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15 minutes, what's this all about?

By unknown | Dec 02, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Sowetan Reporters

Sowetan Reporters

Aids, and what 15 minutes?

That was the attitude in Johannesburg yesterday when the world urged people to stop for 15 minutes at noon to reflect on the scourge of HIV-Aids.

World Aids Day was observed in many centres around South Africa, but in central Johannesburg yesterday people went about their business as usual.

Johannesburg's biggest taxi ranks, in Noord and Bree streets, were bustling with commuters buying this and that and pushing their way to catch taxis to their destinations.

"I don't know that it's World Aids Day. I know about Aids. I don't know about this 15 minutes," said Noord queue marshal, Patrick Sithole.

Sipho Vuma said he could not just stop in the middle of nowhere and observe the moment of silence.

"It is a noble idea but not all of us can do it. People will think you are crazy, or risk being mugged," he said.

Taxi drivers Lucky Tshabalala and Lloyd Hlongwane said they were always on the road taking commuters to their destinations.


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