10 things that I observed on this trip to South Africa
- All the birds still whistle that tune “Jan Piriviet” I know why they are taught it, it’s a simple easy to learn tune… but it still drives me crazy.
- There is still so much corruption in South Africa, its so deep rooted, And before everyone starts shouting about the huge corruption of the past… I agree, it was horrendous, but two wrongs never make a right. And somehow this corruption saddens me so much, because we all had such high hopes that the people who had suffered in the past would see the benefits … but that’s not true, it seems so many people are just looking for a free lunch, and they can’t see that their lack of responsible contribution is having a huge impact on a lovely country and its people.
- South African’s still win the salad war. At any braai (barbecue) you will always find the most amazing salads being served, and as a veggie, that delights me.
- I watched children playing in an hotel pool, black and white, and they were so unaware of the colour of each others skin, and I felt sad that I grew up not having that experience as a child. I am lucky as an adult that I have a mix of friends, in terms of colour, nationality and levels of madness.
- My big fear is the stories I have heard about the legal system, it seems to breaking down at the highest levels, and that is the one thing that I think a government should be doing well, it should protect its citizens and have safe and secure places to lock up its criminals. A funny (funny but mad) sign seen outside a police station in the Cape, this station is protected by Chubb Security. .. just imagine!
- Everyone I talk to in education is so frustrated, it’s not about unruly kids, but a lack of motivation and commitment from teachers, especially in rural schools and even at technical colleges that are trying to produce the valuable technicians of the future.
- It’s still a great place to spend time, the Natal North Coast beaches are still wild and so beautiful, the people you meet are open and welcoming.
- Prices have gone up so much, that I do worry and wonder how all the families make ends meet, a tourist may still think that food is cheaper, but as someone who is back often, the price of so many food items are comparable to the UK prices now. I think that’s why South Africans will continue to be creative cooks.
- The spirit of entrepreneurship is still alive, but draconian legislation is making it harder and harder for any small business to thrive, and that’s sad, as small business is the backbone of any free and thriving economies.
- I love the home-cooking shops (you may have gathered that I am a bit of a foodie), shops that are full of home cooked treats, like cakes and pies, the UK has made it impossible for these types of shops to exist as we have some very stupid health and safety regulations.