1. Beautiful. Straight to the heart of things. I loved this post and although I don’t have a degree I did come to Australia with preconceived notions along with ‘my’ stories and ‘my’ regrets at leaving South Africa, and I quickly realised that it life here is so different. It is just as you say it in this article. Australia welcomes a can-do attitude and is egalitarian by nature. Immigrants should be looking for a different life, new adventures and as you say a ‘New Us’.

  2. clara

    My sister Bly in mandurah naby perth wil bitter graag gaan maar niemand wil ons help nie my man is 53 en ek 48 hul Se ons is te oud maar ons kan werk tot ons neerslaan

    • Obviously Clara ,you didn’t understand,part of the trouble is speaking in your own language.How will you fit in with this multi cultural society when when you comunicate in your native tongue.

      • Dear Jim,though you addressed Clara you did so on my blog and therefor I will answer as well. She spoke to me – a fellow Afrikaans speaking person who in turn answered her in Afrikaans. As you might have noticed from my about page I also home school my kids and the department of education has no problem what so ever that I teach them Afrikaans as well. In fact, they promote languages other than English at school, with Mandarin being one of the languages. They also promote multi-culturalism, as you correctly stated. Therefor, as long as you contribute they will accept your back ground.
        Does me being in another country intrinsically imply that I am not allowed my language. When we completed our visa applications being able to speak another language contributed to our points.
        Communication is about understanding. I understood. If you did not, just ask and I would have happily translated for you.

  3. Nicky Goosen

    Hi Marlize

    Dit is excellent en maak my baie beter voel. Ons het so 3 weke gelede in Perth geland en ons soek na werk. Nog niks sover nie, net teleurstellings!! Ek hoop en glo dinge sal gou regkom.


    Nicky Goosen

    • Sterkte vir julle. Daar is ‘n FB blad – South African Job Australia of iets in dier voege waar jy dalk ook net kan plaas dat jul opsoek is na werk. Sterkte en mooi bly. Jy is welkom om my op FB te add as jy dalk so wou kontak maak.

  4. Sjoe ek wens ek kon ook na Australie immigreer. Dinge in ons land lyk nie positief nie, en dit gaan nie binnekort verander nie. Dit sal net baie moeilik wees om my ouers wat al oud is agter te laat. Daar is egter so baie “scams” van plekke wat mens moet betaal om jou te help met die immigrasie, hoe gaan mens te werk om nie ingeloop te word nie? Baie dankie vir die goeie artikel.

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