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5/30/12 10:48 A

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I couldn't agree with you more TRISHASPARKLES!




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5/27/12 5:34 A

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We have some of the friendliest people,
our cost of living is mostly reasonable
And we have lovely weather for great braais.

"Life is about process, not stasis. We are processes, not things. We constantly change, even when we resist, even when we think we are stuck...Stuckness is an illusion" ~ Jessica Macbeth


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5/18/12 11:14 A

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The BEAUTY! and the people...

Edited by: JSTPASSNTHRU at: 5/18/2012 (11:14)



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5/10/12 7:42 A

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Beer Boerewors and Rugby !!!

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5/6/12 3:46 A

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i have lived in the states and holland for most of my life - been in SA for about 3.5 years now. i LOVE the quality of life that can be achieved without earning a fortune. i don't earn a big salary, but can still afford to go to braais, go out for breakfasts, and live comfortably. if i compare the money i had in other countries and what i could afford, SA is WAY more affordable in so many ways.

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5/6/12 2:47 A

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The Cape is beautiful and magical. I live across the road from the ocean and I can see whales from my house. Sometimes when I am dropping the kids off at school, the whales come very close to the beach and we can clearly watch the mother and calf play together in the ocean.
I love the fynbos, the mountains and the chilled attitude of Capetonians. It is the best

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4/29/12 3:32 A

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One thing about SParking is that it gives you perspectitive. And what I realised is that we live in such luxury in this country.
The weather is beautiful! most of the time. I've never been out of SA either but we've been lucky enough to live in and visit various parts of the country. And WOW!!!

Also, we do have relatively cheap domestic help. Our family isn't very well off but a lotb of people are struggling and willing to work for whatever you can afford... For instance, when we were living in Tzaneen in Limpopo we were on welfare but with 2 small kids and an ill husband and with our whole family in Cape Town. I needed help! I prayed about it and the Lord sent me a wonderful lady whose daughter had just had a baby. I couldn't afford to pay her any money but she was willing to work for clothes and things for the baby. What a blessing :) She helped me out about twice a week getting my house tidied up and she and I would sit at the end of a day and go through clothes, blankets, baths, nappies, etc. She thought it was fantastic and so did I

I don't know where else in the world someone could have that kind of story.

I love SA

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4/17/12 10:17 A

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emoticon We sure do that well.

I once saw (never been lucky enough to visit Holland) a piece on the wonderful water ways. It looked so tranquil with no vehicles whatsoever, just boats etc. I guess thats not every day living, probably just a priviliged few. But...I also watched a program on different cultures around the world and I loved the family togetherness they portrayed the people of Holland to have.
AND I have a wonderful CD one of my all time favorites of Rene Froger a fellow Hollander.
That man can sing!

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4/17/12 9:58 A

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I moved to SA less than two years ago from Holland (I married an Afrikaans guy). People keep asking me why we didn't settle in Holland. This must be the most beautiful country I have ever been. I feel more at home here than I ever did in Holland. I love that there are so many different cultures and different people. That there are so many different kinds of landscapes (sea, mountains, deserts) all in one place. The open spaces. The freedom.

And can I just say, you people know how to braai!

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7/5/11 10:51 A

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I must say I love that too. Our love for the different cultures started waaaay back when I was a child and my biological father passed away which meant my mom had to go to secular work. She hired a treasure of a black woman called Julia Daweti. Julia was our everything from friend, to nurse, to substitute mother. We were never allowed to be cheeky to her. She was treated with utter respect and in turn she loved us as her own children. Long after she retired we received letters from her telling us of her well being. My favorite line is "tombi (girl) I am very well, I am like the fish in the sea" emoticon I guess fish out of water would be bad, fish in water good. Too sweet!

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7/5/11 2:29 A

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For me I think it has to be the diversity of cultures and the fact that we all (well most of us) get together so well. I mean, in one weekend I can visit with the Afrikaners at the Wilds Fees (Kirkwood), visit my Hindu friends close to their temple, say howzit to my coloured peeps in the "coloured" areas, say Salam to my muslim cousins and then come back to work with my african, European, afrikaner, and coloured colleagues. It is definitely a complete different picture compared to the way my parents and grandparents grew up. I love it emoticon

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6/30/11 8:48 A

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emoticon Maybe my idea is skewed cos ive been spending hundreds of thousands fixing an old house into 3 dwellings and so 5c is now looking like an expense. emoticon

My sister in the UK cannot afford a domestic at all, since she has lived in the UK she is the one who has had to go back to work. she now takes care of elderly folks for a living and her hubby who used to be the regional manager for a major dairy company here, is a lowly delivery truck driver and both are grateful for the work. Makes you think.....the grass is not necessarily greener on the other side.

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6/30/11 7:44 A

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Johannesburg rates, I would guess are about R140 to R200. If it's once a week, that's not that much. A meal out for a clean house for a week. Maybe my idea of cheap is skewed. :s

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6/27/11 12:14 P

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Domestics are cheap - which part of SA do you live in?
I live in George (Western Cape) where an average domestic gets R100-120 pd...thats not cheap for me. However my sister in law lives in Cathcart (Eastern Prov) where she pays R45 pd so it just goes to show. I would feel badly paying that little because how do they support their families then?

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Affordable domestic help! I think it has a really positive impact on our quality of life. And of course its a very pretty country. I also think there are a lot of opportunities available for us.

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6/21/11 11:03 A

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I have never lived anywhere but SA so this is just home to me...warts and all, however, I have a sister now living in the UK and she regularly referes to "you dont know what it means to be cold, really cold"
I also have a niece living in Israel who's regular comment is "you don't know what struggling means"

So I guess, I love SA because we dont really struggle here (most of us) and I truly love exactly where I stay. Each time I fly anywhere, when we circle to come over the mountain, past the sea and I see greenery....I breathe a sigh of relief, because Im home.

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Space - wide blue skies - the light (esp.on the mountains)
The wine - the food - the warmth of the hospitality

and the list goes on and on and on

If you spend too much time working on your weaknesses, all you end up with is a lot of strong weaknesses. - Dan Sullivan, business coach

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We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same. - Carlos Castaneda

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6/21/11 12:08 A

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i recently went to a braai, and even though it is the middle of june and usually quite cold, it was REALLY warm in the sun. so i actually managed to get into a skimpy outfit and get a bit of a tan. tanning, in winter! i love it!

it's one of my favorite things about SA - what are some of yours?

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