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Moving back

09 December 2010, 07:05  - Grant
It was interesting reading Jonathan Livine's article about deciding to return to RSA.

I left SA not for crime or politics, I started University at UOFS but quickly realised that I wasn’t cut out to be an accountant! So I dropped out and sat at home with my bitterly disappoint parents.

So, I asked my dad for a loan and left to the UK. While there I studied computers and gained my LLB.

After about six years I ran into a high school sweet heart and we have currently been happily married for four years. We also decided to move back to South Africa. Not because we didn’t enjoy the UK but to be closer to our families.

The UK was brilliant. As a society they have a different level of problems and concerns which I can only suggest comes from being established for hundreds of years longer than South Africa.

In terms of a country's lifespan, South Africa is a mere baby. The UK and RSA cannot be compared. The UK has infrastructure and it has proven legal methods.

The society as a whole is much more aware of their rights and above all they have competition in their government.

South Africa will start to change dramatically when the ruling party finds that their position in government is being seriously challenged. They will focus more on service delivery to secure their seats.

We as citizens should vote for the next largest party so that the ruling party realises that it is the citizens who they have to keep sweet.

My wife and I are very happy in Johannesburg. After living nine years in London, all other South African cities seem very small. If change doesn’t come to South Africa in the next 5 to 10 years we will probably consider moving back to the UK because we have friends and family over there.

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