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CultureShock! South Africa by Dee Rissik

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‘I heard the drum beat behind your footstepsAnd the children of the south began to sing.’—Mazisi Kunene, South African poet

 

 

 

 

 

IT MAY SEEM STRANGE FOR ME to be writing about my ‘first impression’ given that I was born and raised here. But the explanation is simple. I have lived away from South Africa on so many occasions in my adult life—sometimes for a number of years at a time, sometimes only for a year or two, or even just a few months—that each time I return home, I find myself almost as an outsider looking in on my countrymen, my kith ...

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