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South Africa

Facts & Figures

South Africa Team Logo
  • Capital City: Pretoria
  • Population: 42m
  • Languages: English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa
  • Team Nickname: Bafana Bafana
  • Official Team Web Site
  • Best World Cup Finals Performance: Group Stage (1998 and 2002)
  • Best African Cup of Nations Performance: Winner (1996)
  • Official Fifa Ranking: 80 (September 2017)

Ideas for a South African Themed Party

In South Africa, eating outside is almost a way of life - the barbecue (or braai) is pretty fundamental to how they live, and as long as we get some decent weather, we can make the most of this tradition!

South Arica Party Decorations

  • Decorate yourself and your room with South Africa shirts, flags and scarves. There are a few options on the right of this page, or you could try:
  • If you're serving food, search for green and yellow table covers, napkins, plates, cups and cutlery on our General Party Decorations Page
  • For bunting, flags, balloons and more South African Party Decorations Ideas, visit our African Flags & Decorations Page
  • As for colour schemes, in addition to the above ideas, anything else you can find in yellow and green will help create the right atmosphere

Food for a South African Party

So, barbecued meat is a big part of South African cuisine, and we'll add not only recipes but also hopefully some links to retailers of authentic South African boerwors, biltong, etc.
But there's a lot more to South African cuisine than just barbecue. Curry-lovers will be delighted to know that curries are very popular in South Africa, especially in the Durban area, so if you're watching a tournament with no India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, etc, you can still have an excuse for a good curry or two!

Influences on South African cooking come from Europe, the Indian sub-continent, Malaysia and of course the indigenous South African peoples. We'll try to include some examples of each, but leave out such African delicacies as Ulusu Lwenkomo (stewed ox tripe), stewed rat and Mopane Worms. No, seriously, if you want to try these recipes, they do exist so feel free to search for them online. This site is all about throwing a party, and we're not sure how well some of those recipes would go down with your party guests, but it's obviously entirely up to you!

Try some of these next time the Bafana Bafana are playing:


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Drink for a South African Party

South Africa produces some excellent wines and beers, for which it is rightly gaining a good worldwide reputation. South African white wines, especialy Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc, make up the bulk of their production, and are loved for their light, crisp quality. Some red wine is also produced, including Shiraz, and Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault. Castle Lager is well known around the world, and generally held to be the country's "national beer".

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