Written By Brigitte
I lived in the UK for 6 years and moved back to SA about 5 months ago. Before I left England I was quite apprehensive about coming home, the usual concerns of crime, corruption, not being able to travel so easily, not earning a strong currency, finding a job etc etc. I have been overwhelmed at how easy it has been to settle back in and I honestly feel like a big weight has been lifted from my shoulders.
Of course there have been a couple of wobblies along the way but overall I have had no problem finding a great job, a place to stay and reconnecting with old friends. It’s wonderful being close to family again, waking up to blue skies and sunshine every day and just enjoying the rich and diverse cultures of the South African people.
In my personal experience the crime is not nearly as bad as it’s made out to be. Living in the UK you are bombarded with negative press about SA and I can see now that my perception of SA 5 months ago was completely skewed by the media.
Being back has given me the chance to make an informed decision for myself instead of being pulled in all different directions. Yes there are problems but I want to be a part of the solution instead of moaning about it from afar and expecting other people to fix it before coming home.
The irony is that often you have to leave SA to really appreciate what you had in the first place. Everyday I am amazed at the courage, kindness and tireless spirit of South Africa’s people. There is an amazing energy here which I never experienced in the UK and although I have never been to Australia, from what I hear from friends it’s very one dimensional.
I know there are many people who have left South Africa for good and I completely respect their decision to do so. What I do find odd is that some of those people are so compelled to attack anything positive about SA, they spend so much time and energy on being negative and I wonder why they don’t pour that same time and energy into doing something good for their new country of choice.
Every single day for the past 5 months I have had an inspiring experience so say what you will but for me being home can’t be beat!