An update on accents
Today, in this article titled 'Regional accents bad for trade', the BBC reports that an overseas accent is better for success in commercial life than an English regional one.
The survey found 77% of business people thought a Home Counties accent was a sign of success in business followed by 73% favouring an American accent, 63% a Scottish accent, 52% continental European and 25% believing Indian or Asian accents were successful.
However 64% of business people regarded those with a Liverpudlian accent unsuccessful, closely followed by a Birmingham or West Midlands accent, 63%, Cockney, 52% and Geordie or West Country 48%.
Unfortunately, I can't tell you where South African accents appear in that pecking order.