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Do you still remember these old South African icons, celebrities and vintage food?

Do you still remember these old South African icons, celebrities and vintage food?

Usazikhumbula lezi zingcweti zakudala zaseNingizimu Afrika, osaziwayo nokudla kwakudala?

Onthou jy nog hierdie ou Suid-Afrikaanse ikone, bekendes en vintage kos?

These days, it's pretty easy to forget the people who made us who we are. The icons that shaped our culture, the food that fed us and the celebrities that inspired us - they all seem to be fading into obscurity as new generations rise up to take their place.

But not all of them. There are still a few things from our past that stay with us forever because they're just so iconic!

Do you remember these 29 old South African icons of yesteryear?

1. Netflix during the day in South Africa


2. Wielie Wiele Walie

die aap sit op die balie.
Tjoef-tjaf val hy af.

Kyk hoe swaai hy draai hy
klim hy op dan val hy af.
Kyk hoe swaai hy draai hy
tjoef-tjaf val hy af.

die aap sit op die balie.
Tjoef-tjaf daar val hy af.


South Africa's first ever children's puppet show, Wielie Walie (which means "Kiddywinks"), was created by Louise Smit and first appeared on television in 1976. The show was produced by the SABC and featured two best friends—the rabbit Karel and his friend Sarel—who were always fighting with each other. They starred alongside Bennie, who was always ready to read a story, and the duck and the socks, who would chat between scenes.


3. Evita Bezuidenhout interviews President Nelson Mandela 17 November 1994

Evita Bezuidenhout, the most famous white woman in South Africa, was born on 28th September 1935 in Bethlehem, a dusty town in the Orange Free State.

She was illegitimate and had humble Boer origins. She dreamt of Hollywood fame and fortune, and tasted stardom in such 50s Afrikaner film classics as Boggel en die Akkedis (Hunchback and the Lizard), Meisie van my Drome (Girl of my Dreams) and Duiwelsvallei (Devil’s Valley).

She married into the political Bezuidenhout Dynasty, becoming the demure wife of NP Member of Parliament Dr JJ De V Bezuidenhout. She also had three children: de Kock, Izan and Billie‑Jeanne.

More can be read about her over here:


4. Riaan Cruywagen


In 1965, while still a student at the University of Stellenbosch, he started working part-time at the SABC in Cape Town, which was the start of his journalism career. On November 26, 1975, at 8:00 p.m., he read his first news item, which was the sentence of Breyten Breytenbach to nine years in prison.

Since the South African Broadcasting Corporation's initial television broadcasts in 1975, Riaan Cruywagen has been a South African television news reader and voice actor. He was born on October 5, 1945. Until his final broadcast on SABC 2 on November 26 at 7 p.m. CAT, Cruywagen continued to deliver the Afrikaans news on the SABC network every weeknight. He has produced around 7000 newscasts.  

5. Sunlight Soap : More Than You Expect

Since more than a century ago, Sunlight has stood for pure mildness you can rely on in the South African market.
Sunlight was judged to have the highest spontaneous recognition among fast-moving consumer goods brands in a 1999 study on masterbrands in South Africa conducted by Research International, making it a true South African icon!

In South Africa, the renowned green Sunlight Soap bar first appeared in 1891.

A little goes a long way is a guarantee made to customers by Sunlight Dishwash since 1957.

In the first year of business, Sunlight Soap was sold in almost 4,000 tons.

The second-largest FMCG company in Africa is Sunlight. 

6. Tipp-Ex

 Wolfgang Dabisch of Eltville, West Germany created Tipp-Ex correction paper and applied for a patent on colored film for the correction of typing errors in 1958. (German: Tippfehler). Later, he established a business with the same name. Otto Carls soon established a Tipp-Ex Sales & Distribution business in Frankfurt (Tipp-Ex Vertrieb GmbH & Co. KG). In the vicinity of Frankfurt, this business is still active under the name Tipp-Ex GmbH & Co. KG. In 1987, the German Patent and Trademark Office officially recognized Tipp-Ex as a trademark. 

7. Rooi Rose 

In April 1942, Rooi Rose first appeared in print. Starting in 1957, the journal hired Toek Blignaut, a South African author, as a writer. She conducted Dr. Christiaan Barnard's interview for the magazine throughout her twelve years of employment. 

Through its Rooi Rose Supermodel of the Year competition, the publication is credited with helping to launch the career of actress Charlize Theron.

Monthly Rooi Rose publications began in November 2000. The magazine shut down in May 2020. 


8. Boswell Wilkie Circus 

In 1913, the Boswell family launched the program in the Johannesburg neighborhood of Vrededorp. Entertainment was mostly provided by the family. Alf and Walter performed as clowns as Jim performed tumbling routines. Jim jumped over ten ponies while using the springboard, and they displayed donkeys, dogs, and ponies.

It was one of the first programs to accommodate audiences of all races, and it quickly became a mainstay in South Africa. It was one of the first to flout the prohibition on Sunday entertainment imposed by the apartheid administration. Susie, Wilkie's daughter, started performing when she was three, and Robert, Susie's younger brother, was the youngest director and manager in the history of the circus. 

9. Ouma se stoof


10. Coca Cola Yo-Yo

The Jack Russell Company produced this plastic yo-yo in the 1960s. The words "Genuine Russell Yo-Yo, Made in Australia, Pause for Coke, Trademark Registered, Be Really Refreshed, Championship" are written on the sides in white. In the early 1950s, Jack Russell founded a global promotional organization for the Duncan Toys Company after beginning his career as a Duncan yo-yo expert. Russell established his own promotional company in 1958, focusing mostly on the Coca-Cola Company. This is an illustration of a Coca-Cola advertisement from Australia.


11.Old Bread Slicer


12. Timotei


13. When you saw the wooden spoon, you knew what you were getting


14. R1 South African Coin


This one-rand coin was one of eight distinct denominations of South African Rand coins that were produced by the South African Reserve Bank (large type). They are a part of the South African Rand coin series that was removed. These one South African Rand coins have been produced since 1965 by the South African Reserve Bank. They were taken off the market in 1990.

The springbok and the words "Soli Deo Gloria" are seen on the big nickel coin of one Rand from South Africa. The South African coat of arms or a portrait of Jan van Riebeeck can be found on the reverse of the vintage 1 ZAR coin (issued from 1965 to 1969). (coins issued 1970-1989).


15. Rascals




16. Schwepps Grenadella


17. Iconic Drum Magazine

The magazine, formerly named as "The African Drum," was started by journalist and broadcaster Robert Crisp with the intention of portraying Black South Africans as "noble savages." According to reports, the South African authorities shipped copies abroad to demonstrate their accomplishment in controlling the "Bantu." Despite having a following of roughly 20 000, the magazine's content—which was primarily tribal preaching and folktales—was not financially successful.

The journal didn't start to expand until Jim Bailey, a former RAF pilot and the son of a South African mining baron, took it in 1951. Bailey immediately changed the magazine's name to Drum and relocated its offices to Johannesburg. The magazine's appearance changed, and its content started to emphasize urban black culture.The publication developed become a crucial venue for newly formed African nationalist movements.


17. Yebo Gogo Ad Windmill Ad

Local actor and singer Michael de Pinna has played the Yebo Gogo bagel, also known as "the yuppie" since 1994. University professor Bankole Omotoso acts the wise hero role. They are both household faces in South Africa. 

18. Boet And Swaer: Sasol Castrol GTX 2 Ad Classic

When they played the roles of Boet and Swaer in the enduring Castrol TV commercials for engine oil in the 1980s, South African actors Ian Roberts and Norman Anstey became well-known performers worldwide.

The two were frequently captured on camera in lighthearted rural scenes, with Boet dressed in khaki shorts and knee-high socks. They were frequently joined by a persona by the name of Mogae.


19. Beacon Nutty Puffs Is It Still A Thing ? 

Beacon was founded by a family in a modest, two-story structure on Commercial Road close to the Durban train station. Hymie Zulman, a Lithuanian immigrant, and his wife Mary paid £500 for Durban Confectionery and Spice Works in 1931. With a staff of six employees, they began making their own boiled sweets, toffees, cordials, and coffee.

Mr. Zulman frequently traveled abroad to buy cutting-edge production equipment. He was inspired to utilize this motif and title his company Beacon after seeing a neon-light advertisement in the shape of a lighthouse during one of these trips to the UK. The name was formally changed in 1936, and Beacon began producing chocolates for the first time in 1938. It attracted the attention of renowned British confectionery company Maynards at that point since it had more than 60 regular employees. 

20. Vim classic scouring powder removes even the toughest grime and stains, leaving household surfaces clean.

21. Kool-Aid

22. Frys Turkish Delight

Cadbury produces the chocolate bar known as Fry's Turkish Delight. The Bristol-based chocolate producer J. S. Fry & Sons introduced it to the UK in 1914. It consists of a Turkish delight with a rose flavor that is encased in milk chocolate. After Fry & Sons and Cadbury amalgamated in 1919, the Fry's name continued to be used.

23. Yogi Sip


24. Caltex Bunny

25. Old School Bags

26. TAB

To be a diet cola, Tab was developed. It was first produced by Coca-Cola in 1963. Before Coca-Cola made the decision to discontinue it in 2020, this soda had a long and worthwhile life. That equates to a production run of about 60 years. 

Diet Coke is well-known and is often referred to be the original diet cola. However, the truth is that Tab was actually the first diet soda made by Coca-Cola. It made its debut years before Diet Coke. The first few decades after this soda's release in 1963, it enjoyed tremendous popularity. After that, sales decreased, but it remained valuable enough to survive.

27. Kids Television 

K-T.V., sometimes known as Kids TV, was a children's network that aired as a programming block on M-Net and later on FilmNet in Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Cyprus, and South Africa. The owner of it was Multichoice. It used to air only for NOVA on Alfa TV in Greece in the morning and the afternoon.

In contrast to K-T.V., which aired in the morning, K-TV World (also known as K-World) was its sister television block.

28. Maynard Sour Balls


29.Nothing Tastes Like Fresca















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