Blogs from Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa, Africa - page 46


Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg January 26th 2007

There is a group here called the American Society, which is a group of expatriates (expats), mostly a social group. Tonight we attended a reception at the US Consulate’s home in a ritzy part of town; the Polish consulate was next door, and it was a street of big trees and big walls with serious security. We met some really interesting, lovely people. Madeleine, the principal of the American School here, and her husband, who teaches 6th grade at the school, were really dear. They have made careers - lives - of teaching at American Schools in fascinating locations all over the world, and they and their 3 children are truly world citizens. There were a number of expats in business here or working for the consulate, and all with interesting stories. We plan to join ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg January 25th 2007

Hi to everyone back home and in the States too! I decided to let you all know what I’ve been up to again as I’ve had a pretty busy week. I had my friends from Aus, Em and Lachie, here for the weekend, then Dave and I went to a game reserve near Kruger National Park on Tuesday for a job interview. We decided to take Em and Lachie to the Sterkfontein caves and to the Lion Park for the day on Saturday. The caves are situated in an area known as the ‘cradle of humankind’ because this is where the oldest fossils of early hominids were discovered. They are 20 million years old and are currently still an excavation site as they have been digging up the remains of ‘little foot’ for the past 2 ... read more
the excavation site
playing with the lions
aww cute

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg January 18th 2007

Things have been a bit boring, I must admit. Sorry to my mother who I’m sure hopes for back to back blog entries. Still, I do have a story to tell. The weekend before last, Dave and I decided to go visit a pet store, because I wanted to see what chow puppies looked like. The place we went to was called ‘Birds and Pets 4 Africa’, and it’s no ordinary pet shop- more like a small zoo. The indoor section sold all kinds of things, including lizards, snakes and exotic birds and fish. Outside were huge cages full of all sorts of birds you can imagine. It was huge. In the middle they had small cages of puppies. They were mostly tiny things around 6 weeks old, but there was one lone dog who was ... read more
The Dog and Dave
The Dog... who was as yet unnamed
The Porsche

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg January 12th 2007

Now that we have our permits, we need to settle some financial matters that weren't open to us with the permits. We managed to get all of the information together to register for a tax identification number with the South Africa Revenue Service (SARS); their office was well run, compared to our experiences with other bureaucracies we have been exposed to here. The number should be available in the early part of next week. Our experience with getting a bank account was less pleasant and much more complicated. We visited the four national banks and had quite different reactions from each. Overall, the idea of explaining the bank’s accounts and being customer oriented was a new one for most of the folks we met with. It seemed that WE were the lucky ones to have walked ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg January 12th 2007

Hello! Let's talk about two things: 1.) The Storms - Holy Crap! I'd forgotten how amazing and intense the South African storms are. It's the middle of summer and the other night we had a storm come through that was over our heads for literally an hour and a half! Lightening was flashing every minute and then you'd hear the loudest thunder of your life rip through the sky. I'm not being dramatic was nuts!! I'm used to the lightening/thunder storms in the US which you hear coming and then they're overhead for maybe 10-30 minutes and then you hear them move along and get quieter. It's so crazy here that when it storms they say it's actually too dangerous to shower. Don't get me wrong, I love a good storm, but all I kept ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg January 10th 2007

I went to Home Affairs and waited last week, and my reward was to learn that the Board was meeting yesterday to decide on a pile of applications, which included ours. I came back today, and the permits were ready! They consist of little stickers put into your passport with the reason and term for your permit. Mine allows me to work as a project engineer for Biwater, for an indefinite term. If that changes, the permit has to change. This also means we have temporary residency for at least 3 years, which is the term in Bob’s permit for some reason. Bob has residency as my spouse. He has not gotten a work permit as yet because one needs a job offer here before you can apply. He keeps trying but it is discouraging. The ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg January 9th 2007

The Suikerbosrand Nature Preserve, which includes the Diepkloof Farm Museum, is southeast of Jo’burg and has the highest point in Gauteng Province. You can see Jo’burg from the distance when taking the preserve’s driving tour. We spent the day there and toured the museum, drove the 60-km driving tour, and hiked a 4.5-km trail. The Diepkloof (“deep canyon”) Farm was first established in the 1850s by the Marais family, who were Boers. Later, one of the 9 children built his own brick house on the same property. The farm was one of the few not completely destroyed during the Anglo-Boer War, and what remained has been rebuilt to original standards as much as possible. The buildings are made from stuccoed locally-made half-baked brick. The farm buildings include the original home, the machine/wagon barn, the school (classroom, ... read more
main house and sheep
inside the main house
the classroom

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg January 8th 2007

About 3 hours from landing in Jo'burg I decided I better psych myself out for being in SA for 4.5 months...but Luke, the Korean businessman next to me kept chatting. Yesterday (day 2) it hit should see the size of the birds here! It's enough to make anyone realize they're not in America anymore. Plus it's hotter than hell. It's amazing here! Much different than what I remember from 8 years ago. There's tons of development going on throughout the city in preparation for the 2010 world cup (go Bafana Bafana!!). But the best thing here is hanging out and grooving around town with the family! So far so good!! Til Next Time xoxo Nix ... read more
Lunch @ Doppio

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg January 6th 2007

We were looking for something local and out-of-doors to do that we hadn’t done before, so we made a trip to the Jo’burg Zoo. It is a lovely zoo; to me very similar to some other big-city zoos I had been to before, with many of the same animals, some very nice newly renovated facilities, and some old facilities in need of replacement. The day we were there, a radio station was hosting a concert of local artists, and we heard some beautiful voices, including that of a young woman named Siphokazi who had recently released a new CD. The zoo is large, and often people come early to walk the trails, which are nicely laid out. Some of the structures are quite beautiful, with painting and inlaid mosaic. An animal we hadn’t seen before: the ... read more
regal gemsbok
kids and meerkats
Sherri in bamboo

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg January 6th 2007

I am sitting in my hotel room in Jo'burg I flew up here today in order to get my connecting flight tomorrow to Singapore, Very sad I had to say goodbye to James earlier; as he went off back to London to go back to work (Whats That?) I guess it will feel a bit strange being on my own now for a while but it wont be for long. I am so excited about getting to Singapore and then onto Australia to see Family. The weather today in Cape Town was not so good can you belive it ? it was grey skies and Raining. but it was still 30 degrees, a bit uncomfortable; so it seemed easy to leave, I had a good flight to Jo'burg it was just two hours and the sun ... read more
inside the Cassino
my room at the concorde hotel

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