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About Afrinam

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  • Birthday 02/18/1964

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  • Location
    Poplar Bluff, MO
  • First Name
    Pieter
  • Last Name
    Smuts
  • SA Location
    Noord Transvaal
  • Language
    English
  1. Hi MsMoo, youre coming to my side of the world - kind of. The company I work with / for's HO is in Springfield MO. I'm on the other side of the state about 180 miles east. We travel at least a few times per year to Springfield. It's a great town, close to some awesome lakes etc. Just be carefull for the redneck Disneyland south of Springfield
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    Citizenship?

    Hi to All, A little bit of topic here, but exactly when does the 5 year waiting period start. From the day you got your green card? Or from the day the process started - i.e. status change?
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    Lending money

    I had no problem opening an account - I only needed a social security number. In smaller towns I also had no problem in getting a loan to buy a car. Yes, the interest was higher than citizens with good credit would pay, but come on, In SA I paid something like 17% for a car loan. When I got here, my high interest - you've got no credit - loan was a whopping 13%. Within 6 months I had numerous offers for refinancing the car loan at more normal rates as well as credit card offers. Right now car companies will probably give you loan just about without checking your credit history.
  4. YOU ARE PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN WHEN : Ø You produce a R100 note instead of your driver's licence when stopped by a traffic officer Ø You can do your monthly shopping on the pavement Ø You have to hire a security guard whenever you park your car Ø You can count the national soccer team's scores with no fingers Ø To get free electricity you have to pay a connection fee of R750 Ø Hijacking cars is a profession Ø You can pay your tuition fees by holding up a sign at a traffic light Ø The petrol in your tank may be worth more than your car Ø More people vote in a local reality TV show than in a local election Ø People have the most wonderful names: Christmas, Goodwill, Pretty, Wednesday, Blessing, Brilliant, Gift, Precious, Innocence and Given Ø "Now now" can mean anything from a minute to a month Ø You continue to wait after a traffic light has turned to green to make way for taxis travelling in the opposite direction Ø Travelling at 120 km/h you're the slowest vehicle on the highway Ø You're genuinely and pleasantly surprised whenever you find your car parked where you left it Ø A bullet train is being introduced, but we can't fix potholes Ø The last time you visited the coast you paid more in speeding fines and toll fees than you did for the entire holiday Ø You paint your car's registration on the roof Ø You have to take your own linen with you if you are admitted to a government hospital Ø You have to prove that you don't need a loan to get one Ø Prisoners go on strike Ø You don't stop at a red traffic light, in case somebody hijacks your car Ø You consider it a good month if you only get mugged once Ø Rwandan refugees start leaving the country because the crime rate is too high Ø When 2 Afrikaans TV programmes are separated by a Xhosa announcement of the following Afrikaans program, and a Pedi ad Ø The employees dance in front of the building to show how unhappy they are Ø The SABC advertises and shows highlights of the program you just finished watching Ø You get cold easily. Anything below 16 degrees Celsius is Arctic weather Ø You call a bathing suit a "swimming costume" Ø You know what Rooibos Tea is, even if you've never had any Ø You can sing your national anthem in four languages, and you have no idea what it means in any of them Ø You know someone who knows someone who has met Nelson Madela Ø You go to "braais" (barbecues) regularly, where you eat boerewors (long meaty sausage-type thing) and swim, sometimes simultaneously Ø You know that there's nothing to do in the Free State Ø You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends from SA
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    Breaking News

    Well, I dont see Mr Bush's point here about more fingers and toes - even if he had them, how is he going to use them?
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    Licence plates

    Hi Merlot - Do you need a Missouri plate? I'm short on Idaho
  7. Thanks for all the input - I'm shocked at what things cost back home these days. I actually found my old house that I bought in '95 for 150K on the market again for 750K. I thought I made a killing selling it in '01 for 200K. With regards to going back - I work here in the US for the same company I used to work with in SA. Each branch is an independant business unit, so basically they are in competition with each other - at least for resources. The economy in SA (power generation) is growing enormously - ESKOM has lots of money it seems, and are preparing to spend something like 90Billion Rand in the next few yers upgrading their infrastructure. I thus have a choice - I can go back to my old group as a salaried employee, or even as a contractor. The first choice will leave me with very little left if I have to fork out a million rand for a house, the second will mean a heap load of money, but no security It is a very dificult thing to decide wether to either stay in the US with all its benefits and security for the family, or to go back home to where my friends and rest of the family still resides I'll be taking time over Christmas with my family to ponder this further.
  8. I've been in the US for five years now, and have no idea what the cost of living would be in SA these days. The SA branch of my company is trying to convince me to go back, and is offering money I could just dream about 5 years ago. Now, if you ask me "Daars 'n slang in die gras " Does anybody know of a good website to compare cost of living here in the US to that of SA. Basically, how much ZAR do you need to get the equivalent buying power of $1000.00?
  9. Man, as afval nie lekker ruik wanner jy dit kook nie het jy nie genoeg kerrie innie pot nie. Daars min dinge so lekker soos 'n mooi witgeskropte beespens en vark pootjie kerrie. Jy kook it totdat dit so begin jellie maak, met baie kerrie, aartappels uie en wortels. Los jy die groente uit, en laat dit koud word het jy lekker kerrie bron ! Man my bek water sommer!
  10. As jy ooit gewonder het oor die woord Aish........
  11. Its all those evil colonialists fault!
  12. Capetonian, what is wrong with deer meat? The yanks (at least here in Missouri) have no idea how to cook game, so, first step is throw away any instructions you got from a local. Second step I guess is to get over whatever the problem is with eating deer (not dear ) Game is the healthiest red meat you can eat - no cholesterol! Caligal - I know what you meen with chomping it all up - I got relatives here in the US that got some springbok biltong a while ago (dont ask how ), and they did not share !
  13. Hey Caligal, Are you bragging or offering to share. Here in Misery the hunting season is on hand. This year I'm gonna forget I'm African, gonna get in my own tree, and get me a Deer! En daai "Deer" gaan biltong word - Biltong en "Potroast" - geen dam deerburger nie!
  14. Nee, dis heeltemal nonsens dat hulle die ou gefire het. Ek dink hy het die saak rerig mooi hanteer! In 'n tegnologie oorheersde wereld met die local rednecks - ek voel baie dae om hulle te stuur om hulle skoolgeld terug te gaan eis
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