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  1. TheresaW

    Kcc Anounces 2012 Lottery Draw Null And Void!!!

    This is really disappointing for the people who were originally selected - I would be gutted! Sorry JacquiB - I truly hope that DV2012 is your year and you get selected. Keep us posted. Theresa
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    Dv 2012 Lets Go People

    Oh well, third time unlucky for us :thumbdown:
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    Less Than A Month!

    That's brilliant news! Congrats
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    Less Than A Month!

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    Rules For Driving In Sa

    I received this from a friend living in the US - and the ironic thing is, a lot of it is true!!! RULES FOR DRIVING IN SOUTH AFRICA 1. Never indicate - this will give away your next move. A real south African driver never uses them. 2. Under no circumstance should you leave a safe distance between you and the car in front of you, this space will be filled by at least 2 taxis and a BMW, putting you in an even more dangerous situation. 3. The faster you drive through a red light, the smaller the chance you have of getting hit. 4. Never, ever come to a complete stop at a stop sign. No one expects it and it will only result in you being rear-ended. 5. Braking is to be done as hard and late as possible to ensure that your ABS kicks in, giving you a nice, relaxing foot massage as the brake pedal pulsates. For those of you without ABS, it's a chance to stretch your legs. 6. Never pass on the right when you can pass on the left. It's a good way to check if the people entering the highway are awake. 7. Speed limits are arbitrary figures, given only as a guideline. They are especially not applicable in South Africa during rush hour. That's why it's called 'rush hour....' 8. Just because you're in the right lane and have no room to speed up or move over doesn't mean that a South African driver flashing his high beams behind you doesn't think he can go faster in your spot. 9. Always slow down and rubberneck when you see an accident or even someone changing a tyre. Never stop to help - you will be mugged. 10. Learn to swerve abruptly. South Africa is the home of the high-speed slalom driving thanks to the government, which puts holes in key locations to test drivers' reflexes and keeps them on their toes. 11. It is traditional to honk your horn at cars that don't move the instant the light turns green. This prevents storks from building nests on top of the traffic light and birds from making deposits on your car. 12. Remember that the goal of every South African driver is to get there first, by whatever means necessary. 13. On average, at least three cars can still go through an intersection after the light has turned red. It's people not adhering to this basic principle that causes the big traffic jams during rush hour.
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    Thinking of moving back to South Africa

    I received this email from our chairman of our Residents Association. Like Roger says, it's long but well worth the read! This is a particularly well written article by a highly accredited British journalist that appeared in the Daily Mail on 29/03. It is an independent view and probably the most candid one I have been fortunate enough to read. Yes there is a political undertone; it is after all, coming very near to those all important elections. I fear however, that the old reasoning of the journalist being ‘colonialist’ or even ‘racist’ will be mouthed in order to water it down. This, regrettably is how the world is beginning to see South Africa and it is with some apprehension that we face the future. The article is long, but certainly worth reading. Regards Roger http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/...-president.html
  7. Thank you all for the warm welcome and taking the time to respond. Durbs and Janneman - thank you for the links you attached, it is greatly appreciated! It makes me more determined to focus on the sponsorship route, and if we get in on the DV program, well then thats just a fantastic bonus. You are in charge of your own destiny... right!! I look forward to interacting with all of you and becoming a familiar "face" on this forum. Theresa
  8. Hi All Just wanted to introduce myself and say how grateful I am to have stumbled across this awesome forum! I have spent a lot of time going through posts and have come across a lot of useful info. It is so refreshing to have this type of communication platform as we all know the enormity of firstly making the decision to leave one's country of birth, and then finding the inner strength to actually go through the intensive process of making the biggest move of your life!! My husband and I made the decision 1 year, 6 days ago that we want to immigrate to the States. We registered with USAFIS for 10 years, with DV2010 being our first years entry - so, like many other hopefuls we will be waiting with baited breath during April - June to hear if we have been successful or not. We have two girls, aged 5 and 19 months - with them being the reason for our decision. I know if we stay in SA, the chances of them making a life here when they finish studying is practically zero. I really don't want to be in a position to see my girls maybe once a year, for a few weeks at a time and when they do finally / hopefully settle down and start a family, meet my grandchild for the first time via a webcam on Skype!!! I often say to my husband that if we stay, we are basically going to be last generation South African's - even though the girls were born here. It's just such a harsh reality. I do have some thing I would really appreciate if anyone could give me a bit of insight on. We have made the decision to leave SA, no matter what, with the States being our first (and only) choice. However, we are pinning our hopes of getting in on the lottery as this seems the most likely way in. However, I have gone to that skills link (not sure of the name offhand) and see that hubby does seem to possess skills that are high in demand. He has a BSc Engineering degree (Electronic), but has been involved in the software arena for over 12 years. I have gone onto the websites of some of the companies that he could work for (they have hundreds of jobs listed at each company - of which there are quite a number he would be suitable for). He is under the impression that it would just be a waste of time to apply as a company sponsoring him (especially in this economic climate) is practically zero. Also, the hassle for the company to go this route is just too big a headache as so much needs to be proven before they will take a foreigner over a local so why would they even bother! I know that the economic climate is dire, but would anyone be able to give me any insight into the avenue of a company sponsoring a foreigner if they do have skills in high demand?? Our fate of getting into the States is lying solely in the hands of a third party, but I would feel better if we were able to pursue another avenue which we could control as well! Warm regards Theresa