What’s your ride?
Welcome to the series I do when I see something that is different to what we would see in America compared to South Africa. These guys are in the back of a truck or bakkie (buck-ee) or as we say here in South Africa. There are people ride every day in South Africa this way. The people ride in the back of bakkies or inside the back of the bakkies with a top if they are lucky. They find a way to get to their job. Each person is glad to get a ride and a job. They pay a fee to the driver. The driver is probably going that way anyway, so he gets money for his way to his job and to pay for his petrol or gasoline.
What would you do?
If you had to send your wife (because women do this too) on the back of a bakkie to get to her job, would you? To put food on the table because in South Africa jobs are hard to come by. As of July 2016, the unemployment rate was at almost 27 percent. That is high people. If it hits 5 percent in America we freak out. This is reality for the majority of people that live in South Africa. They ride in bakkies or they take taxies.
Taxies are just as dangerous because they are packed full of people. The drivers are getting to their destination as fast as possible. So that they can make more money driving other people around as fast as they can. A taxi in most African countries and in South Africa is a van with 3 rows of seats. There are not rules to be buckled up or to have babies in car seats.
We in America take for granted these things. We who live in South Africa with cars take them for granted.