Dirk Lotriet
2 minute read
22 May 2020
6:20 am

We need an SA running like my thoroughly restored scooter

Dirk Lotriet

Most of all, we will need loyal people with the knowledge and abilities to rebuild our country.

A rusted Vespa scooter in the town of Corniglio which forms part of the Chinque Terra Unesco World Heritage SIte in Italy. Picture: Hendri Pelser

When I bought a rather tired old scooter three weeks ago, my plan was to service it properly and knock the worst of the dents out. It wouldn’t be anyone’s pride and joy, but it would be the perfect little money- saving commuter. I bravely attempted a service, armed with the not-so-considerable mechanical knowledge of a writer. My huge bear claws couldn’t reach anything in the confined engine bay. After 10 minutes I was as dirty as the scooter without solving a single problem. I was in over my head. It was time to call my father-in-law. His idea of...