"If we can see the positive sides of everything, you'll be able to live a much richer life than others..." - Celestine Chua
Johanesburg, South Africa
(10 - 13 November 1996)
Hubby was invited as a resource person to deliver a lecture in a seminar held in Kwa Maritane. I accompanied him throughout the trip and have the opportunity to do my own adventuring in the safari park. Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge is a luxury accommodation in the Pilansberg offers all the amenities of an exclusive resort within the Pilanesberg National Park, an easy drive of 2 hours from Johannesburg or about 3 km from the airport.
Later, we spent a few days in Cape Town and drove up to the Cape of Good Hope…
|(On a Safari adventure tour)|
Jo'burg, Jozi, eGoli or 'the city of gold' (never Johannesburg) is by far the largest city in South Africa. It's brash, fast-growing and often ugly, but it's got wealth, energy and a beautiful climate. Many would suggest you go through Jo'burg as quickly as possible, with your valuables plugging all available orifices. However, if you want to see the 'real' South Africa - and try to understand it - Jo'burg has to be on your itinerary. Anyway, you may not have a choice about visiting the city as most international flights stop here.
|(Waiting to for dinner)|
While the colour lines are etched deeply, you stand a better chance of meeting blacks on relatively equal terms in Jo'burg than almost anywhere else. Unlike many South African cities where there are so few black faces you could forget that you are in Africa, the centre of Jo'burg has been reclaimed and the sidewalks are jammed with black hawkers and stalls of every description. There's also a growing multiracial music and theatre scene.
|(Going for a night outing)|
The so-called black townships, where conditions range from reasonable to appalling, ring the city and are a grotesque contrast to the northern suburbs. Soweto is the main township. It's an enormous, sprawling and sometimes grim spread of bungalows, houses, huts, shacks and dorms. Most white South Africans are completely ignorant of life inside the townships and few have ever been inside one. Although the townships are still in a state of acute social trauma, outsiders are not automatically targeted…
On the pathway that we choose to thread
There will be many wonderful sights & memories
Sometimes we will come across a barren bit
Thread on to pastures new & bright
To your own self always be true
Tread along the pathway meant for you
Always keep your head held high
Keep your eyes opened & learn as you go