Follow up on living in SA…

March 26, 2007

As promised, herewith the results of my little mini poll.  Not all of the people responded but that is not a train smash.

Here goes…

Anita said

 

It still is the best place to live.  Even if we experience many problems in SA, no country is without its problems.  We might have more problems than certain other countries, but we handle them as they come up.  We in the Langkloof believe that God protects us and if something does happen it is His will.  Yes, we live with permanently locked security gates, security fences and many dogs on our farms, children that is qualified to handle weapons and who knows what to do in case of an emergency but that is part of our lives and it is not an issue anymore to lock a door behind you etc.

It is very frustrating to experience bad service.

But SA is a sunshine country with the best climate.  People are friendly and try to be helpful.  It is wonderful to have your family and friends near you.  Like I said before every country experiences problems – there is no perfect country anywhere.  We have to remain positive and try to make a positive difference where God has placed us.

My family and I don’t even consider emigrating.

 


Warren said

 

I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. It’s that simple.

Jacques said

Pretoria is great. Great weather and very friendly people. I think one has to focus on what is important to u. The crime is still a big issue and it won’t go away.

Other Warren said

 

I think to live in SA in current changing times, is a wonderful colourful country to live in, but sure it’s challenges are real as I suppose in every other country. To have a democracy which is real, frees up plenty of business opportunities thereby allowing overseas interest and money to be invested in huge quantities. Opportunity is here…

We have crime yes which is out of hand and corruption which is bad, but speaking to friends of mine from Bulgaria, they say grass is certainly not greener over there being a country riddled with mafia and corruption, so what I’m saying is you can make a good life in SA, but try read less of the tabloids……. Focus on your well being and be enlightened what happens around you and know which places to avoid and it’s not bad being in Africa!

Jenny said:

My feelings are: “If we all stand together, we can make
South Africa work.” I don’t think enough effort is going into keeping it together – too many people are giving up hope and leaving, but if we all put in a little effort, we can build SA back to what it should be.

 

Some interesting opinions. I want to thank my friends for responding and those of you who didn’t, may you develope an unscratchable itch.  LOL, just kidding(maybe).

 

 

 

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Why still stay in SA????

March 15, 2007

My very dear friend Terri posted a question on her blog and I tried to leave a comment, but wasn’t able to.  It made me think very deep and very hard.  I quote her question..

“So here’s a question for all you South Africans still living there:

What’s it like to live there now? ”

In my honest humble opinion, it is still great!!!!  Yes, nunnies!!!  We still have sunny skies, braaivleis, rugby, cricket, parties with friends, nice long rides on the motorbike, big homes with big gardens, beautiful green trees in our suburbs.  We also still have the sounds of children playing soccer in the streets or the sounds of the two ancient half deaf neighbours’ conversations.  I quote one from last night..

Man:  “Madge!!!”

no response

Man:  “MADGE!!!”

no response

Man:  “M-A-D-G-E-!!!”

Wife: “Yes, dear”

Man: “Where did you put my paper!!”

Wife: “What paper??”

Man: “My fucking newspaper.  What other paper can I be talking about you stupid woman!”

Wife: “Check the bathroom you idiot!!”

Now this couple must be close on 90 and have most probably been married for 70 years.  They don’t walk anymore.  They simply just scuffle.  Believe it or not.  This old man still has a job that he goes to every day!!

What else do we have that is great?  Our beaches for one.  We have so many filmstars and famous people from all over the world owning beach houses here.  I doubt if there are any left for us South Africans. 

Despite all the reports of violence, SA is still one of the most desired places in the world as a holiday destination.  We have beautiful game farms and national parks.  Very popular tourist destinations.  Come see how the lions rule the jungle.  No, we don’t often get to see them roaming our streets as some people still believe.  We do get to see the occasional monkey or snakes or some other form of reptile. Simply take a drive from one city to another and you will encounter buck and rabbits or some other form of wildlife just by looking out the window.  We love to take a ride at night down the marine drive(coastal route around our city).  You get to see so many little eyes staring back at you. 

So who cares if we have to drive with our windows shut and doors locked, if we still get to see those little eyes? The worst problem apart from house breaking in our city is smash and grab incidents.  They(the bad people) smash your front window or passenger door window and grabs your handbag or cellphone or whatever is within easy reach.  The solution is simple.  Don’t leave anything there for them to grab.  It is simple common sense!!! People need to be aware of where they are at all times and simply pay attention.  We don’t have to live in fear. Be prepared and be alert.  Isn’t that someone’s motto???

I know I have considered leaving South Africa.  After putting a lot of thought into it, I realized that it is merely because I miss my friend so much that I am willing to shake the African dust off my feet.  I know I won’t be able to make a permanent move.  So what if our taxes are high?  So what if petrol is soooo expensive? So what if owning you own home is becoming a luxury? So what if telecommunication here is probably the most expensive in the whole world? 

I’ll tell you that we definitely still have our braais with our friends.  We still drive to work every day.  We still talk and communicate over the phone or internet every day.  We all live somewhere that we call home.  The fact that you own or rent hardly ever comes up in conversation.  Life is carrying on as usual.

 The only thing that has changed is the fact that our country is short on qualified people to do the work required. A lot of our top level professionals have left the country.  A prime example is Mark Fish.  One of our soccer heroes.  He left our country because of violence.  You know what, he returned to our country because of exactly the same reason?

Violence doesn’t only happen here.  It happens everywhere. 

One problem that does worry me is drug addiction.  I am more afraid that one of my kids will choose that road than I am of one of them being affected by violence.  I am not going through life with blinkers on.  I also don’t harbour the attitude of “it won’t happen to me”.  I know all the risks.  Chances are higher of the first happening.  That is a serious situation.  A child was caught with dagga in his possesion at school last year.  The education board overturned the school’s decision to expel him saying that it is within his right to sell dagga at school.  What message is that sending to our children???  It is situations like this that makes me scared in our country.  Our supposed leaders make the strangest decisions and that is why we need the Saffas back. 

The other scary thing is that I am a white South African who went to school during the apartheid era.  If I now look at the text books used by my children, I realize how much has changed. The history I studied at school is not the history being studied by them.

I have sent this question posted by Terri to some of my friends and I will do a follow up post containing their answers. Let’s see what they come up with.

Maybe I am living in a dreamworld. Maybe I am still here because I want to believe that everything is going to work out. Maybe I am still here because I want my children to grow up in the beauty of our country. When I look at how the teenagers of today interact with each other I have hope for the future. When I see black, white and coloured children party together and socialize, I believe that there is hope for our future. They are all the same. They have the same dreams and ideals. They love our country. They aren’t talking about leaving South Africa and finding there wealth elsewhere. They want to make South Africa a force to be reckoned with. They want to play rugby and cricket for South Africa. They are talking about going into politics because the polititians of today “don’t have a clue”.

I believe that there is hope because the children have restored my hope.


Call for a Pink day!!

March 8, 2007

I received this e-mail this morning.  I don’t normally do this, but the message we could be sending if we participate can be so powerful.  Are you going to sit back and just let Sheldean be another statistic or are you going to do something about it???

 I will be wearing a pink shirt and my jeans as a sign that I definately don’t care for violence against children. I actually wish that I could be amongst the crowd that will be at the courthouse. Just have a look at the message and hey, you don’t even have to stand in front of your wardrobe tomorrow thinking “now what will I wear today”.

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DEAR FRIEND / COLLEAGUE / CARING PARENT

We recently forwarded numerous communiques regarding the disappearance of Sheldean Human, throughout
South Africa. Newspapers, radio and television channels carried updates on a daily basis for more than two weeks.
South Africa hoped and prayed…

Sadly, we were advised tonight that she had been found…her abductor confessed and led police to where he hid her badly decomposed body.
South Africa is mourning tonight…

As a community, it was devastating for us to have had one of our kids go missing. We supported the police in their search and cried out against this horrible thing that was happening. But for little Sheldean Human…it was too late…

To demonstrate our outrage at the slaughtering of an innocent child, a decision was taken tonight by members of eBlockWatch that all its members and fellow South Africans will wear Pink shirts and jeans on Friday 9 March 2007 (this is what Sheldean wore the day she went missing). We will also gather at the court where the culprit will be appearing on this day, to shout out our frustration, calling upon our Government and communities to stand up against crime.

THUS, we invite everybody to take part in the second Pink Day on Friday, 9 March 2007. Wear a pink top and jeans, in support of and sympathy with Sheldean Human’s family and to show you oppose violence against children.

Forward this request to all people you can reach via e-mail, cellphone and mouth-to-mouth.

 


Call me Rudolph

March 8, 2007

rudolph.jpgI woke up this morning showing serious after effects of the flu.  Yes, it is THAT bad.  I look like that famous dude from Santa’s crew.

Mind you, I don’t look half as sexy as the dude in the picture.  I tried to cover the evidence with make-up.  Not very successfully, I must admit.  Maybe I should have paid more attention in class the day we handled how to cover up unsightly fever blisters on your nose!!!


A little bit of this and a little bit of that…

March 5, 2007

Oi my buddies!!! I have been so sick with the flu and it think it has now turned in bronchitis.  I feel dreadful. I am just so tired and I just don’t feel like doing anything but get it under the covers and hiding from the world.

But where I am???  I am at the office attending a meeting for the former employer.  It is the coldest day of the year and it is pouring with rain, but I have to be at this meeting. I have clients waiting for me to get to them, but apart from not wanting to spread the germs, I just don’t have the energy.  I am open to suggestions of concoctions that will make me feel better.  I have tried the ginger-ale, grandpa’s, med-lemon warmed in a saucepan trick.  I don’t have medical aid, so I will just have to suffer through this on my own. I am developing fever blisters on my nose and that is just too painful!!!!

Seeing that I was feeling so dreadfull all weekend, the only course of action was to lock myself in the bedroom and I had to sit through all the rugby games all on my own!! Now, I am not complaining about that.  Not often that I get the chance to do that on my own.  What a wonderful rugby weekend for our teams.  All our teams won their games.  Even the Stormers!!!!  Go boys!!!!  Let’s hope that you are on the way too bigger and better things now.  Normally I would have a lot to say about the rugby, but not today.  I have written down all my little points and I will most likely get to them later in the week.  Have to get through this meeting now!!  They are late and I hate that.

 What’s the point of making an appointment and then you don’t make it?  Ok, maybe they weren’t that late considering they are from Jo’burg and it is raining cats and dogs outside!!!  What pleasant people and I am happy to say that all our problems were resolved.

I am going back home now.  I am going to get into my pj’s and ask Mr B to make me a nice cup of soup and I will just carry on feeling sorry for myself because I feel so miserable.