I’ve received this comment, or a variation on it, several times. But the truth of the matter is that Johannesburg is a big, modernized city like many of the ones you live in. True, the weather is near- perfect: as we approach winter, day-time temp- eratures will usually be between 18–23°C and, night-time, 9–14°C. Just as in many other big cities, we have our share of crime, traffic and other urban problems. And, like many of you, my day begins with e-mail.