You call a bathing suit a “swimming costume”.

 You call a traffic light a “robot”.

 You call an elevator a “lift”

 You call a hood a “bonnet”

 You call a trunk a “boot”

 You call a pickup truck a “bakkie”

 You call a Barbeque a “Braai”

 The employees dance in front of the building to show how unhappy they are.

The SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation) advertises and shows highlights of the program you have just  finished watching.

 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 half 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 license 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 kilometers 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 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 highway/freeway.

A bullet train is being introduced, but we can’t fix potholes.

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 actually get one.

 Prisoners go on strike.

 You don’t stop at a red traffic light, 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.

 You actually pass these jokes on to other friends from SA.
 VIVA !!!!!

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  1. Lynette
    6 April 2012 at 11:00 (10 years ago)

    Yup…I am proudly South African. Love this.

  2. Shybiker
    6 April 2012 at 13:15 (10 years ago)

    How cool! So exotic. “Swimming costume” — can’t imagine how that one was created. This post is a nice emersion in your culture.

  3. Lynn
    10 April 2012 at 15:42 (10 years ago)

    I am proudly South African!!! And I drink rooibos tea every day by choice!!!