Embassies and High Commissions are essentially the same, but if you are in London's Trafalgar Square, one finds SA. OZ NA & Canada houses with the National Gallery surrounding Lord Nelson Column.
Union Buildings which houses the Presidential Office and Foreign Affairs, now has a new Building for the Foreign Ministry on Soutpansberg Road, South, on Meintjieskop ridge Bryntirion, where within secure confines are residences of President, State Guest House, Minister's homes and a 9 hole golf course.
South Across Church street, is home of Charles Maggs, now British HC, the Embassy of the USA is one block west, once reputed to be the second largest other than Moscow, but times have changed, one block east in China Embassy, some 100 plus countries and world Organisations have ofifces in Eastwood, arcadia and colbyn areas, the once genteel residential areas have now become diplomatic and business
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
Remembering our elders; Getting together, all young and old . the extended family taking flowers to our dearly deceased; I remember as a young kid being told to pay my respects to grand uncle who I'd never met, then gradually as i grew older, there were those whose funerals I remember well. Today is 2 years after Friend and Father died, with time change, we were in our flat in SA with family and friends visiting with consoling words; yet despite the years passing by, Pa's inner peace and strength, his quiet joie de vivre , our many short holidays and drives together; our ease of talking together day or night is warmly cherished and missed; fortunately, i can picture those special moments still ;-)))
In South Africa, people will greet by shaking hands. If they meet you for the frist time, it will be a very common gesture to shake hands.
After we say hallo, you might hear "howzit", which basicly means 'how are you?'
'Ok, bye' or 'cheers', is often said when leaving.
West of Pretoria near Hartebeespoort Dam is a huge craft Market...not to be missed, african and local poeple bring all their handmade goods from all over the country here to sell...much cheaper than to buy it from craft shops!!! here are places to eat...so make a day of shopping and just relaxing... I advise weekends, its in the vacinity of the dam wall.
We had arrived on a Saturday morning, so the next day, the conference organizers organized an afternoon trip to a flea market on the outskirts of Joburg. While we were there, we heard the beating of drums and knew that it must be time for the Zulu dancing session. There was no charge for this, with an open-air amphitheatre available for all who wished to watch. It was quite a specatacle as four men and four women dancers outfitted in traditional Zulu garb put on quite a display. There was a great deal of leg stomping and the women shook their hips in a movement somewhere between an Egyptian belly-dancer and a South Pacific Islander! It was a great way to put in the afternoon!
Pretoria is a mixture of cultures, and many languages are spoken. The common denominator with all South African, regardless of race coulor or creed, is sport. Talk rugby, soccer, cricket or even Formula 1 racing and you'll be regarded as a local in no time.
This was predominantly pre 1994, an Afrikaans speaking city,
===however after the change of government from
White to Black,
===the removal of international sanctions, boycotts and RECOGNITION as a legitimate state
=== PRETORIA within the Metroploitian City of TSHWANE
has now over 100 Embassies, High Commissions, diplomatic agenies and International Agncies.
===Being the administrative Capital, buraucratic mentality is rife,
===fortunately, it also is a city of gentler cosmopolitan civility and intllect, compared to Johannesburg /Sandton
===with its many academic and reseach institutions etc.
Ten per cent of the restaurant bill is accepted as the norm - you can tip more if you want.
Guards in parking areas usually expect a tip that is up to you - do not be intimidated by them.
We talk about 'robots' in stead of traffic lights, so somebody will say to you 'turn left at the next robot...'
If somebody says he'she will do something 'now-now' or 'just now' it can mean any period of time in the future and is not necessarily immediately.
Locals love to carry things on their heads, and as fewer use this custom lately you may still find locals that carry an amazing amount of stuff on their head.
I just love collecting musical instruments from all over. Here is a small collection of African instruments.
Apartheid is officially over.
Everyday life still witnesses some cases, maybe not so much as you would expect. But "social" apartheid is still very well: what does this sign inspire you?