South Africanisms

weird and wonderful things about south africa and its people

"Toyi Toyi" (pronounced TOY-TOY) this is a traditional South African form of protest. It is a knees up dance done by protestors and can be very intimidating.

Submitted by Jaques Du Plooy

Eish! - Substitute any of the following: No shit! Dang! Holy Cow! Ouch! You're kidding! Bummer! Oh well. Geez!

Submitted by Mark Upton

“Mzansi” has of late been really popularised by our national broadcaster. it has come to mean South Africa and comes from the Xhosa word for South.

Submitted by Jakes Madala

“laaitie” is an affectionate word for a younger person particularly a son so you might say “My laaitie is taking his bokkie to a flik tonight. “Bokkie” in this context would mean his sweetheart and not his pet Springbok.

Submitted by Eric Van Staden

“Bilksem” is a wonderful South Africanism that basically means "we’re going to give them a hiding” Often a way to explain the punishent we’re going to mete out on an opposing sports team.

Submitted by Charles Williams

"At the Robots, turn left" We don't do traffic lights - it's too much like being law abiding. In South Africa we have robots. Much more exciting!!

Submitted by Maria Van Heerden

“Jizlaaik” is another wonderfully descriptive word we have for “Goodness gracious!” or “Oh My!” so we might say "jizlaaik my China if South Africa wins the cricket i skeem we should have a dop or two to celebrate”

Submitted by Delarey Potgieter

"Shebeen" - a township tavern or drinking hole. Once illegal and frequently raided by the fuzz, shebeens are now pretty groovy hangouts in the townships. Note- AMEX not accepted here.

Submitted by Justice beeba

“Poepol” is an affectionately used term to denote an idiot. so you might say “ag you poepol you’ve locked the keys in the blerry car! Now we’re really in the dwang!”

Submitted by Jeanne Watson

"Sharp Sharp" a lovely expression that can mean so many things, but all upbeat and positive. Can be a greeting, a farewell, an agreement or just to express enthusiasm.

Submitted by Shaun O'Connel

Submit your South Africanism

Our Work

About Us

What we offer

Our significant experience in the film services industry means that you can expect a professional, budget conscious level of delivery both on set and behind the scenes.

And because we're based in the beautiful city of Cape Town - we're able to offer local expertise throughout Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. Our services extend to commercials and music videos.

What makes us tick

Our make-things-happen attitude matched with friendly personal attention has kept our clients, from top international producers and directors, coming back to McKenzie Rudolphe time and time again.

Why? Quite simply, we like nothing more than working with great people, doing our job - and doing it well. After all, we've been doing what we do since 1991.



Unit B104, Office 2, Buchanan Building,
Buchanan Square, 160 Sir Lowry Road,
Woodstock, Cape Town, 7925
South Africa
Google Map Link


T +27 21 423 1512


Earl Redcliffe
C +27 82 555 7745


Ian van Riel
C +27 82 454 7433