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South Africa. Used to be a great run ashore for us--Now!

mainbrace

Lantern Swinger
It doesn't surprise me. Another example of the Chinks getting their foot into an open door. They are in most of the African countries, providing infrastructure and industry - particularly where the mining and exploitation of natural resources are concerned.
I had visits to Cape Town, Simonstown and Durban whilst in the Andrew (1967 - 74)- all brilliant runs. Then in the Merch (late 1970's), I had several visits to Richard's Bay; then the world's biggest coal terminal, just north of Durban. Again, the runs ashore were pretty good, although not on the scale of those experienced in the RN. The Stella Maris / Seamans' Mission in Richard's Bay was the place for cheap wets, otherwise it was the Richard's Bay Hotel, or a fast black into the town of Empangeni. The 'piece de resistance' in the RB hotel was the lobster thermidor. I don't remember exactly the prices, but it was equivalent to the price of fish and chips in the UK, back in the day. Of course, even the hotel prices for beer, wine and spirits were a (good) joke compared to the UK.
In 2008, shortly after I retired, I took off and backpacked around the world for 14 months. My first port of call (flight) was to Cape Town. I then spent about 10 weeks traveling up the west coast of RSA into Namibia. I then got the ship to St Helina and came back 2 weeks later. After dallying for a few days in Windhoek, I got a bus to Appleton in the north of RSA. From there, I went across the Free State (Kimberley, Bloemfontein), then back south to Port Elizabeth. I then got the 'Baz Bus' (backpackers' multi-stop pass) around the south east coast, and eventually wound up in Durban for Christmas and new year. It was appropriate, as I had spent Christmas and new year there on my last RN trip, c/o the Eagle, in 1970/71. Whilst in Durban, I hired a car and went north, re-visiting Richard's Bay and Empangeni. I also spent a week on a game reserve! That was a 'freebe' thanks to an old school mate of mine, who was one of the directors of the controlling company.
RSA was much changed from my earlier sea going visits (no surprise there!), but it is still a brilliant run ashore and I would certainly recommend it as a holiday destination. The cost of air fares aside, you get a lot of bangs for your bucks and almost everything is cheaper than European prices. The big downer is the threat posed by the crime rate and to personal safety. That said, I kept well clear of Jo'burg and I did not take any daft risks; I kept out of 'dodgy' areas and did not wander about at night, taking taxis whenever I thought it wise to do so. I had no problems whatsoever. In fact, RSA is on my bucket list for another visit.
 

redmonkey

Lantern Swinger
Book Reviewer
By all accounts it was a great run ashore in the 90s. I haven't made it there yet but I dont think we will be the most welcome now.
 

redmonkey

Lantern Swinger
Book Reviewer
I am guessing that there must be quite a few of you out there with South Africa dits.
Let's hear them.
 
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I am guessing that there must be quite a few of you out there with South Africa dits.
Let's hear them.
"Just Nuisance" was the only dog ever officially listed in the Royal Navy at HMS Afrikander. A Great Dane who got himself and some of the hands in much trouble
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Waspie

War Hero
Have a couple of SA, mates. They tell me this has been going on for decades. Kenya sports many 'malls' all Chinese money. They have been promoting themselves in the African continent for yonks.
 

sampost

Lantern Swinger

This exercise Mosi was discussed a while back. See: https://www.navy-net.co.uk/communit...xercise-set-for-november.179886/#post-1453611

A follow up of the exercise can be found here: https://www.defenceweb.co.za/featured/ex-mosi-did-not-tick-all-the-boxes/

I understand, Robert, that the SA Navy is now building a hydrographic vessel based on the design of the current HMS Enterprise. I would have thought that, being cash strapped, it might have been better to put in a bid for the second hand version, but it seems there was a desire to "create employment" and encourage local shipbuilding.

 
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This exercise Mosi was discussed a while back. See: https://www.navy-net.co.uk/communit...xercise-set-for-november.179886/#post-1453611

A follow up of the exercise can be found here: https://www.defenceweb.co.za/featured/ex-mosi-did-not-tick-all-the-boxes/

I understand, Robert, that the SA Navy is now building a hydrographic vessel based on the design of the current HMS Enterprise. I would have thought that, being cash strapped, it might have been better to put in a bid for the second hand version, but it seems there was a desire to "create employment" and encourage local shipbuilding.

Thanks I hadn't realized that. Their SAS Protea A324 a Hecla class survey ship is getting a bit long in the tooth now
 
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