Fifty Shades of Black
July 18, 2019
A couple of weeks ago, I was riding in a South African taxi cab. The driver was a middle-aged fellow, with dark chocolate skin and pinkish lips. He’d been born and raised in Cape Town.
It’s my habit to talk to cab or Uber drivers. I like to show genuine interest in and kindness toward others. So, I strike up conversations about various issues — political, cultural, meteorological, familial, and the like.
On that particular day, we were talking about Eskom, the electric company.
I said, “I just can’t figure out what’s going on with the Eskom load shedding schedule for when the electricity will be turned off. They send out a warning that it’s going to happen ... and then it doesn’t.”
The cab driver responded with, “That’s because Eskom is run by Black people, and they can’t get anything right.”