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Are your Proudly South African?

You are Proudly South African when:

  • 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 and sing in front of the building to show how unhappy they are.
  • 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 produce a R100 note instead of your driver’s licence when stopped by a traffic officer.
  • You can do your monthly shopping on the pavement.
  • You have to hire a security guard whenever you park your car.
  • You know a taxi can move twice its certified number of people in one trip.
  • You travel 100’s of kilometers to see snow.
  • You know the rules of rugby better than any referee!
  • More people vote in a local reality TV show than in a local election.
  • “Now now” or “just now” can mean anything from a minute to a month.
  • You start every sentence with yes/no or ja/nee.
  • 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 freeway.
  • A bullet train is being introduced, but potholes can’t be fixed.
  • The last time you visited the coast you paid more in speeding fines and toll fees than you did for the entire holiday.
  • You have to prove that you don’t need a loan to get one.
  • Doctors and Nurses and Prisoners go on strike.
  • You don’t stop at red traffic lights, just in case somebody hijacks your car.

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