Taxi, take me there

2015-12-02 06:00
OTENG MPETE, social observer.

OTENG MPETE, social observer.

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I HAVE always fancied myself a black diamond. (Definition: the new fast-growing middle-class of the affluent and influential black community).

Although I am making great strides in my career, my financial situation is, however, still holding me back from the much-desired “black diamond” status I deserve.

My friends all drive amazing German cars and live in estate developments in Midrand and the northern suburbs of Johannesburg.

Their black diamond status is further affirmed by the Gucci, Polo and Zara clothing, the Issey Miyake cologne and perfume (‘cause you need to smell the part, plain old Red Door will not suffice).

Lastly, the air-conditioned Gautrain, which they use to commute to and fro . . . Oh, how I envy them! I cannot stand public transport. Why can my commuting to work not be as glamorous and luxurious?

I do not hail the taxi.

The driver knows exactly why I am waiting.

He hoots and then waits for my confirmation that I will be using his chariot to get to my destination.

My manicured fingernails never stood a chance against his Zola Budd. (Definition: South African township slang for the Toyota Siyaya minibus taxis).

I struggle to open the old door and just as the door finally opens, my nail breaks!

My body trembles in shock of the pain . . . the impatient and almost angry driver looks at me and says: “Eh Madam, can you just get in the taxi?

“You’ll cry about your nail in the taxi, nxa!”

I scramble to get in the taxi as fast as I can.

Before I even sit, he speeds off. I look at my right hand and cautiously rub my index finger, which is now pale and missing an acrylic nail tip, to ease the pain.

In that moment all I can think is black diamond my voet!

  • Oteng Mpete is an audio-visual specialist at the University of the Free State (UFS). She writes in her personal capacity.

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