Below is a true story featuring two Ikeys luminaries, namely the UCT rugby club president Dugald Macdonald and Vice President John le Roux.
Is it possible that a President and a Vice President leaving Cape Town airport at 06h15 to fly to Johannesburg could be unsuccessful in locating each other?
On Monday 21 January, I, John le Roux (Vice President), was driving to the airport at about 05h30 when I received a call from our President (Dugald) saying that seeing we were both leaving Cape Town airport on a flight to Johannesburg at 06h15, why does the Vice President not arrange to sit next to the President? The Vice President said he “would be honoured”.
The Vice President waited for the President to arrive at the “booking in” counter but failed to locate him and scrambled to get his luggage on and, fortunately (because of his height), was upgraded to Business Class.
Once the Vice President was seated on the place, he phoned the President and told him he had been upgraded to Business Class 2C seat and he had an empty seat next to him. The President said he was seated at the back of the plane but would wander up and chat to the Vice President and perhaps join him in Business Class.
The Vice President was surprised that in the two hour flight to Johannesburg, there was no sign of the President.
On landing, the Vice President was first off the plane and was in the bus taking passengers to the terminal. He watched carefully for the President to emerge with the other passengers but to no avail.
The Vice President collected his luggage at the carousel and phoned the President to find that he had already collected his luggage and was waiting at the taxi rank for the Vice President to join him. The Vice President was then relieved to meet up with the President at the taxi rank.
After lengthy discussion as to how it was possible that they had missed each other, the answer was quite simple. The President was on the 06h15 British Airways flights and the Vice President was on the 06h15 SA Airways flight!
The moral of the story is if you leave the Canary Islands heading for the Bahamas with the President, you are less likely to have the same problem!