MyNews24 is a user-generated section of The stories here come from users.

Annalize Steenekamp
Comments: 0
Article views: 106
Latest Badges:

View all Annalize Steenekamp's badges.

The land of all

16 April 2018, 13:15

This land is my land. This land is your land.

It is the land of opportunity. Of a young democracy. Of falling. Of getting back up. Of dusting the mineral rich soil off yourself, learning from what made you stumble and becoming ever stronger because of that.

It is a land of sunrises and sunsets, more vibrant and colourful than most on earth.

It is a land of green, lush forestation; of bright jacaranda’s lining streets with purple rain; pink bougainvillea sleepily hanging over walls and fences, yellow cotton balls of thorn tree flowers calling out to bees to pollenate.

It is a land of dry Karoo, of sands and grass and cattle; shades of brown and neutral and earth.

It is a land of roads winding through and over and under mountains and valleys and passes. Of road trips taking you through seasons and small towns and several cultures all in one day.

It is a land of people. Where nobody looks the same. Or talks the same. Where accents are the first thing you don’t even realise you miss when you leave, and when you come back.

It is a land of languages. Of diversity. Of music. Of tongue clicks and gumboot kicks and supermarket ladies singing gospel while they bake the daily bread.

It is a land of welcomes. Where others come here as internationals and leave as Africans because of the place this land harbours in their hearts.

It is a land of genuine people. Where politicians might be corrupt (like everywhere else on earth) but the people, the real people are as real as it gets. Smiles aren’t fake. Other lands will attempt to seduce you with their seeming perfection, development and structure but that is all an illusion, synthesised, insincere. There is much more beauty in imperfection; much more potential in the undeveloped.

It is a land of plenty and also of need. Of need that can only be addressed by those who know the need intimately; by us, its inhabitants. Charity is part of how we live. We are taught to contribute to our community from the moment we start to learn.

It is hence a land we must keep looking after because God has mandated us by placing us here; by being born here, by growing up here. 

It is a land of the people you love, and of the people who love you. Where you will leave but a part of it, of us, will never leave you.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.


Read more from our Users

Submitted by
John Davenport
The Republicans' unintended ad ca...

For women watching this coverage, the message pounded home again and again and again is simple: the Republican party doesn’t take women seriously. Read more...

0 comments 1602 views
Submitted by
Mxolisi Mchunu
Rising fuel prices should induce ...

For far too long black communities have had to endure unabated social, spatial, and economic exclusion as a result of morally repulsive spatial planning policies of the apartheid government. Read more...

0 comments 1102 views
Submitted by
Bud YZa
Yes Jessie, the ANC is on trial

The pages of history may turn slowly for the living, Jessie, but, make no mistake, history will record the guilt of Zuma’s ANC and everyone who served it, you included. Read more...

0 comments 6914 views
Submitted by
Wilfred Alcock
Gangsterism and drugs: The twin e...

To say that Cape Town is the only area affected by the scourge of gansgterism, drugs and violence is far from the truth. All over our country drug abuse exist and cocaine and heroin to chrystal meth and nyope abuse is the order of the day. Read more...

0 comments 632 views
Submitted by
Gavin Ray
To sail the seas with the SS ANC

Captain Ramaphosa needs a new ship with new crew, but how is this possible when any slightest move to do so will lead to mutiny by the majority of his crew?  Read more...

0 comments 1912 views
Submitted by
Philip Maytham
Too little too late from the ANC

It cannot go unnoticed that once again there were recently questionable election results in Zimbabwe but only an apparent condoning of this by the powers that be. Read more...

0 comments 1451 views


Press Code We subscribe to the Press Code.

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Interactive Advertising Bureau
© 2018 All rights reserved.
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.