Ok. This post should probably come with its own warning,
because I am going to gush. A lot. About South Africa. And I’m apologising now because there are no academic references whatsoever. It really is an unashamed excuse to gush.
There’s a small centre near my practice that houses various businesses, a photographic studio, an attorney’s office, a bookshop on Judaica, etc. And at this very moment, as I type this (rather excitedly, I may add) a Nando’s is being built into the centre. A halaal Nando’s. Right next to the Judaica bookshop. Oh. My. Word. I want to shout ‘PROGRESS!,’ I want to hug the builders, I want to shake the hand of the individual who got this right.
In my attempt at journalistic integrity I called up the bookshop once I got back to the practice and the person who picked up* whether there were any adverse reactions to this arrangement. No, she said, and she thought the builders were doing an excellent job because the place was looking great. I didn’t get the sense that the answer was carefully constructed or devised in any way, just a straightforward answer.
There are many things that don’t work and that need to be improved in this country. But there are also so many things that should be lauded and celebrated, such as the fact that people living here have religious freedom, when elsewhere in the world people are killed for their religious beliefs. So here I am: lauding and celebrating!
*it could have been the manageress or the sales assistant; I will be the first to admit
there are glaring gaps in my journalistic abilities, eish!