Sooo… what a topic…
Africa has African problems, I am forever optimistic and hopeful and I love Africa and living in South Africa. Currently we do have allot of challenges and frustrations within the country, protests are not uncommon in South Africa and as a matter of fact they will protest anything given the chance.
I am heading to the O.R Thambo international airport on Monday and I hope for an uneventful drive, this being said, If you are heading into South Africa on Monday it might be advisable to speak to your outfitter, they will have a contingency plan in place if travel would not be possible, I too have made similar plans to be able to avoid situations if something does come up. I have read several reports as anyone that lives in S.A has I’m sure, but you can expect police presence (for what it’s worth) and even military presence.
This particular political party is actually getting just what they want, attention…They focus their propaganda on the ill informed and the poor and they do have quite a strong support. Thrill seeking journalism won’t help. What they underestimate are the implications of their actions in sending out this message to the world, for a country that is dependant on a tourism industry. For hunters that are here, hunting is probably the best thing you could be doing.
We live in a rural community and that also makes a big difference, we have community policing to support the police and they have also made arrangements for protests. As stated in a post above we are yet to see what happens on Monday.
I for one prefer to stay away from the doom and gloom but to each their own, I also understand why some choose to relocate, if I sit outside, listening to the sounds of the bush, or next to a fire at night with all the sounds of the night or tracking on a hot day with sweat and dust or even just go for a long walk, this is when I’m at my happiest and it’s something special to experience. Does living here come with a long list of cons, maybe, but nowhere is perfect. Is it terrible to see government making a big fat mess of things? Yes of course, most of them seem to be doing this anyway.
We will see what the future holds for us and we can only pray for this country but until then, I’ll be out there, hunting and doing what I enjoy most.