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Oupa (96) is back at work

Hannes van der Merwe

It’s been almost a year since Oupa (Leonard Ethelbert) became so weak after medical complications and a time in hospital, that he no longer had the strength to get up early to work shifts at Ophelp Projekte. That meant he became quite lonely at the Straatwerk house in Woodstock and had to keep himself busy.

(He regularly went for walks, and true to himself, would often walk quite far.) Every now and again Oupa would talk about “going back to work”. As things went, it really was just a dream, and I, as well as the others in the house, dreamt along with him. But Oupa got up and went back to work – at the Mowbray Depot. For three weeks now, he gets up early, goes to work, does his shift and comes back home – all on his own. He is 96 years old.

Due to this, our management team gave him “honarary status as Jesus Save Daily First Teamer”. A member of this team is paid R40 per shift. Oupa is highly impressed with this because it’s much more than he expected. (Unbeknown to him, the pay rate increased in his absence!)

Two stories from this time:
Oupa uses the mini bus taxi to work and back. This costs him R6 per trip. One morning he gave the “gaurdjie*” R7 and, as he was getting off, he expected his R1 change. Instead, the “gaurdjie” just gave him a 20 cent coin. Sharp as ever, Oupa noticed this and pointed out the mistake. But the gaurdjie just said it’s a coin and is worth something, and continued to yell at the driver to drive off. The exploitation of Oupa’s vulnerability was evident (our community knows this too well), and he felt this deeply as he is not only physically vulnerable, but financially as well.

Another time, on another taxi, he gave R7 again, and once again when it was time for the change to come, the gaurdjie asked “What change?” With his quick wit, Oupa confronted him, pointing out that a fellow passenger had passed the fare on: “Ask this lady, I did give you a R5 and a R2″. The answer (again the exploitation): “Never mind Oupa, what can an old man like you do with R1?” But Oupa retorted: “Not so! Rather, what can a young man like you do with R1?”. Fellow passengers started laughing out loud at his very wise response – so much so that the R1 quickly got handed over.

*This person sees to it that everyone in the taxi pays for the ride and decides who sits where to ensure that the maximum passengers are transported.

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