Friday, 3 October 2014
The Fast Lane - a Matter of Semantics
An emotional debate rages on our radio waves concerning the use of the 'Fast' lane on our highways. Our speed limit is theoretically about 90 m.p.h. and there are many of our drivers who therefore feel justified in remaining in the 'fast' lane and turn a deaf ear to anyone wishing to pass. They are sticking to the letter of the law. They won't move over. Two or the results of this attitude are road-rage incidents, crashes and deaths. I feel a large part of the problem is that although we are a very large country, many of our highways have only two lanes each way. In England for example, there are I think 3 or sometimes 4 lanes and so the outside one is for 'Overtaking' only. There is room for everyone and no-one blocks the outside lane. Ditto in Germany. In Australia, with its famous Gestapo policing system, no-one dares disobey any road law. I don't know anything about America except for the car chases I see in the movies. So in South Africa we are stuck with 'Slow' and 'Fast' because we don't have the luxury of choice. Unless they make all the roads wider and that's not gonna happen anytime soon. We could however, do something about the television advert re buying our annual TV licence: this is quite cheap - only about $35 and less for pensioners. However the voice-over on the ad is pleading and hesitant. "Pay your TV licence - it's right thing to do" - as if there is a choice not to pay! Granted our local programs are pretty dreadful but they can only get worse if we don't pay. Meanwhile we have only about 10% local content: favorites for me are on our Satellite channels (about $70 per month). Satellite dishes are ubiquitous here - even perched shakily on the shacks in our slums. They should leave the advertising to me: "Pay your licence or face a jail sentence!" That would bother no-one: murderers walk here.