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:
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
Jacarandas in bloom
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
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
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