You might hear words used by locals that you don't recogize. We actually have 11 official languages, Afrikaans and Zulu are spoken by most, BUT MOST SPEAK ENGLISH, which is also the official buissiness language.
Here are some words you might come across while visiting:
biltong = spiced, dried meat (can be beef, game etc - loved by South Africans)
braai = a favourite pass time - ie a barbeque, but in our unique style
bakkie = small truck (utility vehicle)
bru = brother/mate/friend (male)
gatvol = fed up
ja = yes
kak = crap
lekker = nice
nooit = never!
skelm = crook
sosatie = kebab
voertsek = get lost!
yebo = yes
eish = an non-specific exclamation
You will here these words used by any local, despite the ethnic origin
All in on Shopping Mall (Centurion)
It is a big shopping centre with everything together. There is a waterogan at night with music and lights. You will find a lot there like Books, Discount Store, Food and Drink, Home Furnishing , Men's Clothes, Sporting Goods, Women's Clothes, Art, Computers and Electronics, Local Craft, Gifts, Jewelry, Music, Stationery, Bath and Beauty, Department Store, Flowers, Hobbies, Children's Clothes, Shoes, Toys and Games Average
Paul Kruger statue, Church Square
Paul Kruger, now commemmorated by (amongst other things) Kruger National Park and the gold krugerrand, was a prominent Boer resistance leader, and 4 time president of the Transvaal Republic.
The statue which now stands in Church Square, depicting Kruger in his top hat & frock coat, was commissioned in the late 19th century, but not installed in Church Square until 1954
The best defence is by circling the wagons.
A large circular wall was built showing Voortrekker
wagons in a defensive position which meant
Circling of the Wagons
This is a wonderful recreation and it shows
how things were done in these days.
Visit a Nursery, Plantland
Here you can visit to walk through and see all the various kinds of plants we have in South Africa, even if you cant take them home its still interesting if you love plants to see the various plants we have here, there are a few branches of Plantland in Pretoria.
I include the website where you can get more info.
Cnr Lavender & Zambesi Drive
Tel: 012 543 1065
Fax 012 543 0557
Cnr Zambesi Drive East of N1 &
Tel: 012 808 1544
Fax: 012 808 0809
Plantland Menlyn Cnr Atterbury & Genl Louis Botha Drive
Tel: 012 348 7121
Fax: 012 348 7473.
Mon - Sat: 08h00 - 17h30
Sun: 09h00 - 17h30
1May - 31 July
Mon - Sat: 08h00 - 17h00
Sun: 09h30 - 17h00
ALL PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
08H00 - 17H00