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Happening Guy?


6 January 2014

This one is a hot favourite right now….. If you fancy yourself as a bit of a happening guy, you’ll want to take a short stroll down Bree Street, Cape Town’s newly most hip and happening street and take a cheeky right into Shortmarket street. Here you’ll find THE HOUSE OF MACHINES or THOM.

The masterminds behind this store have created a totally male space. It’s a coffee bar with light meals that becomes a whiskey connoisseurs haven after dark. Tables spill onto the pedestrian walkway and suddenly it feels like you’re on a European side street. After dark it feels a bit like a speakeasy. Maybe it’s the music: jazzy and sexy.


With exposed raw brick, dark wood, chrome fixtures and black and white prints on the walls it exudes masculinity. No Metrosexuals here please!! This is real men territory, so much so that the place is abuzz with the fairer sex.

But this is all a front for the custom made motorbikes they create at the back. Beautiful, one of kind machines that bring a tear to the eye.

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South Africanisms


weird and wonderful things about south africa and its people

"A Boer Maak a Plan" Afrikaans colloquialism meaning that no matter what the obstacles are, us South Africans can sort it out. It speaks to our no nonsense sense of the world.

Submitted by Jean De Villiers

"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

"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

We South africans like a bit of a party, and “Epic” denotes a pretty fab party. If its even better than fabulous we may throw in “flipping” before “Epic” . so ... "That Afrika Burn jol was flipping Epic my Bru”

Submitted by Hlumela Masha

"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

"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

“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

"LADUMA" Pronounced LA-DOOO-MAH is a popular cheer used at footbal matches to celebrate a goal being scored. shouted loud, with the emphasis on the middle DOOOO this is exaltation at its height (well in so far as sport can get you ecstatic anyway)

Submitted by Angel Witbooi

“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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