No irony because no dollar income. Lots of business opportunities here (mine is in property mostly) for those who are forward thinking and open minded. I understand that that is difficult for some given their background. Just believe a slowly increasing middle class may ultimately be the salvation of the country. And it's happening. It's hard to see from the outside or even from the inside if one is powered by negative prejudicial emotions. Also the real goodwill that there is on the ground with cross-cultural interactions is often missed by those that have traditionally excluded large portions of the population from their immediate circle and now sit on the sidelines bemoaning their fate.heinrich wrote: ↑Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:31 pmJan K and Johan Botha's posts. Level headed and no emotion. I've said it many times before too, there is no "apocalypse" or end of days for SA. Just a slow and steady decline (same as other African countries) and as Johan puts it, SA is on that path since long ago. For SA it will probably take longer as our economy and infrastructure is/was more modern that the rest of Africa.
Yet some would like to remind us that "Africa is not for sissies", but they live the life of Riley, apparently untouched by crime and unaffected by rising living costs ($$ investments maybe?) and economic uncertainty that affect the majority of the country. Anyone else also spotting the irony?
By the way I should mention that some of what you wrote is beyond exaggerated and some just silly, for example, there are countries with much worse education systems, with worse sociological problems etc etc. That they are pretty much all, in the words of a certain great intellectual, sh!thole countries doesn't alter the fact that the statement isn't true.
Also seems to me that people tend to measure SA against first-world countries that are streets ahead in development etc. SA is a third-world country (with pockets of excellence) but not, as one poster stated, about to go down in flames. That is also just silly.
Seems the negative posts always concentrate on the bad (of which there is admittedly much to much) and ignore the good.
I also understand the tendency to feel that posts that supports one's own agenda always seem level-headed and reasonable while those that contradict one's agenda always seem emotional and unreasonable
As an aside: it's a cliche but the joint really isn't for sissies, it takes some nuts to make the place work.