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We asked a simple question… the response was incredible and certainly left us with our hearts feeling much warmer.

 

South Africa – Mainstream media can often make us feel like we’re on the losing side of a long battle with stories of racism, hate and crime filling our newsfeeds daily and making us feel such despair.

But the truth is that those stories are only one side of the South African coin, and in reality, we have so many things to celebrate. This was the reason that Good Things Guy was created… to showcase the good things happening in our beautiful country.

Where there is bad, there will always be good. And the good will always outweigh the bad.

We decided to ask our readers to change the national conversation, to inspire each other and tell us what they love most about South Africa and the response was incredible!

If you’re feeling negative in any way or just need a little “pick me up”, then read all the amazing comments below from awesome South Africans sharing their good things with each other:

Lee-Ann Meyer said: “I live abroad now and miss South Africa and its friendly and diverse kind people every day. South Africa I love your sunshine, the beautiful sunrises and sunsets, the gorgeous wildlife, the smell of a storm approaching when one is in Johannesburg, the stunning beaches and clean oceans along the rugged coastlines, the delicious and flavourful food to tantalize any tastebud, the parkruns, the Karoo (no place like it), the outside food markets and craft markets where crafts are beautifully handmade, the people of the Rainbow Nation, their smiles and kindness. South Africa is a beautuful Country and there is no other like her. I pray every day for peace for prosperity for the people of South Africa – why ruin one of the best places on Earth.”

Keri-Lee Stroebel added” Summer time that smells of braai. Cricket naps. Milo winter cuddles. Mild Cape Town autumn days, and winter rain. Road trips to durbs and stopping to buy their roadside mangoes and Avos. African hymns and celebration songs, especially when sung en masse.”

Laura Ashley Smith said: The rolling mist over the berg, the salty air and crunchy sea sand on the coast. Bunnie chows, wors rolls, madumbis, roast chicken on a sunday, melktart, camping coffee. Boerbulls, impala, loeries and hadedas. Nkosi sikalela, mango groove, the Parlotones. Slap chips at wimpy, a steak at spur. Hold the vision and trust the process South Africa. There’s no place like home.”

Eli Konstant posted: “Just SOUTH AFRICA itself. More good than bad folk here, lots of love being given between every creed and colour. Had guests stay during their first visit to this beautiful land, and they leave as Ambassadors for something quite beautiful and generous, saying not often they ‘return’ to places during their travels, but to South Africa they will return. The silver lining that spans this land is so much bigger than the cloud. VIVA SOUTH AFRICA …. we love you.”

Fatima Valiallah Bhyat said: “Our diversity;our hospitality; our ability to get through anything; our ability to stand united when the need arises; our beautiful and colorful unique culture and the fact that only we know how to do an awesome braai.”

Farmel Davis posted: “The comedy of Parliament, the respect of my neighbour of an old lady, who was born into apartheid. Being able to communicate in 5 of the 11 official languages. The sound of the Fish Eagle.”

Shirley Aitken commented: “The fact that you can make a lifelong friend just by having a chat in the queue in Spar – SA hearts are all encompassing a sense of humour like no other.”

Pumelele Gawula added: “Natural diversity.We are the only country in this planet which has Muslims and Christians living side by side in peace and harmony.Oh and lastly,we find humour ine every situation,good or bad.”

Wendy Pfeiffer said: “The fact that I am willing to admit my complete ignorance of how I perceived a place of such beauty until I made my first visit four years ago. Nine trips later, I feel more at home in South Africa than I do in the UK where I live. Plus I love this page, so wonderful to know the bad guys don’t get all the press. Keep up the good work guys.”

To see the entire thread, click here.


Sources: Good Things Guy
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Recognised as one of the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South African’s as well as a Primedia LeadSA Hero, Brent is a change maker, thought leader, radio host, foodie, vlogger, writer and all round good guy.

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