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Only in South Africa...

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posted on Sep, 28 2005 @ 05:56 AM
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01.. You produce a R100 note instead of your driver's licence when stopped by a traffic officer

02.. You can do your monthly shopping on the pavement

03.. You have to hire a security guard whenever you park your car

04.. You can count the national soccer teams score with no fingers

05.. To get free electricity you have to pay a connection fee of R750

06.. Hijacking cars is a profession

07.. Pooping in a garden can win you R1 million [This happened in Big Brother 1]

08.. You can pay your tuition fees by holding up a sign at the traffic light

09.. The petrol in your tank may be worth more than your car

10.. More people vote in a local reality TV show than in a local election

11.. People have the most wonderful names: Christmas, Goodwill, Pretty,Wednesday, Blessing, Brilliant, Gift, Precious, Innocence and Given

12.. 'Now now' can mean anything from a minute to a month

13.. You continue to wait after a traffic light has turned to green to make way for taxis travelling in the opposite direction

14.. Traveling at 120km/h you are the slowest vehicle on the highway

15.. You are genuinely and pleasantly surprised whenever you find your car parked where you left it

16.. A bullet train is being introduced but we can't fix potholes

17.. The last time you visited the coast you paid more in speeding fines and toll fees than you did for the entire holiday

18.. You paint your car's registration number on the roof

19.. Half your mail is guaranteed to reach its destination

20.. You have to take your own linen with you if you are admitted to a government hospital

21.. You dial a toll free number and nobody answers

22.. You have to prove that you don't need a loan to get one

23.. Prisoners go on strike

24.. A traffic circle is just another bump in the road

25. Illegal Immigrants leave the country because it is too dangerous

Ok, I admit some only a true South African will get... LoL




posted on Sep, 28 2005 @ 09:48 AM
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Originally posted by Gemwolf
03.. You have to hire a security guard whenever you park your car

We used to live in Nairobi, Kenya and I remember the swarms of kids that would rush up and beg to guard your car. "I'll watch your car for 10 shillings." "No, I'll watch it for 5." I don't think my dad ever gave into their demands. The car was rented and insured anyways. The downside of having it stolen was that you would have had to get a taxi.

That's a whole other story. Small wars would break out among the drivers on who would get to take you home. Africa is definately a different place than the United States.



posted on Sep, 28 2005 @ 09:56 AM
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I used to say "Only in MD,do they drive faster in the rain".

Specifically RT 70, where 130 kph is the speed you get tailgated at.

Yea, some of those, I definitely don't get, but others got a chuckle, pleasantly surprised to see your car where you left it.



posted on Sep, 29 2005 @ 08:44 AM
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Originally posted by dbates
We used to live in Nairobi, Kenya and I remember the swarms of kids that would rush up and beg to guard your car. "I'll watch your car for 10 shillings." "No, I'll watch it for 5." I don't think my dad ever gave into their demands. The car was rented and insured anyways. The downside of having it stolen was that you would have had to get a taxi.

That's a whole other story. Small wars would break out among the drivers on who would get to take you home. Africa is definately a different place than the United States.


This "Car Guard" thing only stuck its (ugly) head out in SA about seven years ago. In every place people park there's some person with a stick asking if he/she can look after your car. And when you come back you give them money to show your gratitude (there's no particular amount you "have to" pay them - it's all free choice) that your car is still where you left it. Obviously when you return and the car's gone, so is the "car guard". And if you're mean to a "car guard" you can be guaranteed to find a nice new scratch on your car when you return.

I think it's called a false sense of security. LoL!!! We know it's a BS system but it give some sort of income to people in a country with a high unemployment rate...



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