A site I always enjoy spending time on is the http:ZAR.co.za site. Authored and created by two South Africans, they have collected an amazing amount of information about South Africa and her people, which they are obviously very proud to share. From interesting facts and trivia that are known or not so well known about South Africa to statistics on population, growth, economy, languages, religion, provinces, capitals etc.
My personal favourite section of this site is a section on notable South Africans: “Meet some of the people that helped inspire a nation to greater heights. Some are tragedies, some are the stuff of legends …” (see this section at: http://zar.co.za/bio.htm). Here you will find bios on famous South Africans such as our beloved Nelson Mandela as well as Desmond Tutu, Miriam Makeba, Prof Chris Barnard, Olive Schreiner, Charlize Theron – and many, many more well know South Africans. Written in a style that is easy to read and interesting at the same time, I often spend a few hours reading these bios and learning even more about people who make me proud to be South African!
A nice touch on the site is their Quiz section. Do the “South African Slang” quiz – words we use every day such as Yebo! “vrot” and “aikona” – with explanations of their origination and meaning – well done. (I scored 86% – seems I need to brush up on my slang!). Other quizzes you can do (they only take a few minutes) is a Who’s Who? And geography quiz. (Geography is not my strongest point so I’ve saved this one for a day when I feel like learning something!).
Go to http://zar.co.za/sound.htm and listens to “Sounds of South Africa”. Includes animal sounds and bird calls, some of our languages and another favourite – Music. Listen to Mandoza, the Johannesburg African Choir, the famous Drakensberg Boys Choir, our South African Anthem “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” amongst others.
This is a site for all South Africans – and I love it!
Visit the site at: http:ZAR.co.za