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3 Great Reasons to Shoot in Durban and a secret...

20 May 2015

Durban, or “Durbs by the Sea” as its affectionately called, is a growing film destination in South Africa. With her fabulous tropical climate, vegetation and bath temperature sea, this city is a real winner. Tropical beaches and landscape along the coast cheat for tropical paradises the world over juxtaposed with more pastural scenery inland that cheats for UK, Ireland, and Scotland in areas like Nottingham Road.
Just north of Durban is Umhlanga, which has for years been where the young and beautiful go for summer holidays. 35 minutes from the centre of Durban, it’s the place to stay when in the area, and The Oyster Box is undeniably the place to stay in Umhlanga. This hotel originally built in the 1950’s exudes old world Colonial style and Charm. Its pretty much like stepping onto the set of “White Mischief”.
Aside from the world famous spa and panoramic ocean views, the extensive gardens and pools, the hotel cinema and the phenomenal gym, the hotel also has a kickass whisky bar and one of the top curry restaurants in Natal.
A trip to Durban isn’t complete without an eye-watering, sinus clearing Durban curry. Already famous around the world, the Durban curry is redder and hotter than the norm.
Choose the more traditional curry served with Sambals and poppadums’ or you can opt instead for the street food version called a Bunny Chow. This is a hollowed out half or quarter loaf of bread filled with delicious curry. Loved by all who try it, fast food never tasted better.
There is of course a fourth reason you’ll love Durban (we’ve heard) its called Durban Poison but we won’t go into that now…

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South Africanisms

weird and wonderful things about south africa and its people

“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

“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

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

"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

“Rooineks” Is the name the boers gave to the English settlers in the old days because their necks were always sunburnt from the harsh South African sun. The name stuck and you still see a fair amount of sunburnt necks about.

Submitted by Derrick Le Roux

"Now, Now" - When South Africans say that they will do something "Now, now"... It actually means that they will do it later.

Submitted by Ken McKenzie

"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

"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

“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

"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

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