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  1. This coming Monday marks my 2nd week after my 2nd Pfizer shot... all those delayed plans from last year are looking more likely ! In fact we have rebooked most of them. Here’s hoping summer will be fun. And that the vax corridors with Europe actually happen.
  2. Got my first dose, Pfizer, today.
  3. Good luck Oscar. Our county has been pretty good getting people appointments at the county and state sites. The hospitals and pharmacies are luck of the draw, some people have been very successful and others not so much. Walgreens opens up every 5 days it seems for the next 5 days. If you catch the morning they open there is a few hours before they are all booked up again.
  4. Congrats guys. We are lower priority so still waiting for vax, but gratifying to see how this administration really pushed to go full steam ahead with the rollout. And grateful to know we should be vaccinated before our early summer trip, which we had postponed from last summer.
  5. Great news, pity they need to outsource the production to India though.
  6. Also a while back, end 2014 we brought our cat over for R10k (Cape Town to San Francisco, probably cheaper to the east coast ) which at the time was around $1k I think. I think there was an option around R8k, but we went for klm as they have a pet station for transit where cats get put into bigger cages while their travel crates are cleaned/dogs get taken out for a walk. We paid for a door to door service so the company took care of all the customs etc stuff as well, we just had to get the vet stuff done at the appropriate time before leaving.
  7. At its Newark hub, meanwhile, United is also delaying the launch of new non-stops to Johannesburg from March 27 to June 3 as South Africa copes with the rapid spread of a new coronavirus variant. Delta is also delaying its introduction of Atlanta-Johannesburg-Cape Town flights from March 27 to June 1. https://www.sfgate.com/travel/article/Delta-SFO-OAK-United-delays-JFK-India-Cathay-15950648.php
  8. Actually on this - it occurs to me that there may well be others in various places, but SA is one of the developing countries with a strong medical and scientific community that can actually identify and work on this stuff. I’ve been pretty impressed by what they’ve done/researched with such limited resources compared to places like the US.
  9. I’m still waiting for mine but my medical friends and elderly relatives have had theirs. Not sure if you guys have noticed, but I’ve started seeing ads on my social media from CDC and Dept of HHS about how to prevent the spread, keep careful, get vaccinated etc. Such a relief to have an administration that believes in science and is serious about getting this under control.
  10. Well - this is effectively just SA being added to the list, all the others are already banned (even if Trump’s antics on leaving means Biden has to reinstate it) This new Covid strain in SA is pretty scary sounding to be honest. Hope it gets under control. Far too many people I know in SA are saying both they now all know people with it, and that people are not really social distancing etc much. And it’s going to be a good while before they can reach herd immunity vaccine wise there. We have had immediate family members there catch it too.
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    Christmas 2020!

    Happy holidays oscar and everyone! Ah, saw the Parlotones live a couple of times back in the day. Once they were supporting a big international rock band but unfortunately I don’t remember which concert that was. My first responder and doctor friends have received the vaccination already - my dad should be in next group because of age and other conditions. Seems husband and I are way down the line - not sure what group specifically we are in but when we used that NYT tool from a week or two back we were equivalent of #88 of 100 people in line... Anyway.. here’s wishing everyone a really good 2021... I think it is going to be better than this year in just about every way!
  12. Are you looking to emigrate to the US, or just to emigrate in general? The statement that the GED is no longer accepted is not exactly true - it’s very widely accepted including by the Ivy League, though normally the people using them have not had a traditional education path, and the high school requirements for top colleges generally go well beyond the minimum required to complete high school which is usually what a GED is (the system is very different to SA... if you need a quick explainer, from someone whose kid did primary in SA and high school and now college in the US, let me know...) If you are still based in SA my first recommendation, if it is affordable, would be to send the children to a bricks and mortar international school there, whether American, British or IB, rather than online schools which vary widely both in quality and focus. If you do go online though, then the British curriculum is a good idea, as it is obviously understood in the UK but also well regarded in the US (as is IB), and in fact many colleges will give students college credit or higher subject placement for good performance in some A level subjects.
  13. My husband’s company (global name brand) has said effectively there will need to be vaccine access to the general population (not just the initial expected to first responders etc) before they are back at head office.
  14. Agree but, you know, there was still a big % increase in SA selectees from 162 last year to 510 this year. Hopefully that will lead to a few more selectees on here! I agree, it was usually fun (though sometimes also stressful and nerve wracking!) to read about people’s journeys.
  15. Yes, good luck! I think they may have improved more than marginally, as I think a lot of African entries before were from “agents” entering people without their knowledge. They won’t be able to do that any more. Ghana was a big “culprit” there and entries from Ghana dropped from 1.9m for DV2020 to under 300k (!!!] for DV2021, almost certainly as a result of that. Smaller but still significant drops in some other countries. Overall African entries dropped from 8.1m to 3.1m! The overall % of total DV entries picked from Africa will not change so that must raise the odds of those left with valid entries quite a bit vs what it would have been before, although of course the overall chance of getting picked is still very small.
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