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Goodbye South Africa – We Will Miss You
It’s sad to say goodbye to a country that gave me a good life for many years, to all our friends and colleagues. But eventually I realised I had no choice.
I first came to South Africa as a young man on a backpacking holiday, keen to explore new places, discover new cultures, meet new friends. It’s true to say I fell in love with this country shortly after arriving.
After I finished learning my trade, I took a long break from the damp, cold weather of Yorkshire which I spent backpacking around Africa, and South Africa. I inquired about getting a job in this sunny, friendly land. The possibilities looked good. Skilled, qualified tradesmen were wanted in those days.
I went back home, worked for almost a year, but all the time I was thinking about South Africa.
I Decided to Move
It was easy in those days (early 1970’s) for a Brit to work in South Africa. I wrote to a few of the people I’d met before, and was offered a job! So, there and then I decided.
Marriage and Citizenship
My first employer was in Cape Town, and this was where I met my wife, Jen. When we decided to marry, I decided to become a South African, and applied for citizenship. Eventually, I was granted this (it took a while). I was proud to call myself a South African.
We left our footprints in the sand and nothing else. Who would leave trash on this pristine beach? Anyone doing so should be expelled from the reserve without refund. During the night it rained, and heading down to the beach on the Mseni side we found sand showing no sign of human presence. If not for the wooden stairway leading to the beach one could easily believe the we were the only people ever to have set foot on this beach…
One hundred kilometers south of Mozambique lies the Sodwana Bay Nature Reserve. Forming part of an extensive conservation area incorporating the Lake St Lucia Wetlands, Kosi Bay and several private game reserves, this coastal reserve is second only in size to the famous Kruger National Park. In recent years proposals have been made to extend the reserve to join up with Mozambique, creating one vast nature conservation area in the Maputaland Corridor.
Port Alfred on the Kowire River became the first real stop-over on our journey North. A pleasant town at the mouth of the Kowie River in the Eastern Cape, Port Alfred has magnificent clean beaches, good fishing (yes, fishing) and a wide choice of places to stay over.
Blaaukrans, J-Bay and PE
Leaving Vic Bay, we travelled the Garden Route north-east, by-passing Storms River (it’s a marine reserve so no fishing) and heading for Port Elizabeth. I really wanted to take the old road – through the Blaaukrans Pass, bu no way – the road is still closed to all but a handful of residents, so had to stay on the boring N2 highway, over the concrete bridge. I wonder if that road through the pass will ever get repaired and re-opened…
This is my first post for several days. Busy making a living, and trying to snatch a few hours making living enjoyable – fishing…
The Cape St Francis adventure was enjoyed. Fishing was not outstanding, and the weather, well let’s just say it could have been better. However the extended weekend was a good break from local life, and may be the last time I can do one of these expeditions until next year.
Cape St Francis October 15
We arrived at Cape St Francis on Friday morning just after 9 A.M. and checked into the Seal Point Resort. Quite a strong wind blowing – nothing unusual, every time I fish here the wind is howling.
Today the sun rose on a windswept seascape, around 15 to 18 knots, steadily increasing throughout the day, and now it is really blowing, at least 25 knots, although it seems much harder on at the water’s edge. Read the rest of this entry »