The Train

The Train

The friendliest impression the South African people made on my young mind was when I was travelling by train to the University of Stellenbosch as a student of 18.

Everywhere along the rail the train went there were people, young and old, always smiling widely always waving at the people on the train!

And the people on the train always enthusiastically smiling and waving back!

This is the South Africa I know.

A smiling, waving always friendly people.

All the way from Pretoria to Stellenbosch, nearly a thousand five hundred kilometers!

A beautiful friendly experience.

Today is day of reconciliation.

Here is to hoping that the train of all those years back will drive the smiles of all those years back and will reconcile South Africa into the one beautiful nation that we are.

The motto ǃke e: ǀxarra ǁke is written in the Khoisan language of the ǀXam people and translates literally to “diverse people unite”

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