Taxi to Khayelitsha

Posted: August 31, 2010 by Danny Lurie in HillsideDigital, Khayelitsha
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By Amanda Loqo

I use public toilets, schools and public transport. It’s not a luxury life but it brings the sense of UBUNTU. In a taxi you meet almost 30 different people before you reach your destination, there is a culture of greeting everybody as you enter the taxi and freely engaging in conversation, and  say ENKOSI (thank you) driver when about to get off. You find yourself miles away listening to music and everybody is singing along.

I know a white guy from Germany who shared his whiskey with everybody in the taxi, it doesn’t grab an eye any more when a white person takes a taxi to Khayelitsha, especially during the world cup. We were listening to the Bafana Bafana match on radio when they played against France. I was on my way home from work while others where at home or in the stadium with friends and family. I was in a taxi with strangers but it was much fun with everybody cheering for the boys and with the driver one hand on the wheel and other blowing a Vuvuzela. It’s a day to remember. Take a day off and take a taxi to Khayelitsha then we’ll talk again.

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Comments
  1. i second that Amanda its even worse on a train you get to speak with people as if you know them spreading the UBUNTU Vibe, they call each other by MNTANASEKHAYA or MKHONZI. yho sisi ndakugqibela nini Emithini S.S.S!!!! *Shocked*

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