Sunday rant

The weather’s been disgusting for the past 2 days so I haven’t been outdoors much. I took a few photos of my flooded garden but they’re too depressing so instead I’m fantasising about good weather and being able to wear less than six layers of clothing.

This photo was taken when summer was in the present tense. It’s part of the Constantia Green Belt where I take the 4-legged wonder for walks. This section is called the Doordricht Walk and is actually in Plumstead, not Constantia, which makes it the closest to where I live. Unfortunately, I won’t be going back there in a hurry because parts of it are littered with dumped computers, broken televisions, and the debris left behind by homeless people. There are also several people living there and, while I am sure they are harmless, I am not prepared to take the risk.

Of course the Constantia parts of the green belt are in excellent condition and nothing like this would be tolerated there. The residents pay high taxes and the local authority jumps to action every time anything is reported or complained about. Unlike reports emanating from Plumstead which the councillor ignores until badgered into responding and then she lies and dodges the issue by pretending to not understand what is being said. I know this because I recently drew her attention to the enormous traffic problems around here, some of which could be solved by simply repainting the road markings. After 4 months of being ignored I asked her boss, Helen Zille, to instruct the councillor to respond. I should perhaps have done it publicly on Twitter in order to get some action.

The same councillor recently told our local rag that she was unaware of a new road and developments being carried out in her own ward. This is the same person who probably signed off the work! But the locals will just swallow her lies and continue to vote for the party that put her in place.

This suburb is a bit of lost cause anyway. Google it and you will see the ‘local attractions’ are all listed as being in neighbouring Constantia and our biggest claim to fame is that some obscure British actor lived or lives here, hard to tell which it is. Local inhabitants are mostly elderly pensioners who don’t have the internet and who take 20 minutes to cross the street because they live in fear of being run over by speed freaks who conveniently pretend to not have seen the badly placed signs and markings – god forbid they should use common sense. We’ll have to wait for a white person to get killed at the big intersection before something is done.

No, I’m not really in a bad mood, I just think our local councillor is a useless twat.

About Francoise Armour

I run a small touring company (Tours du Cap) at the bottom of Africa, to show visitors the beauty and vibrant culture of the country I have lived in since my parents brought me here from France as a child. I enjoy taking photos and wish I had learnt to do it properly. I enjoy writing but don't do enough of it. I enjoy walking in the mountains that surround me and I marvel over the views and the flowers and the amazing rock formations. I have a small, cute, clever, black dog of indeterminable breed, named Vida, who reminds me regularly that walking and getting out is not only for when tourists want it.

2 responses to “Sunday rant

  1. Lots of old folks around here walk, hey even I walk to the shops now and then! But, would I be missed? lol

  2. cathy

    Must be Anthea Greens’ sister, the completely useless DA ward councillor for Lansdowne, who does not bother to respond to anything. Sad but true about the white person, but do they still walk, haven’t seen a white person cross the road in ages…………. a well dressed one at least………one that someone would miss if they got run over………….

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