The World At The Red Robots

29 Nov

Red robot ecosystem

There’s an entire ecosystem around red robots. Because cars cluster around them, others spot opportunities. So you’ll find, not just beggars holding signs or dustbin bags, but newspaper vendors, wire and bead craft sellers, pamphlet distributors (typically for car repair, mattresses or townhouses) and sellers of toys, sunglasses and cellphone chargers. Fruit and superglue used to be quite common, but we don’t see as much of that now.

Now Gus Silber has observed a new arrival at robots: Matric students begging for money for their vacations.  “I think they have to choose their spots with great care,” he tweeted this afternoon. “Joburg’s robot economy is very territorial.”


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