If you're a South Africa or someone who has recently visited the country, take a cruise over to these two websites and tell me if you notice anything out of place.
The Death of Johannesburg
The Death of Durban.
I'll allow you a few moment to stop laughing before I carry on. Better ? Good. Let's continue.
The sheer mordacity that someone would choose this time where both the above cities are enjoying growth and development like never before in their history, to try and make the argument that they are in fact in decline , well.......that's beyond me.
Let's start with Johanessburg. If you've been to Johanessburg you'd know that while it's been suffering from inner city decay for many years now (like any other city in the world?) certainly the masses of new developments easily and massively outweigh this.
The following video was made in 2004 (at the start the real boom going on now) describes how quickly and vibrant growth and development are taking place in Johannesburg. Ironically the piece is actually pointing out issues that have come from Johannessburg developing too quickly.
Johanessburg : Urban regeneration.
Now with that said, despite the huge money, Johanessburg is arguably a crap place. Certainly it is a vibrant exciting city with beautiful suburbs, night life etc....but it has a high crime rate and less than glamorous parts too. So we can understand some critique in this regard. But imagine for a moment you start a website to document all the new amazing development in johannesburg since 1994 versus the so called decay. Ask yourself honestly which one is going to be the bigger website. I'd say for every case of "decay" you could document 100 cases of new development. It's because we've been through this little thing called an "economic" boom. You that left the country might not have noticed, but we sure have...so spare us your stupid bullshit.
Now Johanessburg is one thing...but to portray the beautiful city of Durban in the way the Durban blog does? That is beyond insane. Then to next actually propose the infrastructure has gotten worse in recent years is so profoundly absurd that one has to wonder what the point of these blogs are? What are they trying to do? To demonstrate how entirely out of touch they are with South Africa? Certainly they can't expect any South African or person who has recently been here to take them seriously?
It's really sad that people would dedicate so much time to trying to portray South Africa in this grossly distorted light. I can't think they're truly stupid enough to really believe their own hype, so I think they must on some level be aware of their spite.
I shouldn't have to even spend a minute of my time debunking such bollocks. Durban and the surrounding coastal towns is a beautiful city and area with glorious pristine beaches and world class infrastructure. I'll post the first three videos I can find on it on youtube to hopefully add some balance to the poor unsuspecting person who might have come across those sites.
F for fail. If you want to make critiques about the country that will resonate with people, try do so with a modicum of sanity. If you must "cry wolf" at least do so with more subtlety than a rapists in a nunnery.