Wednesday, 2 January 2019

South Africa and All That

This is the first day back in the New Year for me and doubtless many others! And its a bit hard to summon up enthusiasm when lucky for me the break was in South Africa. But I do have reflections on my third visit there?
  1. It was wonderful to be away from the British grey in the warmth, light and blue skies of a beautiful country.
  2. How incredibly friendly and helpful virtually everybody from all races and colours were.
  3. How past race policies continue to mentally scar the country. And that is for both the former ‘oppressors’ and ‘oppressed’.  Not surprisingly, there does seem to be a massive amount of 'baggage' around. And those of Afrikaans background seem to be carrying it more than any other groups.
  4. Major disparities of wealth and power always blight a society and cause problems. UK as much as South Africa. But race makes it so much more obvious in the latter, causing even greater issues. Politicians have to be brilliant to deal with this. Very few can.
  5. And if you want to partake in ‘adventure activities’ in South Africa I can recommend Jean Paul Gardelli c. JoBurg and Sally Petersen c. Cape Town. Great people. Give me a bell.

The iconic Table Mountain, Cape Town from the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.