You know you’re from South Africa when …

Just did a website search for “You know you’re in South Africa when”. A result popped up and I found a post on Blogthings that made me get goosebumps all over and feel very proudly South African 🙂

  1. You realise after watching the news on TV that nothing happened in the rest of the world.
  2. The police advise you not to stop if they wave you down in the middle of the night but rather speed past them and drive to your nearest police station.
  3. A minibus taxi overtakes you, just to stop right in front of you.
  4. The police ask you if they should follow up on the burglary you’ve just reported.
  5. You paint your car’s registration number on the roof in large letters.
  6. Half the city pays for the other half’s electricity and water supply.
  7. A murderer gets a 2 year sentence, and a pirate M-Net viewer a 6 month sentence.
  8. You know someone who knows someone who has met Nelson Mandela.
  9. You go to “braais” (barbecues) regularly, where you eat boerewors (long meaty sausage-type thing) and swim, sometimes simultaneously.
  10. The electricity comes back on, and you check to see if there are any soccer or cricket games on TV – why else would ESKOM have fixed the electricity so quickly?
  11. You have a gear lock for your car.
  12. You come out of a friend’s house/shopping centre/office to find the gear lock worked and your car is still there, but your radio, tapes, jersey and every other removable thing you had in the car is gone, and you just sigh, shrug and go home.

10 responses

  1. Even though all of the above are to be percived as jokes, it quite sad to see people running sown such a great country.
    There are soooo many things to be positive about in South Africa
    Found an extensive list @
    check it out

  2. Proudly South African Avatar
    Proudly South African

    In response to the previous post by Marc Forrest… I totally understand where you’re coming from but I really think that this was in no way meant to run down the country at all. These tidbits are merely jokes playing on the ecclectic attributes of this country that none of us can actually say are untrue. In fact the ability for us to read them, to laugh and remain so proudly South African is an asset in itelf to this beautiful country.

  3. Proudly South African you have answered Marc Forrest (is that your real name? cos I’m pretty freaked out if it is) better than I can. It is in no ways meant to run down our great country, I love where I live!

  4. Thanks for the link though Marc Forrest, just checked it out. Some exciting statistics there, defintely worth checking out guys!!!

  5. Just visited Gabbahead ( and noticed he has a few more great “You know you in South Africa when…” lines. Check him out.

  6. Cool, I knew they were meant as jokes.
    Just glad to know we all passionate bout our country 🙂

  7. i actually came across this blog because i was reading that same thing from i have to say, south africa sounds like a terrifying place to live. like i can’t imagine it.

  8. i’m sorry you probably think i’m strange. i just enjoy learning about other countries. but i found this statistic at

    South Africa
    HIV/AIDS – adult prevalence rate:
    21.5% (2003 est.)

  9. Terrifying? I wouldn’t say that. South Africa is a beautiful place to live. It’s economy is booming, it’s people are amazing, and it’s scenic landscapes are out of this world. Definitely visit us here before making any conclusions about South Africa, 🙂 PLEASE do not base any opinions on this article categorised under “Funnies”.

  10. True

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