City of Gold a ful­fill­ing place to be

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LIV­ING and lov­ing ev­ery mo­ment in the City of Gold, Sa­man­tha Mu­naswar, who re­lo­cated from Dur­ban 15 years ago, has never looked back.

Shap­ing her into a crit­i­cal thinker and im­prov­ing her qual­ity of life, the 42-year-old teacher be­lieves Joburg is def­i­nitely a step up from Dur­ban.

“We re­lo­cated for ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties. At the time in Dur­ban there weren’t many job op­por­tu­ni­ties. There­fore, we did not have much choice. The Johannesburg lifestyle, from a holis­tic point of view, is bet­ter than Dur­ban’s. The pace of life is def­i­nitely more hec­tic and chal­leng­ing but more re­ward­ing,” she said.

Mu­naswar said while the cost of liv­ing was higher com­pared to other cities, in­dulging in lux­u­ries was a must.

“We have learnt how to bud­get our­selves for daily items, so that we do not com­pro­mise on our lux­u­ries like en­ter­tain­ment, movies and eat­ing out. Ba­sic salaries in teach­ing are slightly higher to break even with the cost of liv­ing. I would be earn­ing less in Dur­ban as a teacher,” Mu­naswar said.

Mu­naswar said her ex­pec­ta­tions of Joburg were not only met but ex­ceeded ten­fold.

“Ca­reer-wise, I be­came a grade fa­cil­i­ta­tor in a short space of time, within two years of start­ing my teach­ing in Johannesburg. I also re­ceived ex­po­sure to teach­ing in an all-girls school and a co-ed­u­ca­tion school en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

Liv­ing in Cresta, Rand­burg, Mu­naswar said she could not imag­ine a more ful­fill­ing life any­where else.

“We live a pri­vate life. There is no in­ter­fer­ence from neigh­bours and, most im­por­tantly, peo­ple re­spect our pri­vacy,” she added.

She said there were more up­mar­ket malls than in Dur­ban.

“There­fore, we have a choice be­tween a va­ri­ety of prod­ucts. Also, in terms of over­seas travel, Johannesburg is a ma­jor hub for in­ter­na­tional travel.”

Mu­naswar said while many peo­ple rushed to Dur­ban for the beach, Sun City had its own man-made beach that gave one a sim­i­larly awe­some ex­pe­ri­ence.

Even the crazy traf­fic does not dis­cour­age the “half-glass-full” op­ti­mist from her love for the city.

“For­tu­nately, I am close to work, about 10km away,” Mu­naswar said.

“But my hus­band works in Lin­bro Park, which takes him an hour back and forth from where we live in Rand­burg.”

Her best parts of Jozi are the buzzing nightlife and the va­ri­ety of en­ter­tain­ment the city has to of­fer.

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