Taking lessons from others

2015-06-16 06:00

AFTER spending some time in Victoria in Australia, it became very evident that most of the houses had more than one water storage tank and most houses used gas.

The streets were all very clean as a truck with a brush would be driven up and down all the streets at least three times a week, and I never saw rubbish in the streets of any town.

The verges were cut by the residents themselves.

Each town had a small and clean park dedicated with a statue of a soldier and plaques to the fallen, and again they were spotless and this included the toilets.

All the drivers obeyed the road speed limit, no matter where we travelled and the petrol stations had no attendants as you filled your own car and paid in the shop.

Each small town had a designated open market day in the streets on a Saturday where all sorts of goods were sold, with entertainment provided for the children.

The houses had fences that were no higher than one metre and no razor wire or electric fences were to be seen anywhere, and there were no high gates, while some people had all sorts of furniture on the veranda and in the yard. Children could play in most of the streets in safety.

The small rivers that ran through most of the towns were spotless, with benches and braai areas provided for the public.

One never heard of people being shot or robbed, and it was seldom that I heard a siren of any sort and the television was excellent.

ARTHUR REED

Pinetown

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