#DataMustFall is everyone's fight

The #DataMustFall campaign is a conversation we ought to vigorously engage with as society. We should not accept and be compliant with such daylight robbery. Communication and staying connected should not be this costly when we know, it can be less costly.

There are so many things we just take for granted these days. And those of us, who know the price of bread are allergic to reap-offs. We question such things. I do not understand for the life of me, such dictation like being told, your data is ‘valid’ for ’30 days’ exist! Why? It is not good enough that, this is highly pricey, then I am told that I should use it within this certain period? Why? And if, it is not finished by then, it suddenly ‘expires’! Whose money is this that someone else is having a say on? On how it should be spent? That protocol ought to fall. I want to use my 1 Gig for as long as I want, sparing it in my own ways. I do not want an ‘expiry tag’ on it.

I was also shocked the other day, I went to Edgars and had misplaced my card, so I inquire about getting another one. The cashier informs me, I must pay fifty rands for a new one! I looked at her and laughed because I certainly wasn’t going to do no ridiculous thing! Why must I pay you fifty rands so that I can continue to pay your bill? So I told her, never mind my dear, I will just make use of the account number. I will just come here, tell you what my account number is, as opposed to donating fifty rands to you.

I am also grateful to a friend of mine who introduced me to adding up the prices when shopping as displayed on the shelves. So now, when shopping, I always use my calculator to match the bill at the till. And more than one occasion, I have had to correct the cashier because they rang the wrong price and did not include the special! A manager has had to be called because, apparently, the special no longer exists but the special tag is still there! Certainly, that is not my fault but their own discrepancy in running the shop. And I have politely insisted on paying the price I saw displayed on the shelves and walked out in peace.

We should be awe of such things. Let us take care of our cents because they do not fall from the tree, we labour for them.
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