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Ireland 'better than SA'

10 November 2010, 13:00  - Melony Pinto
I have been living in Ireland for over 2 years.

The attitude I have found towards us is diverse.

My children have had only joy in their school environment and have never once had the misfortune of bullies as they had in SA. The children are open and accepting to all people.

The school system is far superior to that of SA. The teachers are far superior to SA and they are doing the jobs they get paid to.

Not once have the boys complained about teachers who refuse to help as was the case there. Their marks went from average to outstanding. Their work is far superior and harder too.
 
I have had trouble with the government’s policies in getting residency, but they have not been shy in helping our finances when we were on hard times. SA refuses to help one live and eat, but here, we are foreigners, hardly contributed, but they help us.
 
So keep your South Africa. I don't want to be part of the hatred and lie.

I will take rain and cold any day over the life that we were forced to live, in our own prisons.

I ride my bike at 21:00 in winter. I walk at 23:00. No one can understand what a horrible place that is until you don't have to put up with it anymore.

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