Top 6 Silly Things That South Africans Do When Summer Hits

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Normally by November South Africans are in full Summer holiday mode. Capetonians countdown the days until they can escape the gridlocked (and GP-registration plate riddled) traffic; Joburgers plan their great trek to the shores and Durbanites, well, aren’t they always on holiday?

Here are the top six ‘giggle-moments’ of things we typically get up to in Summer.

1.The “We must braai sometime” invite
You’re at the cash register and the couple behind you are arguing; the baby behind them is yelling and the cashier is discussing her tea-time plans with a colleague, when all of sudden you lock eyes with the person you’ve been trying to avoid by having an in depth stare at your blank phone screen. And before you know it, “We should get-together and have a braai sometime” comes out of your mouth instead of “nice to see you, bye.”

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2. Rushing to the beach on the same day
I don’t know who decided that South Africans should only go to the beach on two days of the year, but we really don’t need to heed their advice, people. 26 December and 1 January are not the only available days to spread our towels and grab some granadilla lollies.

3. Insisting on catering 3-4 hot, main meals and desserts on Christmas day
 So that by the time your ‘lose weight’ resolution is over, you still have left-over roast for chicken & mayo sandwiches ’til Valentine’s Day. And a roast in 35 degree heat? Enough said.

4. Posting incessant pictures of cocktails and ice-creams in exotic locations on social media
Especially while it’s only 11am on a Thursday and the rest of us are not on holiday yet and still fighting with over-used printers and slow computers.

5. When your colleague comes back from leave and suddenly has an accent
Because he was hosting his cousins from Australia for a month, and now the rugby team he supports has also become questionable.

6. Cause traffic jams & long queues wherever we go
If there’s one thing South Africans are good at its causing delays, whether on the highways or in isles of supermarkets – either taking in the view or having a family reunion among the groceries.

Wherever we find ourselves and whatever we do these holidays, let us do it in a safe manner so that in Winter we’ll have memories to laugh about around the all those other fires we love making.

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