Her sweet friendliness elicited a more genuine smile from me. ‘Since you’re checking,’ I added, ‘you may want to know that the aircon isn’t working. The fan blows but it isn’t cooling the air at all.’
As I spoke, one of the other women was already stabbing at her cellphone with both thumbs. ‘I’ve alerted maintenance; someone should be around soon to sort it out for you,’ she promised.
And so it was.
Five minutes later two burly guys arrived, hoiking a bulky aircon unit with them. They unscrewed the broken one by means of a single short screw and yanked it out of the hole in the wall (a reminder to those in places far less safe from thieving than Kruger of the security risk such units pose).
Ten minutes later and the new one was installed, checked and blissfully cooling us back to sanity in the 32-degree heat.
Hooray for Letaba and its efficient team of saviours.
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