Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Should we flee to freedom?

I’ve just launched a new page on this blog
eBOOKS FOR AFRICA. The page will be updated regularly with selected products related to the contents of this blog, --- as new material becomes available.

While deciding what to add to my new page, I stumbled upon an ebook published on 6 July 2009 by Sandy Geyer, a South African woman born in 1970 in Benoni. Like 1000s of other South Africans, Sandy made a wise choice when she emigrated to New Zealand.

Sandy met Nelson Mandela (the black god) once while she was an air hostess on an internal flight in South Africa. Apparently this meeting inspired her hopes of a peaceful and secure future for all South Africans, but her hopes soon faded with the onset of an appalling crime wave, deteriorating services and infrastructure, and the problems of running a company and meeting black empowerment obligations. It is a sad story of the author's growing disillusionment and doubt of the government's ability to create a secure future for all its people.

I’m trying very hard to convince myself that South Africa has the capacity to create a stable and happy environment for all its people. There is surely enough space for this! If I ignore all the newspapers and grimy details of the horrific murders taking place in this country, and go on a camping trip once a month to some secluded tranquil spot in the bush, then I suppose it is possible to keep my sanity. The problem I find though, is that sooner or later someone or something is going to jolt my mind back to reality. The images we see on the news on National Television are sometimes hard to ignore. An inquisitive mind forces you to watch, and last nights images did not paint a pretty picture. Where else in this world will you find police reservists being shot at by the very same organisation they have volunteered to help? – View story here. In what other civilized country will you find children barricading roads with burning tyres, and looting shops? – View story here.

Maybe it’s time to flee to freedom, because it is definitely not going to come to us!

My Long Flight from Freedom
By Sandy Geyer

Sandy Geyer’s honest, humorous and courageous account of her journey as a white South African woman growing up in, and then ultimately leaving her beloved homeland. Her personal experiences and challenges provide many insights into why so many South Africans’ new found freedom has simply led to heartbreaking sacrifices made as they felt powerless to stay behind in a country ravaged by violence. Sandy describes genuine experiences of the turbulent times before the fall of Apartheid and the rise of the ANC government, including her brief but inspirational meeting with Nelson Mandela soon after his freedom was granted.

As a native New Zealander I found this book moving, and enlightening. Easy to read, direct and candid, I laughed and I cried. Above all I found understanding. I consider it a 'must read' for all who have South African friends or colleagues. For those who have or are considering emigration, you may find your story here.
Jasmine Sampson Life Coach

The book is unfortunately not yet available for purchase online at Amazon.com (USA) or Kalahari.net (South Africa), but can be purchased as an eBOOK at this link. Please be advised that the eBOOK contains content that may not be suitable for young readers 17 and under.

In this video, Sandy talks about her book, why she wrote it and what the reaction has been.



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She appeared on TV3 here in NZ as well, view it here: http://www.3news.co.nz/New-book-offers-insights-into-South-Africans-in-NZ/tabid/572/articleID/139166/Default.aspx

Of course these lot are so liberal (read socialist-bordering on communist) here so I doubt this had much impact on the locals.

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