PICS: 9 ways to spot a Saffa

2016-10-21 14:30
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Moving abroad can be daunting, especially if you are leaving the beautiful South Africa behind. Even travellers tend to get homesick after a few weeks away from home.

Luckily we make it pretty easy to find each other in unexpected places. And when we do, it's a Saffa reunion of note.

Foreigners might find our antics weird, but we are proud beyond measure. From our lekker lingo to our traditional treats, we don't leave our South African habits at home.

Here's how to spot a Saffa anywhere!

1. The distinct smell of lamb chops, boerewors and a mealie on the braai can only mean one thing - a Saffa is in the vicinity. Follow the smell and go say howzit!


2. On a Saturday, you might spot several green and gold Springbok jerseys, black and white Orlando Pirates jerseys and a makaraba or two.

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3. If you hear random phrases like lekker, aitsa, aweh and izit? Yup that's us and our Saffa slang.


4. When checking out an international soccer game it will be too easy to spot the Saffas - they're the ones (trying to) blow the Vuvuzelas!


5. Looking for the 'boeremeisie'? She's the one baking trays and trays of 'beskuit', syrupy koeksisters and milk tart.

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6. At a birthday party, the South African girl or guy will find a way to bring an extravagant bunch of fynbos including the pincushion and King Protea.

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7. Around lunchtime, the oaks having a bunny chow or gatsby - those are the saffas, probably from Durban and Cape Town.



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8. If your Saffa friend is out of airtime, he might send you a shameless Please Call Me - also a South African invention.


9. No swimming pool for those hot days? The South Africans are the ones chilling in a baccuzi - a Jazuzzi in the back of a bakkie.

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