It is the most luxurious train in the world.

And on the day that Rovos Rail turns 30 years old, we meet  Tiffany Vos-Thane.

Daughter of the African railway entrepreneur Rohan Vos, Tiffany tells us what it was like growing up on one of the most famous trains in the world. How Rovos has never changed but also how it has adapted over the last three decades. And she finally provides us with not one but two truly nightmare travel tales!

As Mother’s Day gently reminds us about the formidable women in our lives it is heartening to hear about the feisty females in charge of Rovos and to consider an incredible, classically romantic experience worthy of the most important people in your life.

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Our greeting in this podcast is:

Awê (Pronounced Ah-Weh)

Slang and colloquialisms are prolific in Cape Town; a fact that’s far from surprising in a nation that claims 11 official languages and in a city that’s home to an eclectic mix of cultures. That said, locals in the Mother City and in the surrounding Western Cape, more so than, arguably, other South African provinces, have their own unique way of talking smack and waxing lyrical.

Much of the credit for the area’s broad spectrum of slang and colloquialisms is owed to the colored people from the Cape Flats, a population vibrant in every way, but most famously, for the way in which they communicate. Though, ultimately, words, sound bytes, and sayings from all of the nation’s official languages inject themselves into casual conversations, potent road rage and cheesy pick-up lines.

So, if you’re planning a visit to Cape Town, if you’re new to the city or if you simply need to brush up on your bantering act, then look no farther; we’ve put together a beginner’s guide to Cape Town slang and colloquialisms, complete with our version of accented pronunciation.

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