Back in South Africa’s past, the focus of the nation was often on the Afrikaans community, making fun of their attitudes, speech and a whole lot more, especially in our TV and film advertising.
This ad was produced for Castrol motor oil – one of the few multinationals that retained a presence in the country at that time. And yes, the humour was all there.
The narrative on YouTube says this was shot at the “Horingboom Oasis”. Actually, it was the Kalahari Oasis, deep in the African bush, at a reserve called Mabalingwe, now very a famous stop off for visitors.
Last week, I had the chance to (re)visit the Kalahari Oasis with friends, who live in the reserve.
South Africans will remember the ad and recognise much of the
junk memorabilia. For the uninitiated, life wasn’t quite like this. Or was it?
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