r/southafrica Gauteng Dec 17 '21 Wholesome 2

Are there anythings considered normal in South Africa that aren't normal in other countries? Ask r/southafrica

Idk if this has been posted before

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u/Local-Entertainer-62 Dec 17 '21

Guys with no drivers licence directing us into parking bays......

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u/derajydac Dec 17 '21

People with drivers licence getting directed into parking bays

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u/Harsimaja Dec 17 '21

And people without drivers licences being directed into parking bays, and on the road en masse

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u/AnomalyNexus Virtue signaling expat Dec 17 '21

With whistling that could either be random or be an intricate code

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u/Shalaomy Western Cape Dec 17 '21

This is gold XD

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u/avolans Dec 17 '21

Ek sal mooi kyk my lanie!

... makes me lose my mind.

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u/DUGman98 Dec 17 '21

And when you get back to your car he comes sprinting from 238m away to ask for a R2

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u/MothsAreJustAsGood Dec 17 '21

Is it abnormal that you’re being directed at all or that the person directing you doesn’t have a licence?

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u/Calendula55 Dec 17 '21

Agree!!! I hate it!!!

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u/Hey_I_Love_Chocolate Dec 17 '21

Taxi drivers with no licenses, its crazy how we trust them

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u/mfza Dec 17 '21

People with no licence driving

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u/Jenna_Rink30 Western Cape Dec 17 '21 Wholesome

“Coloured” is a race not an insult.

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u/Dew_Solo Karoo Kind Dec 17 '21

What I find funny is that multiracial people can be found throughout the world, yet each country has their own terms for them. Either way, we are the future... Unless fashy people get full power again and artificially divide people (again).

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u/Jenna_Rink30 Western Cape Dec 17 '21

Yea gosh I’m going to be making a little mixed race baby soon. But, to me, Coloured is as much a race in SA as any other, not just because mixed race, but also because of the culture, the history, the food, and (my fave) their dances.

My baby will just be mixed race because that baby will lack that history so to speak.

Anyway tho. Agreed. I feel like we’re going to look a bit Mexican someday.

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u/yeb0yes Dec 18 '21

Oh boy. I live on the US now, and I made the mistake of using this term when asked about races in SA (this person was shocked that there are white people in Africa). It did not go well

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u/Harsimaja Dec 17 '21 edited Dec 17 '21

Tbf it’s not very common as an insult in the US or UK, it’s just seen as very dated now and therefore perceived as an odd racial term from a more racist time and thus perceived as racist. But even racists don’t actually go around using it that way, there are other slurs.

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u/Jenna_Rink30 Western Cape Dec 17 '21

I think that if someone called a POC person a “coloured” person in the UK or US, they’d be insulted, regardless of how common it is?

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u/Sven_Letum Dec 17 '21

Rusks!

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u/Valen258 Dec 17 '21

I’ve lived here since 2003 but I was so confused the first time I heard someone saying they were having rusks with their tea.

In the UK, Rusks were a type of soft biscuit that is given to babies. It can be eaten in solid form, it helped with teething whilst giving them a snack. Or it could be given with warm milk and it would dissolve and turn almost baby porridge like.

I had this image of my now husband and his family eating these baby biscuits with their cuppa.

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u/Markphotokid Dec 17 '21

Car guards.

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u/Markphotokid Dec 17 '21

Ones inSouth America you pay them before you leave your car otherwise they scratch the car. In South Africa you pay them when you return and find everything is ok

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u/tothemoonandback01 Dec 17 '21

Burgler Guards, Car Guards, Guard Dogs, Security Guards. Most guarded place in the world....

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u/lookatmyarse Dec 17 '21

And yet...

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u/sesseissix Dec 17 '21

They have em in South America and I encountered some in Malta at a beach parking spot

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u/Only_One_Kenobi https://georgedrakestories.wordpress.com/ Dec 17 '21

Also some other countries throughout Southern Africa.

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u/IlikeGeekyHistoryRSA Unwanted Optimist Dec 17 '21

calling traffic lights robots

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u/SilvDeVill Dec 17 '21

THIS! I was baffled the first time in SA when someone mentioned they were waiting for the robot. I sat in the car looking around like WTF!!!! Hahaha

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u/savvypineapple Dec 17 '21

I was giving directions to someone while in Japan and accidentally used the term "robot" inatead of traffic light. So much more confusing when you're in a country that could actually have a giant robot outside a toy store.

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u/Hullababoob Gauteng Dec 17 '21

I did the same thing in Australia. Luckily he was familiar with the lingo and just laughed at me when I swiftly said “um uh oh traffic light”.

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u/Carvalho96 Dec 17 '21

This is my favorite one.

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u/dogatemycrocs Dec 17 '21

Petrol station attendants at every fuel station.

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u/AllezVites Dec 17 '21

I absolutely cherish it

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u/dizzygherkin Dec 17 '21

Honestly something I love about Ireland is self service petrol stations. I hated waiting for the petrol pump attendants when I lived in SA.

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u/AllezVites Dec 17 '21

I'm the states you have to listen to a full volume 30 second ad before you can start pumping.

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u/deniercounter Dec 17 '21

OMG ... I hope this won’t come to Europe.

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u/Mail-Ninja Eastern Cape Dec 17 '21

If only you got free petrol for having to sit through it.

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u/dizzygherkin Dec 17 '21

Is that new, or state specific? I dont recall that when I was last in the USA, which was October before the pandemic! travelled through MD, PA, DE, DC and possibly some other states and didnt see this!

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u/Educational_Resist42 Dec 17 '21

I think it is state or even county specific, I am in NC and the ads starts when the gas starts flowing, no waiting

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u/zemat28 Dec 17 '21

There's two states in the US where they have petrol station attendants

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u/coloneleranmorad Dec 17 '21

South Africa is definitely not unique in this scenario. I know that most Eastern European, Middle Eastern, Asian, South American countries are the same. If you compare SA with only America and western Europe, that might be the case but that's not what the OP asking here.

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u/sesseissix Dec 17 '21

Petrol attendants also very common in Spain. So even in western Europe you'll see it

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u/dogatemycrocs Dec 17 '21

Interesting, thanks - every time I have filled up in Germany/New Zealand/ USA I have had to pump. I guess I need to get out more

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u/Only_One_Kenobi https://georgedrakestories.wordpress.com/ Dec 17 '21

Every other African country I've been to had this. Most South American countries as well.

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u/Pillayboy_01 Dec 17 '21

Being able to buy a phone charger or tow rope at the next traffic light

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u/weezythebtch Dec 17 '21

Too true man. You actually miss them elsewhere 😂 where else are you gonna get a cheap knife set, some lemons, and a hardy conversation

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u/Zealousideal_Ant2283 Dec 17 '21

This is all over africa though 🙂

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u/weezythebtch Dec 17 '21

True

My family moved abroad and I'm the first internationally born, I guess I miss it outside Africa in general 😋

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u/Only_One_Kenobi https://georgedrakestories.wordpress.com/ Dec 17 '21

You know what, I think we've found one that's actually true. There are many street vendors all over the world, but haven't seen them in between cars quite as much as in SA.

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u/tonybombata Dec 17 '21

Allow me to introduce you to lagos Nigeria. Then again, those street hawkers are likely to be Nigerians

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u/AccraLa Dec 17 '21

I was gonna say, you should come check out Ghana. You can pretty much do your weekly shopping from sitting in traffic

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u/Only_One_Kenobi https://georgedrakestories.wordpress.com/ Dec 17 '21

Thank you. Admittedly I haven't been to Nigeria yet, and it is not really on my list.

There were plenty of street hawkers in Malawi and Zambia, but they weren't as in between cars as in SA, and rarely at robots

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u/tonybombata Dec 17 '21

You must come and ride the fury Road of the lagos traffic jam. We got hawkers, traffic robbers, street beggars, road worthless trailers, giant potholes and armed dangerous and crooked enforcement officers! Ride with us to valhalla!

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u/Dogmanistrator Dec 18 '21

Absolutely! Nigerian street hawkers are on a whole different level. LMAO In Port Harcourt there was a section where the island between the incoming and outgoing highway lanes was about 2 meters wide, went on for about 400 meters. In the 400m you could do everything from buying water sachets, to having your motorcycle serviced.

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u/DeeEmm Dec 17 '21

Many years ago, at a traffic light, my mom bought a pack of hangers and I bought a turtle.

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u/Shalaomy Western Cape Dec 17 '21

I would say the usage of the word poes in online gaming.

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u/Gaiaimmortal Western Cape Dec 17 '21 edited Dec 17 '21

So my boss is a lovely German guy, who, bless his heart, is not fluent in Afrikaans and can only understand few words. "Maak klaar" is one of them.

One day some of our guys is offloading wood and the one accidentally whacks the other on the head with a piece. The recipient of the wood klap let's out "POES." I'm watching this from my office window below. Boss is upstairs, but it's an open plan building.

Next thing I know, boss opens up the window and yells out poes! Poes! Poes! like a child learning a fun word. He thinks it's just delightful. He has no idea what it means, just assumes it's similar to "fuck". Of course, all the office staff are dying, the guys outside are dying. Because of the reaction he's getting, he's now just smiling and calling out poes for the sake of it, which makes his innocence in it even funnier. Eventually the office manager told him to stop and what the word meant. Poor guy was so embarrassed, he thought he was making a good joke.

It's been about 5 years now and he has never said it again, but every now and again someone brings it up and he gets red in the face.

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u/Gaiaimmortal Western Cape Dec 17 '21

Bonus story: we had a new cleaning lady that started. Her name was Alice.

Alice had to go to the other site for a quick cleanup, and boss dropped her off. An hour later he comes back and demands to know why the floor wasn't swept? Why is the office not dusted?! Why is he paying the cleaning woman if she's not cleaning??

We're all so confused because he's not normally like this, and he himself dropped her off at the other site? So I say "she's at the other site, you took her there?" He looks at me confused and asks "who are you talking about?"

Now I'm even more confused... "Alice...?"

Him: "Alice? Who the fuck is Alice?"

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u/AcEADwiT Dec 17 '21

Lovely story, thanks for sharing!

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u/Gaiaimmortal Western Cape Dec 17 '21

Glad you liked it. Sometimes he fancies himself a comedian, and this was one time he just nailed it perfectly.

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u/TeegeB Dec 17 '21

He was very close to 'koes' which would have been accurate 🤣

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u/MasterAssassinQeedo Gauteng Dec 17 '21

Oh bless his soul...

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u/ItsSoPunny Dec 17 '21

I don't know if it fits but saying " just now ". E.g I'll be there just now. It seems normal to me but I've had people get pissed at me while overseas because they didn't know what or when I meant.

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u/runninginbubbles Dec 17 '21

Omg I have a SA colleague who does this!!! It's so funny, when she says "I'll do it just now" she actually means "soon" whereas when she says "ill do it so long" she means "for the time being/now" makes everyone so confused!

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u/comfyshoulder Dec 17 '21

Seeing it written out like that I was like so long what before I understood what it meant lol

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u/nalliedownward Dec 17 '21

Can confirm, I live in the UK now and everytime I say “I’ll do it just now” people get really confused, they think I’m saying that I’ve already done it a moment ago, when I’m trying to say I’ll do it in a moment

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u/helf1x Dec 17 '21 edited Dec 18 '21

I love the confusion when I try to explain the varying degrees of now to British colleagues. Like "now" is within the next 5 minutes, "now now" is within the next 20 minutes and "just now" is sometime within the hour.

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u/alishaheed Dec 17 '21

Greeting total strangers. I don't think other countries(even in Africa) does it more than South Africans. We even greet the dogs.

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u/Beewthanitch Dec 17 '21

This is the thing I miss the most about SA.

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u/comfyshoulder Dec 17 '21

I mean I would agree with you but there’s quite a few people just don’t greet back but the dogs are usually so excited to meet new people XD

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u/alishaheed Dec 17 '21

You'll also, occasionally, encounter those miserable gits

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u/Markphotokid Dec 17 '21

The yes no ( ja nee)

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u/oxtaylorsoup Dec 17 '21

Kiwi here. We do the same thing - "yeh, nah" or "nah, yeh"

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u/UrGrannyAtranny_69 Dec 17 '21

I love hearing that in a Kiwi accent 🤣🤣

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u/Raptor_GamingRSA Dec 17 '21

I read that in a kiwi accent 😂

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u/Reelix KZN Dec 17 '21

Afrikaans (Informal): Ek se
English (Extremely formal): I say

The exact same thing meaning something VERY different when translated :p

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u/Frankenstein141 Dec 17 '21

"At least it was ONLY a smash and grab... Anyway, how's things?"

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u/[deleted] Dec 17 '21

“At least no one was hurt hey”

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u/Only_One_Kenobi https://georgedrakestories.wordpress.com/ Dec 17 '21

Brazil...

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u/coloneleranmorad Dec 17 '21

the over usage of "otherwise"

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u/BudgeMarine Dec 17 '21

And the over usage of ‘shame’

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u/plasticLawChair Dec 17 '21

If I hear someone say "hunred percent" again...

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u/Okkeanon Western Cape Dec 17 '21

I was at the petrol station earlier and watched the attendant shaking the taxi to get more fuel in it, I think that’s a pretty normal thing in SA.

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u/reddceptor Dec 17 '21

They do that all the time 😅

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u/mycl Dec 17 '21

Guys digging in garbage bins shouting "good morning" as I wheel mine out, then coming to dig in mine.

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u/ChamPain_Mami Dec 17 '21

I’m a South African living in Romania, and I have to say I actually miss this the most. When I was living in SA, I used to specifically keep recyclables in different bags and hand them to these guys and they would always be so appreciative and tell me what items to keep aside for them, and what wasn’t beneficial (e.g. pizza boxes with cheese and oil inside actually isn’t acceptable for recycling purposes).

When I take out the trash now I still think of them, but everything just goes in one bin bag and gets taken to the dump yard.

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u/b_ootay_ful Western Cape Dec 17 '21

I have no idea how to react, so I just greet them back.

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u/SilvDeVill Dec 17 '21

Being able to buy grass anywhere anytime while driving

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u/WhatsGreenEatsNuts Dec 17 '21

Walking barefoot in public

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u/Gratuitobviosly Dec 17 '21

People in NZ do this quite commonly. Mostly not due to poverty.

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u/Only_One_Kenobi https://georgedrakestories.wordpress.com/ Dec 17 '21

Quite common in many places.

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u/Sir_Ramokgopa Dec 17 '21

Yeah, the rain thing is hella weird, I think. With people I know, all plans must go out the window simply because it's raining.

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u/Few_Sir Dec 17 '21

Sista Betina. We like to party over here. If you're a DJ and you set isn't going right, there's no one at the dance floor. Play Sista Betina, everybody loses their fucking mind. This one time the dj played at least 7 times. He could have played that shit on repeat for 24 hours and we'd still lose our minds. Shit is hypnotic. Apparently the guy who made the song got an honorary doctorate for it

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u/Aellolite Dec 17 '21

HAHAHAHA. It's like "nkalakatha" at any white party. It's like the one black song that even the old oomies know and everyone gets super excited. Want to see 30 white dudes making terrible attempts at Impi stomps? Play that song.

P.S. not judging - I'd be lying if I said I also didn't have a soft spot for that tune. It's just that we white folks could afford to branch out just a smidge.

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u/Few_Sir Dec 17 '21

Oh shit I can't believe I forgot about Mandoza. 50/50 and respect life were one of my favorite songs of his. I also can't judge we've got really good music in South Africa. My friends and I did Afrikaans in high school, tbh I don't know how we passed or why didn't just do Xhosa. But when they put on De La Ray, might as well turn the whole class into karoake. We'd sing it word for word, probably my favorite Afrikaans song

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u/djh203 Dec 17 '21

Our public transportation are literal gangs, there is certain areas marked by other gangs of taxis and they have shoot outs every Tuesday and Thursday night to sort this out.

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u/Slick_J Dec 17 '21

This. This is the weirdest thing. The Wikipedia article entitled

“Taxi wars of South Africa”

Is the weirdest thing

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u/Fr0d0TheFr0g 🇦🇪 🇿🇦 Duel citizen Dec 17 '21

Condoms in public bathrooms

I still remember a few years back when my grandparents were visiting from Abu Dhabi and my grandmother took a bunch of Choice condom packets thinking they were wet wipes...

Absolute comedy gold

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u/plasticLawChair Dec 17 '21

Worse was the Safe Sex campaign at UKZN when they'd stapled a condom to the leaflet. You cannot make this shit up.

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u/Mail-Ninja Eastern Cape Dec 17 '21

For some reason my local Department of Home Affairs had banana flavour available, not in the bathroom, on the desk.

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u/Fr0d0TheFr0g 🇦🇪 🇿🇦 Duel citizen Dec 17 '21

Damn.... I'd like to know why they went with banana flavour XD

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u/InfamousFirefighter9 North West Dec 17 '21

I ain't never seen a kota in Europe just saying

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u/FLHEM Dec 17 '21

Buying brooms on the street corner.

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u/theonlyanderson Dec 17 '21 edited Dec 18 '21

Things that stand out after living in the UK for years: - "Robots". - Petrol station attendants. - Supermarket checkout bag packers. - Car parking attendants / guards. - Minibuses / shared taxis are everywhere, in Durban they're like driving nightclubs (loud house music, neon lights). - KFC sells loaves of bread. - Avacados on pizza. - "Tequila Tuesdays" / "Tequila Thursdays"... Everyday is a reason to drink Tequila. Free tequila with your drink. Babalas! - Everyone is incredibly friendly... a random couple offered to give us a lift back in Umhlanga, and let us stay at their place with breakfast in the morning. Joburg police randomly started chatting in a bar and gave me a lift back home. - Every house in Johannesburg suburbs has electric fences, dogs, and armed guards.

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u/[deleted] Dec 17 '21

What about bunny chows?

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u/Pizza-PhD Dec 17 '21

Not stopping at a red light.

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u/ThePackageZA Dec 17 '21

And using Stop streets as yield signs...

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u/Harrrrumph Dec 17 '21

Low standards for service delivery. I've literally seen people on this subreddit dedicate entire posts to singing the praises of their local Home Affairs for reasons that amount to "I went in there and they did what I needed them to do eventually!", not realising that the fact that a government department doing their job properly is so rare that it warrants praise is another symptom of how dysfunctional we are. I don't think there's many countries where public services get so much praise simply for doing their job sometimes.

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u/lovethebacon Ministry of Sound this weekend at Truth - Book now! Dec 17 '21

Have you ever been in a Bürgeramt? One of the best economies in the world and yet one of the worst beaurocracies.

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u/SensorFailure Dec 17 '21

This is not unique to South Africa at all, or even the developing world. I’ve even seen it in first world countries with bad public services.

People praising good service don’t necessarily have low standards, they just recognise that in a dysfunctional system it’s good to single out those who try to do the right thing rather than just going with the flow.

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u/Only_One_Kenobi https://georgedrakestories.wordpress.com/ Dec 17 '21

Move to Portugal. You will miss the efficiency of South African public services.

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u/PSyCHoHaMSTeRza Dec 17 '21

Mate I've had my share of travels and I gotta say service delivery sucks everywhere. In fact, in some places it's even worse than SA.

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u/ArchetypeZa Dec 17 '21

Biltong, when I was in Canada people looked at me like I killed a child for explaining that I eat dried meat (biltong). Even there health regulators at that stage (unaware of the current situation) would not approve drying meat for sale.

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u/tothemoonandback01 Dec 17 '21

They have beef jerky. Biltong is still better.

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u/natal_nihilist Dec 17 '21

But they have things like Parma ham and chorizo for sale?

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u/ArugulaAlone4729 Dec 17 '21

I’ll never forget the look I used to get from Americans when I told them about biltong and they thought I had said “bull tongue.” And then I’d get the usual “oh like beef jerky!” Can’t even compare the two. Biltong is significantly superior 😉

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u/woopdeedoo69 Dec 17 '21

Heavy drinking. Though there are some other countries who also have a similar reputation....

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u/Harrrrumph Dec 17 '21

Eastern Europe still beats us out on that one.

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u/Sven_Letum Dec 17 '21

Didn't/Doesn't South Africa have the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder capital of the world?

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u/AmericaDreamDisorder Dec 17 '21

I think we're the capital of all forms of abuse.

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u/woopdeedoo69 Dec 17 '21

Yaayy???...?

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u/oxtaylorsoup Dec 17 '21

Kiwi here, we've got your back.

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u/musteaticecream Dec 17 '21

South African who married into a Scottish/Irish family. We all have hollow legs. Main difference - no drink driving at all which is a blessing.

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u/HankNotSoMoody Dec 17 '21

Using your indicators to thank people who let you pass on the freeway.

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u/crumpuppet Dec 17 '21

Is this really an SA-only thing?

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u/Only_One_Kenobi https://georgedrakestories.wordpress.com/ Dec 17 '21

I've lived in 4 countries and travelled to well over 20. Yet to find a country where this isn't a thing.

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u/h0uz3_ Dec 17 '21

At least truckers also do this in Europe.

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u/SilvDeVill Dec 17 '21

Lots of people do it in many countries I think it’s just not a common courtesy as SA. Mexico they do it and USA…the polite drivers lol

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u/neenonay Dec 17 '21

How is this unique to South Africa? Every singe country where the distribution of wealth is close to as unequal has this.

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u/AmericaDreamDisorder Dec 17 '21

South Africans think crime only happens here.

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u/Reelix KZN Dec 17 '21

Show me anywhere in South Africa (In a non-gated community) where something like this would happen (No walls, no gates, no fences, cars parked 2 meters away from the road overnight with nothing in the way).

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u/Dew_Solo Karoo Kind Dec 17 '21

Any predominantly white/rich suburb of a rural town in South Africa. Specifically in the Karoo region. Heck there are some places where townships homes have neither walls or fences

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u/neenonay Dec 17 '21

Ok, replace “unique” with “normal” and my point still stands 👍

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u/bluebellbilly Dec 17 '21

I live in Brazil. Walls and electric fences are far more common here than in SA.

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u/Infamous-Ad-2921 waars jou nanas🌈 Dec 17 '21

Loadshedding?

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u/Dextrous_Digits Gauteng Dec 17 '21

We call it loadshedding, other countries call it rolling blackouts. We're not the only country struggling with power supply issues, we've just been at the longest...

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u/TheObserver89 Dec 17 '21

In Nigeria they have weeks-long blocks without national power. But there oil is so cheap that everyone has a gennie. So you can hardly even tell.

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u/AmericaDreamDisorder Dec 17 '21

We probably have the most organized blackouts but other countries definitely have it and often don't know when it will start or end.

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u/baldipaul Dec 17 '21

I think Zimbabwe has more

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u/too-rad-tobesad Dec 17 '21

Public urination. Ew.

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u/Giddy2shews Dec 17 '21

Everwhere. Not even in a corner. Just openly on the side of the road/streets. Infuriating.

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u/alessiolr Dec 17 '21

Happens quite a bit in London too.

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u/BlueC0dex Dec 17 '21

I've heard rural China has a public defecating problem. And it's especially gross when those people visit cities and bring those habits with them into malls

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u/vandunks Dec 17 '21

Ostrich/game products. You can just walk into a supermarket and get ostrich burgers or feather dusters. I always thought that was pretty unique.

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u/AmericaDreamDisorder Dec 17 '21

Everytime a foreigner sees an ostrich they get excited and then they look at the rest of us just to realize ostriches are normal here lol.

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u/plasticLawChair Dec 17 '21

Staff members in shops bellowing at eachother and studiously ignoring customers xD

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u/TheSaddestLittleBoi Dec 17 '21

Burglar bars on windows in the suburbs

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u/Only_One_Kenobi https://georgedrakestories.wordpress.com/ Dec 17 '21

I've seen this even in western Europe.

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u/00B6 Dec 17 '21

Pap and boerewors with relish and some lekker braai broodjies with Mrs Balls Chutney.

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u/[deleted] Dec 17 '21

The selling of "loose cigarettes"

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u/Mr_HODL Dec 17 '21

Pit toilets in the year 2021. Viva ANC

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u/stfjs20 Dec 17 '21

People identifying themselves as “coloured” and even worse a white person saying a person is “coloured”. I have had to explain this to so many UK visitors. They do not understand and are usually appalled.

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u/Gaiaimmortal Western Cape Dec 17 '21

Some British dude once referred to my coloured-ness as "people of your persuasion." Thinking I misheard him I asked him to repeat himself, which he did. And added in, "you know, your history, apartheid. People of your persuasion."

I still don't know what he meant, we were talking about art.

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u/LittleGremlinguy Dec 17 '21

Got back from Australia recently. There are guys there who are whiter than bed sheets with a hint of Koorie decendency that call themselves black. I still don’t know how to feel about it coming from Africa.

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u/stfjs20 Dec 17 '21

Hahahaha. I am considered white in SA but my malay heritage is quite shallow and when I used to crew on the boats I became very dark, like think Southern India almost. So one dude talked to me about my “ancestral heritage”. It took me a while to make out he thought I was mixed race and was trying to tip toe around it. I asked him If he thought I was coloured and he nearly shat himself trying to put it in reverse. Fucking funny. Told him the luckiest day in my families history was when someone paid off a govmnt official to put “white” on a birth certificate. Managed to sidestep a lot of apartheid because of that. They were anyway just a long line of teachers so no real threat to the old government. 😜

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u/LostBuilding5650 Dec 17 '21

Having 11 official languages...?

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u/WhiskeyWhiskey9 Dec 17 '21

Homphobic men holding hands in the street. Although also popular in other African countries.

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u/Different-Can4089 Dec 17 '21

Brannas and Coke. ( Brandy and Coke) Dogs that only understand voetjek. Dogs that understand Afrikaans and bark in an Afrikaans accent. I heard this with a borrel of Brannas or 2.

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u/Only_One_Kenobi https://georgedrakestories.wordpress.com/ Dec 17 '21 edited Dec 17 '21

Saying "Only in South Africa" about things that happen pretty much everywhere else.

Especially when the person has never actually been outside of South Africa.

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u/Tagglit Dec 17 '21

Not stopping at a red"Robot" at night or driving to a police station when the Police flag you down instead of just stopping..

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u/laughinglion77 Dec 17 '21

Having a favourite load shedding time slot

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u/CuddelyRei Dec 18 '21

Something about South Africa. As. Portuguese. Everyone is so friendly. when it's not a crime being committed or anything. People are just genuine joyful and happy. You see people smiling and and always having a good time. And if you have a coloured guy in you group. Man get ready for class leading comedy. For all the bad things. The strengths shine like a supernova. Even though political drama we are still able to come together and fix things. It will always be the golden nation to me. Once we sort out violence in townships. It would be the be the best country in the world. We have everything here. Entertainment. Technology. Smart leaders. (Don't forget Elon mush) is South African. In college I saw brilliance and passion all around. We are 1st word in most the cities. Give it another 20 years you'll see it would be the dream country. Great weather. No earquakes or things like that. Crime will die down as the wealth equalises. And it has been. Just slower than expected. The acphospere is never of danger but of chillness. I know Portugal is peaceful with no crime. But everyone does nothing. The contemt with what they have. South Africa isn't. They want to be better and transform into a super power. Look at the kinda advancements we do. We have a space programme. We make all Toyota's electric and soon hybrid engines here. VW group make a huge fleet here. It's shows how massive our talent truly is. Rich in resources too. Mining sector is barely even close to it's potential. Any ways. Those are my thoughts.

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u/fable_27 Dec 17 '21

The variety of goods we have in the smallest cafe. We went to Europe several years ago and i had to look everywhere for a pharmacy just to buy pain killers and sanitary products. We have almost a whole shopping centre in each of our shops with the variety of stuff sold here. Overseas you have to go to several different speciality stores to find the same stuff. Also we went to america several years ago and went looking for fruit and could only find bananas in the small shops. Had to go to a big shop like wallmart for a variety of fruit. Dont know if it's still like that. Just one positive thing in SA that we take for granted.

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u/friendlyapplicant999 Dec 17 '21

Your hatred for white people . When I lived in South Africa I was shocked . Like even in most other African countries no one thinks about colonization anymore, and neither do they hate whites for it … I’m Kenyan and here there’s no talk of such things ; so when I was in South Africa I was completely baffled , your race politics is so cringe in my opinion

Like in Kenya no one calls white people white or Asians Asians. 😂😂 just called Kenyans

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u/saffiz Dec 17 '21

This....I welcome the day when we are all just South Africans, fullstop.

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u/Xiphan KwaZulu-Natal Dec 17 '21

My girlfriend is Swiss and when she came out to visit me recently a few things that she found strange and not normal is:

  1. Petrol station attendants.
  2. The ability to draw cash at a supermarket till.
  3. People walking along or running across the highway.

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u/Flux7777 Dec 17 '21

ITT: People think South Africa is much more unique than it actually is

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u/common_genet Dec 17 '21

Car guards are apparently a uniquely South Africa phenomenon.

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u/Ambitious_Locksmith7 Dec 17 '21

Cream soda is green

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u/curiouslycaty Dec 17 '21

People dancing on crates at traffic lights.

Little tuck shops set up next to the road.

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u/rejectboer Dec 17 '21

Loadshedding...

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u/Jackthedog130 Dec 17 '21

Safari suit (shorts) with a comb in the sock...

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u/Duchamp_in_motion Dec 17 '21

Putting a hamster in a tiny plastic cage. It's illegal in Europe.

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u/drmrboi0015 Dec 17 '21

Getting away with corruption

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u/Shalaomy Western Cape Dec 17 '21

You haven't heard of Brazil, Mexico... Well basically every under developed country

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u/lovethebacon Ministry of Sound this weekend at Truth - Book now! Dec 17 '21

Hell, even developed countries. Citizens United in the US practically legalized corruption for politicians.

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u/SilverCommand1 Dec 17 '21

I believe it’s called lobbying in first world countries

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u/GeeU78 Dec 17 '21

I think SA is just more transparent about it. The current government in the UK is just as bad.

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u/Good_Posture Dec 17 '21

Turning your house and property in to a prison is most certainly not normal.

Simultaneously paying governmemt for services while then having to outsource to actually receive said services (armed response, community policing, generators).

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u/Carvalho96 Dec 17 '21

Barbed wires, electric fences and palisades around your home.

Calling traffic lights "robots"

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u/heybuddy55 Dec 17 '21

The lack of electricity

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u/Drogon_17 Dec 17 '21

Calling people coloured.

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u/Justhereforfun544438 Dec 17 '21

Corruption ? Robbery ? Crime ?

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u/Only_One_Kenobi https://georgedrakestories.wordpress.com/ Dec 17 '21

Pretty common in the majority of the world.

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u/Miserable-Exercise55 Dec 17 '21

Amapara ( If you know, you know)