19 Things only South Africans

19 Things only South Africans will understand

South Africa is a great country. And while things can sometimes feel a bit rough, we’ve got some great things going for us. You can’t sit with us unless you understand these.

19 Things only South Africans

South Africa is a unique place. There’s no doubt we have a truck ton of issues to work through, but once in a while, it’s worth taking a step back and remembering that we share a lot of inside jokes.

We love it when you talk foreign, but we’re doing no foreign talking here. Instead, it’s a good old South African round-up of things only those who grew up in Mzansi will understand.

Let’s start off with something everyone will recognise.

Freezer surprises

The disappointment that you sometimes get when opening one of these tubs.

Fridge delights

But seeing this in the fridge after the weekend makes up for the disappointment.

Facts from Chappies


South Africans also understand why this was far more interesting than a school textbook. But many of us are still searching for the facts that got cut off.

This makes you recoil in fear

Oh, the sheer agony.

When a parent picks this up….

… some of us still duck when a stranger on the street bends down to adjust their sloffie.

You know how much this hurts

Absolute hell. But it means you can now walk barefoot on a scorching pavement without the pain.

This is useful

And no, not just for stews and sosaties.

“Vyftig randjies vir jou” makes perfect sense

He never aged.

You see great potential in these

Because braai we must.

The versatility of sorry

Even when we’re not actually sorry.

Ditto for shame

Shem, neh, imagine not getting it.

The Click Song

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – June 2006: Singer Miriam Makeba performs at the Cape Town Jazz Festival. (Photo by Gallo Images/True Love)

Knowing what it means. And giggling when people don’t.

Knowing the risk of maths with these

CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE – AUGUST 06: (EDITORS NOTE: A polarizing filter was used for this image). A general view shows minibus taxis at the biggest and busiest taxi rank in the Western Cape with Table Mountain in the background, the central taxi rank on August 06, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Morne De Klerk/Getty Images)

Don’t sit in front.

You don’t just go watch soccer dressed in jeans and a t-shirt

15 July 2006. British football team Manchester United beat South African team Orlando Pirates 4-0 in Durban in a Vodacom Challenge match. United are on a pre-season tour of South Africa. Dismayed Pirates fans.

Cause why be boring?

How unbelievably happy this made us

SOWETO, SOUTH AFRICA – 11 June 2010: Bafana midfielder, Siphiwe Tshabalala scores South Africa’s first goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup opening match between Bafana Bafana on June 11, 2010 in Soweto, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images/Foto24/Christiaan Kotze)

“A goal for all of Africa.”

And how none of us could sleep after this happened in Rio

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 14: Wayde Van Niekerk of Republic South Africa celebrates his victory and the new world record after the final Athletics Men’s 400m at Olympic Stadium on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Xavier Laine/Getty Images)

Lots of sickies being called in that day.


“Do you know my friend? He’s from Kenya”

#AfricaIsACountry, right?

When it gets below 13 degrees

So. Cold.

The constant need to find WiFi passwords, because data hasn’t fallen yet

But we’ll get there.

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