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Last night I went and fetched Betsy, my aging but faithful old lady car, out of her garage. After about 45 min of struggle to get enough juice into her battery to get her going, I headed out to Cape Town, to go and see some friends that I haven’t seen in a very long time. That part of my story is a little bit irrelevant. But, should you ever need a very funky place to start your evening off, I highly recommend the bar slash restaurant at the Hotel Fire and Ice. It’s really cool.

Having both feet firmly stuck in Stellenbosch, and Betsy not behaving at the best of times, it’s not all that often that I find myself in Cape Town (Aside from the occasional visit to my parents, I hardly ever get into the bright lights and the big city). So behold my surprise, when driving on the N2 around the airport area, to see actual houses. That’s right. Not a lot of them, but they definitely weren’t there a while back. Which means only one thing: The ruling party is trying it’s best to convince us, just before election, that they are actually capable of pulling finger and doing something for the people that elected them.

Phase 2, nor phase 3: She won't subsidise it. Credit: GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images

Phase 2, nor phase 3: She won't subsidise it. Credit: GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images

Many dismiss this as too little, too late. And to a certain degree, this is true. Not wanting to support the ANC, but something clearly is being done, albeit very slowly. The fact remains that despite the countless people who still live in shacks, there are now people that have a proper roof over their head. The change isn’t very big, but every dent helps. I always get a little irritated when people say that our ruling party does nothing. I must say, I was very impressed on my recent trip to the Transkei, to see that no matter where in the Transkei you are, you always seem to be at least 15-20km a clinic, many times even closer. Still a sizable walk in a place where not many people have cars, but it’s a start. Perhaps we should have an election every year.

I am by no means advocating that this is nearly enough, but with it being so close to election day, it seems that far too many people have jumped on the Let’s-Hate-The-ANC bandwagon. What happened to seeing the positive side in our country. It’s there. All you need to do is look. If you feel better change can come with a different party, then vote so. It is true that there is corruption – there will always be corruption, whether you are an African nation, a European nation, or an American nation. Corruption will always exist where there is human nature involved.

Another aspect of my trip that seriously impressed me was the infrastructure upgrades. Having not driven in the De Waal Drive/Hospital Bend area in a long time, it was seriously impressive to see the work that has been done. Which brings me to this:

Green Point Stadium, under construction

Green Point Stadium, under construction

Now you must admit: That’s one sexy friggin’ piece of engineering. And, last night, whilst releasing a light sweat as I waited in line for a police roadblock, I got a brilliant view of what it looks like at the moment. It’s meant to set like 68 000 people. To put that into perspective, that’s 3 times the number of students currently at Stellenbosch University (including med students and military students). That, my friends, is a lot of vuvuzelas. The progress that’s been made on the stadium looks way better than the picture above, and the final product is set to look like this:

The finished product: Sexy.

The finished product: Sexy.

Man, I love this country. In it’s own, strange, African, somewhat offbeat kind-of-way, there’s just something so awesome about this place. Hell yeah.

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