God, AIDS, Africa & HOPE

pensée of a Catholic priest

29.08.2009 Sometimes I ask me…

.. why I really want to live in South Africa… Seriously, then my bloodpressure is going up. And it is not only the traffic, those impossible ways of driving a car, especially while raining…
This morning I wanted to buy a desk for my new home – went to a furniture store – Lifestyle living –  in Claremont – got my desk, all forms filled out, delivery agreed.. and then the company refused to take my European credit card from LH Miles & More. Their policy, so the manager and later the lady from the headquarter in Ottery, would say: no European credit cards.
I will on Monday contact my lawyer to get this company….  Why do I have a credit card? To pay worldwide without needing cash. What does MasterCard advertise? Being able to shop worldwide without hard cash. Why the hell do South African companies discriminate against European cards? It is a chip card, the most secure system we have in the moment.

I also heard today, that DSTV is refusing payment via internet with a foreign credit card. Computermania has the same policy. It is time to stop that. I guess,  I lawsuit and a nice compensation, payed towards a charity like HOPE Cape Town teaches those companies a lesson.  The arrogance and ignorance of those companies, managers etc is incredible. Which reminds me that Incredible Connection also has the policy to photocopy all foreign credit cards – both sides… nice way of opening fraud all doors.

And LH Callcenter South Africa does the same. I spoke to the LH Miles and More Credit Card legal department and they confirmed that the practice of Lufthansa Callcenter Cape Town is unlawful. Nevertheless, the call center continues to act in this way.

I must admit that I am sick and tired of such attitude and unlawful behavior, but first this furniture company on Monday..  time to stop that nonsense.

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HIV, AIDS and HOPE – thoughts of a Catholic priest

Being a Roman - Catholic priest and working in the fields of HIV and AIDS in Africa is often a challenge. Living in Africa has also its challenges. On the other hand I feel very much blessed having all the three. So you will find stories and reflections about my work, about the church, South Africa and Africa and essential information and developments in the field of HIV and AIDS. And in between personal stories and thoughts. You are most welcome to leave a comment or to get in touch with me - blogs - "thinking loud" so to speak is a ways of communication and exchange of ideas.

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