Not all Road Signs are created equal! And not all the signs we find next to our South African roads are serious and focus on safe driver behaviour. There are an abundance of Road Signs throughout South Africa, some are intentionally funny or the “take a tongue –in- cheek” approach to getting your attention. Some are entertaining because of their use of slang and colloquial language, while others make your jaw drop as a result of their blatant misspelling or use of the wrong words! It’s easy to get lost in translation when you live in a country with 11 official languages, this has made for some interesting Road Sign creations across the country, ranging from hand-made farm signs to official government issued Road Signs and everything in between. Collecting pictures of funny Road Signs in Africa has become somewhat of an international traveler’s trend. Whichever is the cause for a giggle, funny Road Sign spotting in South Africa is a firm favorite after Wildlife spotting Take a look at these funny Road Signs in South Africa that are guaranteed to make you pay attention:
Often referred to as the "Rainbow Nation", South Africa is home to a fascinating mix of citizens. There are the Nguni (Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele and Sazi people), the San people, the Sotho Stana, the Tsonga and the Venda.There are the people of European, as well as mixed and Asian descent. Then there is a cross pollination of several of the descents, all falling under the overarching South African culture. South Africa is a a melting pot of endless cultural diversity that is reflected through traditional and modern interpretations of songs, dance, theater, design, fashion and food. Language is no different.
While it's true every country has its own peculiar turns of phrase which may not form part of its’ standard vocabulary, but rather used informally amoungst locals as slang.There is something exceptionally quirky about South African slang. Slang gives any local language flavour, colour and character. Unless you’re a native speaker, South African slang can be tricky to grasp which is understandable considering the 11 official South African languages!
Blue Flag is an international annual award given to beaches that meet a standard of excellence in the areas of safety, amenities, cleanliness, environmental information and environmental management. According to the World Tourism Organization, the international Blue Flag, operational since 1987, is the most well-known eco-label of its kind.
In South Africa, the Blue Flag programme is managed by WESSA in partnership with participating coastal municipalities. The strict criteria of the programme – in the areas of safety, amenities, cleanliness, environmental information and environmental management - are set by the international coordinators of the Blue Flag campaign in Europe, the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education). South Africa was the first country outside Europe to be granted Blue Flag accreditation for its beaches.