Paul Welsh is a Scotsman who left his home at an early age to live in South Africa. He and his wife, Lynn, have been living here for almost 44 years and don’t plan on leaving anytime soon. Now retired, they live in Knysna and have listed the extra apartment next to their home on Airbnb.
“A colleague at work said: ‘Let’s go to South Africa.’ We were, I think, 22. He and his wife, me and my wife and our, then, little boy. We came, but he didn’t! He left us, and that was 1975. I worked by installing telephone exchanges and that’s what I did to start with. It was what I was doing in the UK and it was what I came to here to do.
“We stayed for three and a half years, until our son was 5 and ready for school in Brighton. We stuck it for 10 weeks, jumped on a plane and came back. And that was it, we stayed ever since. It’s the outdoor life, it’s the weather. You’ll never get these kinds of things in Britain.
“I will always be Scottish. It’s about where you’re born, and those early years are the ones that define what you think for the rest of your life. I have a son who lives in Brighton but he regards himself as South African because this is where he spent most of his life growing up. I love it here and I don’t want to leave but I’ll always be a visitor… Because you’ll never know what might happen politically.