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I Am South African

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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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    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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    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 8 Responses Mar 18, 2012

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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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    oscarW88 oscarW88 26-30, M 7 Responses Feb 5

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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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    The Best And Worse Of Being South African

    Let me see now...what is best about being South African....Going to school barefoot,skinny dipping as a child in the rural country,my church,being able to go barefoot any where,Mpumalanga's wonderfull nature,the Cape Mountains....Their sense of humor,The braai on a lovely sommer...
    kaalpoter kaalpoter 51-55, M 2 Responses Apr 30, 2012

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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 17 Responses Apr 7, 2011

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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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    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 When...
    Macherry Macherry 18-21, F 13 Responses Sep 15, 2013

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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 6 Responses Jan 29

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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 Jan 27

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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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    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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    A Place Called Home

    I watched with the world as South Africa made history when Nelson Mandela was released from jail and apartheid was demolished. As a nation we where united when South Africa made history once again when we won the world cup rugby in 1995. South Africa has the friendliests people...
    Jay04Sch Jay04Sch 36-40, F 2 Responses Nov 27, 2012

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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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    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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    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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    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 1 Response Dec 21, 2013

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    Where

    where in south africa are you from. ?
    QuiteElementary QuiteElementary 22-25, F 11 Responses Dec 9, 2012

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    I Love Living Here!!

    The story below is REAL news from a REAL mainstream newspaper, published today... only in Africa! Man pays sangoma to resurrect mom October 5 2010 at 12:37am  Independent Newspapers Sangomas use roots, herbs and other plant materials for...
    Lizzy22 Lizzy22 36-40, F 4 Responses Oct 5, 2010

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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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    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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    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 4 Responses Nov 5, 2010

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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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    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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    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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    Peeweepun Peeweepun 22-25, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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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 64 Responses May 31, 2010

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    Xenophobia

    The past couple of weeks have made me ashamed of being a South African. The country wide violence against refugees in SA that have left over 40 people dead and 10's of thousands on busses back to their home countries is a sad indictment of the type of society that we have become...
    WyldHoney WyldHoney 31-35, F 2 Responses May 25, 2008

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    Gotta love South Africa,

    winters began and the sun is still blazing
    Peeweepun Peeweepun 22-25, M 2 Responses 3 days ago

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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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    Proud To Be Gay And South Africa

    Hello there to all fellow South Africans, Wow what an honor it is for me to introduces myself to ya all. I want to make a lot of friends across the globe and hope that i will, one day become your friend. Have a great day Greg
    GregDuTriou GregDuTriou 36-40, M 4 Responses Apr 25, 2012

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    Lesbian

    Are there any lesbians from Pretoria here?
    Unchanged Unchanged 26-30, F 3 Responses May 28, 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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    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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    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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    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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    Ethnicity

    So checking into hospital last week I was asked to state my ethnicity on the form (for statistical purposes only of course). It gave me pause but I thought fine, its a hospital, why not. Then I hear on the radio yesterday that now ethnicity is being asked routinely by some...
    WyldHoney WyldHoney 31-35, F 5 Responses Aug 28, 2008

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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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    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 6 Responses May 28, 2010

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    I Want To Change The World

    I long for a place where morals are dictated for the benefit of society, and not for humiliation or self-concerns of ecclisiastical, patriarchal, or political entities, I long for utopia where there are no betrayals, no problems, no poverty, no apathy, no sympathy, no destruction...
    LongForDignity LongForDignity 22-25, M Oct 13, 2012

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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 18 Responses Feb 19, 2008

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    My Beautiful Country

    One day I can tell my Gran children how fortunate they are to live in such a beautiful country. I would not even consider living in another country. I grew up on a farm and my best friend was 'n black little girl the same age as me. She taught me their culture and language and I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Sep 15, 2011

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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 1 Response Dec 2, 2013

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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 43 Responses May 24, 2009

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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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    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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    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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    You Are South African When...

    You use the word 'eish' alot. You use the word 'sorry' - to apologise                                   ...
    missB7 missB7 26-30, F 19 Responses May 26, 2009

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    Related Experiences

    My father is Black<3..when i was younger my cousins i had never met before thought i was a 'white girl' and sort of made fun of me and made me feel bad because i didn't 'look...
    PedacosPieces PedacosPieces 18-21, F 5 Responses Apr 13

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    Hate This Term!- I just don't understand how anyone could be proud to be called this unless they or their parents immigrated here from Africa. For those of us descended from slaves...
    StandoffishBrat StandoffishBrat 18-21 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    I'm probably a little old for South Park, and sometimes I'm ashamed to be watching it even when nobody else is around, however, what American cable news networks call news is...
    betweenthe10andthequeen betweenthe10andthequeen 56-60, M 2 Responses a week ago

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    One of my dream that may never be was to visit South Africa. I don't know why but I feel a pull there. From the pictures and film I've seen from there...it is so different...I don...
    CaliLuz CaliLuz 31-35, F Mar 24

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    Oh my god, nothing can beat South Park. I have seasons 1-16 but more will be adding to it soon :D I think Kyle Broflovski is the best one out of South Park but Kenny and Stan are...
    Speedwaykatrina2 Speedwaykatrina2 16-17, F Apr 2

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