Waiting for a pump and time to relax….

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A rare sighting of an anteater, bigger than you think!

The new fuel pump was on route from my Dad so Paulina and I went off to a Nation Park in the north but before we left we had a burglar bar fitted to the inside of the back window and timber firmly fitted to the inside rear side windows, our rear end was now secured (hahaha).  It was nice to finally spend time in the roof tent together, Paulina and me were back on the ground tent while her niece and sister sleeping up top.  This was the first time we had it to ourselves, including the Landrover.  We spent time sorting out places for things to make life easier, using old rubber bands made from one of my old inner tubes from the bike proved very useful and took time to relax ((and me also catching up with this blog after three busy months!!  Also need to catch up with family and friends, sorry everyone!!)).  I had a good look around the Landrover fixing small things, taping up and securing loose wiring, repairing the horn and checking oils, changed the air filter.

“I hope they don’t come this way!”
  I needed to have a good look around it and underneath it, to know it, putting our stuff in order.  At nights in the National Parks the wild animal sounds around was sometimes disconcerting, a roar, animals running past and screaming animal sounds, we were glad to be on top of the Landrover safe in our tent but what will it be like wild camping in the unfenced lands later in the trip?

 

We continued to meet other people in the camping.  Asking our plans, they all said we were very lucky to be able to do this.  I found this very humbling.  Since late October last year I’ve been on the move, many months.  Sometimes you forget how luck you are in the routine of life on the move compared to normal people in the routine and struggles of normal life.

The daily possum scavenge, get a pack of over 30 all together

 

The struggles of life here in Africa is much different to those where most of you reading this.  The black South African people struggle I feel with false promises from its elected leaders and have a deep resentment of the white South African people for the past.  South Africa is a country struggling and I can see it.  The unions protects its black work force from ever getting sacked from a job, strikes are common place affecting everyone to get pay rises. 

 

Recent sea port strikes halted import/export forcing ships to leave without ever coming along side that had serious effects on SA business.

Doing my Dirty Harry impression against possum attack! “The question is, do you feel luck punk?!!”
  I’ve heard of train strikes when they burn the trains in protest.  I witnessed refuge collection on strike when they tipped the rubbish all over the road.  Schools have not excluded and burnt to the ground over disputes, the radio report said locals wanted a gravel road tarred but when refused they torched four schools.  Education is should be prized to bring there society up, without it they’ll always be living in poverty.  Some people don’t help them selves…

 

As a result the white South Africans are leaving, immigrating to New Zealand, Australia, UK, Canada and the United Sates.

Hi pretty!
  A brain drain and loosing skilled people.  This forms a large percentage from the people I’ve spoken too who are leaving for there children’s safety and future (University’s degrees from here are not recognised world wide now), a better quality of life and other elderly couples whose children have left, married abroad never to return but the elderly white South Africans where born here and firmly planned to die here.  From whatever nations the white Africans descended from many years ago it is also clear the European countries that there forefathers came from have abandoned them.  We live in an age of world immigration, this will create problems I’m sure but the white South Africans have been here for many generations…this is also there country.  I know the black people have been here much longer and to talk about the historical problems in South African is very complex with much blood spilled and emotions for everyone. 

 

I’m an outsider, maybe not qualified to talk without absolutely any bias from my personnel experience, I’ve seen more than what the normal tourist sees or does.

A couple of black backed jackals, the other is feasting inside the dead elephant. The way nature is...
 Someone told me there are three kinds of stories, the one side, the other side and the truth. 

 

People I meet in Cape Town where hopeful for the future compared to other parts of South Africa, I sincerely hope the best for South Africa.  South Africa continues to fight with its past and holds resentment against each other.  This is different to the other African countries I’ve travelled through which are more free in that respect but I can’t help my feelings that the attitude of (some but how many?) politicians and people in power will bring this nation down further, only thinking of what is in it for them and not for the greater good and investing in the future, stirring up emotions to hide there own agenda.

Nice to see a live elephant after dead one!
  I hope I’m wrong but I’ve seen this type of propaganda during my homes troubled past in Northern Ireland.  Paulina’s views of here are a little different from mine and we’ve discussed things a few times (People from the southern hemisphere have a different view of the world than people from the north, not wrong but different).  Time will tell for South Africa

 

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We’ve never gotten out of the Landy to get photos taken!! Or to collect wood for a BBQ. 8)
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Home sweet home!

 

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Home sweet home!
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Pilanesberg National Park
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