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I Am South African

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    YOU Are Proudly South African When:

    YOU ARE PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN WHEN: 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...
    titfortattoo titfortattoo 36-40, F 19 Responses Feb 19, 2008

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    I'm South African by citizenship.

    Moved there when I was 10.. been there eversince. I'm currently away but I MISS HOME (yes, sue me... I consider SA home more than any other place in my world) I've SA to thank for who I am and how I think.. I'd probably be dead, or unhappily married to a Taliban general with 5...
    khayati khayati 18-21, F 4 Responses Apr 25

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    Didn't Realize I'd Appreciate South Africa Until I Left

    There are so many things I miss about home now that I've been in Aussie for a bit...I gotta say if there's something I for sure miss about South Africa is our food.Can't get better food anywhere else.It's so hard to find a decent satisfying meal in Australia unless its cooked by...
    mixed25 mixed25 18-21, F 7 Responses Mar 18, 2012

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    Lesbian

    Are there any lesbians from Pretoria here?
    Unchanged Unchanged 26-30, F 2 Responses May 28, 2013

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    Conservative SA

    I'm from SA and i love this country!!!!! One thing I've noticed though is that we are Sooooooooooooo conservative, some of us need to just relax a bit, laugh at nothing make a fool of ourself!!! Date a woman Older than us or a guy thats younger... Yeah its random but we are...
    guy24 guy24 22-25, M 2 Responses Mar 10, 2012

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    Born And Bred

    Hi all... i'm South African, from Johannesburg. Just wanted to say that we are blessed with beautiful people of all races... HOT GUYS and SEXY WOMEN...
    Vix3n Vix3n 22-25, F 7 Responses May 28, 2010

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    You Are Proudly South African When:

    You call a bathing suit a "swimming costume" or a "kossie". You call a traffic light a "robot". You call an elevator a "lift" You call a car hood a "bonnet" You call a car trunk a "boot" You call a pickup truck a "bakkie" You call a Barbeque a "Braai" Employees dance...
    seacrets seacrets 46-50, F 9 Responses Aug 23, 2012

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    I always get weird looks

    when I say it, but yes, I am South African. I speak a little Afrikaans but not much. My favourite part of South Africa is obviously the sun.
    purrfectrosie purrfectrosie 18-21, F 1 Response May 19

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    De La Ray - Very Patriotic South African Song

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtKKJSfYraU&feature=youtu.be The controversial song by Bok van Blerk about the Anglo-Boer War that caused an outcry of indignation in South Africa. As the British tried to do a hundred years ago, the black majority government is now trying to...
    Jay04Sch Jay04Sch 36-40, F Jan 4, 2013

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    Me Too

    my parents immigrated to SA from France before i was born and i have lived here my entire life. I would love to chat with people with a similar history...
    zahadoom zahadoom 22-25, M Oct 6, 2013

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    Father Of The Nation.

    I would like to say that our thoughts go out to Nelson Mandela as he is still in the hospital (in a critical but stable condition). Thankful for his (and many other freedom fighters: living and late) commitment and sacrifices to ensuring that everyone gets equal opportunities...
    Euonia Euonia 22-25, F Jul 14, 2013

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    Rishay Rishay 16-17, F 3 Responses Jun 23

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    I Remember.....

     It's been a long time since I left but I have memories that have been indelibly etched on my mind. Even the small, seemingly inconsequential things.    Recently, I read a book by Dennis Herson, entitled  "I Remember King Kong.' The cover shows a...
    penguinswon penguinswon 51-55 14 Responses Jan 3, 2010

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    Yes I Am

    And proud of it, would go anywhere els. Its home
    Blesskop1 Blesskop1 31-35, M Dec 2, 2013

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    Tears Of Africa

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljTROelBiA8&list=ALzxNYRMVOCRgfrxSqiv3OOe7fruAhfQ-P The sun burns deep in the heart of Africa The rythm of Africa, the beauty of it all Destruction, violence and fear, these are the peoples tears who lived to tell their stories just to see another...
    Jay04Sch Jay04Sch 36-40, F 1 Response Dec 21, 2012

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    South African

    Who is From Pretoria?? Would love to know.. hahaha
    Hurt1forever Hurt1forever 18-21, F 5 Responses Aug 13, 2013

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    Anyone There?

    anyone from johannesburg/Randburg and is 19+ ?
    QuietShadow15 QuietShadow15 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 21, 2013

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    Xenophobia

    I've been watching the news lately. . . I started with this line to let you know that I will be dicussing serious issues in South Africa. Reporters continuously emphasise the fact that xenophobia is a problem in our country, but they don't tell us why people are xenophobic. I do...
    Kiva10 Kiva10 22-25, F 2 Responses May 25, 2013

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    Women'S Empowerment In SA

    I know I shouldn't be complaining, but the fact that women are given better opportunities than men is quite embarrassing. I know I can get a job without help and it would be nice to prove it. I'm just saying.
    Kiva10 Kiva10 22-25, F 1 Response May 25, 2013

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    The Forgotten War

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFY2KF_4mlc&list=ALzxNYRMVOCRgfrxSqiv3OOe7fruAhfQ-P&feature=endscreen&NR=1The Border War. Sad ....
    Jay04Sch Jay04Sch 36-40, F 1 Response Jan 4, 2013

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    Peeweepun Peeweepun 22-25, M 7 Responses Apr 17

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    Why do South Africans allow to be called black?

    Even some are calling themselves black! I was asked this question and I couldn't answer! Where and when did ' 'black' describe people?
    Wayini1 Wayini1 31-35, M 2 Responses Jun 16

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    Good Day Fellow South Africans

    When someone says that they are south african that statement comes with a lot of questions attached so i will simply answer those questions upfront and get it over with. - i am a white male. even though i am not black i belong here. i was born here , my parents were born here...
    wraithorn wraithorn 41-45, M 3 Responses Nov 5, 2010

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    I left SA when I was 10 years old

    and honestly I would give anything to go back. The USA is great and all, but home is home.
    Zacarabear Zacarabear 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 26

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    Apartheid Was Demolished In South Africa

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=PPvuAVO2-NI&NR=1Documentary about the doomed attempt of Eugene Terreblanche's AWB to stop the 1994 elections which brought the ANC to power in South Africa.
    Jay04Sch Jay04Sch 36-40, F 1 Response Jan 4, 2013

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    The Not-so-sure Photographer

    So i've always been interested in photography its one of my hobbies and ive put some pics out there on social networks. thing is I don't know if i'm good or not or am i just a laughing stock.. i need someone to look at some of my images then return feedback.
    QuietShadow15 QuietShadow15 18-21, F Sep 25, 2013

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    oscarW88 oscarW88 26-30, M 7 Responses Feb 5

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    Gotta love South Africa,

    winters began and the sun is still blazing
    Peeweepun Peeweepun 22-25, M 5 Responses Apr 18

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    Suid Afrika

    Rugby, bier en braai. Dis Suid Afrika tradisie. Met al ons probleme sal ek nie Suid Afrika veruil vir enige iets nie. Ek's 'n Leeu ondersteunder in hart en siel.
    LastWarrior LastWarrior 31-35, M 2 Responses Oct 26, 2012

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    Barefoot Sa

    I have noticed the past few months that barefooting in SA is on The increase,not that it ceased,but its increasing.I see more barefooters in the mall and in the inner city and in townn and just in general,I gues they are returning back in nostalgia to their barefoot primary...
    barefootb barefootb 46-50 Feb 6, 2013

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    Trots Suid Afrikaans

    Ek's n boer, Suid Afrikaner of Afrikaner, ek is en was nog altyds trots op my herkoms. Om 'n boer genoem te word is wat ons is, ons is boere. Ons boer nogsteeds vandag op plase, Suid Afrika het verskeie boerderye wat uitvoer so volgendende keer voor jy 'n opinie wil lig oor my...
    Jay04Sch Jay04Sch 36-40, F 3 Responses Nov 30, 2013

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    Oscar Pistorius

    I would have to say that after finding out the tragedy that happened with Oscar Pistorius, that it literally left me flabbergasted. I don't know why I felt as if I was hurt by what had happened because i have never met Mr. Pistorius and no literally nothing about him, but I...
    AaliaSaib AaliaSaib 70+ 3 Responses Feb 20, 2013

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    Madiba Quoted No one is born hating another

    person because of the colour of his skin or his background or his religion. People learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than the opposite. Maybe it was meant to be that I came across this quote from Madiba himself who was...
    Jay04Sch Jay04Sch 36-40, F 1 Response Jan 27

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    I'm Oscar and I'm from Durban,

    any fellow South Africans feel free to contact me
    oscarW88 oscarW88 26-30, M 5 Responses Jan 29

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    "gatvol"

    This is my country. This is where my soul lies. But I am "gatvol". I am sick and tired of racism. I am sick and tired of people getting jobs based purely on the color of their skins but no IQ to be of decent service. I am sick and tired of not being able to drive anywhere...
    AriesRSA AriesRSA 46-50, F 16 Responses Aug 24, 2010

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    Times Are Tight

    I was sent this mail and thought it worth sharing: For the last few weeks we have been bombarded with bad news about our country. Eskom's incompetence, the "xenophobic" violence, the petrol price, interest rates etc - all bad news, or so the media would have us believe...
    titfortattoo titfortattoo 36-40, F 18 Responses Jul 9, 2008

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    You Know You're South African When...

    Someone sent this to me and I thought it was quite good so decided to share it with "julle"... 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...
    psyko psyko 36-40, F 42 Responses May 24, 2009

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    Remembering A Great Nation - Rhodesia.

    My entire family, save for one uncle, fled from Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1980 when Mugabe came to power. They all moved down to South Africa where most of us have lived ever since. Since the Apartheid regime fell in 1994 this country has also been gradually declining in many...
    NorseChief NorseChief 26-30, M 19 Responses Apr 7, 2011

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    Tears In Africa

    The sun burns deep in the heart of Africa The rythm of Africa, the beauty of it all Destruction, violence and fear, these are the peoples tears who lived to tell their stories just to see another sun rise deep in the heart of Africa The ultimate sacrifice of freedom is the blood...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Oct 22, 2012

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    Iam Iam!

    Iam proudly South African as we proudly put it. But now have given up my citizenship for Norwegian as Im married and living in Norway. My kids are Nowergian born and speak the language. I miss the diversity of South African people. I miss the care-freeness of dancing on the...
    bireese bireese 31-35, F 7 Responses Apr 17, 2012

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    African Poem

    I am an African not because I was born here But because my skin is black But because my mind is engaged by Africa I am an African Not because I live on Its Soil But because my soul is at home in Africa When Africa weeps for its children my cheeks are stained with tears...
    Macherry Macherry 18-21, F 14 Responses Sep 15, 2013

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    Contrary To Popular Belief

    I have met quite a lot of people online, and I have found one common misconception among them time and time again. People from other countries don't exactly know what is going on in South Africa. They confuse the country South Africa with the continent Africa. So I would like to...
    Lullacus Lullacus 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 17, 2013

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    Love Poem For My Country

    "My country is for loveso say its valleyswhere ancient rivers flowthe full circle of lifeunder the proud eye of birdsadorning the sky.My country is for peaceso says the veldwhere reptiles caressits surfacewith elegant motionsglittering in their prideMy country is for joyso talk...
    Floydess Floydess 18-21, F 10 Responses Apr 22, 2011

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    I Have A Question About South Africa

    Questions about South Africa were posted on a South African Tourism Website and were answered by the website owner. Q: Does it ever get windy in South Africa? I have never seen it rain on TV, so how do the plants grow? ( UK ) A: We import all plants fully grown and then just sit...
    CatchCabby CatchCabby 56-60, F 63 Responses May 31, 2010

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    Traditional South African Melk Tert With A Kick

    Some History for this dish: the Milk Tart, called Melktert locally, is one of the most divine traditionally South African desserts. A sweet, creamy custard tart flavoured with a sprinkling of ground cinnamon, Melktert was introduced by the Cape Malays who used spices to add...
    seacrets seacrets 46-50, F 4 Responses Jul 31, 2012

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    It Was a perfect summer morning,

    so I decided to take my dog Snowy, a small breed Maltese poodle for a walk, I was a block away from home when crossing a vacant lot I saw two unleashed cross breed German Shepherds running towards us, I am not afraid dogs and wasn't concerned , they approached us and at first...
    bruynwave bruynwave 51-55, M 2 Responses Dec 21, 2013

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    Ok so I don't want to sound weird.

    But I had a friend who was living in South Africa and she moved. She wasn't a native, anyway while she lived there, she helped me talk to a native priestess through her as I don't think she (the priestess) had internet? Anyway since my friend left/moved I lost contact with her...
    ranmafan ranmafan 26-30, M 2 Responses Jun 24

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    A Day /week In The Life Of A South African Young Dude!

    1st off, -love our beautiful women, they're Gorgeous and really know how to take care or rather cater for a guy! Coming from a generation that greets with howsit, eita, whatsup or what kind. One that calls guys oaks or just ous, where a 'jol' starts on thursdays, where we'd...
    guy24 guy24 22-25, M 3 Responses Nov 2, 2012

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    Related Experiences

    I am an African and am glad God made me one! I just wanna say that we in Africa are not in all doom and gloom, Africa will rise again to its glory days! South African by residence...
    Wayini1 Wayini1 31-35, M 1 Response Jul 5

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    Occasionally I wonder: what if the government found a way to allocate reparations, the equivalent of that "40 acres and a mule" promised after the Civil War, to the descendants of...
    bijouxbroussard bijouxbroussard 46-50, F 1 Response Jul 1

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    I was once sent to an African village school, went in quite a cocky little madam but didn't come out like that!!. My African lady teacher gave me some discipline!!. One day she...
    BabySham8 BabySham8 26-30, F Jul 11

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    Not only do I love Southern hospitality, I offer Southern hospitality. My family owns a hunting lodge and vacation resort in the Southeastern United States. My parents got tired of...
    zakkattakk zakkattakk 13-15, M Jul 20

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    Not only do I love Southern hospitality, I offer Southern hospitality. My family owns a hunting lodge and vacation resort in the Southeastern United States. My parents got tired of...
    zakkattakk zakkattakk 13-15, M Jul 22