When I was invited to collaborate on this, I was so excited! The idea of this series is to shed some light on the misconceptions people tend to have about a certain country – this, of course, makes South Africa the perfect country to be featured.
As a third-world country, South Africa is really not all that bad. Although referred to as a “shithole-country” by Mr. Donald Trump, South Africa has some amazing qualities and I intend on elaborating
more on them in this article.
But first, let’s nip the biggest misconception in the bud: South Africa has
much more to it than just wildlife! Therefore, I will not even be writing about the wildlife and safari aspect as it’s pretty much all that South Africa is well known for at the moment. Here are some things that makes South Africa awesome:
Yes, there are elephants and lions, and African (Xhosa, Zulu, etc)people make up a large portion of our population. But actually, you’ll struggle to find another country as ethnically diverse as ours. Our
population pretty much consists of Africans, Caucasians and Cape Malay Coloureds. Furthermore, there
are loads of Asian and Indian people currently living in our country.
We have 11 official languages. I only speak two – Afrikaans (Primary) and English (Secondary). Afrikaans is a language that is not spoken anywhere else in the world, except for in South Africa. This, of course, is one of the reasons why I love South Africa so much.
It is where I belong, where my people are.. because my language is part of my heritage and I would never trade it for anything else.
I’m not going to lie –South Africa has got some pretty hectic issues when it comes to politics, racism and prejudice. South Africa is also known for the Apartheid era where white people were favoured and
privileged, and people of colour were made slaves and treated poorly.
People of colour were not allowed
to do certain things and go certain places, all based on the colour of their skins. They were thrown out of their homes and schools and had to stick to their “own neighbourhoods”. This ended in 1994 when South Africa became a democracy. Since then, it has been a long, hard road. Trust has been broken and it will take years and years for the people of South Africa to live together in harmony.
With that said, we have come an extremely long way. Although there are still some major issues, I love how diverse South Africa is. It is so beautiful to see groups of friends with mixed ethnicities and bi-racial couples. A large portion of
our population has accepted, forgiven and has moved on with the times. We celebrate each other’s cultures and embrace the diversity of our beloved country.
South Africa is one of the few countries where you could see the best of all worlds in one day. You could visit the beach and coastline, drive through the countryside and vineyards and experience the views and activities on beautiful, scenic mountains – all in just a few hours!
In fact, one of our main highways in
Cape Town, called the N1, runs from the countryside, right through to the city with it’s beautiful architecture in only 25minutes. About 10 minutes from there, you’ll find our harbour, called the V&A
Waterfront. It’s one of Cape Town’s main tourist attractions!
Cape Town is most probably the most beautiful city in South Africa and more and more people are moving to the Mother City from other provinces. Our vineyards are pretty impressive as well, and South Africans love wine! Cruising the coast line is also amazing asyou’ll get to see all the different beaches and fishing communities.
Another reason why I love South Africa, is because I can be myself without having to worry about being arrested. South Africa has legalised LGBTQ marriages and all people of South Africa have equal rights,
regardless of their sexuality.
Nowhere in the world would you be able to find hospitality like the ”Afrikaner hospitality”. A word you’ll be hearing within the first 20 minutes of being in South Africa, is “Lekker”. This word basically describes EVERYTHING in SA. Lekker (Nice/Good) is used to describe people, food, parties, places and so much
more. One word, so many uses… yet, this word brings people together on a daily basis.
We love a good braai with some biltong and beer! South Africans love eating and sitting around the camp fire. With so many farms and bushvelds, there are a lot of places to go on hiking trips, camping adventures and safaris. No matter what you choose to do in South Africa, I promise you you’ll definitely experience two things: The excessive use of the word “Lekker” and excessive meat consumption through the means of having a braai.
Ways of Greeting in South Africa
Because we’re such a diverse country, it’s difficult to remember all the different ways in which you can greet differentpeople. Although not all people within these cultures use the same terms, here are the
different terms used for greeting within the different cultures:
Hello / Good Morning / Goeie Dag / Hoesit / Howsit
Aweh /Hos / Salaam / Hello / Howsit
Dumela! (Setswana, Sepedi and Sesotho)
So, next time you hear or read about South Africa, please do not mistake it for a country only consisting of wildlife and African people. We do not ride elephants to work, and we do not keep lions as pets. We are a fully developed country with houses, roads, cars and buildings. South Africa is a very popular country amongst tourists, and I’ve never heard of a tourist who did not enjoy South Africa’s tradition, hospitality
Have you ever been to South Africa? I would love to hear about your experience in the comments!
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