The best of possible worlds
As a former denizen of Gauteng's urban habitats, one comes to expect, with the passing of years, a certain level of survivalist savvy from one's fellow man - the ever-growing list of Things Everyone Know. Or at least, what you think everyone should know: an enumeration of do's and don'ts that will ensure your continued prosperity on a professional, social, financial, and at times, physical level.
Following an innocuous request from my Fearless Leaders at FixxIt - they've unwittingly made a terrible mistake - I've decided to whet my inherent cynicism into a form with actual benefit to my fellow man, and will henceforth document my misadventures and vague, eccentric (not to mention wholly inaccurate) observations for the above-mentioned, mostly imaginary manual on emigration to a country in northern climes.
While it's quite possible (probable even) that management will curtail my brief career in publishing after my first blog post, I'd like to state that the grand plan would be to produce a series of blog entries aimed at the following two groups of people:
a) South Africans still contemplating an escape from Conrad's continent, but who have beheld the Promised Lands of New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom with a somewhat jaundiced glint in the eye
b) Dutch individuals who find themselves unintentionally entertained by their South African coworkers.
Perhaps you might find my ramblings remotely useful, even when viewed from my (admittedly warped) perspective. Whichever way, I shall leave you, the aspirant emigre, with the following:
"If this is the best of possible worlds, what then are the others?"