Gotta love the cheek and humour of South African advertising. See Nando’s latest

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NANDO’S CHEEKY HUMOUR Nando’s have long been known for their topical ads whose cheeky and often subversive humour poke fun and  ruffle feathers (an appropriate analogy for a fast food restaurant  chain specializing in chicken).  Their latest one is another classic: Free Nando’s for Mexico – if they lose Prior to yesterday’s game, Nando’s  was offering the Mexican football team […]

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Steuart Pennington’s take on whether sport can help change attitudes: The Blue Bulls in Soweto

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Our transformation challenge: The Blue Bulls show the way! By Steuart Pennington in South Africa     The Good News Newsletter    no 263 01   June 2010 “It just shows how far we have come as a nation” were Victor Matfield’s final words as he reflected on the Bulls semi-final  in Orlando Stadium, having said earlier “Hearing vuvuzelas […]

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Talk the talk: A-Z of South African slang

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South Africanese at it’s most expressive Vivienne Hambly guardian.co.uk, Friday 26 February 2010 writes:    Don’t know your babbelas from your tekkies? Learn how to make yourself understood at the World Cup 2010 with our indispensible guide: Drawing from 11 official languages – with English, isiZulu, isiXhosa and Afrikaans – being the most dominant, South Africa’s […]

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The soccer spirit: what role do hawkers play?

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 HAWKERS ROLE UPSURGE OF NATIONAL SYMBOLS In Jozi, on every suburban pavement, busy intersection and traffic island, is a group of hawkers selling flags, mirror covers, soccer glasses, beaded key rings  and all things promoting the national flag.  It is in the traffic that most Jozi-ites purchase their symbols of support for Bafana Bafana  and enter into the spirit of […]

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Tobias at 84 – still sharp, witty and engaging

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 Philip Tobias : Giant in the field of paleo-anthropology Chris Thurman enagaged in conversation with Prof Philip Tobias world-renowned paleo-anthroplogist at the Boekehuis this Saturday.  In addition to his ground breaking work with hominids, Tobias has also been very influential as an anatomist, a geneticist, is an expert on medic-legal ethics and  … is a keen lover of cricket!  With a […]

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Looking back on 2009 – the good news in South Africa

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SA the Good News Check  SA Goodnews no 242 13 December 2009 on  http://www.sagoodnews.co.za/newsletter_archive/the_best_of_2009_2.html And from Project 2010 Issue 165 18 Dec 2009 2009 will be remembered as the year that South Africa staked its claim to hosting a successful 2010 World Cup. Certainly, the past 12 months have marked an extraordinary turnaround in the preparations […]

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South Africans as a nation are good at the extraordinary, it’s the ordinary that we are not so good at.

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South Africa: the Good News ‘Good at the extraordinary but not so good at the ordinary’  is a quote from Albie Sachs, the retired Constitutional Court Judge and former activist in the freedom movement.  South Africa always gets notoriously bad press. I think I can safely say that the majority of my guests who have never […]

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