YOU Are Proudly South African When:


You call a bathing suit a "swimming

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 advertises and shows highlights
of the programme you 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 any 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 know that there's nothing to do in
the Orange Free State .

You produce a R100 note instead of your
driver's licence when stopped by a traffic officer.

You can do your monthly shopping on the

You have to hire a security guard
whenever you park your car.

When you are a victim of crime and say:
"At least I'm still alive".

You know a taxi can move twice it's
certified number of people in one trip.

You travel 100's of kilometres to see

You know the rules of Rugby better than
any referee

To get free electricity you have to pay
a connection fee of R750.

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.

You're genuinely and pleasantly
surprised whenever you find your car parked where you left it.

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

You paint your car's registration on the

You have to take your own linen with you
if you are admitted to a government hospital.

You have to prove that you don't need a
loan to get one.

Prisoners go on strike.

You don't stop at a red traffic light,
in case somebody hijacks your car.

You consider it a good month if you only
get mugged once.

Ruwandan refugees start leaving the
country because the crime rate is too high.
You consider a high crime rate as

You actually get these jokes and pass
them on to other friends from SA.

(thanks for this one Lee!)

titfortattoo titfortattoo
36-40, F
17 Responses Feb 19, 2008

Hahaha how funny!!! Lekker man!!!

LOL this is awesome ! I find this hilarious only because I know how true it is. This reminds me of my favourite quote.

"Life is an unrelenting comedy, therein lies the tragedy of it." by Martin Stillwater.

Thanks for the amusing and true post.:-)
Viva S.Africa.

I'm a Zimbabwean in New Zealand, however I can still relate and found myself in hysterics. I have to agree with titfortattoo's philosophy of if you don't laugh then you have to cry.


LMAO Proudly SA for sure and soooo true HOWEVER sad how crime in SA is out of control and our Justice System is doing nothing for the victims but protects criminals

Absolutly brilliant - very good

This is great, I laughed my *** off at how true these things are. Couldn't wait or my fiance to come home so I could share it. Excellent!!! You made my day! true

Im in New Zealand and am South African, i always tell the people here half the things that were mentioned here and they laugh and never believe me so i will forward it to them so they can have a lekker lekker laugh. thanks for the laugh man

I think as a reslt of all thecrime and things we've developed this attitude of 'if you don't laugh then you'll cry'. You just have to look at some of the pics in my albums to see the beauty of the country

I was born in the Free State. lol - something had to have happened 39 years ago. :)

hahahaha! dat is baie snaaks...its true too. There is absolutely nothing to do in the free state and I love a good month when I've only been mugged once! :P

I think only a South African can truly see the humour in much of this or those who have been here before

Thanks this really put a smile on my face. Its tough living in SA, but at least we still have our sense of humor. Keep well and keep warm :)

Glad you liked it - all so very true. LOL

Hehehe, yep! So true! Should maybe add something about eishkom and people trying to sell you tin cups and blind refugees at robots. And of course, all South Africans know where Tweebuffelsmeteenskootdoodgeskietfontein is.

Ha ha, yes, very good. Thanks for the laugh.