Breaking News from South Africa .pdf


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Breaking News from South Africa

Kevin:

Since my arrival here, I’ve felt very good in this country. We have discovered a lot of
wonderful place like the Cape of Good Hope or Camps Bay in Cape Town.
The first day, I was invited at a braai (barbecue in Afrikaans) and it was so cool to discover a
South African house and people are all very nice! At the beginning, there was the language

barrier so it was very hard to understand all conversations but after a few hours and drinks,
it was simpler.
At the university, we have to make a project on a stepper motor. This project isn’t very hard
but we see hardware (card design) and software (Graphical User Interface & C language) so
it’s a very good opportunity to comes here.
I think this country has turned the page of apartheid and now we can see a booming country
that creates employment like the men who watch your car when you aren’t there. The
beginning of this experience is very exciting and I am sure I will come back changed.
Enjoy and see you soon !!

Francois:
Well in my opinion, South Africa is really different from what I thought before coming.
Beautiful landscapes, sea, mountains, vineyards, each at less than 30 min by car from the
campus of CPUT… So cool! We can easily visit / do a lot of things!
Life is really cheaper, and that is why we were able to do a helicopter tour over the southern
peninsula of Cape Town (huge city). First time in my life, I really enjoyed it.
We also saw baboons while we came back from Cape of Good Hope. Dangerous animals
according to the information panels placed along the road!
My project is really interesting, as I learn to use new type of embedded devices, which my
company should be interested in.
The only thing is that ordering McDonald’s or KFC at drive thru is really difficult here. But no
problem, as when we speak English, people often ask us if we are French!
So we say yes and speak French. It’s easier 

Benoît:
Hi everyone, I’ve been here for three weeks now, and I don’t regret this destination. I had
some trouble with the flights (missing one, running through the 5 th terminal of Heathrow)
but finally, once arrived, you can discover South Africa.
As François and Kevin said before, we have done a lot of visits around Cape Town, such as
Camps Bay, Waterfront (the very touristic waterfront of Cape Town), or Lion’s Head (a rock
at the top of a hill near Cape Town, that you can climb on to get a wonderful sight of cape
town and its suburbs.

Concerning the work, I’m currently following a project witch purpose is the upgrading of a
receiver / transmitter for a CubSat. I also give some people a helping hand, on some trouble
they had with Matlab or with some electrical theoretical problems.
Day to day, we have to take a car, because of the distance between CPUT and Cape Town. So
we have to drive a car, and the left driving with the wheel on the other side is really strange
the first time, but with some practice it become quite easy, however driving a Golf Chico is
sometimes difficult…
For now I enjoy the mission, and I don’t think I’ll regret this destination, just miss it when I
come back in France…
Here people are very cool; you can talk easily with them even if in noisy place they are
difficult to understand.
See you!


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