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Positive South Africa

Why I Love South Africa

A couple of weeks ago, part of the Wonkie team took part in a promotional event designed by Core Group – the Value Added Distributor of Apple products in South Africa. The theme of the event, called the A to Z of ZA, was to showcase what we loved most about South Africa. Basically the teams got to zoot around Johannesburg in fun Mini Coopers taking photos capturing the beauty and spirit of the country – and the teams literally wound up taking hundreds of superb photos.

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Our team was loaned an Apple Mac to compile the photos into a snazzy photo book which we titled Sunshine and Smiles. We received the photo book yesterday and the timing could not have been better given the subject of today’s post:

South Africa photo book

It really was a great experience and Wonkie would like to encourage all its readers to participate in the “Why I love South Africa” campaign. The campaign is running until the end of June 2010 and is open to anybody that wants to show what they love about South Africa. There are options to enter your own photo books, individual images, video clips etc and the best entries stand a chance of winning iPod nanos or MacBooks. You can find the full details on the AZ-ZA Website.

South Africa Music - Wonkie Photo Book

So if you were looking for something fun and positive to do in South Africa this weekend – there you go!

In the news this week, Jacob Zuma met US president Barack Obama in Washington. The media would have us believe that President Zuma discussed important things about agriculture, HIV, AIDS and peace in Africa. Wonkie’s inside sources at the White House however have given every indication that that President Zuma is in fact securing the services of Jerry Seinfeld to fill the newly formed South African cabinet position of Minister of Positivity.

Following last week’s animated post about Julius Malema, hate speech, struggle songs, Eugene Terre’blanche’s death etc it is clear that there are some passionate South African Wonkie readers. Wonkie decided not to moderate the comments on the Shoot the Boer article in order to get a more accurate snapshot of current South African sentiment. The post has now been closed for comments although please feel free to vote in the poll. While Wonkie was not surprised at the mud-slinging and name calling in the comments, it was a little sad about the proportion of positive comments.

This week Wonkie felt it was important to get some positive energy flowing. Besides the excitement about the FIFA 2010 World Cup that will be hosted over June-July this year, South Africans certainly have a lot to be positive about. Wonkie is hoping that readers will contribute comments that reflect much of the goodness of the country and its people this week.

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  1. We all look the same under our skins. In my experience, we all have the same concerns as well – do I have a job, can I feed my family, are my kids doing OK at school, are my family safe today? If we all focus on the important things in life, and don’t try to advance ourselves at the expense of others, this country will survive anything. I find that if I expect the best of others, I get it.

  2. Ribie Rocks says:

    i have been waiting for your edition thinking you will be commenting about ET since he was making the news for the past 2 weeks. or some cartoons of him but to my suprise you guys are still stuck with Zuma & Malema. are we experiancing racial issues in wonkie world or what?

  3. Douw Steyn says:

    You Guys are spot on! We need to see both sides of the story without pulling punches.

  4. South Africans are wonderfull they can differ in other issues but unite in defence of their fellow country’s judge of character

  5. Gita Loosz says:

    South Africa is the exception to the African rule – we are the ONLY country who has a tribe of WHITE AFRICANS, some good, some bad, and some ugly ones. Now some people may feel that’s a liability, but it’s a great asset. I’ve been overseas in Germany, I have german ancestry, a german passport, I could live there, if I wanted but there was one huge thing wrong with Germany – not enough black people……. You can keep Europe, I AM A WHITE AFRICAN, AND PROUD OF IT!

  6. When I went to America, Austria London and landed back at OR Tambo
    I kissed the ground. We have the most beautiful country in the world and we must realise the fact that we all need each other whether you are black or white. Let us not bring ugliness from the past but learn from the mistakes and make our future bright and happy especially for the youth

  7. I am pretty snug in out diversity as long as it’s not divisional. We may have our differences, but an African American (what a contradiction in terms!) once, after a weekend visit to Soweto and a week in Sandton, phrased the difference between Americans and South Africans thus: You guys relate to each other. We only live next to each other.

    Believe it or not, that was way back in 1978. We’ve got so much goodwill one on one between ordinary people that I believe a few demagogues cannot destroy with irresponsible, self-serving blusterings from stages where they are surrounded by supporters who have lost their humanity in a group orgy of unbridled hatred.

    And that goes for demagogues of all colours.

    Don’t be misled by their Hitlerian, fascist oratory!

    South Africa is the best country in the world to live in because of… South Africans.

    Stand proud and be counted in the future of God’s country.

  8. TO REALIST
    We need more people like you with such a positive attitude

  9. I think making jokes about a guy that was hacked to death with pipes and pangas aren’t that funny. Let’s get it straight, I’m not ET biggest fan, but to die in such a horrible way, makes me wonder how much my life is really worth in South Africa.
    They say crime is black on white because of poverty. So Mr. Mayor, why did you steel one million rand that was meant for a new school in the township?? Eish, because I was hungry

  10. To Gita. You as a ‘wit-umfaan’, need to sort out your social and ethnic problems first before ‘creating’ a new race classification in SA. We have lived with that for many decades, and, have learnt the damages it’s created. We’ll gladly donate blacks like Julius Malema for you to take back to Germany.

  11. I believe there is a lot of good stuff that we as the world can look up to S.A for …I mean hardly 16 years back I was so scared to associate with a South African and then came bold decisions by several leader that I will hero worship forever….and then 1995 I made my first vist to Joburg,2006 I frequented many other place not far from Botswana boarders….2007 to date I have made several visits to Capetown,Pretoria,Joburg and most of the time I was hosted by multi cultural personalities and believe you me….S.A is just a wonder…may God Save this hard earned Peace and the likes of Malema as well as the AWB should be barnished from the face of this beautiful wonder…

  12. I love this country because I can. By that I mean I am given the gift of freedom of speech, and the right to vote. I am free to practise my religion, and my gay friends are allowed to feel human. I love this country because I can!

  13. yaaa,hell…this is a great place man-as when the other day i was passing an intersection and I was greeted by this beggar and i ended-up standing there in amazement watching his antics and the rejection and equally sympathy from the less initiated and informed.

    but what fascinate me most is the cunning,wily and deceitful language of this government and its apparitchiks.one of lies,denials,threats and fraud.

  14. Thank you for being so positive. We live in amazing country with amazing people(politicians aside) and I believe good will always prevail over evil.
    I encourage all believers in God to read Psalm 37 and be at peace. Also pray for those who hate you and forgive those who have wronged you. Ask forgiveness from those whom you have wronged (ouch!) and see what God will do!
    Bless you all.

  15. Attention : Ribie Rocks

    I read your Post .. and all I can Say is ..

    Your a very Sick DOG !!!!

    a man Dies and you want Jokes about it .. ????

    Wonkie web site just makes fun of What what is going on in the Goverment …

    Not on a man’s death .. whether black or white …

    People like Ribie Rocks make’s South Africa name , a place of shame !!

  16. I love this country because I was born here but that does not mean I have to love the savages killeing my people for being white. Blacks were never killed for bein g black, but were killed hete for being terrorists ( so called freedom fighters – well the freedom never arrived…thuss they were criminal terrorists.

    Now lets’ call something positive over this nation….Let the ANC gevernment and all it’s alliances be accursed and let their interaction with one another be acursed and let them be confused so the ANC and it’s stupid idiot communist alliances war against one another and may thet wipe themselfes from the face of this planet so the rest of us can have peace here!

    LANK LEEF DIE BOERE!

  17. Tanni
    If you are a Christian, pay attention to God’s command as given to us 1 Cor. 16:22

    If anyone does not love the Lord, LET HIM BE ACCURSED. (NASB)

    The heathen ANC alliance does NOT love the LORD..so let them be accursed as the scriptures teach us..they will not excape the wrath of the Lord. They kill us whites, because they war against Christ IN us! Therefore, they do no war against us whites, but against Christ IN us – let them be accursed like scriptures demand!

  18. Dirk,
    Even the devil can quote scripture out of context for his own benefit. If you have read Paul’s whole first letter to the Corinthians you will realise that he was addressing the unchristian behaviour of some of them, who by their actions were not behaving in a Christlike manner. Some were arrogant, some were immoral, some were greedy therefore not being very good Christians. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. 1 John 4:16.
    It may come as a surprise to you, but God loves His whole creation. Jesus died for the members of the ANC that you are cursing as much as he died for you. Read Math. 5:43-48 and see what Jesus about your enemies.
    Remember Paul was an enemy of the followers of the Lord until he got zapped on the road to Damascus. I believe that happened because Believers were praying for him. Maybe you should read the whole New Testament and not just take out of context the verses that suit your sick ideology. You are not a very good ambassador for Christ. You will know His followers by their fruit, not their selfrighteousness.
    Not everyone who calls himself a Christian will enter heaven. Read Math 25 from verse 31. Maybe you think you know Jesus Christ, but does He know YOU!?

  19. I love this country because we are FREE – free to laugh, to cry, to “sling mud”, shower with praise, shower after being with Praise, write without being right, lean to the left, hide under a table, shout from a soapbox, and put our stupidity into public practice…

  20. I love this country because we have the best stand up comedians (read “politicians”) in the world

  21. Dirk, After reading your comments with all the spelling/grammatical errors, I’ve come to the conclusion that the only difference between you and Malema (you are both idiots)…..is that the one is black and the other white.South Africa would be a much better place without the two of you.

  22. Hoekom is ek lief vir Suid Afrika…………………………………………………………………….Rugby,braaivleis,die bosveld,die see en Afrikaans,Ek is trots daarop dat ek n Afrikaans sprekende Suid afrikaner is,dis my geboorte land en dit sal ook die heilige plek wees waar ek tot ruste sal kom.

    Negatiewe dinge wat my ontstel in die land……………………………………………………………………Afrikaans word oorals waar die regering kan>weggeneem<Dorp en straat name word verander sonder om die geskiedenis van daardie plek te studeer,die wonderlike diereryk wat ons in die land het word uitgeroei omdat somige swape nie omgee nie.ons strande en oceane word besoedel,ons strate lyk soos ashope want die regering laat toe dat almal kla oor geld.Ons sport spanne word verswak deur die aanvraag van kwota spelers.Kies die beste asb en dan malema,hy maak die wonderlike land se naam gat elke keer as hy praat en dis die grootste rede waarom ek negatief is oor die land se toekoms want nie kan of wil iets aan hom doen nie.Plaasmoorde grief my en ons howe is lagwekkend.

    So daar is positiewe dinge in ons land maar dit word op die agtergrond geskuif deur n swerm negatiewe invloede.

  23. First of all I want to indicate to you that I am a Swazi. I want to thank wonkie for the weekly message. What I like the most about South Africa is her political system and her rich culture

  24. Thruout history racists and fascists are always in fear of extinction and unfortunately they always lose in the end.

  25. yee witwolf…you are a real wolf and me thinks you must start to trek to your homeland;holland or netherlands or arizona with your fourth generation bullshit because here we are now pushing for a black continent just like china for chinese and europe for europeans because we have now been exposed to the fact that foreigners to this continent are coming to create black-on-on black wars and fatten their bank accounts and disappear!

    you came here you take this country from its original people and you declared them persona non grata and you have the temerity and gall to grumble here!we owe you dichsheet fokol and we must now domineer,control and rule in this country.

    just like if you want to set-up home in the middleeast you must first be an indian here too you are first going to be required to be an african of your choice{nigerian or zulu}before you can be allowed to live or trade here,my man!

  26. i understand Obama sent all his girls (wife and children) to haiti for the duration Zuma is in washington cos he does not want the samething that happened to Khoza and others to happen to him.LOL

  27. Its a pity that you did not finish school tim and with school being so easy nowa-days you must be a dumb shit or maybe you are one of those nigerians your talking about(your brain is fucked due to drugs)You say we came here and fucked up your country?if it wasnt for us you would be living in the bush,look at zimbabwe,its black owned but its not even on the map anymore,once a beautifull country now nothing.
    You cant even answer the question on the topic of the thread or maybe you dont have anything positive to say.YOU will never have a black owned South Africa,because you lack one important ingredient in running a country”A BRAIN”

  28. Hey PM…pretty in here for once…what a pretty lovely idea this photobook thing…and a nice name for the album too…Sunshine and smiles…never been to South Africa myself but if I ever did visit I think I’d like the national parks as I like the US ones so much…the ones in Trinidad aren’t quite as spectacular I figure but perhaps filled with their own flavour…not too organized either but this one is the most organised of them…http://www.chagdev.com/Pages/Chag-NatPak.htm

  29. I am positively looking forward to the streets being cleaned up after the strikers had their day. I am positively looking forward to the media turning a deaf ear to malema while he stages his idiocy.I am positively looking forward to …… hell, I’ve forgotten – is there something else??

  30. LETS NOT TALK ABOUT OTHER THINGS THAT ARE NOT VERY IMPORTANT.LETS TALK ABOUT EDUCATION .HOW MANY CHILDREN WANT TO GO VARSITY BUT THEY DO NO BECAUSE OF FINANCIAL?

  31. nice post. thanks.

  32. my positive comment about south africa follows:-…………….sorry don’t have one

  33. Small dirk and wolf kaak Yooo!!!!!!!! you gays really sucks

  34. We have the most beautiful, diverse country with the best people in the world. We even have our own famous comedian, Jules Malema – can we not export him to another country so they are able to laugh and cry at his antics?

  35. I love south Africa bcs it is owned by a black Politician.Everything is free and there is no harsh of life.

  36. Its a pity that you did not finish school tim and with school being so easy nowa-days you must be a dumb shit or maybe you are one of those nigerians your talking about(your brain is fucked due to drugs)You say we came here and fucked up your country?if it wasnt for us you would be living in the bush,look at zimbabwe,its black owned but its not even on the map anymore,once a beautifull country now nothing.
    You cant even answer the question on the topic of the thread or maybe you dont have anything positive to say.YOU will never have a black owned South Africa,because you lack one important ingredient in running a country”A BRAIN”

    You built no country but the english did so…all you know its koeksisters,ouma`s rusks and fertilizer businesses

    yee witwolf…you are a real wolf and me thinks you must start to trek to your homeland;holland or netherlands or arizona with your fourth generation bullshit because here we are now pushing for a black continent just like china for chinese and europe for europeans because we have now been exposed to the fact that foreigners to this continent are coming to create black-on-on black wars and fatten their bank accounts and disappear!

    you came here you take this country from its original people and you declared them persona non grata and you have the temerity and gall to grumble here!we owe you dichsheet fokol and we must now domineer,control and rule in this country.

    just like if you want to set-up home in the middleeast you must first be an indian here too you are first going to be required to be an african of your choice{nigerian or zulu}before you can be allowed to live or trade here,my man!

  37. WTF tim dont you have anything new to say???????you just repeated all the bullshit you posted the first time??????since your so nice to talk about our fertilizer business,i need a couple more dumb shits like yourself to shovel it for me.it will atleast be a move up for you from the chicken farm!!!!

  38. witwolf!!!you are a nincompoop and poephol and that`s why i`m not taking you seriuosly.

    you can come-up with all red-herrings and deceits that you have black friends or your domestics or farm labourers have their meals in your dining rooms that will not move me into labelling you a rightwinger.the fact that you chose that name shows that you are a rightwinger since its synonymous with Barend Strydom and its mission was to kill blacks way back in the late seventies when it was adopted.if you were a non-racist you would have been careful in calling yourself by a name that will bring back terrible memories to blacks.

  39. We have the most beautiful, diverse country with the best people in the world. We even have our own famous comedian, Jules Malema – can we not export him to another country so they are able to laugh and cry at his antics?

  40. Bev Moss-Reilly says:

    Soccer World Cup 2010 is finally here
    It’s been a great countdown for many a year
    The coming together of various nations
    Can only enhance our foreign relations
    People have come from far and wide
    We can hopefully eradicate the many divides
    The atmosphere is electric
    Palpable wherever one goes
    We hope Bafana will be the winning team
    But at this stage, really who knows!
    The sound of the vuvuzellas
    Deafening as they may be
    Are raising the euphoria of everyone
    It’s really clear to see
    Our cup runneth over with happiness
    And hopefully with pride
    Right now we’ll just keep on rooting
    And know that Bafana has tried!

    Bev Moss-Reilly
    12 June 2010

  41. Vechtersbaas says:

    why is there so much around south africa about black and white people ?
    i wish we could all live together.
    wit wolf you speek afrikaans, wich is cool,
    tim STFU if he wants to speek that lang then its hes choice ?
    i mean cmon ?
    maybe white people did good stuff for the country but we cannot forget we
    made them less educated for a reason, in the past white people didnt want black people to be smart so they pushed them down. and that is a problem even now. i hate my own country for doing that shit to south africa, but i cant change it.
    i think your country is soo interesting and i really wanna visit it sometime :)
    its good there are white people in africa, cuzz we are all the same and south africa should be a country where all races are allowed and are in it. it makes a good mix. just wish there wasnt war or anything.
    anyway guys i would love to get to know south africans better.
    if you wanna talk man drop comments or something :)
    cya

  42. Vechtersbaas,I have been a victim of white transgressions and adversarially devastated by them and its here that distrust of them is still ongoing since they have not confessed,apologised and asked for forgiveness in a moral way but want to force me to forgive by accusing me of living in the past.

    In 1970 we were bundled-up from our home in the Western Cape and du ped deep in the rural areas where one needed transport to leave and this caused massive suffering for us resultin in the break-up of my family in that even today I don`t know where my family is;in 1984vI was on the verge of securing a home to bring my family under one roof again when i was lured into a vehicle by whites I took it to be cops and they beat me to a pulp and left me for the dead and my plans were scuppered since i was concussed,in 2005 i borrowed premises from a property company and started a production company and taking advantage of my broken financial situation whites use their economic power to destroy me.

    So that serv es to inform you why I distrust them.After 1994 whites were supposed to set-up initiatives to improv the lot of blacks to show remorse for the suffering we endured under their rule and they are resistant to that declaration and regulation meaning they are still hostile towards me as a black South Afvrican.They would rather fight for illegal aliens than me.

  43. i think your country is soo interesting and i really wanna visit it sometime-

    Vechtersbaas-you can visit but you must know South Africa is Jurassic Park and so you must be an animal to be comorted and convenienced.

    A country with no Intelligence because the intelligence is the government`s private army playing dirty tricks and killing government critics.IF YOU HAVE TIME HOOKUP WITH jANI ALLAN AND SHELL TELL YOU ABOUT THE TERROR OF THE INTELLIGENCE AGAINST HER AFTER SHE MADE SOME REMARKS ABOUT MBEKI.THE WHOLE COUNTRY IS CORRUPTED SO IF YOU WANT POLICE PROTECTION YOU MUST PAY OR YOUR ASSAILANTS WHO HAVE THEM IN THEIR PAYROLL WILL BE PROTECTED WHEN THEY ROB YOU.

  44. Vechtersbaas says:

    wow, ok didnt knew that man. i feel terribly sorry for you.
    im really shocked that that happend and shit :(
    the white people in south africa really fucked it up over there :S
    i know not everyone is like that but i just wish everyone would just calm the fuck down and tread everyone the same.
    im white and i think there shouldnt be diffrences between white and black when it comes to rights and shit.

  45. im white and i think there shouldnt be diffrences between white and black when it comes to rights and shit.

    yOURS IS A FANTASY DREAM MY MAN BECAUSE ITS A FACT THAT WHITES WANTS TO DOMINNEER,CONTROL AND RULE THE WORLD AND THEREFORE WILL NEVER OBSERVE BLACKS OR CHINESE OR INDIANS HUMAN RIGHTS BUT WILL ALWAYS SEEK TO DFESTABILISE AND DERAIL THESE WHILE THEY ARE IN CHARGE.

    ITS EVEN WORSE IN EUROPE AND THE WEST THAN SOUTH AFRICA BECAUSE RACISM IS PRACTICED IN DAYLIGHT AND GOVERNMENTS HAVE NO MEASURES TO INTERVENE LIKE HERE IN SOUTH AFRICA WE HAVE STATUTORY BODIES THAT DEAL SPECIFICALLY WITH COMPLAINTS OF RACISM SO MY ADVICE TO YOU IS GET YOUR FUCKING CLAWS OFF SOUTH AFRICA AND START TO CAMPAIGN VERY STRONGLY AGAINST RACISM IN YOUR COUNTRY AND GET YOUR GOVERNMENT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.GOT IT,BUSTER?

  46. vechtersbaas says:

    there is something wronge with you man, europe is fine and south africa is just fucked. just stfu and get killed by whites, cant beleave i felt sorry for you. idiot

  47. now…you`re talking bull and better you shadafakap madafaka and stick to your cold unfriendly europe than coming to tell me bullhere!!!!!!!!!!!do uyou understand me,asshole?

  48. Vechtersbaas says:

    your the one that started idiot. and people here are more friendly then there, you see here black people dont get beaten up for no reasons. here we have freedom and we are rich. there its just such a mess and bullshit. so stfu bout europe and go help yourself or shoot a deer or something for food.

  49. Vechtersbass has a point I’m afraid. It’s clear that the white apartheid government should bear the greatest responsibility for South Africa’s current state. If blacks hadn’t been seen as merely slaves, and been allowed to participate meaningfully in society, you never know, it might be so different.

  50. bULLSHIT!THE APARTHEID GOVERNMENT BUILT THE FOUNDATIONS FOR A NEW SOUTH AFRICA TO BE BUILT AND YOU FUCKED IT UP WITH YOUR TRASHING OF JUST ABOUT EVERY INSTITUTION IN SOUTH AFRICA AND TURNING OFFICE SUITES AND FACTORIES INTO LOW-COST HOUSING.

    WHAT WAS WRONG WITH THE NP`S SELF-DETERMINATION PHILOSOPHY SINCE IT ALLOWS EVERY ETNIC AND RACE TO GOVERN THMSELVES.IF YOU WANNA TELL ME THESE BLINKERED BUFFOONS AND CRETINS THAT ARE RULING THE COUNTRY ARE BETTER THAN THE NATS THN YOU`RE LIVING IN SIBERIA!

  51. What the whites took a century or more to build up the K4s will destroy in a generation. The brain drain is unstoppable and so to is the demise of this once great country. The mindset of the general black population and their beloved marxist anc terrorist cum corrupt politicians guarantee the same outcome as zimbabwe. The difference this time is there are still enough whites, Indians and some colored to pay for the city’s rates / extortion etc. If the whites left arsezania it would fold in a year along with the micky mouse rand and affirmative action Bee – its laughable how people write here and elsewhere about apartheid this and that. I was there. I lived in sa at the time. Everything worked. There were no excuses. No BS! Today sa is falling apart and is failing. Study all the main human development indexes. It drops year after year. The anc did not end apartheid the overseas bankers did. The anc will cling to power forever just like zanu pf in zim. At the end sa will fail because the majority of its blacks look back and not forward. You will realize just how good it was living under white rule oneday just like the rest of dirty, starving run down monkey land africa. P W Botha was right. No white nation should have to live under the criminal, corrupt rule of the marxist anc.

  52. To all the black south africans pontificating about apartheid and how bad you were treated! Read this – Now therefore you are cursed, and some of you shall never be anything but servants, cutters of wood and drawers of water for the house of my God.”
    Joshua 9:23

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