When you’re making the equivalent of 60,000 to 100,000 pounds back home or more, when you are getting numerous tax breaks … public pensions, child allowance from the government
Too right, Chewy. It’s disgusting that these welfare spongers suck off the teat of honest hard-working private sector workers.
One thing you can say for us happy to earn $23000 a year Engrish teechurs. At least we aren’t parasites.
And the crowd goes wild!!! :bravo: :bravo: :bravo: :bravo: :bravo: :bravo:
On another note, as an ex-South African and now a Taiwanese citizen I’d like to mention that most, like jimip, Threadkiller and myself, don’t share the sentiments offered above. I originally came here for a change of scenery, not job opportunities, as I was in a good government job earning way more that I earn here (which in the last ten years would have increased by 5-7% annually, not counting promotions and huge leaps in salary - with 100% medical for me and my family for the rest of my life and an awesome pension). I just wanted to get out of the well trodden path and do my own thing. Then, after a year here two things happened. Firstly, I found love (PapaAzucar, above, makes a good point. I wouldn’t have stayed, initially if I wasn’t getting action, and I’m not exactly a one legged dwarf.), and secondly, on my last visit to the Republic in February 2004 my eyes and ears had gone open to the imbecilic opinions expressed by a certain type of white Saffa around every braai and at every opportunity. If any group in SA forced my hand, it was that sub-set of white man. They disgust me, they have zero moral fiber or decency and hide behind a thin veneer of religion and erroneous readings of the Bible to bolster their racist diatribes. They are the singular reason why white Saffas are still seen as a pack of racists. They have done as much damage, if not more, to the image of SA and Saffas than Malema and Zuma combined.
That the government is lacking in most areas is no lie. That they are largely inept, is no exaggeration. But it was mostly always so and not much has changed as ignorant uneducated Afrikaners have been swapped for ignorant uneducated non-Afrikaners in most gvt service jobs. The gvt are thieves and corruption is rife? It was always thus with the NP from 1948-94, also. The more things change, the more they stay the same. The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer? Mbeki warned us of this since 1999 and it’s no surprise, as it even happens in the USA.
No ladies and gents, I did not leave because of BEE/AA. I left seeking new adventures, and stayed gone because I found what I was always looking for. And having actually met Nelson Mandela, and having heard him speak, I can personally attest that despite what he ever did wrong in the 60s (and atoned for for 27 years, surely?), the man, along with Desmond Tutu, is one of the few honest and decent men on that continent.
And anyway, how would you react as a small child witnessing police kicking your door in at 3am and beating your mother with rifle butts in the face? The black people on the whole have been very forgiving.
No. I did not leave because of them. We do not all think this way. And we did not all leave because of the sentiments of a few.
So why did I never leave (in no particular order)?
- Life here is easy. Sometimes too easy.
- The women are gorgeous, and attainable.
- I can drink a beer anywhere without some idiot (as described above) giving me the evil eye and yelling, “Wat fokken kyk jy?” (What the fuck are you looking at?)
- I don’t get judged or violently challenged (by the same boorish idiots described above) for or by the length of my hair, my earring, my choice in clothing, my religious beliefs, my choices of entertainment, for being English, having a non-white SO, or just about anything else (including being told Harry Potter etc is the work of the Devil and such utter clap trap) you can think of.
- The place is bloody gorgeous.
- The challenges of learning Chinese and Taiwanese are lifelong passions that never get old.
- The beer is dirt cheap.
- I have more friends than I can point a stick at.
- I have family here.
- Super internet at low ass prices.
- Super computers and other gadgets at low ass prices.
- A gorgeous woman.
- Delicious food available 24/7 365 at low ass prices.
- My boy growing up within his own culture near his maternal family.
- Beautiful hidden waterfalls in the counties.
- Gorgeous beaches, if you know where to find them.
- I can hang out at the beach all morning with my boy, everyday.
- Cheap flights to almost anywhere.
- When I apply for any documents here I get told 7-10 working days, but I invariably get called after 3-4 days.
- Interesting old fogies who hang out at the park.
- Hot Filipino or Indonesian birds in their Saturday night hottest accompanying said old fogies.
- Weird beliefs up the wazoo!
- Constant opportunity.
- Cheap ass scooter commuting.
- Low taxes, huge benefits.
- The absolute best SA boerewors and droewors I’ve ever had anywhere, and certainly the best anywhere in Taiwan, BAR NONE, made right here by my mate in Tainan (ships island wide).
- Something odd or interesting happens everyday.
- Shoe wielding politicians.
- Canvassing politicians who come to my door and give me gifts to vote for them, even before I could vote and they could clearly see I was a Johnny Laowai, but who then get into an argument with me about why I should become Taiwanese and vote for THEM!
- Taikes and Taimeis.
- Being able to go to the 7-11 in a white vest, slippers and pajama shorts without shame.
- Having the 7-11 clerk give me what I want without asking for it, because they know me.
- Kick ass festivals.
- Kick ass festival food (NOT moon cakes, however!)
- Weird ass religious beliefs.
- Supreme tolerance of the weird ass religious beliefs of others.
- Weird ass superstitions.
- Crazy ass Laowai who’ve been here longer than the countries of their birth.
- General tolerance.
- My ancestral castle in Anping.
[/quote]I could go on, [/quote]…Don’t we know it! lol
Well written. Agree everywhere? Not at all. Also I really fail to see how being responsible for the murder of civilians by landmines, car bombs and other means can be atoned for by a mere 27 years of (relatively easy) imprisonment. He (Mandela) should have been hanged for his crimes. The Rivonia trials were International headlines and after Mandela pleaded guilty to all charges and the guilty verdict was arrived at, the International community was astonished at the lenient sentence meted out to him. And speaking of Tutu, this revered clergyman promoted and encouraged the “armed struggle” (read bomb planting in civilian installations) so I fail to see how he can be regarded as an icon of peace. Both he and Mandela are most certainly well polished in their press manner and are both charasmatic figures, charming both, but their words of violence (never exposed by the mass media) are a total contradiction to the beautiful words of peace, the inspirational dictums that they have both uttered on the other side of their lying mouths.