For those non-South Africans reading this Mzansi refers to South Africa and is derivative from the Xhosa word umzantsi, meaning south. I chose @MzansiGirl as my Twitter handle during the 2010 World Cup.
South Africans or anyone who visited South Africa during the World Cup knows how awesome it felt to be South African during that time. Everytime I saw a South African flag I was bursting with pride, and there were flags EVERYWHERE from car side-mirrors to painted faces and flag wigs. I would tear up everytime our national anthem was played.
The World Cup has come and gone and I am still proudly Mzansi! As a tourism person I often get asked for South African travel advice from family, friends and even friends of friends and family. I am terribly passionate about sharing my love for Mzansi and imagine myself as an unofficial ambassador for South African travel. That’s why I started this blog, to share the Mzansi love.
I see it as my personal mission to inspire South Africans to travel more in their own country and the rest of the world to come and see how amazing we are too! I’m also hopelessly addicted to all things Mzansi – from South African arts, to local fashion and homegrown music. So that’s why I’m MzansiGirl. I also thought it was quite fitting as my actual initials are MG 😉