14 North America vs 12 Europe. I need to seriously contemplate this 'double flag' issue, so I have decided to go and float around the pacific over the next 9 nights. No phones, no web but sadly also no cars.
Been there many times, Bas. Debswana were clients of mine. Bit short on Ferraris, though.
Botswana is making it very tough for outsiders to get or extend a residence permit. I've heard many horror stories about it all year and recently got caught up as well. Permit expired and been told to ''GTFO'' (except in not such a nice way). They don't care we have a business here (which finally started to do very well this year), so we are out of here in the next few weeks (back to the UK).
Even people I know here that have a very successful business, and have had for decades...have to leave when their permits are gone. One has lived here all his life (only born in SA because there was no proper hospital here), been told he's got to go somewhere else.
At least I'm going back to Europe now...I've enjoyed parts of my time here but getting out before it all goes south (I'm sure you keep in contact with people here, so have heard our yacht club is now more like a mud club).
At least I'm going back to Europe now...I've enjoyed parts of my time here but getting out before it all goes south
The story of Africa. I remember a comment by Thabo Mbeki in the early years of this century. He said: "Africa is NOT a lost continent". And immediately I thought: well, prove it. Prove us wrong. Make it a success. We're not stopping you. In fact, I lived there to contribute to it.
But unfortunately, there is too much selfishness in Africa. Once in a position of power, people only think of themselves and, maybe, of their tribe. They never think about making the country stronger, better, nicer to live in, for all people - no matter their culture.
I love Africa. I want it to do well. I want my friends there to have a lovely, peaceful country to live in. But it will take at least a century before they, as nations, are ready. And that is really sad for all the wonderful people there that are fighting so hard to make it work. They are still minorities and will remain so for a long time.