Holiday in Oz, an eye-opener

2016-06-22 06:00

WE have just returned from a short holiday while visiting family in Australia. We had not been out of the country for a number of years and what an eye-opener it was to see how people in other countries live.

What a treat it was to walk down the road at any time of the day and feel safe, do your shopping and walk around without any fear of interference.

For years we South Africans have taken for granted that we must protect ourselves and belongings on a daily basis to keep safe from harm and almost constant interference.

The people we spoke to in Australia find it incredible that we cannot move about freely — it is a concept completely foreign to them. It is only once you remove yourself completely from the local environment that you realise how imprisoned we have become behind the high walls and electric fencing of our properties.

What will it take for the people of this country to tolerate each other enough so that we can once again be proud and promote our country with confidence?


Via email

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.