South Africa

South Africa is a country on the southernmost tip of the African continent, marked by several distinct ecosystems. 

Capital City

Pretoria

Currency

Rand

Total population:

59.3 million (2020)

Languages spoken:

English, Zulu, Sotho, Tswana, Xhosa, Venda, Tonga, Swati, Afrikaans, Sotho, Ndebele, Sepedi

Cultural dos:

Communicate face-to-face when possible

Cultural don’t:s

Don’t call it a BBQ, it is a braai!!!

Continent:

Africa

Top three foods the country is known for:

  • Pap (thick mealie meal porridge),
  • Biltong (dried meat and sausage),
  • Boerewors sausage (a staple for every braai/barbeque)

Bonus

  • Amarula

What the country is known for :

  • The amapiano sound (with popular artists like Major League, Kabza De Small and DJ Maporisa),
  • Nelson Mandela,
  • Table Mountain,
  • Robben Island,
  • Kruger National Park

More About South Africa

South Africa borders Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana but most unique of all, it has the two countries of Eswatini and Lesotho within its borders. I have been to South African a countless number of times. One of my favourite cities in the world is Cape Town and therefore go there as many times as I possibly can. The country boosts of diversity with eleven official languages spread across the country. Zulu and Xhosa are the most spoken languages followed by Afrikaans and English. Its currency, the Rand, carries Nelson Mandela’s face of every note, a man who needs no introduction and fit for such an honour.

Some of the nation’s famous tourist sites include Table Mountain in Cape Town, Durban’s pristine beaches and of course the vast number of wine farms scattered across the Western Cape. South Africa is also known for having bright stars exported globally where they continue to raise their nation’s flag high. Some of these include Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show, actresses Thuso Mbedu (The Underground Railroad) and Pearl Thusi (Quantico) and house DJ Black Coffee who recently won a Grammy award for best dance album. Other famous names include Caster Semenya and Wayde van Niekerk in the athletics, the Springboks national rugby team and the Proteas national cricket team.

English

Zulu

Hello

Sawubona

Goodbye

Hamba Kahle

Please

Ngiyacela

Thank you

Ngiyabonga

How much?

Malini?

Do you speak English?

Ingabe uyasikhuluma isingisi?

Where is the toilet?

Iphi indlu yangasese?

May I please have some water?

Ngicela amanzi

I would like some food please

Ngicela ukudla

Where can I get a taxi?

Ngingayithola kuphi itekisi?

 

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