Visitors, intent on coming to South Africa for the 2010 Soccer thingy, are in for a excitement-packed time… At enormous effort and no small expense, many South Africans are preparing to lay out much more entertainment bang, for your foreign buck.
With little or no thought for their own personal loss, members of the United Transport and Allied Trade Union (Utatu) have just completed the dry run to show foreign visitors a little of South African daily life.
Between Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th May 2010 – a mere 29 days to kickoff – 18 locomotives were damaged and set alight and a fuel train was derailed in a spectacular display of union welcome. Unfortunately the train didn’t catch alight, clearly disappointing several tourists who were probably watching the TV while they packed their suitcases. Union officials were not available to issue a formal apology. For more details, check out http://www.fin24.com/Business/Striking-workers-sabotage-train-20100512
Any well heeled visitors, arriving by cruise ship in Durban harbour ahead of the opening, were treated to a bonus performance as striking workers brought the port to a halt (for the full story = http://www.fin24.com/Companies/Transnet-brings-Durban-harbour-to-a-halt-20100514), with union workers indulging in some lively horseplay, allegedly ‘just to make any football hooligans feel at home.’
Several other unions are eager to get in on the act, with the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) marching proudly through the streets of Johannesburg.
So hurry, hurry, hurry!! Get your last minute tickets today. There are more than enough unsold tickets (rather more than planned, to be honest). We don’t have a drug problem, or a crime problem, or a violence problem, or a corruption problem, or a rape problem, or a murder problem. No, seriously. Jeremy Clarkson says that’s all a load of nonsense. And if you can’t believe Jeremy Clarkson, who can you believe?