Driving near the mine, we were struck by the area’s poverty and lack of infrastructure. Our guide explained to us that locals have not really profited from the mine’s success and the high price of platinum over the previous decade. Local communities still face a lack of employment and agricultural collapse. Sewage backs up and spills into rivers, there are squatter camps, and the locals have a myriad of health problems. The large well lit and fortified mine, stood in stark contrast to the poverty of the surrounding area.
Although I couldn’t find any pictures I took of the mine itself, these were taken in the surrounding area. For some beautiful pictures of the nearby National Park, check out our photos of Pilanesburg.
Here, people take their dogs everywhere: into restaurants (you’ll see them sitting under the table), on buses/trains, etc. They go everywhere, but there are rules. Dogs must be registered, chipped and in some cantons, you pay taxed on them.
I have heard that you can make it a condition of your work contract to be allowed to keep dogs in your office! It is not unusual to see dogs quietly resting under a desk at offices or shops. They are welcome on the tram. Usually they are extremely well-behaved. Once, a friend did see two dogs scuffle on the tram. Naughty puppies.
I guess it’s cooler to have your dog in the back of your 4-wheeler than carrying it because it can’t walk anymore. We see this embarrassing sight frequently on the streets of Geneva.
As I said, there are rules. Many places, dogs must be leashed. There are places where dogs are prohibited from doing their business. If your dog poops, you are supposed to pick it up. Too many people in Geneva have problems with this last one. If you visit, watch your step. Someone let their dog do this right by the exit from baggage claim in the airport. You cannot be serious!