Rebuilding Foundations

An exploration of international development work in Africa

Radio Traffic Report

Yesterday was back to business as usual in Joburg.  People have returned from their holidays and the shops are open again.  Thank goodness – when I arrived back on December 31 this place was a ghost town!

On my drive to work in the morning, the radio announcer made the following traffic report:

“Welcome back to Jozi! We have some good news for you – the traffic’s not too bad. No major accidents or problem spots. Doesn’t look like anyone is in a hurry to get back to work! But please be careful anyways: there may be some new potholes you don’t remember. We had some thundershowers over the holidays that washed out the roads. Also, many of the traffic lights aren’t working. What? You thought we’d keep the robots working while you were away? What are you talking about? You’re from Joburg! You should know that of course the robots aren’t working!”

Ah South Africa.  How I missed you!


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