The boy will be learning about South African history in his… er… History lessons for the rest of the year. Which means that I will also be learning about South African history, not just so I can help him out, but also using it as an opportunity to fill in some gaps in my knowledge.
I didn’t learn about SA history at school (mainly because a lot of it was still happening, I suppose). I have been to Port Elizabeth though…
This is from a book on the 1820 Settlers’ stories. And this is the first reaction of the English families upon seeing their new home in PE:
Widespread gloom was reflected in every face, while some shed silent tears of disappointment at what they saw.
199 years on, this exactly matches my experience on the descent into PE.
Not much has changed.