What I miss about Jozi

I have been in Cape Town for 6 weeks missing Joburg and missing walking – I am waiting for my foot to get better. It is not broken anymore and has been taken out its cast but it ain’t to keen on walking yet.

Before my six weeks of broken-foot- forced- leave- living- off- my –parents-in-CT, I was in KZN.

I left Jozi at the beginning of Feb and I miss Joburg as much as I miss driving- a lot. This is odd because I hated it for a year- totally loathed the place.

Why Joburg isn’t so bad and Ct isn’t so perfect

Jo’burg doesn’t look like a white colony -with some Coloureds added in for good measure -as does Cape Town- I notice people’s colour here but in Jo’burg I don’t.

In Jo’burg people don’t speak about the “blacks” as if they are some distant group to be feared or only seen on drives through the townships to the airport.

There is an energy and things get done faster than in CT. If you live in Jo’burg things happen. Disclaimer: If you have to deal with Wits University admin, then they don’t and Cape Town will seem super fast.

People don’t drive at 30 km an hour in the suburbs in Jo’burg. Some drivers are so slow in CT, you wonder how they get anywhere at all.

There are less cyclists on the roads that one has to dodge in Jo’burg.

There are no baboons to ruin one’s picnics.

In Jo’burg people talk about politics, business, race, arts and debate issues relevant to our country. They have opinions and they know what is in the news.

In Cape Town people say “Malema is in court for something at the moment. Someone is suing him” and I get angry cause ignorance irritates me.

The things I do love about Cape Town are that there are no potholes, the traffic lights all work, the streets are clean and local government functions. I also feel safer as I have experienced no crime and in Jo’burg I have experienced plenty.

I cannot understand why Jo’burgers hate the DA just cause of the toilet scandal. They should visit CT and see how well things are run. The one thing better in CT than Joburg is not the mouuuntain or the sea but a local government that works.

But I still miss Joburg.


About Kat child

I am a journalist (big smile: I love saying that) and a coffee lover. I believe journalism should tell untold stories and give a voice to the voiceless. I love Cape Town, the beach, cheese, chocolate and Origin's cappucinos. I don't see the point of making one's bed and I wear odd socks.
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