...I am not above critique.
I found the following comment quite stimulating. To show I'm not scared to assimulate new information i'm going to post it up here.
Rooster, the reason why your blog is struggling with decent debate is because your arrogance is off-putting. Anybody who says anything critical of SA gets slammed by you.
You say you don't, but your comments come across as watering down of anything that's negative or bad.
It doesn't matter how wonderful you think SA is, 18000 murders a year is not good enough. 90000 hijackings a year is not good enough. 40000 rapes per year is unacceptable. And that's only reported crimes.
You can't compare to other countries either. Comparisons don't help when you are dealing with lives. We're not talking about anywhere else. We're talking about here, right now.
At the same time, extremists like at the SA Sucks blog shouldn't be taken seriously. So they're not worth the discussion.
Be a bit more balanced in your defence of SA. And by that I don't mean "Yes, SA has problems" or "SA isn't perfect". and then carry on with how fantastic our elephants and sunsets are.
The reason why millions of locals emigrate is because of two things: safety and affirmative action. Studies have shown this.
My friend's car was stolen. My other friend's car was also stolen. My family members have been hijacked at gun-point. A number of my extended family and friends have been raped and murdered. My car's been broken into more times than I care to count. I've helped neighbours chase criminals who broke into their home at 2 in the morning. More than one friend of mine has been shot at but survived.
And that's just in my circle.
The problem is that most South Africans can relate to that, to some degree.
With only 30% of all crimes being stopped in its tracks, crime is therefore not under control.
Crime is out of control.
Is SA falling apart? No, not at all.
But let's be balanced about our debating.
Firstly I can not relate. The entire region I live in South Africa could not relate , and I dare say anywhere else but Joburg could relate. That's my only gripe with the above post.
I do not think I have ever tried to hide the fact that South Africa has problems. I've tried to put the problems in context and offer a sociological perspective. I have fought against the idea that South Africa is in decline and that it's somehow related to the inevitable genetics of black people. I realise at times I can be aloof and obnoxious, but certainly at heart I'm a humanist. I believe that the inherent goodness of mankind will always bloom if he is offered the opportunity to live his life free of the crutches of crippling poverty. I also honestly believe the country has a fantastic future if we can just for a moment get over ourselves and show some empathy to the plight of one another. So this little post of humility is my gesture of compromise....
.....what's yours ?