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Phil Maloney, Maple & Marula

I’ve been many things. A university English instructor, a picker upper of dead bodies, a musician, and a sales guy. My work brought my family and me from Vancouver, Canada to Pretoria, South Africa in September 2016, and I’m still wondering how that happened. I started this blog mostly because my friends back in Canada kept asking me how things were in South Africa, and posting about my experiences seemed more efficient than repeating myself hundreds of times. Maple and Marula is a way for me to make sense of my new surroundings as an expat who has no idea what I’m doing.
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HUMOUR: Tips for Driving in South Africa from A Foreigner Who’s Learnt!

By Phil Maloney, Maple & Marula 30-11-19 14:39

When I first arrived in South Africa in September 2016, it became rapidly apparent that I wasn’t in Vancouver, Canada anymore… writes Phil Maloney. There were full grown men running around in two-toned shirts and unintentionally hilarious hot pants, twonk-turkeys scaring the bejoobers out of me (hadedas!) with their unholy yelling, and boerewors EVERYWHERE. Oh, and […]

24 Weird Things About South Africa…

By Phil Maloney, Maple & Marula 25-04-21 15:10

I’ve lived in South Africa for three years now, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that while I love it here, I’ll never fully understand this place. Without further ado, here are 24 weird things about South Africa… writes Canadian expat, living in SA, Phil Maloney. 1. Bunny chows: There are no bunnies […]

A Canadian Expat in SA: In Defense of South Africa

By Phil Maloney, Maple & Marula 04-09-19 13:53

Dear South Africans – many of you have had enough with the crime, corruption, and lack of opportunities you face every day… writes Canadian expat, living in SA, Phil Maloney. Nobody can fault you for wanting to leave. I’ve had several friends already pull the trigger, several more who are in the middle of planning […]

Tips to Survive Load Shedding in South Africa

By Phil Maloney, Maple & Marula 12-02-19 14:57

If you live in South Africa, you’re very familiar with the term “load shedding.” If you’re not from South Africa, you probably have no idea what load shedding is writes Canadian expat Phil Maloney. In a nutshell, load shedding occurs when Eskom, the government monopoly that provides the country with consistently intermittent power, decides to cut off […]