Eskom: Adding Insult to Injury

I think I’ve written enough positive things about South Africa lately to be forgiven if I go on a bit of a rant again! This one is about Eskom, the utility company supplying South Africa with electricity (or striving to). It’s actually high time I complain about Eskom, as Telkom (phone and internet) and the City of Johannesburg (trash pickup) have already gotten ample coverage on this blog.

Ever since we moved here, our monthly Eskom invoice has included an ‘interest on overdue account” charge, even though we’d always paid the account right away.

It wasn’t very much, but even R100 here and there add up. Since we were new and had other things on our mind, we dutifully paid this ... 


Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika

Ironically, now that I’ve become an American and can officially sing The Star Spangled Banner with hand over my heart, I’ve fallen in love with a different national anthem. Listen for yourself and tell me if you don’t agree that this is one of the most beautiful songs in the world:

This song is even more beautiful if you consider its history. It is a hybrid song written in the five most spoken South African languages (there are eleven official ones), combining parts of the ANC’s battle song (a former church hymn) with parts of the national anthem under the Apartheid regime and new English lyrics.

Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika

Nkosi sikelel' iAfrika
Maluphakanyisw' uphondo lwayo,
Yizwa imithandazo yethu,
Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo.

Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,
O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho,
O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso,
Setjhaba sa, South Afrika - South Afrika.



Johannesburg Climate

I don’t know about you, but whenever we’re moving someplace, the first thing I’m checking out is the weather. Yes, education is important, so I researched a lot of schooling options, and yes, you don’t want to die either, so in the case of South Africa I researched safety as ... 


Back Home

Just a quick post to tell you that we’re back in Johannesburg, where a day of bright sunshine is just as sure as a power outage while you’re gone. Thank goodness Sibu, our domestic, checked everything while we were gone, or we’d now be dealing with a very smelly freezer oozing all ... 


Home Leave

I just thought I’d drop a few lines to tell you I haven’t vanished from the face of the Earth, but my family and I are on home leave in the U.S., enjoying a hot and humid summer and the company of good old friends. South Africa seems far, far away. But I do miss it. I miss the cool crisp ...