|A recent edition of the Star|
So I’ve bashed South African newspapers in the first post of this series, and I’ve warned about the government’s assault on South Africa’s freedom of the press in the second, but I should also mention something I find positive about the local press: They truly seem to want to help fix problems, not just report them.
How can Johannesburg call itself a “World Class City” when the average driver goes through at least three broken robots on any given day? There is a robot coming out from Dainfern onto William Nicol that has been “half” broken for almost a month. One side shows green while the cross traffic’s light is out, then the cross traffic’s light turns green while your light turns off. No repair crew, nor any police to direct traffic, has ever shown up. Needless to say, this is extremely dangerous. You can’t have robots with green on one side and NOT RED on the other. I almost got hit by a car there yesterday while trying to turn onto William Nicol. When I called Joburg Connect to report the robot, the person on the other line was extremely unhelpful. It took three tries to even report the robot, but of course no one could tell me if and when it would be fixed. Surely a “World Class City” would have a better system and act more quickly to protect citizens and visitors alike?