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South Africa Diaries – Chapter 8

Central Cape Town from Lions Head
Central Cape Town from Lions Head (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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A Landsat image of Cape Town overlaid on SRTM ...
A Landsat image of Cape Town overlaid on SRTM elevation data. Elevation is exaggerated by a factor of two. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

April’s column – Chapter 8 of my South Africa Diaries is entitled ‘Back for Good’ and chronicles my return to Cape Town in 1995 and the real beginning of a permanent life in South Africa until 2011.

 

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South Africa Diaries

It seems that a lot of readers are not aware (probably because I haven’t publicised it very well!) that I write a monthly column in Expat Focus entitled South Africa Diaries.

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The Diaries trace my 20 year journey starting in 1990, when I first started taking three month trips to Durban to assist a friend with scratch card lotteries in the Transkei and Johannesburg, right through until I left Cape Town for Thailand in 2011.

Unfortunately I cannot reblog the posts but you can read them by going to the ‘Read my columns’ page ‘Expat Focus’ at the top of this blog.

What did Madiba mean to South Africa?

English: Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, Gaute...
English: Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, Gauteng, on 13 May 1998 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The passing away of Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013) was an unparalleled event in the history of South Africa. The end of an era marked by the eventual freedom of its peoples from oppression and violence was influenced to a very great extent by the man known as Madiba. He was a true freedom fighter in the same mould as Ghandi, Martin Luther King and Che Guevara; a beacon of hope for the oppressed and a saviour of the oppressors. Like other great men and women he dedicated his life to others and showed us all there is a way to live together in peace and harmony. Without an enemy there can be no fight; you cannot argue alone. Continue reading What did Madiba mean to South Africa?