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3 June 2015

Cape town is our hometown and always our first love, so here is a little bit about a hugely exciting attraction. It’s called “First Thursdays”. Basically on the first Thursday of each month all the galleries in Cape Town within the central hub stay open till 10pm at night – free to the public. What started in 2012 as just 6 galleries has grown into one of the city's foremost cultural experiences, attracting thousands of people every month.
Walking down cobbled streets map in one hand and glass of wine in the other, while taking in some truly phenomenal new art and a smattering of not so good art, will make your heart sing. Musicians provide the soundtrack and street vendors with delicious offerings like Beef Bouillabaisse, Chicken Tikka Masala wraps and artisan burgers help to keep energy levels high.

I wont even get into the extraordinarily fit men and women of all persuasions that float beneath the fairy lights and waft in and out of the various galleries, restaurants, cafes and holes in the wall eateries and bars. This monthly event is as much about people watching as it is about art. It’s amazing what happens to the environment at night – it takes on a special magical quality and everything is more beautiful, more special, more rare. There is a spirit of fresh optimism, of joy and of discovery and of people out to see, to experience and to have fun doing it!!

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South Africanisms

weird and wonderful things about south africa and its people

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

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

Submitted by nickyd

"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

“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

"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

"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

“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

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

“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

"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

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