Mov­ing to Joburg a big and pricey ad­just­ment

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MOV­ING to Joburg to be with her hus­band of one year, Dur­ban res­i­dent Tre­sha Goven­der still yearns for the fa­mil­iar warmth of the life she once had.

The 26-year-old teacher said many peo­ple moved to Johannesburg for a bet­ter life and, while the city had its ad­van­tages, there was a long list of draw­backs that went along with it.

Goven­der married Tylo, 28, a char­tered ac­coun­tant, in a gar­den cer­e­mony in Dur­ban in April last year. Although Tylo had to move to Gaut­eng im­me­di­ately for work, Tre­sha was un­able to re­lo­cate un­til five months later.

The Grade 6 Rand­burg teacher, formerly from River­dene in New­lands West, said it was a bit of a “Catch 22” sit­u­a­tion when she fi­nally moved to the City of Gold.

“While I wanted to be with my hus­band, I loved my life in Dur­ban be­cause my fam­ily and friends are there. I can­not ex­press how much I miss my fam­ily.

“Life with­out them has been in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult and a huge ad­just­ment for me,” she said.

City of Traf­fic

A year later and Tre­sha says life in Joburg is tire­some and ex­pen­sive, and she has not got used to the traf­fic.

“I’m al­ways tired. All I want to do is sleep. The traf­fic is insane. I lit­er­ally have to leave an hour ear­lier in the morn­ings just to avoid the traf­fic mad­ness.

“Even on week­ends the roads are su­per busy.

“And, yes, while Dur­ban does have its fair share of traf­fic, noth­ing com­pares to the back­log in this city.”

Tre­sha listed meat and toi­let pa­per as the two most ex­pen­sive items on her gro­cery list.

“I of­ten find my­self pick­ing out gro­ceries from my mum’s cup­board when I come down to Dur­ban.

“Toi­let pa­per is re­ally over­priced here. You would think they made it from gold,” she joked.

The cou­ple live in a two-bed­room flat in Four­ways, but Tre­sha says that, with­out a joint salary, they would have fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties.

“Thank­fully my hus­band earns much more here than he did in Dur­ban.

“This has al­lowed us to pur­chase our own flat. But we would prob­a­bly have been able to af­ford a four-bed­room free-stand­ing house in Dur­ban with the same money we paid (for the flat) here.”

Asked about her favourite place for leisure, Tre­sha an­swered: “It has to be Mon­te­casino hands down.

“It’s a one-stop en­ter­tain­ment hub. It has every­thing in one place. Great food, live en­ter­tain­ment, movies, games – you name it, they’ve got it.

“Also, the at­mos­phere is al­ways amaz­ing.”

But a proper mut­ton bunny, she says, is the one thing you will never find in Joburg.

“I must have searched the en­tire city, tast­ing any and ev­ery bunny I could get my hands on, but I have yet to find a great one and I doubt I ever will.”

While Joburg is her new home, she says Dur­ban will al­ways hold a very spe­cial place in her heart.

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