Today marks the 8th day of my being back in my homeland, Zimbabwe.
Unfortunately I am still on a Zim passport so whenever I want to go anywhere else in the world, I first have to make a stop here.. So after being here, anywhere else I go to is always SO amazing!
Ahh, it hasn’t been that bad being back this time though. Always nice to see old friends and faces, and the people are, for the most part, very friendly and polite.
There really is no point in complaining about the water or lights because that’s the norm in this place, though frustrating for me, it doesn’t seem to bother the people living here much, they seem to have adapted to it.
When things get worse, there is complaints to each other, then they get over it and adapt to it.
I went to the South African embassy the other day to make an enquiry for my friend, both her parents are dead and her grandmother is a South African citizen and grandfather was born in South Africa so he is full on South African, so surely she must be entitled to something. I wanted to find out what she is entitled to, and the process she must take to get it.
The security guard at the boom was SO rude, he did not even want to listen to a single word I said, and most certainly would not open the boom, he simply directed me to the side of the fence where there must have been about 100 Africans gathered around pushing together just for the chance to possibly hear what one person was saying on the other side.
According to this security guard, I must go there and ask that one person my question – how she would hear me over the shouting and screaming of the 100 other people pushed up against that fence, I don’t know, but this guy did not have the time of day to listen to ANYTHING I said to him!
So we parked the car and I went back to the boom and continued trying my luck with this guy, I used every reason in the book and eventually pleaded in the little bit of Shona I still know, he still made us stand there for quite a while before EVENTUALLY letting us go inside.. I felt so much anger inside of me, containing myself proved to be of utmost difficulty.. But I did it! I remained calm, collected and polite!
I have been to the embassy before, I know where to go and what to ask, but just because this dude gets a kick out of ‘being in charge’, he goes the extra mile just to make everyone’s life more difficult in any way he can do.. And who do I complain to??????
Obviously the embassy doesn’t care what he does because they are the ones who gave him that position and this is their way of ‘crowd control’. So there is no one I can lodge my complaint to that can do anything about it!
Once inside and dealing with some intelligent people, a very nice gentleman answered my questions and I was out of there in less than 5 minutes! If I had not put up a fight and made it my mission to get inside instead of listening to this wretched security guard, I would have been out there the whole day, squished in the mosh pit of smelly, sweaty people, in the hot, mid day sun!
So, incase anyone would like to know what the answer was for my friend, she can go and apply for a birth certificate in South Africa, Pretoria Home Affairs and she is fully entitled to South Africa, simply by taking all her grandparents documentation. So that is FANTASTIC news for her, me on the other hand, I am still battling with having this awful passport.
I read an article the other day which was actually very good, and perfectly illustrated how I feel exactly!
Its just a Zimbabwean saying he is leaving Zim and giving his reasons why, basically it is because no one here cares, no one fights back, no one does anything in retaliation, they just let the government walk all over them and take everything and change everything and they just dont care, so this guy is finally sick of it so he is leaving. Well I got sick of it and left a long time ago 😀
Here is a link to the article if you interested in reading it – http://zimbabwe-today.com/2015/01/life/i-am-sick-and-tired-of-zimbabwe-and-i-am-leaving-this-hell-hole-of-a-country/
Otherwise, its pretty same old, same old. There are lots of South African places opening up though (like Mugg & Bean, News Cafe etc), obviously they have seen the potential in the amount of money they can make by charging more than double what it costs in South Africa! The few night clubs that there are, are closing down, and new ones always come in their place – which will be awesome for a few months then people just stop going there for whatever reason.
So ya, not much has changed.
I feel very hard done by, coming from SA where everything is so much cheaper and where it works 100 times better (not that it even works remotely well there! Which just goes to show how bad any official business in Zim is)
Moral of the story.. Zim is not my ultimate destination and not even on a choice of where I would like to be spending my time, (besides for going to places like Kariba, Nyanga and other beautiful ‘out of town’ places) but I am proudly Zimbabwean! Us Zimbo’s are different to the rest of the world from what I have seen… Quite a likeable bunch of people 😉 lol