Drafts are absolutely AMAZING~!
I regularly work with my Clydesdale, and the four drafts she's in pasture with (Two shires, one Belgian, and one Percheron. We lost a fifth horse... another Clydesdale to colic not too long ago . RIP.)
I was hooked on Clydesdales since before I can remember. I wasn't one that was fortunate enough to have grown up with horses, but my obsession with Clydes always stuck with me. I was able to make that dream come true.
You've chosen wisely! Of course, any horse can be less than favorable. But, I'm confident in saying that drafts are the most easy-going, loving horses there are (in my experience). Honestly, I can go on and on.
The biggest disadvantage in my experience is letting their size intimidate you. My Clyde is fully capable and I can trust her deeply, but I play head games with myself sometimes. And you absolutely MUST teach draft horses to respect your personal space. They are very curious. They always have to have their noses into whatever you're doing. They need to learn to keep off your tail unless they're invited. lol
Not sure about South Africa. I'm in the US... California. Clydes are very rare here. And they can be expensive. I bought my Clyde in a different state, though.
So, yes. I'm a huge Draft horse advocate. Yes, great for beginners (but I would recommend an older one).
Sorry for the poorly written response. lol
Here are some pics of our babies:
My girl (Tenacity) is the smaller Clydesdale. The larger is Bartley... the one who passed from colic:
Me and My girl... she's only 3. I'm 6'1" tall. She's pretty big already!
Tenacity and a 3 year old shire, Duke:
Pete (the Percheron)
Star (another 3 year old Shire)
And (sorry for the bad pic) this is Morgan. He's a 17 year old retired Amish Belgian. 19.2hh!! He's absolutely massive. That's my Clydesdale next to him, to put it into perspective: