Cry for a beloved country

August 14, 2007 at 8:54 am (South Africa)

I’ve always been a champion of this country. Even at it’s worst there was something to defend. But it’s becoming more and more difficult by the day.
I wish our president wouldn’t make such an ass of himself – and by extension, us – in the international press. I wish we didn’t have such a high crime rate. I wish we could help Zimbabwe by acknowleding there are problems there. I wish, I wish, I wish.

Reading the papers this weekend hasn’t helped a single bit. Bad news, bad news and more bad news. No wonder people don’t want to read/watch the news anymore.
There was not a single story in the newspaper that made me smile, gave me hope or made me feel good about South Africa.
How sad is that?
That said, however, I’m going to try and find something that makes it good again. Until then…



  1. madamm said,

    A sad day Indeed my dear Tobes…
    I really want to start a kind of pay it forward movement. With random acts of kindness.

  2. Toby Hanks said,

    Like buying two hot pies and a juice for a homeless kid when you’re at the Engen garage on your way home from work?

  3. madamm said,

    ja like that. That’s really great Toby. Im jealous. I wanna buy a whole mcdonalds meal for a kid now. The other night I saw a guy in a beamer give a streetchild R100.

  4. Toby Hanks said,

    I wish I could afford to give R100 notes away. However, I would rather give that child a proper meal with that R100 so he won’t be a) robbed b) tempted to buy glue c) robbed while buying the glue.

  5. Toby Hanks said,

    It’s these random acts of kindness that makes life worthwhile, isn’t it Mrs M.

  6. Nic said,


    Many, many reasons why South Africa Rocks. It’s what I do to keep sane in SA.

  7. madamm said,

    It really is Toby

  8. Toby Hanks said,

    Nic, i hear you. But sometimes the noise gets a bit much and I slip off the positive slope. The past few weeks have certainly not been inspiring!

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