For the first time in my three score and one years of living in this country I have thought that, if I were 20 years younger, I would be packing to live somewhere else. Anywhere else. Hot, cold, temperate … I wouldn’t care. I’d be going, leaving SA.

To put this desire to flee into perspective, I have to disclose my deep and abiding love of SA, of South Africans. Saying that I would be prepared to go and live among strangers is surprising — even to myself...

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