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I turned on the TV to find Bonanza was showing. There it was, just as I remembered it from my childhood – Ben Cartright, Little Joe, and the infamous Ponderosa Ranch. True to the spirit of the Ponderosa, I found myself wondering why things don't always go smoothly, why we migrants sometimes seem to be working so hard in Australia for sometimes react to us in ways that don't seem to make sense? What I have discovered, through my reflections, is that the key to understanding such anomalies lies in recognizing the socalled ‘bigger picture'. And I do mean the big bigger-picture!

 
 
 
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Posted by Dave Robinson
25 Jun 2009

Stradbroke Eiland of Straddie soos meeste mense dit noem, is een van die jaarlikse bestemmings vir die Afrikaanse Klub. Dit was die vierde jaar wat meer as 300 lede, die kamp bywoon en soos altyd was dit ‘n naweek vol heerlike kuier. Die slag het die klub besluit om eerder in Amity Point te bespreek as Point Lookout en na aanleiding van die terugvoering van almal, was dit die regte beluit.

 
 
 
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Posted by Anonymous
25 Jun 2009
It was sadly back to work on the 3rd with a very slow and long week with a daily craving for bacon and eggs around 10am and a nap after lunch. The start of the touch rugby season was very evident when I fell out of bed on Saturday morning and could hardly walk. I woke up the other morning feeling a little tired but a carton of beer richer and my sporting pride firmly reinstated after I witnessed the Proteas convincingly whip the Aussies.
 
 
 
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Posted by Anonymous
22 Apr 2009
Sure, the Aussie Barbie has its place, it is efficient, clean, and quick. That’s fine for a quiet Monday evening, but it’s no good for the big party, or if you are with a woman. Stay with me…In both cases, you never want the fun to end. You want to enjoy the experience, savour the flavours and scents, and get to play with fire. You want it to last all day and night if possible, and finish exhausted, satiated and well lubricated. The great South African braai ticks all these boxes, which is why South African men who braai well are fantastic lovers.
 
 
 
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Posted by Swartberg
21 Apr 2009
Unlike the position in South Africa, employment relationships in Australia are heavily regulated. Any South African who intends to become an employer or an employee in Australia should be aware of the general employment arrangements in Australia which are outlined below.
 
 
 
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Posted by Costa Brehas
29 Oct 2008
The story behind Workforce Partners, A recruitment company dedicated to helping Southern African rural employees My husband Ralph and I have been cotton farming in SW Qld for over 25 years. Faced with a worsening labour shortage crisis and the reluctance of Australians to live west of the Darling Downs Range we were forced to rely on ‘backpackers’ to fill our labour requirements. It was not that we were dreadful employers; we always paid well, provided good on-farm accommodation and never asked an employee to do anything we wouldn’t do ourselves.
 
 
 
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Posted by Barb Grey, Workforce Partners
14 Aug 2008
It’s been a roller coaster six months since I stepped off the plane at Brisbane International Airport, and I say with great relief that life has become gradually more enjoyable and, well…liveable. Before moving schools I was faced with the decision of whether to fly back home and seek refuge with my grandparents, or try another school. Deep inside I knew that returning to South Africa would be like a man trying to conquer Everest but retreating a few hundred feet because the challenge seemed too daunting. I decided to put the matter in God’s hands; all I wanted was a happy school life and some real friends. Simple as this request may seem, it felt unfathomably distant for me, distant as a miracle.
 
 
 
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Posted by Chris da Silver
14 Aug 2008
These ‘tongue in cheek’ diary extracts are from Australian immigrants Andre, a frustrated ‘camel man’, his wife Bianca a real ‘madam’ and their energetic two boys Tyle 10 and Keal 8, who share their adventures and experience of everyday living Downunder.
 
 
 
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Posted by Anonymous
14 Aug 2008
I recently drove from Sydney to Perth. It was hot and dusty and the distances are intimidating. There were wildlife hazards, plagues of flies and sections of road reminiscent of Kazakhstan. Here are some observations, and tips; for those planning this epic drive. I left Sydney at 5am, and made good time, tag-free; on the toll roads. I needed to take out a personal loan for the unpaid tolls and speeding fines, but it was worth it. The Blue Mountains are pretty, but slow going.
 
 
 
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Posted by Swartberg
16 Jun 2008
How very big of the little man – Smiley did what JH never could and apologised to the Aboriginal folk in Australia. BK now wonders how long it will be before the knocking on his door starts with the hat in the hand and the other hand held out. Funny how such a “proud” people have no problem asking for money.
 
 
 
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Posted by Bosveld Koos
02 Apr 2008
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