After reading a story on the site - I related to a lot of the examples. I went home and told my husband - who does not believe in anything paranormal - the story which focused on negative energies in the home they occupied.
My husband and I still consider ourselves newlyweds - we got married last November. We moved into a 2-bedroomed home in a fairly new complex this February. Neither of us have really felt at home - it's cold, damp, moldy and really depressing.
The couple who rented before us had the exact same issues - both her and my husband lost their jobs not long after moving in - thankfully my husband found a job not too long ago! They found themselves arguing for no apparent reason - the next door neighbor (a real busy-body) informed me of the fact (well, actually warned me) that she could hear everything if she sat in her lounge as the walls were not that thick.
My husband and I have found ourselves depressed and really argumentative.
The night we moved in - we thought it would be fun to invite a couple of friends over for some pizza and drinks - a real scatter cushion & throws kind of get together. At the time, South Africa's sole electricity provider had initiated rolling-blackouts for the entire country. AS luck would have it, that Friday night was our turn and we were prepared - candles, torches etc.
We were sitting in the lounge area which has a door to the smaller bedroom, which is now purely used as a laundry room, and I had my back facing the door.
My friend who was sitting opposite me said she noticed these orbs dancing around on the door. I was sure that it wasn't the candle or any sort of light reflecting as it moved from the door into the room and a quick dark figure, small like a child/animal, flashed past this door and into the room - at which point the door started to close by itself. We never really felt threatened, but we weren't going to stick around for the night - we only officially moved in the next day.
I try not to go into that room too often - there is a feeling of sadness and loneliness when I am in there for too long.
A few months down the line, last week in fact, the strangest thing started happening - the TV channels on the main room TV, went zipping through really fast and the volume went up and down on its own. I wasn't really afraid, just really annoyed. This went on for as long as I had the TV on. I just tend not to use the television in the room anymore. It also has a habit of switching on in the middle of the night whilst on standby (you have to click channel on the remote for it to go on or channel on the TV itself). The remote is next to me on the pedestal at night.
There is also a really strange smell in the room - almost like ammonia.
I did a bit of research and found out that the entire area was once farmlands, inhabited by white farmers and Cape Malay, black and various other slaves.
There is also a legend about a snake and a baby, but I have to get all the information for that one before I divulge.
This may be really old, but iv just read your story and would like to know where in SA you are? I assume Cape Town as I see you posted something about West Coast road...
Why I'm asking is I am interested to know what area you stay in that may have been farmlands...
I stayed in the 1st built area of parklands and our house was built new, but strange strange things happened to me there!
Just wandered what Parklands used to be before they built up the area...
Thanks for posting this story. Sheds some light on my experiences.