Telling foreigners ‘The Good Stuff ‘ about South Africa is a really important part of Representing South Africa Responsibly. Read on for my quick guide!
1. Our People
For South Africans, the concept of ubuntu is really important. Ubuntu can be translated to: “humanity”, or,
“I am because we are”
In A Future Without Forgiveness, Desmond Tutu describes a person who has ubuntu as generous, hospitable, friendly, caring and compassionate. He goes on to say:
“Desmond Tutu in A Future Without Forgiveness
A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed, or treated as if they were less than who they are.
For many of us, Ubuntu governs our interactions with all of the people we encounter. It results in a community that is kind, welcoming and helpful, no matter your background. There have been many instances throughout my life where I’ve experienced the kindness of a stranger, without expectation for anything in return.
2. Our Animals
South Africa is home to The Big 5, namely:
Not only can we boast the big 5, but also a ton of other cool animals! To name just a few – we have giraffe, zebra, ostrich, hyena, wildebeest, kudu, hippo and cheetah. All you need to do is hop on a Safari at the Kruger National Park or in the Pilanesberg to see these and more!
**Due to high rates of poaching, rhinos are endangered. However, South Africa is the place where you have the best chance of seeing one, since we are home to more than 80% of the world’s population of rhinos.
3. Our Scenery
Some of the most beautiful scenery I’ve ever had the privilege of seeing is in my home country! This includes some of my personal favourites, which are the Wild Coast, the Garden Route and the Blyde River Canyon. South Africa has a little bit of everything – mountains, bushveld, forest, desert and more than 2500km of coastline.
This can’t be all of ‘The Good Stuff’?
These are just my top three things that I love about our country, but there are plenty of other amazing things which I’m hoping to write about at a later stage. Stay tuned!
What About ‘The Bad Stuff’?
Of course, Representing South Africa Responsibly means telling foreigners ‘The Bad Stuff’ too. Click here to read my guide to Telling Foreigners ‘The Bad Stuff’ about South Africa.