My wife and I came to the UK five years ago because of economics.
I bought a house in Johannesburg, the British pound was strong and it was easier to pay off the mortgage in sterling.
In 18 months, when the house is paid off, I intend to go back. Of course I'll be voting.
Unlike a lot of South Africans abroad I am optimistic about the country. It's not going to go the same way as Zimbabwe.
You just need to travel through some of the suburbs in Johannesburg to see the vast middle class of all South Africans, black and white.
They're paying off their houses and they're working hard for their families. There is too much for them to lose.
I have travelled around Africa, to places like Nigeria and Congo, and even though South Africa has its problems, they're nothing like what you see in other countries. It makes you realise just how advanced the country really is.
The ANC have done good for South Africa, they're still building roads, fixing infrastructure and I can see why Jacob Zuma is as popular as he is. He tells people what they want to hear.
Imagine you're from a previously disadvantaged background and still living in a shack, you too would want to hear from someone who promises to change your situation.
Whether Jacob Zuma can deliver is, of course, another issue.
I'm optimistic for South Africa even though the country is facing some difficult problems.
Crime is obviously a massive issue and needs addressing by tougher law enforcement.
I also don't think the friends South Africa's currently making, like Libya and China, are necessarily the right ones.
I'm in Britain for economic reasons and it's nice to be earning money so that I can return to South Africa often.
I am willing to give Jacob Zuma the benefit of the doubt, he may just surprise us because he seems to be wanting to do everything that Thabo Mbeki didn't do in addressing issues like poverty, for example.
Of course this could just be Zuma playing politics but let's see.
I think his problems will come when the trade unions, who Zuma is so cosy with, start making demands on him.
I would like to support the new Congress of the People party (Cope) because South Africa needs a strong opposition to the ANC. However, I worry that Cope may just become a lifeboat for disaffected members of the ANC.
Whatever the case, it's good for South Africa that ANC faces some sort of opposition. It's what the country's needed.
It seems that, for the first time since 1994, there is a real chance for elections to make some difference.
I don't have faith in Jacob Zuma becoming the president of South Africa and I think a lot of people are realising that.
South Africans are naturally optimistic, we believe that things always will get better which is why Jacob Zuma appeals to people by promising to lift them out of poverty. It's fine to pledge that but in five years, when those he promised are still living in poverty, how will they feel then?
I think it's a dangerous game when politicians use extremely emotive language instead of offering a credible solution.
As the gap between the richer and poorer grows, so the bitterness will increase.
How would you feel to be living in a shack without running water when some of your countrymen are driving the most expensive Mercedes?
South Africa is crying out for someone to lead our country and make it the place where all South Africans can live.
I'd love to go back home and that's why I'm going to be voting. Not just because of our history but because it's the best way to still be involved in our country.
There's nothing worse than having to listen to a South African in London moan about the country.
'"Crime this, jobs that..."
I say if you want to do something about it then go and vote to make a difference! That's why I am so excited to be casting my ballot.
The last time I queued was at a polling station in Pretoria in 2004, I never thought that the next time would be in London.
I have such hope for South Africa because we can get out there and participate in our democracy. It's wonderful to be able to do so.
However, I really want to say to those back home - just because I am in London doesn't make me any less South African or any less patriotic. I get really irritated when people think that I've somehow run away. I haven't, I am here because of work.
I miss the country and my family terribly which is why I'm on a plane every six months to visit.
Of course I'm going to return to live and bring all the skills I have learnt with me. When you're born in South Africa you have it in your veins and it never goes away.
No matter where you are in the world, even without the sunshine, you will always be a South African.
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