Week 13 (start 27th March)
A page 9 in Le Défi Quotidien, telling us about the ‘black spots’ on the road. Traffic accidents are a big thing in Mauritius. In 2016 there were more than 140 dead on the road and never a week goes by without new fatalities. Driving in Mauritius needs a blog post on itself – but yes the roads are dangerous on the island and more the drivers are as well. I have driven in a lot of different places – the worse was probably Thailand, and Mauritius is bad, but once you know the road and the ‘black spots’ it becomes alright. I guess driving here in 2017, is a bit like driving in South of Europe in 1980’s.
On an other note Air Asia X stopped operating this week end. They had started operating a Kuala Lumpur – Mauritius route in October last year and stopped after 5 months. The reasons are a bit unclear. In higher places they explain it is because Air Asia X do not bring enough tourists to the island and thus didn’t meet the quota set my the Mauritian government. If you ask me, it sounds like a dodgy reason. I cannot really get how they can take that decision after so little time – considering they had 1 year. I think it’s a shame. Air Mauritius has the absolute monopole on Asian traffic – with 3 flights/week to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. A bit of competition would have done them good – not only for the prices but also for the service.
On death row, article in Bonzour! takes us where people used to be executed until 1995. Poignant pictures and quite an article to read (in French though). Death penalty has never been abolished in Mauritius but, as the journalist says in French, “put on ice”: there are serious talks about reinstating it, specially for drug dealers. The last person who died on death row was Eshan Nayek, it was in 1987. He was hanged.
I forgot to read the newspaper! It was public holiday and we were having some nice family time in our little house in Grand Baie.
Today marks the sad anniversary of the flashfloods that hit Port Louis, the Capital city, 4 years ago. 11 people lost their lifes. It was of course very traumatic for the country. Some measures have been put in place so it doesn’t happen in the future. But I know for a long time after the event a lot of people didn’t use the underground passages in the city. If I remember well they were the places were people got stuck and drowned. This was porbably the biggest natural disaster in the last 50 years.
Mauritians will be happy to read today that with US$25’700 per person the Mauritian is classified as the richest of Africa. I wonder how that is calculated, knowing that the there are still so many people who earn under RS10k/month (in 2012-13 there were over 200’000 earning less then US$375). But Mauritius does have 170 very lucky ones who have more than US$10Million and 3’200 also lucky ones who have more than US$1Million. I guess that on such a small country it helps to bring the average up! I was trying to look for a minimum wage in Mauritius, but it is not a social progress that has yet to be achieved). I am actually quite shocked by those last 2 numbers – unfortunately not really surprised though. As comparison the Zimbabwean is the poorest with US200 per person. The article doesn’t say however how many millionaire Zimbabwe has – probably a few as well.