Wednesday, February 07, 2007

somewhere between badplaas and machadadorp


recently i took a drive to barberton. what a beautiful winding pass. then again everything in the lowveld is beautiful. on the way back i attempted to take the road less travelled going through kaapsehoop (a quaint village on the escarpment that is really worth the visit). in retrospect i shouldn't have done this without a map. i got horribly lost and ended up driving in square circles around mpumalanga. quite a laugh actually.

anyway, on this accidental journey, i stopped somewhere between badplaas and machadadorp to take the above photo. this is a phenomenon that had intrigued me for a long time. is this south african or is this a worldwide occurrence? this is commonplace in south africa. this post could just as well have been called somewhere between bloemfontein and tweeling because i'm sure i would find a sign there with the same peculiarity.

if you look carefully, the sigh is suffering from the common south african gunshot wound about which i have blogged on numerous occasions. yes, that's right folks, south africans drive around and shoot sighnposts. not owning a gun myself i can't really say i know why or under what circumstances this occurs, but having driven aroung about the whole country, i can say it is a very common practice.

this is just something that has always tickled my interest. any comments about this practice in other countries would be most appreciated.

3 comments:

Sid Schwab said...

Strangely, the phenomenon is not at all rare in rural parts of the US -- nearly universal, even.

southeRN said...

The gunshot sign is so common in the rural southern US, I would wonderabout the locals if all the signs were smooth and shiny.

Corey said...

+1 on it being common in rural USA. Nothing better to do than drink beer, screw, and shoot at signs, I suppose.

It should be said, however, that this is more of a pastime than an indication of a particularly violent or unstable area.