There are occasional power cuts and the traffic lights are also not spared. Despite mismanagements in many areas of administration, the city is still beautiful and there is pomposity all around.
I stay in the Intercontinental hotel near the famous Wanderers club, in Sandton. All these areas are more like up market residential colonies. These are indeed the legacies of the past.
Just opposite to the Hotel is a famous big mall named after Nelson Mandela. There is a big bronze statue of the great man in this area.
While driving down to the Crown mines area, the navigator, Riaz showed us the area where Mandela now lives. Though ailing, he is still active for the benevolent and the charitable causes. Riaz says that the days spent in a jail make a man live longer because such days are rather free of worries and tensions. He seems to have a point. In India the Sanyasins (Sage) live longer than the Grihasthas (Sanskrit for householder) because of the same reason. A Grihastha’s life is never easy, I can vouch for that. After all, the food eaten by a Sanyasin also is donated by a hardworking Grihastha.
Johannesburg, 11th January 2008.