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... was to see a country in such transition from such a white dominated past. I am amazed that the last 20 years have been so relatively peaceful. It is obvious that there are massive problems with corruption and crime, most of which probably impacts on the blacks more than the whites. The economic conditions also appear to be worsening, exacerbated by the load shedding, which shows no signs of getting better - everyone just seems to accept that monies ...
We eventually parted ways after I made it to Campus Square, I gave him the remainder of the food I had from my trip and what I was going to pay a taxi to take me to Melville. He assured me that he was going to a shelter and getting a shower and a bed to sleep in.
I eventually made my way back to Agterplaas and had breakfast while they got my room ready. It was a 32 hour adventure to get me back to a warm bed and a shower and I was glad to have it.
... we navigated using the white arrows on rocks and trees and eventually made it down to the river, where a rope tied from one end to the other was our only method of crossing. The river crossings are always great fun and wading through the currents, bag hoisted as high as possible on your hips, shoes hanging around your shoulders, provides a great change from hiking.
... of laborers who arrived in the 19th and 20th centuries. Whites, who made up less than 20% of the population, held 90% of the land and all of the political power. After World War II, when mining and manufacturing industries boomed, cheap black labor became increasingly important to the economy and enormous squatter camps grew up on the outskirts of Johannesburg, well segregated from the white neighborhoods.
This system of racial ...
... the helicopter manoeuvrer! I’m not sure if that was what we did just before we came into land and he did a string of sharp strong turning motions rather quickly to either side right above the sharp rocks of the bay below (that was the only time I felt a bit queasy, but it was still fun!!). Apart from that it was smooth sailing, as we floated down towards the grass at Sea Point, and I even commented what a gentle landing it had been, right before plonking flat onto my butt ...