South Africa is a multilingual country with 11 official languages and a population fluent in at least two. IsiZulu and isiXhosa are the largest languages, while English is spoken at home by only one in 10 people – most of them not white.
Mixed with over a dozen African languages for over two centuries, spiced by imports from British, Dutch and Portuguese colonies, South African English has its own rich, varied and sometimes weird flavour.
They were once dismissed as street dogs and mongrels. But as a breed they are smart, tough, athletic, loyal – and ancient. They are the Africanis, the dog of Africa.