Tell me why

Exiting the airport today (yes, I travel quite a bit) I find myself left with the following questions:

1. Why did the airports company (ACSA) think it necessary to create two lanes of traffic at PE’s airport at the arrivals hall, removing the stopping spaces previously used for collecting passengers.

2. Why does every other airport in the country that I use have spaces in place for the quick collection of travellers and yet the PE airport believes such spaces are unnecessary.

3. Why is it necessary to have both police (SAPS) and traffic police as well as these sewed on patchwork dolls that are given some form of official status in place to enforce this no stopping rule that has so arbitrarily been put in place – and I say arbitrarily based on the fact that the entrance in question is used only by the public. Taxis, buses and the like make use of a separate entrance that allows them to park right outside the door to collect passengers.

4. This being my most important point – why does some little jumped-up official think he has the right to threaten to write out a fine because I called his boss an idiot (which I believe I just did again)? I think he needs some schooling in the area of freedom of speech as entrenched in the constitution and which will remain there until specifically changed by some serious political heavyweights that consider criticism of their very public positions to be an unwelcome evil.

I have considered the companies with government ties in South Africa to often consider themselves above both the law and public opinion. At the very top of this list I place ACSA who certainly do whatever they like whenever they like. This issue of the removal of parking is a specific case in point.

I do hope that sooner or later whoever is responsible removes their head from their anal cavity and understands that as a company they should be addressing the needs of their clientele, not doing whatever they deem best suits them as they hold a national monopoly.

Author: Morné Condon

Automotive journalist in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, following new models, old cars, car clubs and motorsport. My interests are not restricted to the automotive environment, although this is where I am mostly to be found.

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