On a lighter note:- Five things you should never say to a South African

We’ve all been there – you meet someone for the first time and that moment they realise you’re South African, they suddenly start spouting random comments on your ethnicity, childhood, experiences or just ask the most annoying questions ever. Here are a few of the most common things people say that annoy South Africans. “Where […]
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Afrikaans is tops! – Fransman van Kovsies gooi Afrikaans alte gesellig

’n Student van Frankryk aan die Universiteit van die Vrystaat (UV) het in net 13 weke só goed Afrikaans leer praat dat mense nie wil glo dat hy ’n Fransman is nie. Sébastien Grall van Dijon in Frankryk, wat politieke wetenskap aan Kovsies studeer, het die beginnerskursus van Gesellig Afrikaans aan die UV voltooi en […]
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The Eng Valley in Austria – Alana Bailey

The Eng Valley in Austria is an unspoilt, secluded piece of paradise, surrounded by the Alps. It can be reached via a toll road from Bavaria. To drive there is an experience in itself, with beautiful bridges, waterfalls and trees everywhere. A small community farms in the valley. There are signs of people migrating there […]
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Europe tour: Denmark – Phillip Grobler

Our first stop on our European tour was Denmark. This place is really amazing! It is clean, filled with fresh air and everything works! For the first part we stayed at our friend’s family. It was a lovely time and we enjoyed the countryside. For the last part we visited Copenhagen and spent two days […]
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News from Brisbane – Kerneels Olivier

Oh, well, this time I once again have something special to share with the readers, but it is of a complete different nature. I wrote a book about our Olivier family (311 pages) over a period of more than two years. The book is known as Die Oliviers van toeka tot nou; ’n Herinneringsreis. It […]
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Email from abroad: Adventures in Japan

My name is Michelle Krüger. I am 24 years old and live in Shirakawa-shi, Fukushima-ken, Japan. I moved to Japan in July 2017 after I was accepted for the JET-programme. To give a little background: JET stands for Japanese Exchange and Training. It is a programme celebrating its thirtieth year this year and South Africa […]
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Russia students see future for Afrikaans

“Afrikaans is a beautiful and emotional language. It is very unfair that it is being suppressed in South Africa.” These are the words of Valentina Kim (22), one of six Russian students who study Afrikaans as first and second additional language at the Lomonosov Moscow State University’s Institute for Asian and African Languages. The student […]
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Draaiboek van skrywer François Bloemhof word Hollywood-fliek

Hy het nie besef dat dit sy droom is nie totdat dit gebeur het. ’n Rolprent gaan aanstaande jaar in Hollywood van ’n draaiboek van die skrywer François Bloemhof gemaak word. Sy voorstel vir ’n rolprent wat hy ses maande gelede aan ’n Amerikaanse rolprentvervaardiger voorgelê het, is pas aanvaar. “Dis een van daai dinge […]
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Where South Africans abroad feel at home

Worldwide, an initiative of the civil rights organisation AfriForum, has for the past five years already been an online home for South Africans who have settled in other countries. This initiative is the ideal platform for every South African who lives in another country, but who still wants to stay in real touch with his […]
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When does a tourist become a traveller?

To be a tourist is almost as bad as to be a terrorist, some smart people say. Tourists are eating, swallowing, consuming zombies who visit attractions and leave a place without understanding a thing about it. A traveller, on the other hand, will drink in the local culture like a connoisseur. Recently, I was a […]
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