Every 2 months a new story sweeps all over Johannesburg. By the time they were finished with the petrol running out story and queing for 2 hours, it almost did - except it didn't. Today its been one call after another asking me to let my staff go early because tornado's and who knows what else was about to hit Johannesburg.
A friend told me that the traffic was jammed from 4pm as people rushed home. Its still sunny as I sit in my office and write this at 5:40pm and of course the weather bureau has said they did say it would be bad weather, but nothing excessive. It seems people still love any chance to take time off and companies closed early to allow their staff to go home to "tie everything down" as my one secretary explained to me.
I decided to help my staff and advised that any of them that still thought they would be in any danger in the traffic, despite all the denials that the story was true, could stay behind and shelter at the offices. They all left at 5pm as usual - something to remember whenever they come with special appeals for time off....... its clearly only really dangerous or important if you can leave early, not if you need to stay late... or maybe my staff just spot a hoax - with a bit of prodding.