Johannesburg’s CBD – Crime, Burglary and Decay or Culture, Business and Delight?

Johannesburg's Central Business District (CBD) was once the heart of gold rush pioneer town Johannesburg.  This is where  all the biggest, best and most beautiful buildings were built.  Many years later, after first the rise and then fall of apartheid this area deteriorated significantly.  Residents and businesses moved out in droves as buildings were hijacked quickly becoming … Continue reading Johannesburg’s CBD – Crime, Burglary and Decay or Culture, Business and Delight?

Africa Lite

Plenty of expats constantly roll their eyes, and chant T.I.A., (This Is Africa), when things don’t function as they should do here in South Africa. But for those of us who have lived elsewhere on the Dark Continent, we are a little more sanguine. In fact, we smugly role OUR eyes and reassure them that … Continue reading Africa Lite

Book cover The World that was Ours by Hilda Bernstein

The World that Was Ours by Hilda Berstein: A Review

As an expat it's always a challenge to dig beneath the surface and figure out what makes your new country tick, to comprehend the national psyche.  In South Africa, the wound left by the Apartheid years is still raw.   History books can be a dry, slow route to enlightenment.  For me, literature is often the … Continue reading The World that Was Ours by Hilda Berstein: A Review