Super Mom

Build the country

Stay in South Africa and help build the country, they say.

What if they don’t want us to help build the country?

Tommie has a contract where he uses his machinery to rebuild roads, make soccer fields, clear up the dumping grounds or open up areas for the water department to fix water pipes….  Stuff like that.  Stuff that makes our lives as citizens run more smoothly.  He has a contract with our local government who often doesn’t pay on time.

As it may be when you operate big machinery, you can’t take them back to your yard at night.  During the week they mostly stay wherever you are busy working.  Normally this is on municipal grounds with security.

In the past week they have stolen every pipe they could see, the caps of diesel tanks….anything that could be stolen.  Last night they tried to take the radiator off and then since they could not, they just broke it.  They took screwdrivers and punched holes everywhere.

You cannot help build a country if the people of the country doesn’t want it to be.


16 responses

  1. Sarah

    that’s terrible. stuff like that makes you really wonder why you bother.

    March 26, 2009 at 2:50 pm

  2. Oh no man! It’s so sad to see our country falling apart! I did have a lot of hope for our land at one stage …. not so much now!

    March 26, 2009 at 3:28 pm

  3. I never thought I’d say it, but some days I want out.

    March 26, 2009 at 5:43 pm

  4. Urrrrrrgh! The senselessness is infuriating!

    March 26, 2009 at 7:32 pm

  5. Mom Archer

    It’s terrible 😦 I feel for Tomma and everyone who has been through this in our country

    March 26, 2009 at 7:50 pm

  6. All that, and bugger the Dalai Lama, too!

    March 26, 2009 at 9:10 pm

  7. That is not proper at all. I can only imagine how “impressed” Tommie must be.

    March 27, 2009 at 5:23 am

  8. Gen

    Eish – That is so typical!!! You cannot leave anything out anymore. On the farm back in SA a new fence gets put up on the Monday and by Tuesday morning ALLLLLLLL the droppers were stolen!!! Come to Cooma, here we leave our keys in the car when we run into the shops and the tractors are left out in the fields……with keys in them!!!!! (something W still has a hard time adjusting to – lol).

    March 27, 2009 at 7:30 am

  9. Today I’m having one of those days. Sick of all the k@k. Sick of the beggars. The crime. The filth. The litter. The kids who go on a rampage and destroy 3 classrooms and a computer room, because they are told they can’t go on a soccer tour to PE. What is the point? You can’t help people that demand everything, and aren’t capable of digging deep and working for it. Yes, it would be a nice world if washing machines and dishwashers fell out of the sky and into our laps, but they don’t and we have to work for them.

    I am so ready to leave.

    March 27, 2009 at 2:10 pm

  10. Ag no man!! That makes me so mad!! YOu know I get angry with my brother who often lays it on very thick about how perfect life is in Oz but I am always proudly SA. Then I hear stories like this….

    March 27, 2009 at 9:33 pm

  11. Meriel

    Its sad. Sad. Makes me feel despondent.

    March 27, 2009 at 10:02 pm

  12. Anito

    Gotothe philippines and you, yourself,would be “stolen”.hehe

    March 30, 2009 at 9:55 am

  13. I’m so sorry. I’m sending hugs your way.

    March 30, 2009 at 11:23 pm

  14. Joanne E

    We had the same problem here – although it is a bit of a cop out, the builders went and met with the community and sort of got a community rep and a whole dialogue going, blah blah blah …… theft stopped! (hate that though, it sort of feels like condoning it!)

    March 31, 2009 at 8:30 am

  15. Addie

    So sorry to hear about all of this. Yes, I am also very proudly South African but situations like this does take its toll, eventually!!!

    March 31, 2009 at 4:39 pm

  16. Hi Mel. You OK. I get worried when you don’t post a blog.

    March 31, 2009 at 8:35 pm

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