By Scott Brodsky

Postcard from...  Johannesburg

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  • Is this guy for real ? He manages to write an article on life in Jo'burg without mentioning crime ? He either does'nt know a thing about the city he is living in or he is being totally disengenuous. I bet he has never walked out of Sandton.

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  • He is being for real, I am a lawyer who lives in Johannesburg in the old central business district (not Sandton) and to be frank, crime is not worth mentioning any more than in any other city

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  • Oh yes - things are definitely improving. The Security Minister said the other day that there is no need to deploy the army as what was happening in Gauteng did not yet amount to a war situation.
    This is what is being reported in the SA press>
    'Johannesburg — UNLIKE KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng did not require the deployment of the army to deal with violence during the elections as the province had not seen attacks between political parties in the run-up to the poll, Safety and Security Minister Nathi Mthethwa said yesterday.
    Alexandra was hit hard by xenophobic attacks last year and concerns have been raised of an upsurge in violence ahead of the elections.
    He said the housing situation in Gauteng, for example, had not amounted to a "war" situation and there was therefore no need to have a "stand-by army" for the province.'

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  • It is true Jhb has its fair share of crime, but it is one of many factors to look at when choosing to live as an expat there. Just like living in Sao Paulo or Moscow has its downsides (favela gang warfare and high-street gang warfare), Jozzie has its share of problems. But you're living in the heart of Africa with better ammenities than in Central London, and participating in the rennaisance of a continent. AND you have a 1st world business infrastructure (e.g. SA is rated ahead of most of central and eastern europe in teh Global Entrepreneurship Monitor). If you haven't seen SA in 1994, its difficult to appreciate the level of progress and changes that have taken place. But yes, make sure you keep your door locked at a traffic light, and don't stop at red after midnight.

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