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A Day In The Life Of A Typical South African In Gauteng Pretoria

Updated on June 18, 2008

My Average Day


It is 4:30am my radio alarm goes off and the early morning show on Jacaranda FM, a local music radio show starts playing its latest tune - "no repeats from 7am to 7pm" is their slogan.. Five minutes later my Cell Phone / PDA starts bonging at me. This device is strategically placed walking distance from my bed. I have to rise to still the irritating computer generated tone.

As I am up anyway I slouch off to the bathroom to do my daily wake up pee. Trying not to make too much noise as beloved is still pretending to sleep.As I return to bed for my 30 minute 'chillout' to full wakefulness, she murmurs "softer please" meaning the radio not me! I oblige.

At 5am I open the blinds of our bedroom and peer out into the darkness. It is winter now but in summer the sun would be rising and the birds in our tiny townhouse garden would be twittering and leaping about beginning their day.

I go downstairs to our kitchen and make a pot of filter coffee, a pot of tea for later and Micro wave 240grams of Oats. The prescribed daily dose for our fibre rich, low GI breakfast.

I also take my various vitamin supplements and prepare our bagged lunches. This normally consists of last nights left over supper, three fruits a pecan and banana muffin and a small low fat yogurt.

Coffee is now taken upstairs and beloved is officially woken up with coffee (for her low fat milk and sweetener - no sugar.). My coffee is taken black.

We then discuss our day ahead.Finish our coffee. She Showers etc and I put on Gym outfit or swimming costume plus tracksuit depending on the day. Alternate days for me are swim days, while the other 3 are workout days..

I take out cars out of the garage and we breakfast together unless either of us has an early appointment or breakfast meeting ( when the oats preparation does not take place). We arrange for our domestic fr the evening meal unless we are planning to eat out.

I go to Gym , she goes to work.

I do my workout . If swimming, I do 50 laps, various strokes ending wit alternating butterfly and breaststroke. If it s my workout day, i do 20 minutes treadmill at heart rate, followed by many stomach exercises, 60 press-ups, 5 minutes steps, 10 minutes cycling and cooling off with 5 minutes on rowing machine,I shower, check heart rate and blood pressure and brave the traffic to the office. I take between 20 minutes and 1.5 hours to travel the 16km to the Office depending the level of traffic chaos. See my hub "traffic in Johannesburg" for a detailed view of this aspect of my life.

I switch the car radio over to 702 a talk station "news and views" 24 X 7.

Listen to the days news, traffic reports, and various phone in discussions.

The news is the usual assortment, last nights crime, latest corruption scandal, Load shedding round up (see my Load shedding hub).The sport round up ( in summer we are all cricket fans and in winter it is Rugby) See my hub Hub South Ouch for more on the news issues in RSA)

I finally arrive at the office handle my mail and prepare for, and attend my various meetings.

Most days I eat the bagged lunch without taking break. some days I have lunch appointments, mostly at my club.

If I have no evening functions, I brave the traffic, stop at a coffee shop to wait out the traffic and finally proceed home..

I generally finish off the prepared meal which is normally Spaghetti Bolognese, chicken curry or stir fry depending on the day. Some days I prepare and grill whole chicken breasts. we generally have 3 vegetables (Rice, Pasta or sweet potato make up the starch component).the veggies are normally whatever is fresh in the market, zucchini (we call them baby marrows), beans and butternut with spinach, broccoli ) We rarely eat steak but sometimes eat grilled fish.

If we are eating out we will have sushi,steak or grilled fish with veg or salads.

I now chill out watching TV soaps, sitcoms (I love Smallville, Grays Anatomy or Crossing Jordan), Discovery or National Geographic. Once dearly beloved arrives (she has a pressure job in an IT company) we eat, work at mails (or hub pages) read a novel (at least one a week for me).

And so to bed,

It is 4:30am my radio alarm goes off and ............


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      8 years ago

      Get over it.

    • sixtyorso profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Fagan 

      9 years ago from South Africa


      So you have problems in Cape Town too despite the mountain and the sea!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      I did see some pics of the frozen sea but I was sceptical. but I guess it is true.

      BTW the pool is indoors and heated!

      Nice to meet you too!

    • equealla profile image


      9 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      I suppose I am not a typical South African in Gauteng. I ABSOLUTELY refuse to take a swim in the winter. Brrrrrr.

      Did you know the sea was frozen solid in June this year in Cape Town.

      The traffic, yes there we are on equal foot. No way of escaping that one. No compromise. We all have to "do" that one- like it or not.

      Nice meeting you on a regular day!

    • justamber profile image


      9 years ago

      Very interesting. I wish I had your motivation staying fit!

    • gladysmabvira profile image


      9 years ago

      very good reading i must say

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      9 years ago


    • sixtyorso profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Fagan 

      10 years ago from South Africa

      KatherineF hi this may indeed happen. Thanks for stopping by and commenting

    • KatherineF profile image


      10 years ago from

      I would love to live in Africa, currently I live in Texas by way of Chicago. When I retire I want a house in Italy and Africa. Stay healthy, maybe you can help me find some real estate there in the next 10yrs or so....

    • sixtyorso profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Fagan 

      11 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Bernie Thanks for your comments I m currently reading "A question of Blood" by Ian Rankin. I enjoy Karen Slaughter, Kathy Reichs as well as non fiction books too.

    • BernieQuimpo profile image


      11 years ago from Philippines

      Interesting day in the life of you and your beloved. Such a healthy lifestyle too -- an inspiration for a couch potato like me. What novel are you reading right now?

    • marisuewrites profile image


      11 years ago from USA

      sixtyorso I loved reading about your day! all the way to South Africa, we all have our pressures and routine. Much similar: eating, rising for the day, strugglng with body concerns, health, work issues, pressures, worries, relaxing, tv news. and the day repeats. how wonderful to know we are all connected. Thanks again and I'm off to read more of your hubs.

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      Rodney Fagan 

      11 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Thumbs up, an intersting hub.

    • sixtyorso profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Fagan 

      11 years ago from South Africa

      Hi JamaGenee  Thanks for your feedback. It is great to get another viewpoint from your part of the world. Populationwise I am not too sure but I think Gauteng has about 10 -15 million people as it incorporates Pretoria, Johannesburg and the East and west rand too which includes Alberton Germiston Roodepoort, Springs Boksburg Benoni Soweto and Diepkloof. The total population of RSA is about 45 million.

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      Joanna McKenna 

      11 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Thanks again, sixtyorso, for another great hub on Life in your part of the world. In some ways, your and your beloved's days aren't very different from the average American professional couple. Healthy eating, daily exercise, coming home late, getting up early to start the routine again. Your radio stations appear to have the same formats as ours too. Also, thanks for reminding us it's winter on your side of the equator. We are just starting summer here. How interesting that you stop for coffee to wait out the traffic. If more drivers did that at rush hour, there'd be less traffic to wait out. What's the population of Gauteng?

    • sixtyorso profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Fagan 

      11 years ago from South Africa

      A healthy mind in a healthy body? How can so much manic activity exist in my mind?

      Thanks for the comment much appreciated.

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      Constant Walker 

      11 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Very interesting. I think it's great how much time you devote to staying fit. It's definitely worth the effort, ay? Here in Oregon we don't have the kind of traffic issues you do there, but I remember what it was like in So. California, so I can sympathize.

      Thanks you!

    • sixtyorso profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Fagan 

      11 years ago from South Africa

      This hub is a response to Constantwalkers request. For some reason this did not want to register as such. But all credit to Constantwalker for the idea.


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