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Cape Town - Fin24 users are in a tizzy over the poor state of the country's provincial roads.
Kevin.mcdonagh.315 comments: "Ja smashed 2 rims and ripped 2 tires in a pothole in KZN and 9 months later they still investigating. Cost me R4000 to get up and running."
In response, Richard.Zanner writes: "Kevin you are the lucky one. I hit such bad potholes coming from Sn City. Cost me 4 new tires on a brand new BMW of the Run Flat type. Try R 12 000.00 and damage to the suspension. Off course we need to understand that we cannot expect to drive in safety on these National roads as they are not part of the Toll system at 30 cents per km or was it 70 cents. I used the toll road to Warm baths and found it great. Only one gate was working and I had to wait 40 minutes to pay my toll."
And it wouldn't be South Africa without a good old-fashioned bribe: "Must not complain as it is far shorter than the 3 hours to renew my license unless off course I was prepared to pay the R 400 to receive an application form with a number already allocated by a guy in his Volkswagen Golf on the corner. I did phone the anti-corruption hotline number posted in large in the office but the answering person must have been on lunch.
"Getting my picture taken was however very efficient. Standing next to a tree a guy stood behind me holding a white sheet while the other one took the picture. Next time I will get them to hold a sheet with the Eiffel Tower on it and then I can tell all my friends I was in France."
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