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Reflections in the City of Choice

14 March 2016, 12:56  - Joyce.Jagaroo

IT has been seven long years since the sale of my business.

I finally decided to make my debut in the CBD of Pietermaritzburg where I once traded honestly for 22 years, trying to provide a good service to the vibrant community of the city.

I spent the morning at the Tatham Art Gallery, sipping on a cup of coffee, admiring the architecture of the building and appreciating the works of art within the building.

On my exit, I was confronted by a group of municipal workers demonstrating and waving their placards. They wanted their manager reinstated and their demands met, but to my dismay I did not see any law enforcement agents in the vicinity or in the distance.

As I journeyed towards Theatre Lane, the birthplace of my very first business, I noticed the pavements and sidewalks were heavily laden with a variety of goods from all parts of the world, carefully displayed by vendors, jostling for their business space, to eke out a living.

As I approached Timber Street, the same departmental store blasted the same music I heard seven years ago.

The buildings in the area have not been upgraded or maintained, stores have been divided and sub-divided for additional rental and an air of doom and gloom has settled over this once-vibrant business area, making space for the new and enterprising businesspeople of the future.

I journeyed down Theatre Lane as an alien and loner.

I realised that my former business colleagues, Mrs Govender, Mr Giles and Mr Johnson, have left.

A feeling of sadness and nostalgia crept up on me, my thoughts raced back to 1987 and my humble beginnings as a businessperson.

Did I make the right choice after 22 years of service to this community?

DEENA PADAYACHEE

Hayfields

Pietermaritzburg

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