I have family in South Africa. It's in my blood. You're probably my cousin. I know why you're going through. I had to send parts to my cousin on occasion.
I've heard mixed reviews of the PT1911. If I were you. Looking at it like family. I'd say get it. Try it for yourself. It's not like in the states where trial and error is just buying another gun. You can fix that one. There's a good pistol smith over there. Where exactly are you? Johannesburg?
You can, I think get certain parts in though right? And some not. I don't remember which I was able and unable to send. But swapping out a few parts won't be a big deal.
I know the crime there all too well. I wish you the best my brother.
Sent from my phone...expect typos.