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More than a year ago, I posted an article entitled Reasons Why You Don’t Want To Live In South Africa. I received a lot of heat for it, but it is my opinion and I am entitled to my own opinion, just like everybody else.
However, today a reader posted the following comment:
You mainly get 2 types of hens here in the UK: Caged hens or the free range types:
If you intend to spend your life on earth in a plastic safe environment created by others, don’t stay in SA. You will end up with a 2.5 meter fence, a security system to protect your CCTV cameras from being stolen, a burglar alarm and fire arms to protect you against all possible dangers. You WILL end up frustrated because the government will not look after your “very important” needs.
On the other hand… if you are committed to use your God given opportunities to leave this blue dot hanging somewhere in space somehow better than you found it, South Africa might just be the place for you. There are HUGE things happening, but to discover them you will need to leave your security complexes.
After 8 years in the UK I am on my way back to South Africa just because…… I’m no frieken caged hen!!!
What “kindafa” chicken are you?
And I must say, he does have a very valid point. His point being that just like any other place, South Africa is heaven for some people, hell for others.
While I stand by my previous opinion, and still think that South Africa is absolutely not for me, I now realize that it is perfectly suited for many people, and many people love living in South Africa, even with all its problems.
I myself find myself missing quite a few things from South Africa. Most of all, I miss the great partying. South Africa is home to some of the best nightclubs I’ve ever attended, and it is always easy to find a party.
The second thing I miss is the cheap cost of life. For a cup of Starbucks coffee, I could have a full meal in South Africa. Everything was cheaper, and back there I was living like a rich person. I did not have to watch how I spent my money as carefully, and the propriety I lived in was huge.
On the other hand, many things are better now. South African internet is torture at best. The government is useless, and you’re pretty much always on your own when you need to do anything. No public transports. No public anything, really.
Looking back, I’m still glad the South African period of my life is over, and I’m looking eagerly towards the future.
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