You're immigrating right. It's kinda normal to convince yourself that you've made the right decision. SA is all that you mentioned, and I'm still leading a good life. I live in a secure estate, I can't remember the last time I didn't have electricity, I still drink tap water, telecommute from home Â– telecoms in SA works, I eat good fresh affordable food every day and have all my friends and family close by. SA still works for me, although I try not to get emotional over too many issues. If I had to move first option would be Western Cape, second Namibia and third Botswana. No first world nanny state in a massive build up area for me thanks.
I think you'll find that the wages they're actually being paid aren't as bad as what you've heard. Also, if the mines cave, believe me - Malema will milk it as if he personally made it happen. "ANC fails, Malema succeeds" will be his motto.
Did you see him on US business news? They're loving the hysteria provided by a wannabe-dictator shouting the odds about mining and the SA economy.
Well, striker at least you have a front row seat at the revolution unfolding in front of your eyesÂ…aided as you pointed out by corruption, incapacity and maladministrationÂ…SA has passed its tipping point some time ago and these flare-ups and delivery issues, fuelled by unsustainable demographics will become a permanent feature of lifeÂ…btw I see that the state has denied that a Â“high alertÂ” has been issued - that makes sense because you must have some military capacity in the first placeÂ…moreover some of us apparently adjust better to the rising water temperatureÂ…until it starts boiling...enjoy the spectacle!
Extract from article in the Guardian: Link http://gu.com/p/38nnf/em In such uneasy times, who better to read than the greatest catastrophist theoriser of human history, Karl Marx? And yet the renaissance of interest in Marxism has been pigeonholed as an apologia for Stalinist totalitarianism. In a recent blog on "the new communism" for the journal World Affairs, Alan Johnson, professor of democratic theory and practice at Edge Hill University in Lancashire, wrote: "A worldview recently the source of immense suffering and misery, and responsible for more deaths than fascism and Nazism, is mounting a comeback; a new form of leftwing totalitarianism that enjoys intellectual celebrity but aspires to political power. "The New Communism matters not because of its intellectual merits but because it may yet influence layers of young Europeans in the context of an exhausted social democracy, austerity and a self-loathing intellectual culture," wrote Johnson. "Tempting as it is, we can't afford to just shake our heads and pass on by."
- Already emigrated and living in a delightful rural/country area. If by " nanny state" you mean the enforcement of law, order ,and the maintenance of living standards and upholding of values ,then so be it. I'll never regret the wonderful years (fr
- Ja topgun, the decision was a tough one. It simply came down to one thing; Give my children a first world future, or one in a continent of failing govt's and falling standards. They will have the option to return in the future, if they so wish - but
Striker, at least you have something to compare life in South Africa with. These are tough and sometimes brave decisions, but the world is so "small" to-day that you can actually choose where you want to be with family and friends to-morrow - even when living overseas. (that is if you can afford it) Your children might appreciate it one day - who knows, and nothing would prevent them from going back to Africa. Just sad what is happening and yes it is sometimes not that difficult to hear and see no evil while living in RSA (that is if you can afford it!!!) I wish you well.