Daily Archives: Friday 04/01/2008

Money, Money. Car Go Funny’ General Nonsense | My Life 04 JAN 2008

BaronsIt is that time of the year again when my car is in dire need of a service. My old …97 Mark III Jetta has just passed the 10 year old mark and as such is beginning to show signs of wear and tear. The latest problem to hit my wheels is a problem on the power steering, most likely a leaking reservoir or, heaven forbid, a faulty steering pump (damn expensive to replace!). Actually this problem popped up a while ago already, and I had it fixed up by our local backyard service garage, but as always you get what you pay for and lo and behold, the problem is back.

And talking about backyard service garages, I think I’m going to bite the bullet and pay the extra for a reputable service centre to service and repair the car, but damn it is going to cost me. Volkswagen Barons aren’t exactly known for being cheap and I’m going to need a pretty major service and repairs! Still, like my pops says, rather beware of these backyard mechanics at this time of the year – often they are looking to recoup as much of their December break losses as possible – and usually do this in any underhanded way they can think of!

I think I’ll try out Bellville’s Barons branch this time around – normally I use the foreshore branch but this year it is a bit out of the way for me. Hopefully they are as professional as the Cape Town bunch, but I’m guessing if you pay as much as you are they pretty much HAVE to be!

Nuts, looks like I’ll have to hold off on replacing my blown LCD for a little longer than what I had expected. :(

Prostitution General Nonsense 04 JAN 2008

ProstituteProstitution is an ugly face of capitalism and as much as I dislike it, disagree with it and condemn it, there is no denying the fact that it does exist, it always has existed and it will always exist.

In the past, I was pretty sheltered from this activity as our family home was situated in a pretty clean and decent suburb and my current flat’s positioning is in a pretty decent part of Voortrekker road, just alongside the Post Office and Sanlam Head Office. However, I remember with much shock posting about the first prostitute that moved into my territory way back in June this year, and I am sad to say, this trend has just steadily worsened. So much so that my late night forage walks to Spar or to the garage for my customary Skittles don’t pass by without one or two late night propositions from these so-called Ladies of the Night.

In fact, just last week on Sunday evening, just after 22:00, I counted 4 prostitutes in the space between my flat and the Caltex garage, literally an area of a couple of hundred meters. I think the problem stems from the large number of low-cost high density housing complexes that went up all around me these last couple of years – basically we now have a bigger, low-income population living in the vicinity which unfortunately does seem to breed prostitution.

Stranger still, that same Sunday when we helped Claire and Riley move house early morning, the drive along Claremont main road turned up more than one prostitute plying her trade – in BROAD DAYLIGHT! It was 11:00 in the morning for goodness sake, and we still had these half-dressed girls chasing after any car that dare pull off the side of Main Road!

I understand that for some of these women this is the only way out of their current position – they need the money to live, support their families or worse, support their habits, but what I don’t understand is the fact that prostitution is a crime – so why is it occurring so out in the open in very accessible public places? Police are forever patrolling the area so why aren’t they moving these women along? I know that they probably can’t charge them with anything besides solicitation, but still, they can warn these women off the street can’t they?

Apparently there is some legislation being pushed around which will make it possible for both prostitutes and their clients to in fact be charged, a bill that may help drive down the number of men who stop at the sides of roads to pick up these women, but in all honesty, I think we all know that this won’t help solve anything.

The only way forward, the way I see it, is simply to zone certain areas as red light districts and restrict street prostitution to these areas, keeping a strong police presence to deter the other crime that usually comes associated with prostitutes. Prostitution could then tentatively be …legalised’, if restricted to these zones, which could hopefully force illegal prostitutes out from our streets and allow us once more to enjoy late night strolls without too much interference.

I don’t know. Prostitution is an ugly problem that will never go away. I just wish there was something we could do about it to lessen its impact on the rest of our society. I don’t want my children someday to be questioning me on just why that nice lady is standing on the street corner or why that lady is not wearing any panties. Even worse, I don’t want my kids to be tempted into the dangerous world of paid sex, simply because it is now so available. Something must be done, but as usual, I’m not holding my breath for anything concrete from those we have elected into power. :(