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Why MzansiGirl?
August 1, 2012
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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 😉


love this pic with the little SA flag that lives on my desk


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Meruschka Govender

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There are 6 comments

  • What a brilliant concept for a blog! I agree with you wholeheartedly – South Africans need to travel around more in their country and to appreciate just how exquisite it is. I lived in SA for 25 years but it was only in 2006 that I finally began doing touristy things in Jo’burg like going to the Apartheid Museum, Maropeng and the Lion Park. I swore I wouldn’t make that mistake in London and for five years I’ve been wandering around like a tourist. It never gets old!

    • mzansigirl says:

      Hi Emm. Thanks so much for the your comments. I love exploring my own city and discovering special places and spaces. Cheers!

  • Di Brown says:

    Hi Meruschka,
    I think they should declare you the official local ambassador for Mzansi, a salaried title of course!
    You really walk your talk and the Mzansi love and energy flow out of you continuously.
    I am also Proudly SA, passionate about maps and travel, yet you take it to a whole new level.
    Enjoy your overseas adventures and always return to your heart, to infect SA with your enthusiasm and inspire locals to find their Mzansi.

  • anderson says:

    lovely blog but just one correct requet: “Mzansi” is derived from the Xhosa noun umzantsi meaning “south” , not zulu as stated above.
    happy traveling

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