karoo farmers? Read more...

49 comments 2870 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Deal of the Week!

Get bestselling John Green novels now just R99 each! Hurry and get yours while stocks last. Shop here.

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.