What does meerkat mean in South African Afrikaans?
It is composed of two words namely 'meer' which means lake or dam and 'kat' which means cat. The word "meerkat" is the same in English as it is in Afrikaans - it's pronounced meeer-kat in both languages.
The Dutch misidentified the suricate, a member of the mongoose family as a member of the Cercopithecus genus. Meerkat means "lake cat", but the animal lives primarily in arid semi-desert areas.
The Dutch misidentified the suricate, a member of the mongoose family as a member of the Cercopithecus genus. Meerkat means "lake cat", but the animal lives primarily in arid semi-desert areas.
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This term is often used as a derogatory term for Caucasian South Africans by the British or people of former British Colonies such as Australia and New Zealand. It appears to …have been derived from the Dutch term "plaasjapie" meaning a farm-boy, and implies someone who is ignorant and uneducated, aimed mainly at the Afrikaner (of Dutch origin) (MORE)
Kak literally means sh*t in Afrikaans. However, it can mean other things depending on how it is used. For instance, it can mean 'very' as in 'sy is kak mooi' lit. she is >very…< pretty or 'sy is kak lelik' lit. she is >very< ugly. It can mean to scold or reprimand "Hy gaan jou uitkak" lit. he is going to sh*t on you or 'hy het my uitgekak' lit. he sh*t on me. You can tell someone to 'gaan kak' lit. go sh*t which is another way of telling them to f*ck off or you can go for a sh*t 'ek gaan nou kak". It is a very handy word! (MORE)
The word Meerkat is dutch for Lake Cat, However they are not related to cats and have nothing to do with lakes. It is a misidentified word that probably started when someone c…ame to Africa and was more familiar with monkeys or another animal and gave them the wrong name. (MORE)
Anyone from South Africa, or who has visited there, may already know that the King Protea is that nation's national flower. As its name suggests, the plant is not just a beaut…iful flower, but it is also quite a large one. Protea cynaroides is its botanical name, and the King Protea is just one of the two thousand species of the Protea family. Although there are many other Protea species, the South African national flower is, to many, the most eye-catching and popular among the related varieties. Read on to learn more about the King Protea and understand its significance to South Africans.The King Protea is the largest flower of the Protea genus, which also includes plants with names like the King Sugar Bush and Giant Protea. The King Protea looks like a combination between a large artichoke and a lotus flower. While other Protea species have flowers of different colors, the South African national flower is pink. The diameter of the King Protea flower head can measure between five and 12 inches.Because the King Protea is the South African national flower, people mistakenly believe that it is indigenous to South Africa. However, they grow outside of South Africa as well. Botanists say that Proteas, including the King Protea, grow across the Southern hemisphere. Therefore, the South African national flower can be found growing in Australia, Oceana - which is also called New Zealand, South America, and India as well as South Africa and other regions. The only region where it does not grow is the Antarctic.The South African national flower is quite large compared to other flowers. The King Protea is also unique in the sense that it has a long vase life, allowing you to replace the flowers in your vase less frequently. Additionally, if you like to decorate your home with dried flowers, the King Protea is an excellent choice because it dries nicely without losing its majestic beauty.The King Protea, as the South African national flower, is a symbol of South African pride. For example, cricket is quite a popular sport in South Africa, although it is not a popular sport in the United States; the South African cricket team is affectionately known as "the Proteas." In addition, the King Protea is also one of the emblems of the South African Rugby Union.Arguably, the King Protea, the South African national flower, is a unique flower that is different from other flowers that people north of the equator have an opportunity to discover. The beauty and the size of the King Protea flower head is so great that the name "King Protea" is an apt descriptor. I looks like a cross between an artichoke - because of the size of its blossoming head, and the lotus plant. It is also among the symbols used to identify some of the African nation's national sports organizations.The genus of the national flower of South Africa is named after the Greek sea god, Proteus. Proteus could change his appearance, just as the varieties of flowers and leaves among the Protea family are vastly different. (MORE)
South Africa is a unique and diverse region when it comes to its botanical abundance. The Cape Floral Region, which is the name given to a large part of the South Western Cape…, is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom. This kingdom is the smallest of the world's known floral kingdoms but it is also the most diverse. As relatively small as it is, covering only 0.2 percent of the earth's surface, it is home to nearly 4 percent of the world's plant species. Of that, nearly 70 percent are endemic. Following are five interesting facts about flowers in South Africa.Some of the more visually striking flowers in the region are the protea (Proteaceae), which include the king protea which incidentally is South Africa's national flower. Others include the pincushion leucospermum types and the spiky leucadendron, which all features a wide variety of colors. The Erica (Ericaceae) is the largest genus of flowering plant in South Africa and is more delicate but also nearly infinite in its variety of color.Locally the people of the South African region know their flowers collectively as 'fynbos.' Fybnos stems from a biological term for low-growing scrub-like plants that are very rich in essential oils. It is these oils give their host flowers their unique and pleasant smells. The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in South Africa is home to a number of fynbos species as well as plants from all over southern Africa.The best display of these flowers can be witnessed by following the route south of Springbok, Northern Cape heading towards the southern tip of the Western Cape. This route will also allow you to have an amazing view of the antelopes and other African wildlife amidst the spectacular display of South African flowers. Other prominent viewing spots for these flowers include The Namaqua National Park and the bontebok grazing field in the De Hoop Nature Reserve.The King Protea is the South African national flower and is a flowering plant in the Protea genus. The head of the flower is the largest in the genus and has earned the species the nicknames Giant Protea, Honeypot, and King Sugar Bush. It is very common in the fynbos regions of the southwestern and southern parts of South Africa.Around 10 percent of the flower species in the world are present in South Africa. In fact, South African flowers are responsible for making the country the only one in the world with an entire plant kingdom within its borders. The floral phenomena created by these flowers is not common in many regions in the world and the fact that it is so relatively small yet so diverse makes these flowers a 'must-see' attraction for any one in south Africa or visiting from outside.There are eight ecological 'life zones' characterized by unique environmental conditions within which South African flowers thrive. These zones, which include forest, savanna, and desert, all feature their unique flower species. (MORE)
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South Africa is a treasure trove of endless varieties of handmade crafts. Native peoples engage their artistic creativity through every type of medium. It is helpful to become… acquainted with the different types of crafts before visiting South Africa, and this will allow you to get the most cultural experience out of your trip. Modern and traditional African art are sold in every city and village across South Africa. Read about these South African crafts to better understand the artistic groups of people that live in this unique and exotic region of the world.Wire crafts are popular in South Africa. Rietbron wire handcraft is a craft project based in a local school known as the Bronville Primary School. Eleven people come together in order to create crosses, angels, and ornaments from thin wire, crystals, beads, and sequin. These wire crafts, representing the artistic handiwork of the South African people, are sent out to Cape Town, Johannesburg, and even cities in European countries such as Norway. These wire artworks, including wire animals, cars, and motorcycles, are sold at local craft markets across South Africa.Beads are traditional South African craft materials and trade items. Beads have been used to convey religious ideas, aesthetic views, and social and political statuses. Beadwork has even been used for communication, as seen in the Zulu community of South Africa. Messages to lovers were sent as important forms of marriage negotiation. Being such a versatile medium, South African people currently use beads for any number of crafts, including coverings for various objects such as bottles and matchboxes.The Zulu people, who make up the largest ethnic group of people in South Africa, have long been recognized for their skill in basket weaving using native grasses and plants. They use llala palm leaves in order to craft their intricately designed baskets. Each basket's colored geometric pattern tells a story about the weaver. The baskets swell when they are wet and become water tight; thus, they are used for making a ceremonial sorghum beer. They are also used to store grains, nuts, and beans. However, these baskets have been known to store clothing and bedding items. Basket making provides the women of Zululand a means of supplementing the family's income.Sculptor Phutuma Seoka is a notable artist that emerged from a small market and eventually went on to sell his work in various galleries around the world. He has transformed the traditional African craft of Venda wood carving into a more elaborate creation of highly sought after characters. He carves figures amid the inherent curves and forks of tree branches, while creating his own eccentric style of craft. Another South African artist, Chickenman Mkize, creates art using road signs that he covers with materials in order to convey his artistic and creative messages.Ardmore Ceramic Art Studio was started by a Zimbabwean artist and a South African girl who was affected by polio. It is located in the Champagne Valley in the Drakensberg Mountains. Filled with ceramic masterpieces of exuberant colors, including rhythmic interpretations of the Bible and African traditions, Ardmore is a valuable and culturally rich location to visit for tourists as well as art enthusiasts. Accommodations ranging from hostels to modern resorts are available nearby for your stay in the Drakensberg Mountains.South Africa is rich with history, culture, and art, as it is home to various types of beautiful handmade crafts that are carefully created by the culturally rich people of South Africa. The crafts hold cultural significance and represent communities as well as individuals within South Africa. You can walk through the local markets and browse the colorfully and intricately designed streets. You can enjoy the art in the Ardmore Ceramic Studio and learn about ceramic sculptural forms, which have emerged from South African artists. Thus, you can use the information above regarding South African crafts so that you better understand the importance that art holds for these native people.The craft industry in South Africa is responsible for employing approximately one million people every year. These crafts and pieces of handmade art are exported to locations all over the world. (MORE)
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South Africa is a complex country within the continent of Africa, and it is built up of nine provinces. Surrounded by countries like Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, a…nd Swaziland, it is a very diverse nation with multiple ethnic groups, cultures, and languages. One of the more interesting aspects of the South African region is its capitals and each one's geographical makeup. South Africa has three capitals that divide up its political system and are spread geographically throughout the country: Pretoria, Bloemfontein, and Cape Town.South Africa is located on the southernmost tip of Africa, is made up of more than 471,000 square miles of land, and has a total population of more than 52 million people. Of the 11 official languages recognized in the South African constitution, English is one, and is often used in the business or commercial world, but it is not the most common language spoken at home. South Africa has an extremely lengthy coastline that meets two different oceans, the Atlantic and the Indian, and it is an extremely flat and vast land. Its climate changes from the lush land near the coastline in the east to the drier climates near the northwest where the Namib Desert is located.Pretoria is located in the Gauteng Province in the northern section of South Africa, and is considered the location of the administrative branch of the South African government, also called the executive branch. Pretoria, which is just north of South Africa's most populous city (Johannesburg), totals around 200 square miles, and has a population of around 500,000 people. The capital sits in a valley between Bushveld and Highveld and is at an altitude of around 4,000 feet above sea level. It is surrounded by numerous hills that are part of the Magaliesberg range, and has a humid subtropical climate.Bloemfontein is the South African capital for the judicial branch of its government, and its main role is in the courts. It is located in the central southeastern part of the country, has a population of more than 300,000 people, and a land area of around 130 square miles. It is located near the Highveld on the south edge, and has a elevation of around 4,600 feet. It is a mainly flat area, with vegetation similar to what is found in grasslands, and has a climate that is semi-arid.Cape Town, South Africa, is one of the most populated cities in South Africa with more than 800,000 people, only beaten out by Johannesburg, and it is one of the most popular destinations for tourists in Africa. It is considered the capital that is the legislative branch of the government and is one of South Africa's economic hubs. The city has a land area of around 200 square miles, and it is located at 33.55 degrees south latitude, and 18.25 degrees east longitude. It has some rock terrain with summits reaching around 3300 feet, as well as the Cape Flats that are mostly marine plain and sandy in makeup. The general climate is a Mediterranean one.South Africa is a diverse place, with a variety of languages, cultures, and people. The three South African capitals serve as major hubs for the diversity of South Africa. They also serve as major economic, political, and travel points within the continent as a whole. The geographical makeup of the country varies, changing from sandy beaches and marine climates to mountainous terrain to deserts. Overall, each of the different South African capitals are as varied as the people within the cities.There is a series of caves found in the Gauteng Province in South Africa that has been declared the Cradle of Humankind. In it, some of the oldest fossils for humans have been found, and there are still extensive fossil remains being recovered. (MORE)
There are over 800 species of birds in South Africa. It is one of the best destinations for tourists and bird lovers to travel too. As well as the birds that come from South A…frica there are hundreds more that migrate there throughout the year. Read on to find out more about a few of South African Birds.Weaver birds are a part of the Finch tribe and mostly consume seeds. They have a round but short conical bill and can range in color from red, yellow, and black. This bird gets its name from the type of nests that they weave, which are built from twigs and grass. Nests usually face downwards and are built by males as a way to attract a mate. The weaver bird can include different types such as buffalo, sparrow, typical, and widow weavers.Ten different Kingfisher bird species can be found in South Africa. They have bright colors which include blue, white, yellow, black, and orange. Kingfishers have red bills and have been known to be very vocal especially when it comes to looking for a mate. Depending on what type of species it is the Kingfisher can have a diet of insects, fish, reptiles, or rodents. They are very fast and do not stray too far from the ground, particularly when it comes to finding food.Barbet birds are a part of the Piciformes family, which is closely related to the woodpecker bird. They can grow up to 25 centimeters long, round, and have large heads. Barbets have heavy beaks to eat fruit, insects, and the occasional vertebrae. This African bird is colorful, solitary, and likes to hang around garden flowers. They have two front and two back-facing feet that allow for a good grip on tree branches.Rollers are one of the most popular bird species in South Africa. They are very colorful with bright blues, pink, green, brown, and white color variations. Rollers get their name from the gymnastic moves they make in the air while trying to attract a mate. It is primarily an insect-eating species that live in holes of trees. This bird is very popular to tourists who fight to get a shot of this fast and acrobatic bird.The bee-eater is a thin, colorful bird with a long tail. Their beaks point in a downward direction and their feathers can be green, yellow, blue, black, and white. They are very active and skilled at catching insects and bees in midair. After catching their prey bee-eaters take the food back to a tree branch to pull apart and eat the insect. Bee-eaters are a great bird to photograph while perching, they are not afraid of shy of admirers.These are just a few examples of the hundreds of species that can be seen in South Africa. South African birds can be found in areas such as Cape Town, WakerStroom, Lowveld, and Zululand. Besides the birds that can be found out in nature South Africa is home to many nature reserves that provide great opportunities for many species of birds. The country is a big supporter of the bird life and even has its own Birding Day in the month of November.More African birds include the ostrich, the blue crane, flamingos, African penguins, and turocos. You can also find ducks, owls, and vultures in the South Africa area. (MORE)
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Meer has a few meanings in Afrikaans - it can mean 'more' or 'lake' Kat is exactly what it sounds like - cat
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The word "meerkat" is the same in English as it is in Afrikaans - it's pronounced meeer-kat in both languages. The literal translation is "lake cate", but is the name of the s…uricate a member of the mongoose family. The meerkat a small (about 1.5 pounds) carnivorian mammal that live in Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. (MORE)