The South African community in Taiwan, under the leadership of the SA Representative Mr Petrus Meyer (or Oom Piet as I like to call him) from the South African Liaison Office in Taipei recently celebrated South Africa Day in true South African style!
The venue as always was the very homely Wendel’s German Bakery & Bistroin the Taiwan capital. South Africans from all over the island as well as locals converged on Taipei and were treated to authentic South Africa cuisine like boerewors, flame-grilled chicken, mielie-pap, tomato & onion sauce (sorry that doesn’t sound like the real deal… tamatie smoor is more like it!) potato salad and coleslaw. Favourite drinks like Savannah and Hunter’s Gold were also flown in for the occasion.
Kappityt! Saffas in Taipei enjoying SA Day. (Picture: Tobie Openshaw)
Homegrown bands provided the musical entertainment while various sponsors like SAA and local SA-owned businesses chipped in to offer some great prizes.
As South African events in Taiwan go, this was a real family affair with the kids not left out. There was a huge jumping castle, face-painting and great prizes on offer to keep the little ones busy while the daddies kuier-ed in the bar and talked rugby!
My blood is also green! (Picture: Tobie Openshaw)
Next year’s Soccer World Cup was not left out and some fun activities were on offer to highlight the country’s biggest sporting venture to date.
So why South Africa Day? As their website states:
The day is to get South Africans in Taiwan together in one place for a social friendly networking day to celebrate all things South African. And introduce Taiwanese friends and families to South African culture, food, music.
That’s the way to do it.
Good job, Oom Piet!
“Friends! South Africans! Countrymen! Put down your beers!” SA Representative Petrus Meyer speaks to the guests at Wendel’s.(Picture: Tobie Openshaw)