THE reasons why Mzansi people buy cars are as varied as the people in Mzansi.
Some people choose a vehicle because of its beauty or speed or the status it brings.
Others consider a vehicle on whether it can carry their families safely, move heavy loads or drive off road. And this is what was on Shadrack Munyangane’s mind when he bought his Isuzu Serengeti last year.
Shadrack, who is from Venda, said: “I needed a practical, all-in-one smart vehicle, not some shiny thing on wheels.”
Q: Is this your first car?
A: It is my fourth. I sold two and kept two.
Q: What do you love about it?
A: It’s strong, beautiful and reliable. It has never given me any problems on the road. I service the car all the time. It just moves and responds very well.
Its height makes me stand out and reflects my calm and collected character. The Serengeti is a bakkie for mature people.
Q: What features do you like?
A: It does not consume a lot of fuel over long distances. Its automatic gearbox makes driving easier during heavy traffic.
Q: Do you like the attention it brings?
A: We all appreciate attention but we don’t like every kind of attention but when people admire my wheels, I feel good.
Q: Have you driven it on any long-distance trips yet?
A: I have driven it from Venda to Joburg and back many times.
Q: Is your Serengeti fast?
A: Yes, but I obey the speed limit – which is why I have never got a single fine since buying it.
Q: Would you change anything?
A: No, it is perfect as it is.
Q: Can another person drive it?
A: This cab is insured for me only so I could get into big trouble if another drove it.
Q: What do you think about other Mzansi drivers?
A: Some drivers are good while others are bad. I prefer to mind my own driving when I’m on the road because I need to focus on avoiding the bad drivers.