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Australian Bureau of Stats07 Nov 2008
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Infant formula & pearls11 Oct 2008
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Sabona! Site for S. Africans!10 Oct 2008
Skills assessment08 Oct 2008
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The beginning of our quest04 Oct 2008
Being South African ...
25 Nov 2008
Thanks Linda (Themints) but in the case of South Africa, it is probably true! As I said, I can't comment on the accuracy obviously but over here we know it is at least partially true ... and to an alarming extent at that! As Tim alluded, we could have a (alleged - hah hah) rapist as our next president ... someone who has publicly stated something along the lines that showering after sex with an HIV positive person prevents you from catching it! Greatly looking forward to experiencing a much higher level of politics on that side!
24 Nov 2008
I received this email today. Ok ... I don't know how accurate the following is, but we all know they are not exactly exemplary citizens. Should add in a category 'Not qualified at all for their current jobs'.

'Can you imagine working for a company that has a little more than 500 employees and has the following statistics:

29 have been accused of spousal abuse
7 have been arrested for fraud
19 have been accused of writing bad cheques
117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses
3 have done time for assault
71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit
14 have been arrested on drug-related charges
8 have been arrested for shoplifting
21 are currently defendants in lawsuits
84 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year

373 in total or approximately 70%
Can you guess which organization this is?

Give up yet?

It's the 535 members of the SOUTH AFRICAN PARLIAMENT -
(The same group that cranks out hundreds of new laws each year designed to keep the rest of us in line!)

You gotta pass this one on! Far and wide!'

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11 Oct 2008
Uh oh ... my in-laws live on the other side of town. Hubby just received a call from their security company to say an unconscious black male intruder had just been found in their back yard. Apparently a couple of loiterers had been noticed in the vicinity today - now one of them is lying unconscious in my in-laws back yard! Hubby quickly phoned his mom. All okay inside the house. She said they heard a rumpus outside, had a look and there he was lying there. The police were apparently on their way. Freaks me out this kind of thing ... what was he doing there in the first place, how did he get knocked out, is he just knocked out or worse, what would have he gotten up to if he hadn't been knocked out bearing in mind it is night time here now and it must have been obvious to him that people were home, was he armed, etc??? I hate this feeling of being preyed upon.
08 Oct 2008
Reading all your kind, sympathetic replies to my story makes me realise WE NEED A SPECIAL REFUGEE VISA FOR SOUTH AFRICANS! :-) Wouldn't that be nice: no English test, expedited processing ... sigh, we can dream!

We must try not to live in fear but must be vigilant ... look over your shoulder, keep your doors locked, don't take chances. If you are Christian, say this little prayer daily or whenever you feel edgy (I find great comfort in it): 'Dear Lord God, thank you for surrounding us with an encampment of angels to protect us. In Jesus' name, Amen'.

I'm not a great theologian but apparently the way it works is that we are surrounded by angels but they can't do anything to help us if we don't ask in this way. We've kind of got to activate them.

To tag onto what ChantyB29 said, I want to live in a country where there are no mootie murders (how barbaric and primitive!) and where adult men don't rape baby girls because they think that horrific act will cure them of AIDS. You simply just cannot understand this sort of mindset. We are so out of tune with them that it gets too scary if you think too much about it.

This first world soul over here definitely somehow got dispatched to the wrong country at birth!
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07 Oct 2008
Thanks Robyn. I think you have summed it up: it is all about personal freedom. Yes, we will be giving up a lot leaving here: family, friends, pet, domestic help, a settled lifestyle, a beautiful country ... but we are prepared to give it up for more personal freedom and a sense of security. You know, I never go into the backyard when I am home alone as we live next door to a veld (open, undeveloped piece of land) and our neighbour has had several instances of people hopping over the wall into his yard to steal things. You try not to live in fear but I activate the outside security beams of our house in the day when home alone with baby so that no one can get near the house without activating the alarm and notifying the security company. We now even have beams in our ceiling as that is a new favoured method of gaining entry into one's home. I don't want to live like this! Hubby and I were joking ... 'We won't even have to lock the doors in the outback I said, nevermind have beams!' I said. He said, 'I'm sure the kangaroos have learnt how to open doors by now!'
07 Oct 2008
Thanks for your sympathies Babs_Andy. It is really a weird country ... so lovely, so beautiful, so full of hope and promise at times, but yet so tragically flawed in so many ways.
07 Oct 2008
I decided to 'fess up to my parents that we were looking to emigrate once hubby got this invite to Australia. My parents are in their 70's and hubby's are in their 60's. No one really wants to tell their parents that they want to move away and take their gorgeous baby grand daughter away from them.

However, the sad thing about being South African is that my parents are very pleased about the news. Here's the story ...

My brother was murdered at home almost 4 years ago (1 November 2004). Two black men walked through the front door at about 8pm, my brother got defensive and one of them shot him through the heart at point blank range. Miraculously he got himself to the bathroom where his girlfriend and her son were hiding. They let him in. He wedged his body against the door in such a way so that they couldn't open the door. The murderers kicked the door and shouted and swore and eventually went away. In the meantime, my brother was bleeding to death on the bathroom floor - no cell phone or panic button in the bathroom to call the armed security company. They ran off with his girlfriend's handbag and cellphone. They also took the TV which they later dropped in the garden. This turned out to be yet another cold case - no leads, no arrests, no nothing.

Ever since the murder, my parents have been secretly desperate about wanting the rest of us to leave South Africa. After my brother's death, my mother apologised to my older sister for giving birth to us in this 'dreadful country' (as she called it). What a terrible way for a mother to feel! My sister told her she mustn't feel that way. It is a lovely country and it gave us all a great start ... just lots of bad things happening in it.

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