Your response, since yesterday, has been impressive, so far 6300 views on Love Knysna’s Facebook and News24, where i respectively used ‘Should Families Move to Knysna?’ and ‘Should Overseas Families Move to South Africa?” as the questions. Click those links to view all the many comments, or to make your own if you haven’t already.
This wasn’t meant to be a blog but my Facebook comment became so long that i thought it best to re-post it here as well as quote from some of you.
“I am happy in Knysna but my eldest son has emmigrated
and the younger one is busy with the process.
I have encouraged them to leave the country, sadly,
as they are only starting their lives and I don’t think they can do it here.”
I appreciate you all participating.
I have mixed feelings, a mixture of the overwhelming positivity on Facebook and the overwhelming negativity on News24.
There is great expression of love for our town in this Facebook thread. It’s romantic, it’s warm and glowy. I absolutely agree that Knysna is an amazing place to live. When i call it the prettiest town in South Africa, it’s not only a marketing line – to me it’s fact. I am deeply in love.
On the surface, i can’t imagine a better place but Knysna is a drop of water in a very big pond that’s rippling as someone throws rocks into it.
It’s obvious that South Africa is in trouble. Our economy is sliding with no sign of recovery. Joblessness keeps us under threat, ensuring that government coffers drain, crimes rises, drugs infest and violence blooms. Government corruption is so deep that its a death grip on our throats.
All the compliments in the world, all the well wishes and hopes we can muster, doesn’t change the fact that our future is under threat.
That isn’t pessimism for pessimism’s sake. It’s our reality.
“We moved here 13 years ago and it is the best thing we ever did.
Life here can be tough (like anywhere else) for the workers class
but it still beats any other place by a million miles. Every town or country
has its own problems but just looking at Knysna’s beauty makes up for it.”
Here in Knysna, there’s been a noticeable decline in our way of life the past 5 years. The badness in the ANC is now shared with the DA. Without transparent government we can’t see into our future… but we can look, if we choose to, at what’s happening around us right now: infrastructure crumbling, loans/debt, violent crime (with kids being hurt) and much of the public scared of the police and not bothering to report smaller crimes anymore.
If you can tell me that you feel safe walking at night or that you don’t worry about your children more than a mom or dad would in Canada, then i would not only consider it a lie but an irresponsibility. We have become so used to fear that we treat it as normal.
I’m not saying give up! Personally, that would make waste of the past 4 years of my life during which i’ve risked a lot as i dived into political ugliness in the hope of eventually finding clean water. I’d rather we all swim strongly.
Believing in our town’s beauty is wonderful. Having faith in our town is wonderful… but it must be considered a first step. We have to go beyond words into action. We can’t pretend that bad things don’t exist or that we’re powerless to do anything about it. We can make a difference if we choose to!
I don’t like grey. I want to evaporate my mixed feelings and be all heart forever for this pretty place. We are the majority and our future is shared through our shared lives. If we don’t act on that and become better neighbours than friendliness in coffee shops (metaphor) or cliques that choose itself over doing the right thing, then our future will remain unseen.
“The world’s a stage and the people prancing upon it are actors;
empty shells of living that haven’t yet realized
that opinion is proportionate to knowledge and belief proportionate to action.”
An unseen future cannot be planned. To prove our love for Knysna, to define her as our home, we have to do better!