Lizette Carter

Where are you from?

I was born in George on the Garden Route.  I also lived in PE, Kimberley and Bloemfontein before ending up in Cape Town.

Where do you currently live?

I live in Clevedon, North Somerset

How long have you been in the UK?

Close to 10 years

Where else have you lived in the UK?

Only in Clevedon

What work do you do?

I am admin assistant and the ‘dog’s body’ for my husband Bryans IT business

What do you love about being a South African?

This poem sums up my love and feelings:

South Africa

I love her for the perfection of her days

The crisp Karoo morning

The Joburg winter noon

The late summer Cape Town sunset

The star-filled Free State night

I love her for her people

For our warm smiles

For our resilience

For our I-am-because-we-are

I love her because she delights my senses

Highveld thunderbolts

Jacarandas in bloom

Sunday braais

African sun

Icy sea

I love her raw power, her intensity, her strength

I love her because of how she makes me feel

Sometimes angry, sometimes joyous

Sometimes fearful, sometimes love-filled

Sometimes frustrated, sometimes hopeful

Always alive

I love her because she intrigues me

And challenges me

The Chinese have a curse:

“May you live in interesting times”

 I see it as a blessing

I love her because she helps me keep things in perspective

By reminding me how privileged I am

Every day I love her for being a microcosm of the world

A world in one country

For what we can teach the world

About compromise

And sharing

And forgiveness

And tolerance

And hope

I love her because she’s imperfect

And full of opportunity

And potential unfulfilled

I love her because she has come so far

And has so much further to go

And whether we ever get there

Will all depend on us

I love her because she’s been so good to me

And she inspires me to return the favour

I love her because she’s my country

No matter what I love her because she’s my home

And where my soul is at rest

By: Ian Macdonald



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