Sunday, July 22, 2012

Cry my beloved hometown continued and explained

 Farmlands just outside our hometown, Marquard, South Africa

As with any type of revolt situation and ensuing chaos, the rumours abound, the tabloids have a field day and ultimately no-one actually knows what originally started the "war".

However, in South Africa overcrowded townships situated on the outer borders of rural towns,  are hotbeds of discontent, frustration and disappointment exacerbated by poverty and misery. Apart from lack of decent housing, power and water supplies, there are foreigners operating businesses inside the townships making trade difficult for local entrepreneurs. So not only is the gripe about almost non-existent amenities and services but the attacks are of a xenophobic nature as well. You can read more about this here

Of course, the innocent are always caught in the cross - fire.

Apparently the people have been allowed to return to work so hopefully things will soon revert to normal.

Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend.


  1. Very sad, Jo---but unfortunately, this kind of discontentment is happening all over the world. Our wonderful country has changed alot in the past 3 yrs due to the Government leadership we have. More and more people are unwilling to work hard to be successful like their parents and grandparents did. They feel 'entitled' to be given the good life --without having to work for it. Our Govt. is encouraging this by giving more and more handouts and doing everything it can to encourage people NOT to work.... Kinda sad --but this 'class warfare' is happening here too...


  2. I suppose "back to normal" will still mean "almost non-existent amenities and services". This is truly a shame.

  3. Social problems and ignorant people that's always a problem. I only hope it will stop soon !

  4. Dear Jo, I am so glad to hear that things are settling down. I pray that things will get back to better "than normal". Hugs. xx

  5. I do hope things settle down in your home town for your family and friends and all those caught up in this.

    Almost reminiscent of the terrible street scenes in UK last year.

    Very often it seems to be youths involved caught up in the moment. Still the basis for their complaints is there, but the means is so destructive and not constructive.

    Lil Bit Brit

  6. I hope and pray the tensions will subside and there is a sense of normalcy in your home town.


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