Saw this on Dereck and Beverly Joubert's Facebook page this morning. I'd include a link but I cant get it to the specific post. Here is the text of the post:
There's nothing like the feel of cold hard steel pressed up against your head to get your attention. Africa, oh Africa how we love you. Even though the feeling is not always mutual.
We have been hit by elephants 4 times, 3 deadly snake bites, 20 scorpions, numerous bouts of malaria and yesterday had to consider a rather unromantic exit at gunpoint in Johannesburg. It would have made our final book sad.
There was the usual South African exchange of watches, some shouting, a little cash and a moment in time that ended well. Funny how everyone says it ended well.
The good news: Beverly is safe. There's a small bump on my head from a gun barrel. Heists in Jhb are ridiculously high again. This is case number 79 in this street this year, and it is only the 6th of January. It's probably time for citizens to ask questions on why, again.
In the race of life, it seems that the rise of bad, cheap and evil is on the increase, and everything good, beautiful and ethical has to fight to hold its head above the rising tide. We need to lend support to those things that will make us better.
We visit SA regularly but don’t really live here. For Beverly to have had guns at her head 4 times in 12 years is a very poor average against the actual number of days in town. Comparatively, living with lions and elephants is virtually risk free.
Watch yourself at Hyde Park in SA. Baddies follow people from there. The police know it and nod knowingly. I see security dozing off in the corners.
We feed 6,000 per day in Africa through our Great Plains efforts. Until we address the divide between the lowest income and middle, the need will overwhelm us all.
I see the wild eye, turn violent with the greed, and I thank you silently, and apologise to you. For your life of fear, and mine filled with such beauty.
On the horizon clouds form over Botswana and pump rain onto the plains. This is going to be a good season.