10 small steps to make South Africa GREATER
July 30, 2013
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I recently came across the blog of Jabedi mapping, by Di Brown and loved this post so much I had to share it with you…


Tourism is the job of every South African

words by Di Brown

Right now the powers that be are at the SAACI 2013 conference in Port Elizabeth, brainstorming the way forward to boost our economy via the Conferencing Industry. This is a job for the big boys, government. Ministers, hotel chain owners, events companies and YOU. 

Yes, you, the little guy who runs a one man show related to tourism, the guy who sweeps the streets and the corporate accountant who has nothing to do with tourism.

You do not even have to know anything about tourism to aid this growth.

Just be proudly SOUTH AFRICAN. Do whatever you can to enhance both the reality and the perception of what South Africa is.

It is really so easy.

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10 small steps to make South Africa greater

1. Be friendly | smile at people, acknowledge others, be helpful

2. Don’t litter | lets start cleaning up this country, mess does not make a good impression

3. Say NO to corruption | clean up your own act, speak out, do not be part of it

4. Share your pride | focus on what you like about S.A and share it

5. Do your bit | do your job to the best of your ability every day

6. Think ! | think before you moan, rather apply your mind to a possible solution

7. Be fair | no one likes being ripped off, offer value and gain loyal supporters

8. Help | offer a step up rather than a hand out, you could change a life

9. Change | is not as scary as you think, embrace it

10. Be a Giver| rather than a taker and you will gain unexpected rewards.

We can all do a little to make South Africa a place we would love to come to for business and pleasure.

tourism is the job of every south african

“Mzansi uniting the world”


About Di Brown
jmLogoDi Brown is the co owner of Jabedi Mapping and believes that maps are the ultimate tool for marketing a destination. Di is mad about South Africa, and its tourism industry. At 52, she decided to learn and embrace social media. She started blogging  to get exposure for the interactive mapping website she is building. However, the whole blogging thing seemed to develop a life of its own and now she’s just going with it.



I hope this post inspired you to Share your Mzansi love – over the interwebs, in your communities, wherever you go – and make South African GREAT!

 Do you have any other ideas on how we can make South Africa great? Share them in the comments below…


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There are 13 comments

  • mzansigirl says:

    Thanks Heather!

  • darrelhoff says:

    I really liked this.
    i did notice a GOOD CHANGE here in Hillcrest.

    I have seen signs on lamp posts, not sure if they’re just signs or actual bins… theyve just come over the last few days…

    saying “keep your city clean”

    I really like that!

  • Jenna says:

    I love this post! I think that we are often so quick to point the finger at others or blame the government, without thinking about what we can change ourselves. South Africans have so much to offer and be proud of 🙂


  • Marcia says:

    PS: CAPTCHA’s not working with me today. This is the third or fourth time I’m writing this as each time I hit Submit, it gives me an error message, and wipes out my comment. Anyway, once more.

    These are great commonsense tips but as I’ve heard people say, commonsense isn’t so common. They could also be applied to my country, Jamaica.

    My friends and I visited Joburg, CPT & Durban three years ago. We had a wonderful time and I can’t wait to return. As a matter of fact, it was my SA trip that had me begin blogging seriously. It was that life altering.

    During the 3 weeks we were there, we met wonderful people from the travel agency and tour guides to hotel workers and ordinary South Africans, everyone was friendly and helpful. But it didn’t start in Joburg. Several months before we left, I met a SA singer and told her of our trip. She immediately gave me the names of her mother, brother and friends and then emailed them to let them know we were coming. Because of her, there was a party waiting for us when we arrived. Did I mention that we didn’t know anyone in SA before? Our tour guide in CPT was so helpful, I’ve recommended him to friends who’ve used him. I’ve also kept in touch several of the people we met.

    While South Africans were helpful, the travel agency we contacted initially wasn’t so. The agent kept telling us SA was dangerous and we had to be careful. We told him we were Jamaicans and had heard the same things said about our country so we didn’t care. After the second or third conversation, we dropped them. We didn’t think we needed to spend our money with a company like that.

    Thanks for sharing this post.

    • mzansigirl says:

      Hi Marcia. Sorry about the dodgy Captcha. I really enjoy reading your blog posts on your SA travels. Your love for my country really shines through. Its unfortunate about the travel agent being so negative, but glad that it all worked out and you had an awesome experience. That’s the best thing about SA, South Africans are so welcoming. Let me know when you’re planning your next trip here, I’d be happy to share some tips and maybe even plan another welcoming party 🙂

  • Marcia says:

    I wanted to add — this post should be changed. It should read, 10 small steps to make South Africa GREATER!!!

  • deon says:

    This is a great blog and awesome to see the positive spirit. I have been a South African for 40 years and seen it all. I wish we could all stand together and fight corruption to make this country what it should be.

    Please feel free to take a look at my website should you wish to do some flying or perhaps looking for some accommodation in South Africa.

  • Kevin says:

    This was such a heart warming post. Thank you for sharing this. I think many south africans have drifted from their roots and need a reminder of what being a south african is about. I think Nelson Mandela thought us alot about this!

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