My South African Story

first_imgI am a Swiss lady of 63 years. I left Switzerland – this wonderful, clean and well-organized country – in 2000. It was too narrow-minded for me, and I emigrated to Spain.I lived at the Spanish coast six long years, until I decided to book a 2-week holiday in South Africa. Why SA? I don’t know. The only part of Africa I ever have been before was Morocco – and I was fascinated by the North African culture.Hence I arrived in Johannesburg the 23rd of July 2005, booked a Hotel close to the Airport, and after waking up the next morning I went outside.I have taken a deep breath and got tears in my eyes because of the arising feeling: “I am home”. This feeling was so strong, also during the next 2 weeks travelling around in the Cradle of Humankind that I decided: I want to live in this beautiful country. Not only because of this feeling, but also how I experienced the people.‘You must be crazy’Everyone I was talking about living here, told me: “You must be crazy; there is no future in this country. Look only at the crime.” I must admit that there is also lots of crime in Spain and in Switzerland, but not as brutal.Wherever I went – whatever problem I had: everybody was friendly and helpful. That was something new for me.When I was standing in a queue and had to wait, people were talking to me. Something I never experienced before, not in Switzerland and of course never in Spain. I was amazed . that’s communication!I was sad when my holidays ended and it was clear: I am coming back! Five months later, after having sold my business and everything I had, I arrived Christmas Day 2005 in Johannesburg, only with two suitcases of clothes and 2 dogs.I didn’t know where to liveI didn’t know where to live and how to make a living. But that was not too important. I only wanted to be here, in this beautiful country, with all the birds and animals, with a wonderful climate, a warm sun and a wide sky full of inspiring clouds. I wanted to discover the mentality of the South Africans and also experience black people and their beliefs – and was astounded about the variety and the depth.I felt very much attracted to the area of Magaliesburg, and the first few weeks I was living in self-catering cottages. It was not easy to find such kind of accommodation with two dogs. But the ones that allowed pets were very friendly.I didn’t know the heavy rainfalls here and experienced some surprises to drive my VW Chico on dirt tracks. One day I stuck. Only a few minutes later a friendly man in a 4×4 stopped and pulled me out – we became friends.Finally I found a nice little house to rent in this area and moved in. I bought new furniture, curtains and what else I needed. After a few days the company delivered a fridge and washing machine – and now I could start really living in South Africa.Everything was goneFor the first time I used my washing machine with all my dirty clothes and hung them outside in the sun before I left for shopping – that was my first mistake. Because of the not really secure fence (there were some holes in it), I took my (hunting) dogs along – that was already the second mistake.When I drove back home I immediately noticed at the gate that the washing rack was not anymore where I placed it. With very bad feelings I entered the house. Everything was gone, everything except the furniture! All new clothes, all bed sheets, all shoes – everything. The only thing left, was what I wore.The friendly Policemen have taken a report – and you wouldn’t believe it: after a few weeks I got more than 50% of my stuff back!It depends on the way of lookingI think it depends on the way of looking at this incident. I am living in South Africa and it is well known that (almost) nothing is secure, except the increasing prices. But I only lost some clothes and towels and suitcases – not my life. If I would be scared of crime, I rather should move into another country. It is part of the life here.Anyway, I moved closer to Johannesburg to reach my clients and rented a beautiful tiny house and applied for a Business Permit; I am a Health consultant. It took me a while until I got it, but with the friendly help of a lady at the DTI Department of Trade and Industry finally I received my Business Permit and I was able to start my work.This small house was not big enough to put all my furniture in it, so I had to look for storage. A friend of a friend of a friend, I never have seen before – offered me a complete empty Container to store my furniture: for free! I didn’t believe it, but it was true: I can store my stuff at least during three years there. Unbelievable!South Africa is the country of contrast and it is a challenge to live here. In spite of all the warnings of people around me, I want to apply for Permanent Residence.Why? I experienced so many positive things in the 28 months I am living here, I never experienced in my life before, and I was living in different countries in this world. And I want to make a difference – I love South Africa. I need some more time to explore the entire huge country .Story submitted to SAinfo on 12 April 2008last_img read more

Photo library: Countryside 16

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Countryside contact sheet (1.6MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Oudtshoorn, Western Cape province: Carved ostrich eggs for sale on an ostrich farm. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Oudtshoorn, Western Cape province: Ostrich leather handbags for sale on an ostrich farm. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Oudtshoorn, Western Cape province: Ostrich leather shoes for sale on an ostrich farm. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Oudtshoorn, Western Cape province: Ostrich feather boas on an ostrich farm. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province:Mohair-producing Angora goats on a farm near Oudtshoorn.Photo: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province: Mohair-producing Angora goats on a farm near Oudtshoorn.Photo: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province: Mohair-producing Angora goats on a farm near Oudtshoorn.Photo: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province:The Outeniqua Mountains.Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Western Cape province:The old Outeniqua Pass road, on the way to the town of Herold.Photo: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image COUNTRYSIDE 16: {loadposition cs}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

Paes-Bhupathi advance as Indo-Pak Express exits

first_imgLeander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi moved into the quarterfinals but the Indo-Pak Express, Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi, crashed out of the men’s doubles event in the Australian Open on Monday.Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi during their match against Tommy Robredo and Marcel Granollers at the Australian Open on Monday. APPaes and Bhupathi, who teamed up after nine years in a bid to add the only Grand Slam title – the Australian Open – missing from their cupboard, scored a fighting three-set win over 13th seeds Marcel Granollers and Tommy Robredo 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in an engrossing third-round clash that lasted an hour and 52 minutes. Things, however, did not fall in place for Bopanna and Qureshi as the Indo-Pak Express went down fighting to France’s Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia 6-3, 6-7, 6-7 in another tough third-round match which spanned over two hours. The third seeded pair of Paes and Bhupathi started the match positively as they pocketed the first set in just 33 minutes. But Granollers and Robredo made a strong comeback to take the encounter into a decider which the Indians won after a 42- minute battle.The highlight of Paes and Bhupathi’s performance was their 100 per cent break point conversion. The Indian pair made use of the two opportunities that came their way while their opponents could only convert two out of the four chances they earned. Paes and Bhupathi, however, will have to get their acts together in the quarter-finals and avoid committing unforced errors, which they did 18 times on Monday as against their rival’s eight.advertisementIn the quarter-finals, Paes and Bhupathi will play Llodra and Zimonjic, who held their nerves to outplay the Bopanna-Qureshi pair. Against Llodra and Zimonjic, Bopanna and Qureshi, seeded 10th, got off to a great start registering the first set in their favour with a comfortable 6-3 scoreline. But the Indo-Pak duo faced stiff resistance from Llodra and Zimonjic in the next two sets. Both pairs fought hard and hardly gave an inch to the other. They matched each other in all departments of the game to stretch the second as well as the third set to tie-breakers. While the second set went on for almost an hour, the final set saw a 50-minute battle. In both tie-breakers, Bopanna and Qureshi failed to finish it off, even as Llodra and Zimonjic managed to earn crucial points to seal the affair with a 6-7 (6-8) and 6-7 (3-7) scoreline.In another match, No. 5 seeds Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski of Poland, defeated Colin Ebelthite and Adam Feeney of Australia, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. American Eric Butorac and Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands Antilles beat Spaniards David Marrero and Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo 6-3, 6-4.- With agency inputslast_img read more

Terrence Romeo tells Leo Austria: ‘I don’t care if I’m starting or not, I just want to win’

first_imgHotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue View comments The 26-year-old Romeo, one of the best guards in the country today, has been on a downward slope since his verbal spat with his former coach Pido Jarencio last March that ultimately led to GlobalPort trading him to TNT a month later.The relationship between Romeo and the Talk ’N Text franchise, however, didn’t last long and it ended with TNT dumping the former Far Eastern University standout to San Miguel Beer in exchange for third stringers David Semerad and Brian Heruela and a 2021 first round draft pick.“He’s really excited to play and we’re excited to have him also. We welcome him with open arms,” Austria said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Romeo to San Miguel Beer after a failed experiment at TNT was given the go-signal by the PBA on Wednesday and the idea of having another deadly scorer at his disposal had Austria mixing and matching potential lineups in his head.“I can put him off the bench or make him a starter. It really depends on the game,” Austria told INQUIRER.net on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefBut one thing is for sure, Austria said Romeo couldn’t care any less whether he’s part of the starting five or coming off the bench.“We spoke on the phone yesterday (Tuesday) and he told me, ‘Coach, I don’t care if I’m starting or if I’m second or third stringer. I just want to win and help the team.’ And I believe him,” Austria said. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MANILA, Philippines—San Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria is already licking his chops in anticipation of the arrival of Terrence Romeo, the latest addition to the star-studded Beermen roster built around reigning four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles01:45Gordon on commute dare: ‘I don’t want be laughing stock like Panelo’02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Magnolia ends PBA title drought, closes out Alaska in Game 6 LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’last_img read more