Hagen Engler, “Marrying Black Girls for Guys Who Aren’t Black, on Port Elizabeth, the “Ugly Sister”
In a column for the Mail Guardian, Hagen Engler, author of Marrying Black Girls for Guys Who Aren’t Black, extols the virtues of “South Africa’s ugly sister”, Port Elizabeth.
Engler, who was born and bred in PE, admits that the aesthetics of the city may take some getting used to, but insists the eventual rewards are worth it.
Size-wise, PE scraps it out for South Africa’s fourth-city honours with the likes of Bloemfontein and Pretoria. Although the Nelson Mandela Bay metro might be big, in the minds of most South Africans we lose out because we’re so damn remote.
The metro is horrendously distant from other South African cities, unless you count East London, and who does? To non-Eastern Cape people, PE and East London are the same place.
PE is 800km from Cape Town, 1,100km from Johannesburg and even the bright city lights of Bloemfontein are a distant 665km away. But the most telling distance is psychological.
- Marrying Black Girls for Guys Who Aren’t Black by Hagen Engler
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Tags: Column, Eastern Cape, English, Hagen Engler, Hagen’s House, Humour, Jacana, Mail Guardian, Marrying Black Girls for Guys Who Aren’t Black, Nomfundo Engler, Non-fiction, Port Elizabeth, Race Relations, South Africa
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