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
  • Trevor Noah

More About South Africa

South Africa is the first country I went to outside my home country of Zimbabwe. The country shares a border with Zimbabwe, over the Limpopo River. This country offers such diversity in culture, natural features as well as biodiversity – which is why it has been pulling me back over and over again. Interestingly South Africa has two countries of Eswatini and Lesotho within its borders. One of my favourite cities in the world is Cape Town, which is in the Western Cape in the Southern part of Southern part of South Africa. 

The country boasts of diversity with the different cultural groups which can be noted spotting some spectacular traditional attire at cultural and traditional events. The diversity of the country has hugely influenced the countries creative scene, as is demonstrated through visits to craft markets, music shows, galleries and the fusion of foods that can be enjoyed across the country. Another thing that you need to understand about South Africa is that, this is place gives what it is supposed to give when it comes to the party scene. It caters for a range of people with a variety of classic genres such as Kwaito, Amapiano and House music. Seeing the locals dance at parties is an experience, they make it look so easy!

To my wine lovers, South Africa has a lot to offer. From the large vineyards producing wines that are exported all over the world to some smaller boutique vineyards producing a few bottles a year. The choices are endless and with the gorgeous landscapes against which to enjoy your sundowners. If you do not like wine, not to worry there are a number of local brews on offer and not forgetting the creamy flavours of Amarula.

Some of the nation’s famous tourist sites include Table Mountain in Cape Town, Durban’s pristine beaches and of course who can write about visiting South Africa, without mentioning, Kruger National Park. The infrastructure has been set up to ensure that visitors have a wonderful experience no matter their interests or budget. 

South Africa became independent in 1994 which is when the apartheid (a policy/system of segregation/discrimination based on race) ended. Effects of the the recent history of apartheid are still visible in some of the structures of South Africa. For some understanding of this history of South Africa I would highly recommend a visit to the Apartheid Museum (near Johannesburg), a Soweto Walking Tour and a visit to Robben Island (in Cape Town). 

While South Africa has gained a lot of bad press in relation to its crime rates, try not to let that put you off visiting the country. Take precautions to minimise your risks such as using tour guides or travelling with locals in the country. 

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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