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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
I am a white African. Contradiction in terms? I think not. Sometimes my blog will be serious; sometimes sad; sometimes irreverent; sometimes witty; always my truth simply written.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

A few of my favourite things...

A few weeks ago a visitor to this blog pointed out to me that non-South Africans might like to know about some of the positive aspects of South Africa. I told her I would do it some time in the future ... and the future is now.

Jeez... Did she have any idea how much effort I would have to put into figuring the positive aspects out? It is just so much easier to focus on the negatives, isn’t it? After grinding my teeth and pulling my hair out - oh no, that was because I was doing a reinstall on my pc at the time and almost everything had to be reloaded - this is what I came up with. I have thought of so many things that I am going to do a few postings every day. Hope you enjoy...
  • The sun shines for an average of 8.5 hours a day.
  • We have endless beautiful white sunny soft sandy beaches
  •  Signs that used to segregate us by race, such as "Beach and Sea - Whites Only" (you'd better believe it), are not part of South Africa today.
  • In 2010 our rapid transport rail system became operational in one small but economically vital section of Gauteng.  Citizens are so excited about this that they are having family outings to take a fifteen minute ride on it.
  • We have 232 mountain passes in South Africa

  • In addition to buses, trains, planes, and metered taxis, we have millions of mini-bus taxis that take us here there and everywhere very cheaply.
  • We have an amazing range of wildlife.  The best known are lions, leopards, elephants, water buffalo and rhinos, commonly known as the Big Five (although they could soon become the Big Four if rhino poaching continues unabated).  Contrary to what some people believe these animals do not roam freely in our streets but the do roam freely in hundreds of game reserves around the country.
  • By far the vast majority of people are extremely hospitable and friendly.   
  • We voluntarily stopped manufacturing nuclear weapons.
  • The sun shines for an average of 8.5 hours a day.


    Images courtesy of MediaClubSouthAfrica and photographers as follows:
    Elephant Cow and Calf - Mary Alexander
    Tsitsikamma Forest Road - Rodger Bosch
    Baobab Tree - Graeme Williams

    The other images are property of MEC Friedenthal 


    1. Beautiful pictures and some facts to read ..nice

    2. Hi. Thanks for popping in. Will be posting more of my favourite things about my country regularly.

    3. I will sadly admit that I am one of those people who thought lions roamed freely in your streets. Thank you for clearing that up for me! The beaches look lovely! Thanks for the info.

    4. Hi Susan. Sadly man claimed the land from the wildlife a long time ago... although wild predators may escape from game reserves or captivity it is not very often...