A toilet in the gamadoelas... Stories from South Africa

A toilet in the gramadoelas

By Andrea Zanin 30-01-24 21:29

My dad came to South Africa in his early twenties. As a British guy, he didn’t speak ‘die taal’ but as an electrical engineer employed on the power lines he worked with a lot of Afrikaans people—making life ripe for misunderstandings. Often, my dad worked out in the gramadoelas. At the end of one of […]

Parktown Prawn

Boesak, parsley and a parktown prawn

By Andrea Zanin 14-03-23 16:47

There’s nothing like a Parktown Prawn in the car on the way to school. “We’re going!”—mom bellows from the other side of the house. I lightning myself out of bed. Throw on my uniform (luckily, it’s summer—no tie), lurch for my school bag (praying I packed accurately the night before), will an apple into my […]

family on the beach in South Africa, memories and nostalgia

Remembering those beach holidays in South Africa

By Andrea Zanin 02-03-23 18:35

If there is one thing I love to remember about my childhood living in South Africa, it’s beach holidays… … waking up before the sun rose, bundling into the car and staring up at the night sky as we pulled out of the driveway, barely able to contain our excitement. Soon after leaving Joburg, we’d […]

All the feels at international arrivals in South Africa

All the feels at international arrivals in South Africa

By Jenni Baxter 28-02-23 10:04

In our efforts to be the most resilient nation who always bounces back, makes a power joke or memes of it all whilst hitting send just before load shedding, I feel as South Africans we are at times numb… writes Samantha Jacobs. We have so much to feel that is mostly, largely, out of our […]

Just a dream: I miss you my beautiful South Africa, but... South African expat mom's poem - Lindi-Mae Humphreys

Just a dream: I miss you my beautiful South Africa, but…

By Jenni Baxter 02-03-23 01:10

A South African mom’s heartbreaking poem, written on the plane as she left South Africa to move abroad – went viral last year… because Lindi-Mae Humphreys’ words about the pain of leaving behind everything she knew and loved struck a chord with every South African who has left their beloved country to seek a safer […]

South African Students Hindered by Alleged Discrimination at Ukraine Border Posts

DIRCO’s Alleged Incompetency in Ukraine Revealed in Open Letter to All South Africans

By SAPeople Contributor 06-04-22 10:00

Proudly South African expat Hayley Reichert is gatvol. Below is her passionate letter to all South Africans, revealing alleged incompetency she has witnessed within SA’s foreign affairs department, DIRCO, whilst trying to aid South Africans in escaping Russia’s attack on Ukraine.  Dear fellow South Africans, Our government does not care about us, and they care […]


SA Expat: In Memory of Our South African Domestic Worker

By SAPeople Contributor 22-01-21 12:52

I wrote this on my personal Facebook page a few days ago, and from the responses realised that other South African ex-pats might be also affected by, or experiencing, this dynamic and so thought to share it writes Sandy Jonker Geyer. Last Tuesday COVID-19 took a much-loved member of our family. Buyiswa Zibi, a beautiful […]

Steve Hall & Mpumelelo (Mpumi) Mtinsto

How a Soweto Bicycle Tour Operator is Riding the Cycle

By Guest Contributor 01-01-21 12:42

Perhaps it has taken a small cruel virus to open my eyes… writes Steve Hall. This invisible thing has brought a new clarity to the vision I once had but maybe didn’t notice enough. Covid-19 arrived unwanted and indiscriminate, and no amount of border protection or customs officials could stem the tragedy of its travels. […]

Nelson Mandela Marc Lubner

Marc Lubner: My Fondest Memory Of Madiba

By Guest Contributor 18-07-20 09:51

It was a beautiful day when Nelson Mandela and I met at his home in the late 1990s to brainstorm the programme of the Smile Foundation, writes Marc Lubner, one of SA’s leading philanthropists and Group CEO of Afrika Tikkun. As we fired off ideas at one another, our former president fell quiet for a […]

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