Top 10 classics to look out for when touring South Africa
World Cup its been and gone, but there are still reasons to come to South Africa!OK, so the whole world came to South Africa for the first ever Fifa World Cup on African soil. Now that the dust has settled there are still many good reasons to come to this beautiful country warm sunny days, outstanding scenery, and a mutli cultural welcome from one of the most diverse populations in the world.
When people come to this country they might want to sample some of the really South African things that make our lives here perhaps unique and certainly more interesting.
To help visitors to South Africa get a feel of what makes us so different, I have put together this list of 10 essentially and uniquely South African foods and other products.
For South Africans there are some things that define our lives as South African because their presence in our lives is almost unquestioned. The following are some of my favourites. It is a personal list and I make no claims for either completeness nor originality. There are also quite a few that I have left off the list so as not to make it too lengthy. Things like Rooibos tea and potjiekos, mngqusho and mahewu, mpokoqo and amasi. OK so you don’t know what these are and maybe they are subjects for another Hub.
For most South Africans the items on this list are essential parts of daily life. As people in the UK will often speak of a Hoover when they mean a vacuum cleaner we in South Africa will often refer simply to “Mrs Ball’s” when we mean chutney or “Klippies” when we mean brandy. Why these names are so iconic will be explained as we go along.
This is not to say, unfortunately, that these things will always be around. Some quintessentially South African things have already in my lifetime disappeared, not without a trace, though. Things like a “tickey”, which originally referred to the old silver threepenny piece which was very small, but which survives in our language in two ways: a small person is often referred to as a “tickey” and when we want to describe a car’s turning circle we often say “it can turn on a tickey”, meaning that it has a very small turning circle. There was for many years a famous circus clown in South Africa who called himself “Tickey” on account of his diminutive size. I’m sure many people using these terms don’t know the origin of them any more, but that’s “progress” for you!
Anyone coming to this wonderful country should, in order to get a full taste of it, at least try to find and use or eat (or drink) some of the following.
If people in the US can think of something being “as American as apple pie” then we in South Africa can think of something being “as South African as Mrs Ball’s”! You might find things similar to these I present here but the South Africanness of these is clear, and unforgettable. So come to our great country and enjoy (and crime, while it is a problem, is not “out of control”as some would allege).
South Africans of all races are noted for their hospitality and friendliness. And the following are essential ingredients of that hospitality.
Disclaimer: I suppose I should tell everyone that I am not in any way connected with, nor am I paid (yet?!) by the manufacturers of, any of the products in this Hub.