So, in that spirit – here are some things only South Africans will understand...

1. The true meaning of the word 'shame'.

Foreigners just don’t get it.

You see a cute kitten: you say shame. Your friend has a baby: you say shame. Your brother’s car is written off: you say shame.

You see someone weeping at the airport: you say shame. One word = many situations. Hits the spot every time.

2. Exactly what "now-now" means.

It means you’ll be there now-now. No, not now – now-now. You know, just now. Not, not right now – just now. What’s not to get?


3. Shopping at traffic intersections.

Cellphone chargers, juice boxes, inflatable toys for the kids, those net covers to keep flies off food, cowboy hats, dog beds, beach chairs… All this could be yours at a roll-down of your window!


4. "Ja, nee."

A perfectly acceptable way to engage in conversation


5. The importance of a balanced diet.

Only in SA does advertising bread and ice cream together seem like a good idea #onlyinsa #icecream

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6. What a "Gatsby" really is...

And why chips are a perfectly acceptable filling for a bread roll.

Kea leboga Soweto. #kasi #onlyinSA

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7. On that note... melktert.

Pure joy made edible. In fact, if you need a here

8. How to jol

We taught Ed Sheeran how to do it too


9. Why these are flippin' funny

10. How to pronounce Charlize Theron's surname.

Even if Charlize has forgotten. Don't worry, we'll keep reminding her.


SA, you are truly one of a kind.


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