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Colourful South African Words & Phrases You Need to Know About

Colourful South African Words

It’s true in South Africa the language as colourful as the people and that comes as no surprise when you consider South Africa boosts with 11 Official Languages. Know you I know you’ll get by with not knowing these words/phrases, but I’m pretty sure you’ll make a lot more friends if you do…

Ag man, a phrase used with more than a hint of frustration.

Aikona, not on your life, “You are staying at home today?” Aikona, I’m going on a jol.

Aita, [ai-tah’], A greeting, to say hello.

Boerewors, we eat boerewors, not sausage. A boerie roll is lekker.

Babbelas, [bub-elaas’) – Hangover, when last night was better than you planned for.

Bokkie, A small buck, or affectionate name for a female, Hey my bokkie, that’s a nice dress.

Bra/ Bru, A word for a male friend – “dude” in English. Hey, bra are we staying at the Junction?

Biltong, A favourite South African snack made from dried and salted meat.

Braai, [br-eye] the correct word for BBQ or grill. We’re having a braai tomorrow.

Check, Look at this, pay attention. Check that hot chick over there.

Chalk, A township slang for a 20 Rand note. Give me chalk, I wanna go to the shop.

Cozzy, [cozzie] Swimmin short or bikini or full-body costume. Grab your cozzy, we’re going to the beach.

Dop, is slang for an alcoholic drink. Pour me a dop.

Eish, [aysh] is a colloquial exclamation of surprise, disapproval, exasperation or regret. ‘Eish, my dop is done.

Eina, [a-na’] – Ouch! What people say when they get hurt. Eina! I just bumped my toe.

Gatvol, When fed up, had enough. Now, I’m gatvol of this referee.

Howzit, A greeting, to say hello.

Ja Nee, [Yes / No] – Used to confirm something. Do you think we should have a braai? – “Ja nee, that’s a great idea

Jol, [jawl]A party, a get-together. It’s gonna be a jol when we arrive in Plett.

Just now or now-now, means much later. Your wife might ask, “Will you please come fix the sink?” and you will reply “Now now baby”.

Kwaai, something you like. That is a kwaai motorbike Frank bought.

Lekker, [lek-uh] If there is the one you learn that this is the one! A word that is used to describe anything that is awesome, great, and good. That’s a Lekker car.

Pap, is porridge. Let’s go get some pap and vleis.

Potjiekos, A dish prepared outside, cooked in a round, cast iron, three-legged pot while stoking coals to keep the temperature just right. On Sunday we’re having potjiekos at my place.

Sies or Sis, An expression of disgust. Sies, don’t talk like that.

Slaptjips, [slup chips] Thick-cut, deep-fried potatoes. I feel like fish and slaptjips.

Skinner, [skuhn-her] This one is for the girls, a better word for gossip. Don’t you dare skinner about me.

Sho’t left, If you want your driver to stop by the next corner for you to get out. Hey, driver … sho’t left.

Vetkoek, Deep-fried bread dough balls. Directly translated to “fat cake” and goes with any topping. I’m definitely gonna have a vetkoek when I get to South Africa.

The Junction Boutique Hotel in Plettenberg Bay showcases May events

Get fabulous winter deals and stay at the swanky new Junction Boutique Hotel in Plettenberg Bay this May and experience unique events not to be missed.  

Just when you thought it was safe to put away those sneakers, enter onto the scene the TSITSIKAMMA ULTRA TRAIL RUNon 4 May. Brought to you by the busy people at Muddy Foot Adventures, the 60 km, linear trail begins under “The Big Tree” near Storms River and ends at Natures Valley. This is most certainly not for newbies and those who know all about trail running will tell you that this is a humdinger! Never the less and awesome experience for those who live for adrenaline. 

Discover Plett’s Natural Beauty, One Step at a Time

Plettenberg Bay is a beautiful and exciting corner of the world, offering something for just about everyone. From the artist to the adventurer, we are sure to pique the interest of any traveller. When you stay at The Junction Boutique Hotel, discover the natural side and find the fascinating wildlife that calls this area home. Sit back, relax and start planning your trip. 

Grab the camera and view Plett through an artful lens

Bloggers, Vloggers, Iggers, Selfie Fanatics…lend me your lenses! Plettenberg Bay is the quintessential treasure trove of breath taking images, particularly during summer. From the iconic beaches to the fantastical forests of old, Plett is photo heaven proper. At the Junction Boutique Hotel you will be blocks away from the beach and will be staying in the trendiest new building in town. Our amazing spaces will take your breath away but so will the location.

Your mini guide to the ultimate Plett bucket list

The Inside Scoop

From buckets on the beach to the ultimate bucket list, Plettenberg Bay is the place where you’ll find contentment. Traverse the jewel of the Garden Route at speed or take it slow and linger but whatever you do, do traverse! Don’t make the mistake of thinking that Plett is purely a summer destination. This all-rounder wunderkind is as magical in winter as it is when under the balmy summer sun. And holding court in the Main Street of the village, stands The Junction Boutique Hotel , a chic yet playful space, where travellers can rest their weary selves in laid back luxury, while having easy access to the vibrance of Plett. So, ladies, pack your favourite frock and gents, press your chinos and head on down to the coast to The Junction and experience the wonder that is Plett, first hand.

The Junction Hotel /

The Junction Hotel

The Inside Scoop

Preparations at Plett’s all new The Junction Boutique Hotel, are in full swing, with staff and management getting ready for its grand opening early 2019! This unique space, an embodiment of style and sophistication, reminiscent of the minimalist, New York loft apartments of the 80’s, is greatly anticipated. Lighting, furniture, interior décor and more, all work together to create beautiful relaxed spaces. It is geared up to be the perfect space for tourists to base themselves and experience the many treasures the Garden Route and the beautiful beaches of South Africa have to offer.