Dirty Toilets - I am glad someone is bringing this subject up as the state of some of the toilets in Zimbabwe is shocking, even in some Medical Centres ie Baines Avenue Medical Chambers. I had to use one whilst visiting my orthopaedic surgeon. His rooms were clean but the building toilets were a disgrace, nothing had been flushed, vile smelling, no toilet paper etc etc etc and so unhygienic. When I enquired at reception I was told to go to the building supervisor. Perhaps the City of Harare should start inspecting some of these toilets and fining them. There is no excuse for people not flushing and leaving the toilet in a decent state, no toilet paper, clean basins, toilets or hand driers or paper towels.
What has happened to Zimbabwean pride? Our city used to be clean too it is time that fines were enforced and people responsible for cleaning public toilets practised hygiene and put up notices. It started int he Zim dollar days and when there shortages but hygiene and cleaning products are now readily available - concerned citizen
3:15 yesterday afternoon at the intersection of Borrowdale Rd and Addington Lane, I was behind a white Condor ACC 1532 a blonde lady at the wheel - with 2 children ages +- 6/7 one standing on the back seat & one standing on the front passenger seat. She was on her cell phone. In total I was behind her through 3 traffic light changes and 2 intersections she was still on the phone when I turned left onto Steppes off Ridgeway. At the first intersection I gave her a hoot and gestured at her use of the phone, she looked back at me indignantly and carried right talking on.
Re water meters, in spite of what you may have been told by City of Harare officials, who like to make up rules as they go along, the maintenance and replacement of water meters is their responsibility. In 2007 the meter at my house stopped working because it was furred up with lime. Initially the officials told me the same thing; in fact they even said I had to buy one and have it calibrated by City of Harare for which service I would be charged! I took legal advice and then wrote a letter to a senior official informing them that if they failed to replace the meter within a reasonable time, I would connect the supply without a meter ie by by-passing it and they immediately responded, acknowledging that the meters were their responsibility. Very soon after that City of Harare replaced the meter. Stand up for your rights.
Regarding the clamping of vehicles at Harare Airport, it is my understanding that the parking area is run as a private enterprise. If this is indeed the case surely clamping of vehicles is illegal ?
“ Tired of being ripped off”
Just want to say that I am appalled at the number of motorists who totally ignore schoolchildren trying to cross at marked pedestrian crossings. On one occasion I had stopped, when a lunatic tried to overtake me on the left, almost running into the children crossing. Today I stopped at the crossing, put on hazard lights, and, as the children were crossing, a motorist coming the other way drove in between 2 groups of children. Granny
IT IS SO DEVASTATING TO HEAR THAT JUST ABOUT EVERY WEEKEND THERE HAS BEEN A FATAL ACIDENT AND ITS ALWAYS A YOUNGSTER ... AND TO THE PARENTS WHO BUY THEIR CHILDREN FAST CARS THINK TWICE BEFORE YOU DO IT,.,, CONCERNED MOTHER
I would like to draw attention to another matter to is the number of drivers who do seem to think it necessary to switch their lights on in the evening when it is getting dark. Maybe they think that as long as they can see that is all that matters. The fact that they vanish in the glare of other headlights does not occur to them. I nearly had a head-on while turning right by the garage at Reps. I was in the turn right lane waiting for gap when a 4by4 with, I think, pinprick sidelights only, appeared in front of me. Another thing the police could do is look for the lightless drivers. Good source of revenue for them? Nightsight.
I agree with most comments - however - we are preaching to the converted!! These comments should be share with the "other" people out there - how ??? maybe sms's to all numbers via the networks?? Concerned Granny and Mom
An idea we were discussing the other day was having a kind of "Taxi Insurance". I'm sure many parents feel that they wish they could do more for their young adult kids. Ultimately, the decisions adults make are their own, but the consequences still affect their friends and families. Perhaps some enterprising person could come up with reputable taxi services. Concerned parents/wives/family members or responsible adults themselves could pay a monthly membership fee/insurance premium to the "taxi club", and when they need a call out after having over-imbibed, they do not have to fork out cash for their ride home (and ride back the next day to fetch their car). Any takers?? Lorraine
It is all very well cussing the youngsters ( and l agree with what has all been said ) but lets look at the older generation. They are not much better. Going to the pub/sports club every night after work for one or two !!!!! or off to a braai with a cooler box full of beer. These are the people who are setting the examples for their children. All this drink driving will calm down one day when the parents stop drinking ?????? We hope and pray.
To all those who live in Zim, we know that it’s a country of fun, loving, party going people. We should all be aware of our own consequences and try to teach our children the meaning of responsibility. However, in today’s world (not like us 25 years ago) children (the teenagers) are far more independent and in some cases a tad embarrassed to have mom or dad dropping them off wherever they need to go. Yes, I agree with the cars they are driving are way too powerful. I agree with comments about limiting the capacity power of the vehicle to newly acquired licence drivers – if the kids are unhappy about that ruling, they buy their own. It will soon be realised that it cost way more for the more zupped up cars than the likes of March’s etc. Police DEFINITELY need to be out and about more with road blocks and breathalysers. I have friends whose “Kids” have had more than one accident due to drunk driving, and are still given another car to drive later!!!!!! So who’s to blame here? I have also seen how much “Pocket Money” these kids are given when going out !!!!! Who’s to blame there??? Just a thought
One reader commented: “It's shocking to see how many teenagers at tin roof will get into a car after a heavy night.” ... but aren’t they just replicating the behaviour of their parents generation who are in the SAME bar doing the exact same thing ... haven’t they been driven home by their parents for most of their lives following a hefty session at an all day braai...? Monkey see, Monkey do... Concerned Motorist