Seven Things That Make Me Proud To Be South African.

The gorgeous country that is the Land of Mzansi has a bucket of reasons to make us the inhabitants very proud… but Zoom South Africa has shortlisted top Seven reasons we should all be proud that we were born South African!

 

1.) The South African Wildlife and the bushveld and the magnificent sunsets. It’s impossible for tourists who flock South Africa from all corners of the world to not be mind blown by the splendour of our natural landscape, our bushveld and our majestic sunsets. Our national parks are renowned in the world with circa two million hectares topography and over 16 ecosystems. One can explore the walking safari, as well as the 4×4 game-drive.Our country is the best for snapping the best photographs and the taste of our water bodies and high lands are overwhelmingly impressive.

2.)The South African Braai -The juiciest of our seven things why one must be proud of Mzansi reasons is, of course, the South African- barbeque. Chops, boerewors, skilpadjies (tortoise), Afrikaans-style potato salad with egg and condensed milk and even a side of Kasi pap! We are some of the only people in the world to cook over fire because, well, it just tastes better.

3.)The Iconic Figure of Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela was a towering political giant, an unparalleled emancipator, whose influence is matched by very few other people on the whole of planet Earth. His impact on all corners of the globe, a stupendous achievement for a person of colour, flying right in the face of the racially and ethnically intolerant times our world goes through. Nelson Mandela is reason enough for South Africans to feel really proud, and the man influenced daily South African life so much that he has that he has all sorts of honorary days, bridges, museums, monuments, and events in memory of him indented into the South African calendar.

 

4.)The Please Call Me. Long before the boom of social media messenger apps like Whatsapp, Telegram and so forth this nifty telecoms hack was invented by our very own Nkosana Makate who was on a quest to ensure his girlfriend could always get in touch with him whenever she wanted whether she had no airtime or not. It might seem like trivia but the simple ‘Please Call Me’ we have all used at one point or the other has helped Vodacom generate billions of Rands in revenue. It has also spread to other telecom companies in countries such as Zimbabwe and Botswana

5.)South Africa Pioneered the first successful heart transplant in the world. On the 3rd of December in 1967, South Africa pioneered the world’s first human-to-human heart transplant. It was done at Groot Schuur Hospital in Cape Town. This extraordinary feat pushed the boundaries of science to a whole new level and we as South Africans are immensely proud to know it all began here.

 

6.)South Africa has the World’s longest wine route. Did you know that our very own Mzansi has the world’s longest wine route. Starting all the way from Cape Town and stretching to Port Elizabeth, the Cape’s Route 62 wanders through some of our country’s most fertile valleys where grapes flourish. So, if you ever think about embarking on a road trip, you might want to give the R62 a try. Hehe…just have a designated driver who is a teetotaller who won’t be overcome with the urge to participate in wine tasting.

7.) The cultural and ethnic diversity and polyglotion… The Claim that South Africa is a Rainbow Nation isn’t an empty one, it aptly describes our country’s cultural and ethnic diversity. The composition and constitution of the population of Mzansi is one of the most complex and diverse in the whole world. Of the 60 million population of South Africans, over 40 million are black people, 5 million are white, 5 million are coloured and about 1.5 million Indian or Asian. On top of that we are a Polygotious country with Eleven Official languages, that means 11 different South African accents.