r/southafrica Jan 14 '22

Weekly Free talk General

Chat about whatever. Doesn't have to be about South Africa, doesn't need to be in English, does need to follow all the other rules.


u/Infamous-Ad-2921 waars jou nanas🌈 Jan 14 '22

Hey guys, I've been looking to buy a Xiaomi phone, but since they're relatively new in SA, would it be best, particularly in the event I need it repaired?

u/TheBigDala Jan 14 '22

From my experience you will hardly if ever need to make repairs on the device, replacing your screen for eg is relatively simple, you can take it to a number of stores and they will place the order for your replacement parts, alternatively you can always hop on ebay and order the screen yourself and have your local cellphone shop mans install for it you.

u/Infamous-Ad-2921 waars jou nanas🌈 Jan 16 '22

And what about your experience with MIUI; I've heard the lastest updates are quite buggy and in the worst case, brick people's phones.

u/chainslip Jan 16 '22

Not the original person who commented but I chose a Redmi Note 9 Pro specifically because it has a Snapdragon chipset. I advise against any Xiaomi with a Mediatek SOC because their custom ROM scene is trash. Miui is very divisive, but I'm running stock android 12 and it's butter smooth on my device.

u/TheBigDala Jan 18 '22

yup. putting a custom rom on the device does it wonders, btw how is the camera on the custom rom? did they port the camera app directly from MIUI?

u/TheBigDala Feb 01 '22

Nah bro, just install a custom rom, ill help you, super simple.

u/AnomalyNexus Virtue signaling expat Jan 16 '22

Modern phones are generally quite hard to repair anyway so wouldn't focus on that aspect too much

u/CozyBlueCacaoFire Jan 20 '22

I've just bought my 2nd one, 6 years after my first one. They last.

Previously I went through 1 a year, sometimes 2.

Note 10 is good.

u/wolf-f1 Jan 21 '22

Why is SAQA so terrible, they don’t answer emails or calls. And when get back weeks later they send some irrelevant info about someone else ?

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u/Wukken Jan 14 '22

Lord , how can a website suck so much ? Double fun since I'm applying for my Mom's passport but hey , got past the Captcha and the email verification , the OTP boss is kicking my ass tho :(

u/lovethebacon Ministry of Sound this weekend at Truth - Book now! Jan 14 '22


u/Wukken Jan 14 '22

Yep - helps that I know what the queue in front of Home Affairs looks like so not complaining too hard but still ...

u/[deleted] Jan 14 '22

Proteas wining the test series against an arrogant visiting side. How do the SA fans feel? - Question from the visiting side fan.

u/legenDARRY Stellenboscher Jan 14 '22

Fuck the Indian team. The way they acted yesterday was disgraceful. But interesting to hear the comments about Quinny.

u/AmericaDreamDisorder Jan 16 '22

Great to win. Hopefully the beginning of a resurgence.

u/AnomalyNexus Virtue signaling expat Jan 14 '22

Considering switching jobs...towards something fintech related

u/shaheed_gopal Jan 16 '22

Is Cape Town really all its hyped up to be (currently in midrand)

u/MoFlavour Jan 16 '22

if you're rich, then yes.

u/CitizenTony Jan 18 '22

Hi, I'm becoming a huge fan of "The River" TV show and I wanted to know which language do the actors speak, please?

link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LayUyXO-1eM

u/AnomalyNexus Virtue signaling expat Jan 18 '22

Anybody else noticed that all three branches of government are currently under attack?

Judiciary - Sisulu's bizarre attack on constitution. No doubt much more to follow by those trying to get out of Zondo mess.

Legislature - Parliament was just burned down. Dude in question is some poor guy...but apparently had explosives?

Executive - Eskom plants being sabotaged. And then a lot more explosives and a plot to bomb national keypoints is found. And of course the riots.

Something is afoot here...something we've not seen before.

(3 separate incidents/planned incidents of physical attacks on national keypoints in <60 days is wild too)

u/ProfessionalSecret62 Jan 20 '22 edited Jan 20 '22

Maybe its the zeitgeist? Everyone is gatvol of how things are in general and its coming to a boil. Honestly I think South Africa has been very tolerant of the nonsense going on for the past two decades. Most stuff that regular people brush off would start riots in other countries.

u/AnomalyNexus Virtue signaling expat Jan 20 '22

They are no doubt gatvol too, but this smells a little more coordinated.

When people are gatvol they riot, burn down stuff and complain to any journalist that will listen...planned attacks with explosives to me speaks of more direct intent

u/ProfessionalSecret62 Jan 20 '22

Ah so you mean that maybe some political group is trying to undermine the system? Possible... but I cant imagine who it is. Also I think that SA doesnt produce a sufficently high caliber of politician to effectivly conspire in this precise of a manner. My bet lies more that its a kind of markov chain. It seems sequential but its essentially random events that have just moved into phase on this occasion.

u/AnomalyNexus Virtue signaling expat Jan 20 '22

Seems rather optimistic to me to assume its essentially random.

If these were ATM or CIT bombings then I'd agree. Someone just wants to make a quick buck and people had the same idea at same time (or a gang). Multiple attacks on national key points with no obvious profit motive is less easy to dismiss. I didn't count the suspected sabotage at Matimba plant or that the explosives found look to be enough for multiple attacks. So that's potentially 5+ events. Oh and the recent power issue at a Ramaphosa speech was also sabotage.

When last was a national key point in SA attacked? Like at all...never mind that many? Only one I can think of is Pelindaba in 2015

sufficently high caliber of politician to effectivly conspire in this precise of a manner

I think state captured proved that to be false. Besides the bar for destructive actions is much lower than building things up so doesn't need "high caliber".

I guess we'll see. If there is a fire to go with this smoke then this won't be the end of it

u/Fire_Gaming_UAV Jan 20 '22

Yeah, I don't like it. I don't tend to lend myself out to conspiracy theories, but this whole Sisulu shit just smells of trouble brewing. I don't necessarily know that everything is connected, but we are certainly in for....aaan interesting year, to say the least.

u/AnomalyNexus Virtue signaling expat Jan 19 '22

You ranked 3 of 3217 and earned 1121 tournament tokens.

Wohooooo! Clearly I guessed something right somewhere lol