I have quite a lot of travelling for my in-depth. Ok, so three times is not that much but the fact that I’ve gone to places I wasn’t familiar with before made the trips very daunting to make. As much as I like travelling and meeting new people, those two ideas were thrown out the window when I thought about the worst thing that could possibly happen to me. I am afraid of getting lost and will admit it to anyone ,at anytime, anywhere.
The trips I made so far have been as follows:
To ADAPT in Alexandra township, making our way there my classmate and I almost got lost. I think it set the precedence for me in terms of always letting the driver know where exactly I’m headed to because they determine their route when they know where everyone is going and it’s a sort of” first come, first serve” type of thing.
The second trip was to Daveyton over the weekend. Two words for the trip: far and FAR! but I enjoyed spending the day with LCD (my central character’s initials).
My third trip was today and I had so many things to consider on this one.
- Do I use the Gautrain or taxis?
- Do I say Tshwane or Pretoria?
- With all the street name changes, am I even gonna make it to my destination?
So the toss between the mode of transportation used was the biggest stress factor and really determined whether one of my biggest fears would happen or not. So I took the question to my Facebook and with the help of my friends finally came to a decision. I used taxi’s and although I passed up a chance to use the train service I got to my interviewee’s offfice in one piece. There would’ve been no thrill in me getting lost in the country’s executive capital city.
I settled to use Pretoria, sorry but I’m still wrapping my head around using Tswhane!
All the street name changes are crazy hey, I get why people are complaining but the signs are still there and with the help of my interviewee I memorised the landmarks and got to her office on time.
So back to the judiciary system topic!
Last week I managed to arrange an appointment with an attorney and wasn’t going to let the distance discourage me from meeting up with her.
She specialises in Human Rights, Labour, Civil and LGBTI rights and definitely the right person to speak. And what do you know? she is actually working on hate-crime case at the Johannesburg Magistrate Court tomorrow.
We spoke about a number of things and she basically told me a number of things I have heard before but I think the fact that she is actually working on a hate crime case at the moment makes her input worth it. No interview is useless, it’s up to the journalist to shape it and get the most out of it.
She gave me the latest stats of people murdered due to their sexual orientation. I must say it helps speaking to people who are clued up and follow the matter extensively rather than searching for the numbers on some government website.
She also invited me to attend the hearing tomorrow and I hope I can! (this should come in very handy for the latest news in conjunction with my topic)
This was the last interview I had left for my final piece and now I need to work at an extra speed to tie the info in and manage to make my piece cohesive.