Amanda Watson
News Editor
2 minute read
19 Nov 2021
6:15 am

Living in South Africa is an extreme sport

Amanda Watson

From load shedding to crook politicians and businesses, crime and the threat of kidnappings, hijackings and armed robbery, to people stealing copper cables which hurts the very communities they live in, back to politicians with their endless coalition demands.

A man holds a Sudanese national flag before flames at a barricade as people protest against the military coup in Sudan, in "Street 60" in the east of capital Khartoum on 13 November 2021. Photo: AFP

We have to be too strong and resilient for our own good sometimes. Those are not my words but those of a friend and colleague who works in Cape Town. She was talking about how load shedding had impacted her ability to study, but the hard truth is that living in South Africa takes its toll on all of us. From load shedding to crook politicians and businesses, crime and the threat of kidnappings, hijackings and armed robbery, to people stealing copper cables which hurts the very communities they live in, back to politicians with their endless coalition demands. Those...