You Are Proudly South African When…

I cheated a bit with this post by copying it from Hospitality Exec’s Facebook page, but I thought some humor would be a nice way to start the week.


# You call a bathing suit a a “kossie”.
# You call a traffic light a “robot”.
# You call an elevator a “lift”
# You call a car hood a “bonnet”
# You call a car trunk a “boot”
# You call a pickup truck a “bakkie”
# You call a Barbeque a “Braai”
# Employee s dance and sing in front of the building to show how unhappy they are.
# You get cold easily. Anything below 16 degrees Celsius is Arctic weather.
# You know what Rooibos Tea is, even if you’ve never had any.
#You can sing your national anthem in four languages and you have no idea what it means in any of them.
# You know someone who knows someone who has met Nelson Mandela.
# You go to braais regularly, where you eat boerewors and swim, sometimes simultaneously.
# You produce a R100 note instead of your driver’s licence when stopped by a traffic officer.
# You can do your monthly shopping on the pavement!!!!!
# You have to hire a security guard whenever you park your car.
# You know a taxi can move twice its certified number of people in one trip.
#You travel 100’s of kilometres to see snow.
# You know the rules of Rugby better than any referee!
# More people vote in a local reality TV show than in a local election.
# People have the most wonderful names: Christmas, Goodwill, Pretty, Wednesday, Blessing, Brilliant, Gift, Precious, Innocence and Given, Patience, Portion, Coronation.
# “Now now” or “just now” can mean anything from a minute to a month.
# You start every sentence with yes/no or ja/nee.
# You continue to wait after a traffic light has turned to green to make way for taxis travelling in the opposite direction.
# Travelling at 120 km/h, you’re the slowest vehicle on the freeway.
# A bullet train is being introduced, but potholes can’t be fixed.
# The last time you visited the coast you paid more in speeding fines and toll fees than you did for the entire holiday.
# You have to prove that you don’t need a loan to get one.
# Prisoners, Doctors and Nurses go on strike.
# You don’t stop at red traffic lights, just in case somebody hijacks your car.
# Rwandan refugees start leaving the country because the crime rate is too high.
# You consider a high crime rate as normal.

Also see:

My 43 Favorite South-Africanisms

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