Yesterday (sunday) I did some promotional work at the Crafters Market in Woodlands Boulevard in the East of Pretoria. This Mall lies in the most affluent area in the East of Pretoria, and it is surrounded by ministers’ residences, the Nouveau Riche of Mooikloof and a substantial amount of upper-middle class South Africans.
Standing there and looking at the passers by, I made some observations:
Despite everyone talking about the Rainbow Nation and New South Africa, more than 80% of the passers by were white.
The dress code of most of these did not reflect the demographics of the area. On the contrary, most men were dressed in some form of short, and their companions did not look much better.
Personally I do not like shorts. I believe you only wear them when you go swimming or if you have really great legs. Like Schwarzenegger or similar. Certainly not when you go shopping with your partner.
Opposite where I was standing there is a very smart clothing shop. All subdued lighting and everything. In the three hours that I was there, about twenty people went into the shop. None of them came out with a parcel. I wonder when the people with real money shop?
There were a couple of black guys wandering around in groups of four wearing overalls or similar. Wonder what they were shopping for?
People looked so serious. Even the ladies. Is shopping not fun?
We must have the most diabetics in the world. Every second person I offered a taster, declined, saying: “I am not allowed to.”
I also learned that food that you eat whilst driving a car does not make you fat. The same people who declined a tiny portion of toffee were merrily scoffing away at do-nuts or other sweet treats as they were driving out of the Mall parking area.
Showing your partner you love him/her is forbidden in public. Not even one couple held hands.
Seems like I’ll have to go back to Sandton City in Jozi to find some people with real style. Or what am I saying?