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  1. Tracey22

    experience in SA

    So, I have been in Canada for 6+ years. My recent visit to SA was eye opening for me in many ways. Hubby tells me I have become very Canadian in the last 6 years, and my experience in JHB described below sheds some light on this: A - South Africans hand over private information too easily, almost giving up their basic human rights {hubby tells me I am too liberal} 1. i went with my mother in law to the bank to open an account. My mother in law has not opened an account in many years, and procedures have definitely changed. The teller required biometric scans to open the account, and my mother in law simply said sure, and scanned her fingerprints without question. i was asking the lady why were fingerprints necessary, surely an ID is enough, where were they storing the fingerprints, who had access to them, blah blah blah. My mom in law looked at me as if I was mad - if the bank wants them, surely this is ok? 2. We went to Houghton Golf Club for lunch. In order to park there, the driver has to hand over their licence. The security guard scans the licence as well as the car licence disk. - again I was asking about who has access to that information, why do they need to know who I am, what right do they have to my personal information contained on my licence. But if you do not do this, you cannot access the golf club. This procedure is used for access to many townhouse complexes as well. So I simply refused to hand over my licence when I was driving, and my passengers (who were South African) would give theirs instead. B - Respect for one another 1. I found that on the whole, the older generation's attitude towards people of different races has not changed. My people in their later years speak so rudelyand disrespectfully to blacks, coloureds etc. I found they tended to have an entitlement to not have to wait in queues, whether at the bank or at th grocery store. Younger people seemed to be more respectul of all races. - just an observation and my experience C- Economy is really slow and the recession is clearly visible 1. I went to Sandton City on 2 separate occasions. the place was empty. Finding parking was no problem. Six years ago, we were queuing for parking, and there were throngs of people in the corridors. 2. We went to a really popular restaurant in Rosebank on a Saturday night. they were only turning their tables over once. But 10pm, the place was empty. 3. Rosebank market used to be packed with people, not so much when we were there. Rosebank mall was empty on a Saturday morning 4. it just seems as if people do not have money to spend, and is sad to see. D - Driving Oh my G-d, you take your life into your own hands while driving in JHB. People (all races, taxis, private cars, busses, no discrimination here at all) drive through red traffic lights, without stopping. Louis Botha Avenue in JHB, and William Nicol are treated as if there were no traffic lights in existence. To cross over these streets is like playing chicken, even when the light is green for you! Stop signs are rolling stops, and single lanes are turned into double lanes. Now, imagine having to drive stick on the right side of the road after six years driving an automatic on the left side....