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World Design Capital 2014


7 February 2014


We must gloat! We are beyond proud to be the design capital of the year this year and even more proud of the extraordinary line up of events. But what really caught our eye were two upliftment projects happening in the townships.

The first one is in Langa – Langa is the oldest township in Cape Town. The think tank behind the initiative have created an "art" hub within the suburb of Harlem which they have labelled the Harlem Avenue Project.
Music venues, restaurants, craft stores and galleries populate this area. All have a distinctly and authentically Township flavour– aiming to entice visitors into the area to see what its about and get a taste of Langa cultural life.

Then there is the Maboneng towship festival, which will create "open houses" within the township, turning homes into living art galleries. As well as the art on the walls, you are also able to engage with the families who live there and get a peek into their lives. Its a brillaint idea and an opportunity not to be missed.

We love it!!!

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South Africanisms


weird and wonderful things about south africa and its people

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

Submitted by Mark Upton

"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

in some parts of South Africa we have a pretty heart stopping collection of creepy crawlies. We call them “Goggas” which comes from the Khoi San word meaning creeping things.

Submitted by Zollie Tshabalala

"Yebo" a Zulu word meaning yes or used to show approval. For example: Question: "Hi there, can I get a pint in this Shebeen ?" Answer: "Yebo!"

Submitted by Sipho Mahlangu

"Kwaai" South-African street slang for cool. "I climbed table mountain today and it was Kwaai.

Submitted by nickyd

"What a chop!" A chop is a term used to describe an idiot or a moron. If someone has done something silly, or idiotic, you could call them a chop! for example: John left his car lights on and now his battery is dead... What a chop!

Submitted by Britt Ballantyne

“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

“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

“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

“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

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