The best April Fool’s jokes in


The best April Fool’s jokes in South Africa in 2019

From Victor Matfield joining the Bulls for the rest of the Super Rugby season to Data load shedding, here are some of this year’s best April Fool’s jokes in South Africa.

The best April Fool’s jokes in


It is that time of the year again…April Fools! In South Africa, the annual celebration of playing practical jokes was met with a few funny (and quite believable) hoaxes. Here are the best ones:

Audi changes brand name to ‘Odi’

Audi South Africa released a statement saying that they are changing their name to ‘Odi’ because of the ‘difficult “pronunciation” of ‘Audi’.

Victor Matfield is back in the Bulls’ squad

The Official Blue Bulls Twitter page announced that former Springbok rugby player Victor Matfield will be joining the team for the rest of the Super Rugby season.

They said: “Veteran Springbok Lock Victor Matfield will be joining the Vodacom Bulls for the rest of the VSR season, in an effort to rejoin the Springboks before they head to Japan.”

Of course, Matfield set the record straight a little bit later.

‘Data load shedding’

The Expresso Show announced that the Mobile Institute of South Africa will implement nationwide ‘data shedding’.

“Mobile data for specific cellphone numbers will be switched off periodically,” Expresso said on Twitter.

The Springboks get a name change

eNCA played an April Fools joke saying that the Springboks will now be known as the Zebras.

They even featured photos of the ‘Zebra’s’ ‘new kit’.

Springboks new Zebra kit.

South Africa will soon have two time zones to help Eskom with load shedding

BusinessTech reported that The Department of Trade and Industry has gazetted a new plan to split South Africa into two separate time zones, in a desperate bid to alleviate peak pressure on the country’s crumbling power grid, and reduce the burden of load shedding.

Along with graphs and different ‘spokespeople’ they explained how this will work exactly.

“According to the gazetted documents, by splitting South Africa into two different time zones, peak electricity demand will effectively be shared over two hours, reducing pressure on the system.

“In effect, this will increase the average demand during the business day, but ‘smooth’ over demand during peak times, to prevent critical levels where the system could collapse.

“This in turn will open up as much as 4,000MW of capacity, and greatly reduce the chances of load shedding, the department said.”

Pick n Pay launch ‘taste test technology – an African first!’

On Twitter, Pick n Pay announced that they’re “bringing the future of shopping” to its customers with an app that allows people to smell and taste their Hot Cross Buns through mobile phones.

“What do you think of our new app feature that allows you to taste & smell our hot cross bun through your phone? Share your experience by replying with a pic or video.”

They even released a very compelling video: