5 Questions To Ask Before Using Minibus Taxis In Gauteng

Minibus taxis are the most popular mode of transport for most of South Africa’s population. In fact, the taxi industry is made up of 90% minibus taxis (Arrive Alive, 2018).

These taxis are the most available and affordable form of public transport in most urban areas in South Africa. Despite the advantages associated with minibus taxis, the disadvantages sometimes outweigh the advantages. That’s why we put together 5 questions to help you overcome challenges associated with using minibus taxis in Gauteng. Make sure you have answers to the questions – for every trip. We recommend finding a friendly taxi driver, local or fellow Nigerian who can answer all these questions a day before your trip.

1: What is your destination?

Know the name of the destination (e.g. Johannesburg Zoo or Joburg Zoo), and street address (e.g. Jan Smuts Ave & Upper Park Dr, Parkview, Johannesburg, 2193).

Quick safety tips:

  • Do not get off in unfamiliar places or in the middle of nowhere.
  • If you are unfamiliar with your destination. Check it on Google Maps so that you know what to look out for.
  • If possible travel at a reasonable time, preferably not at night time.
  • Tell someone where you are going and update them as often as possible

Of the 36 lives lost daily on South African roads, 3 (8%) are killed in taxi related incidents (Arrive Alive, 2018).

2. Will the minibus taxi drop you off at your destination?

Unfortunately, the taxi will not always be able to drop you off at your final or preferred destination. Taxis follow a predetermined route, known only by taxi drivers and frequent passengers. Try to check out Taximap; the website publish up-to-date information regarding minibus taxi routes, price, hours of operation, and other relevant information for minibus taxis in Johannesburg and for many other major South African cities.

The taxi industry consists of about 150 000 minibus taxis (Arrive Alive, 2018).

3. What time must you be at your destination?

Once again, taxis take a predetermined route that doesn’t always favour the passenger. Leave early to avoid being late. Waiting and travel times can be very long when using taxis so allocate two or three hours for waiting and traveling. Peak hours are early in the morning (there are many passengers going to work) and late afternoons (there are many passengers going home from work).

During peak hours, there are long queues of taxi passengers, long waiting times and a low number of taxis. During off peak hours, there are short queues of taxi passengers, long waiting times and high numbers of taxis. 

Minibus taxis in South Africa make the front passenger count the taxi fare

4. Where do you get minibus taxis to your destination?

Find out where you will be getting a taxi from. Is it from a taxi rank or by the side of the road. Which hand sign must you make to make the taxi stop? See this comprehensive multimedia information from Alberton Record on hand signs to make in order to catch a minibus taxi in South Africa. If you are going to a taxi rank then make sure you are standing at the right queue. If you are not sure that you are standing in the right queue then ask queue marshals, locals and taxi drivers.

Try this greeting.

Sure boss, please where can I get a minibus taxi to Joburg Zoo?

5. Where in the minibus taxi should you sit?

If you are early or lucky enough to choose where to sit, make sure you do not sit in the backseat or the front passenger seat. Choose any other seat (maybe one close to the window, if you prefer) and you should be comfortable.

Do not sit in the front passenger seat of a minibus taxi if your mathematics and multilingual skills are poor. 

Whoever sits in the front passenger seat is expected to collect and count all the taxi fare. If you have never done this before, then you’re lucky because it is daunting. Both the driver and passengers can be very unforgiving about their money. Passengers want their change before they get off at their destination. The driver wants all his money, so if someone did not pay then you will be blamed. Most taxi passengers speak the local South African languages and not English. With that said, being a Nigerian and sitting in the front seat of a taxi in South Africa are like oil and water. They don’t mix!

But then, remember to be conscious of your safety on South African roads and more importantly if you are travelling with kids. SA Taxi Foundation puts pedestrian injury as the leading cause of death in children. Therefore, it is important to be mindful of road safety tips.

On a final note, remember to plan ahead before you dash out for your first minibus taxi ride by writing out your answers to the 5 questions above; this will guarantee a pleasant minibus taxi ride for you. And don’t forget to share your South African minibus taxi experience in the comment section below.

Recommended: Read about road safety in South Africa 

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Johannesburg Campuses – Alma Maters and More

Johannesburg

In 2017, I changed jobs. I left a job in Midrand in favour of a job at a campus in Johannesburg. The week that I started my new job was difficult (that’s a sad story for another time). However, it ended with a rainbow, which really cheered me up. I took photos of the rainbow and included below. Check out the photos and try to guest which campus I am talking about.

Speaking of campus, here is a short list of some of my favourite campuses in Johannesburg.

Institute of Marketing Management (IMM) Graduate School

The Institute of Marketing Management was established in 1948. It has provided industry endorsed, distance learning qualifications since 1960. Specialising in marketing, business, and supply chain management, the IMM Graduate School has graduated more than 19 000 students, of which many hold key positions globally.

I can attest to the last part about key positions, seeing that I am an IMM graduate. I studied for a Bachelor of Philosophy Honours in Marketing Management on a distance-learning basis and I enjoyed every semester of studying at IMM. I even enjoyed visiting their Johannesburg campus to write exams.

The only bit that I did not enjoy was paying a hefty fee upfront for every module. Other than that #FeesMustFall issue, I love my alma mater and might go back to study for their Master of Philosophy in Marketing Management (after a doctoral degree, of course).

Website: https://www.immgsm.ac.za

National Office in Johannesburg at Atlas Studio, 33 Frost Avenue, Braamfontein Werf, 2193.

Johannesburg - IMM Graduate School

Regent Business School (RBS)

Regent Business School is a leading private higher education institution in Southern Africa, with an ever-expanding footprint on the rest of the continent. The curricula of their programmes incorporate theory and practice to ensure that they prepare students for the world of work by contributing to building their leadership and entrepreneurial skills, and growing their knowledge of business and industry.

I am currently studying for a Masters of Business Administration through RBS and enjoying it. Distance learning institutions like IMM and RBS have been a good for my lifestyle. These institutions have allowed me to juggle work, school, motherhood, and marriage with ease.

Website: https://regent.ac.za

Johannesburg Office is at Sunnyside Park,13 Frost Avenue, Auckland Park, 2092,South Africa.

University of Johannesburg

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) shares the pace and energy of cosmopolitan Johannesburg, the city whose name it carries. Proudly South African, the university is alive down to its African roots, and well-prepared for its role in actualising the potential that higher education holds for the continent’s development. UJ has transformed into a diverse, inclusive, transformational and collegial institution, with a student population of over 50 000, of which more than 3000 are international students from 80 countries. This makes UJ one of the largest contact universities in South Africa (SA) from the 26 public universities that make up the higher education system.

I have a lot of admiration and respect for University of Johannesburg. I have so much to say about UJ but I will dedicate a separate blog post (or ten) to my love of the University of Johannesburg.

Website: https://www.uj.ac.za

UJ has three campuses in Johannesburg. The main campus is at Corner Kingsway Road and University Road, Johannesburg.

Vega School of Brand Leadership

Vega, an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) was formed in 1999 in anticipation of the shift in the global paradigm. Conventional marketing and advertising moved toward a cohesion of design, branding and business. There was a reconfiguration of traditional platforms and an emergence of new ones.

Brands became far more than just letters and logos, but powerful cultural forces shaping the world as we know it. Brands such as Google, Greenpeace and Apple lead the way. This change in the industry arose an urgent need to educate South Africa’s most talented young minds, in preparation for this brave new world. A new school of thought was called for and Vega was born.

Oh, how I love Vega School of Brand Leadership. I’ve wanted to study at Vega since I graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2014. Unfortunately, I never took advantage of the ‘study for free’ at Vega School when I was still working for the ADvTECH Group (which owns Vega School and what feels like a billion other great schools). Perhaps they will have a doctoral degree before I complete the MBA at Regent Business School (fingers crossed). All I know is, one day is one day!

Website: https://www.vegaschool.com

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Tribute to Meruschka Govender, Our Mzansi Girl

Mzansi Girl, Meruschka Govender

A year or two ago, my husband introduced me to a blog by Meruschka Govender – a travel activist, experience seeker, and tourism thinker. Meruschka started her travel blog, Mzansi Girl, in July 2012.

On the 27th of August 2019, Meruschka posted her final blog post ‘Where are South Africans flying to?‘.

Today, I was deeply saddened to read that Meruschka Govender passed away in mid-January 2019. Bizcommunity and Traveller24 reported that Durban-born, Meruschka Govender (38) passed away after a private battle with cancer. My sincere condolences to the Govender family. Meruschka might have passed away but she touched many lives and left many memories.

Tribute to Meruschka Govender

I hope that this tribute to my husband and I’s favourite girl in Mzansi will help to spread her memories wider. Meruschka was well-known to the travel industry and happily shared her love of travelling with South Africa on her blog and social media platforms.

Here are some interesting things about our Mzansi Girl.

  1. Meruschka’s first independent African travel experience was backpacking from Joburg to Malawi via Mozambique in 2003.
  2. She started blogging as a ‘micro-blogger’ via Twitter during the 2010 World Cup. She used Twitter (@MzansiGirl) to share her love for Africa with the world.
  3. She was born in Durban and travelled to 40+ countries but Johannesburg/ Joburg was her first love.
  4. 16 months after starting her blog, Meruschka Govender resigned from her day job to focus on sharing the African travel love.
  5. Prior to starting the Mzansi Girl Blog, she spent 8 years working in the tourism industry. She ran a backpacker hostel, to working for South Africa’s only tourism NGO and eventually working in tourism policy in national government.

Rest In Peace to Meruschka Govender, our favourite girl in mzansi. Thank you for filling our lives with your remarkable experiences and memories.

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Image Credit: Image Credit: Meruschka Govender (Mzansi Girl)

Job Scams and Correctional Services

The Department of Correctional Services

The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) recently released a press release warning the public about job scams conducted using their name. I personally applaud the department for reacting and creating awareness about these scams. Unfortunately, most times press releases are not shared as widely as a tweet or Facebook post.

The job scams mentioned in the Department of Correctional Services’ press release indicated that the scams were shared through social media and other channels. The shared posts invite members of the public to apply for employment and learnership opportunities. The department is now warning members of the public (you and I) against falling prey to these scam.

Please note that applying for employment in the public sector is free. Anyone asking for money for job applications is breaking the law.

The DCS uses mainstream the following channels to advertise job opportunities:

  • Mainstream media (radio, television, and newspapers)
  • The website of the Department of Public Services Administration (DPSA – http://www.dpsa.gov.za)
  • Internal email notices

Report job scammers

The department warned that those posing as consultants or using online media platforms to impersonate the department are fraudsters/ scammers who must be reported to law enforcement agencies. The Department of Correctional Services calls upon anyone who may have information on these fraudsters/ scammers to report the matter to the government’s anti-corruption hotline 0800 701 701.

For more information on jobs at the Department of Correctional Services

Visit the Department of Correctional Services website for information on jobs available at the department.

When applying for a job on the DCS website, please note:

Applications must be submitted on the Application for Employment Form (Z.83), obtainable from any Public Service department or at www.gov.za and should be accompanied by a comprehensive CV, including the details of at least two contactable referees (should be people who recently worked with the applicant) and certified copies of qualifications and identity document (with an original certification stamp). It is the responsibility of applicants in possession of foreign qualifications to submit evaluated results by the South African Qualifications Authority. Where a valid driver’s licence is a requirement, applicants must attach certified copies of such licences. No faxes or e-mailed applications will be considered. If no contact is made within three months of the closing date, please accept that the application was unsuccessful. Successful candidates will be required to enter into a performance agreement and be subjected to security clearance procedures. Successful candidates may be required to undergo a competency assessment.

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Nigerian Doctors in South Africa and HPCSA registration

Nigerian doctors in South Africa

Nigerian doctors in South Africa are governed by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), a professional body for health care practitioner in South Africa. HPCSA is registered as a statutory professional body with the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA).

In 2018, it was confirmed that there were 680 Nigerian doctors in South Africa that were registered with HPCSA (as at 2 July 2018).

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The mandate of HPCSA

HPCSA guides and regulates the health professions in the country (including Nigerian doctors in South Africa) in aspects pertaining to registration, education and training, professional conduct and ethical behaviour, ensuring continuing professional development, and fostering compliance with healthcare standards.

Nigerian doctors in South Africa

All individuals (including Nigerian doctors in South Africa) who practise any of the health care professions incorporated in the scope of the HPCSA are obliged by the Health Professions Act No. 56 of 1974 to register with the Council. Failure to do so constitutes a criminal offence.

The Health Professions Council of South Africa confers the following designations:

  • Medical Practitioners e.g.
    Nigerian doctors in South Africa
  • Dental Practitioners
  • Psychologists
  • Oral Hygienists
  • Dental Assistants
  • Dental Therapists

Internships and community service for Nigerian doctors in South Africa

Doctors trained abroad need to apply to the HPCSA for registration. Some may be exempted from a board exam, while others may have to write the exam. The purpose of board examinations is to measure the academic and clinical competence and capacity of foreign qualified practitioners (Nigerian doctors in South Africa qualified in Nigeria) wishing to enter the profession for community service, supervised practice or independent practice. They may subsequently be required to perform supervised practice for up to two years or internship. The duration and domains of internship training or supervised practice for foreign qualified practitioners will be determined by HPCSA based on norms set for the same. After successful completion of two years internship, the doctor will be registered by the HPCSA as a doctor and will need to complete a year in the service of the DOH. This is known as community service. The DOH determines all community service posts and no supervision is required. All healthcare professionals, including dieticians, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists, are obliged to complete one year of community service (HPCSA Bulletin, 2017).

Verification of Qualifications of Nigerian Doctors in South Africa

The Health Professions Council of South Africa uses the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) for verification of medical credentials of international practitioners (e.g. Nigerian doctors in South Africa) applying for registration to practice medicine in South Africa.

ECFMG is a global leader in health care—serving physicians, members of the medical education and regulatory communities, health care consumers, and those researching issues in medical education and health workforce planning.

Nigerian doctors in South Africa and the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates

Step 1: The HPCSA requires practitioners who obtained their basic medical qualification outside of South Africa to use ECFMG’s Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPICSM) to have their medical credentials verified (e.g. Nigerian doctors in South Africa).

All new applicants who obtained their basic medical qualification outside of South Africa are required to establish an EPIC account, if they do not have one already.

Step 2: Practitioners are required to upload their credentials to EPIC for verification.

Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials

EPIC is an innovative, online service that practitioners (e.g. Nigerian doctors in South Africa) can use throughout their careers. Through EPIC, practitioners will be able to build a digital career portfolio of the primary-source verified credentials related to their medical education, training, and registration/license. They can then use EPIC to request reports verifying the authenticity of their credentials be provided to any organisation in the world, including medical regulatory authorities and potential employers, such as hospitals and academic institutions.

Lagos Vs Jozi – A South African’s Review

Lagos Vs Jozi

Shawn Greyling is a Writer and one of the coolest Oyinbos in Jozi. He wrote a great review of Lagos (Lagos Vs Jozi) on Jhb Live. His first impression of Lagos was both hilarious and a little hard to read.

In case you don’t know: Lagos is Nigeria’s largest city (similar to Jozi in South Africa). The Yoruba people of Nigeria (like my husband) call it Eko. There are many clear similarities and differences between Lagos and Jozi. In fact, there are many news articles that have labelled the two cities as both friends and foes. That is why I enjoy reading reviews of both cities, more so when South Africans are reviewing Lagos. Consequently, I could not resist when I came across Shawn Grelying’s review of Lagos.

Shawn Greyling’s first impression

Lagos Vs Jozi

“At first sight, Lagos is like giving a blind man a front-row seat to the Armageddon, along with the ability to see for the first time.” – Shawn Greyling

Lagos Vs Jozi

[Lagos] “is an explosion of noise, of traffic straight from hell and smog that would leave a Greenpeace junky grabbing at his Ben Sherman shirt sleeve to cover his mouth.” – Shawn Greyling

Lagos Vs Jozi – the conclusion

Although his first impression indicated a form culture shock, Shawn ended having a great time in Lagos. He ended up thinking that Lagos competes with Jozi for the best city in Africa.

Lagos Vs Jozi

On the drive back to the hotel I thought to myself, “Lord, Joburg’s got competition when it comes to being the best city in Africa…” – Shawn Greyling

Read the Shawn Greyling’s Lagos Vs Jozi article on http://www.jhblive.com/Reviews-in-Johannesburg/places-to-stay/lagos-vs-jozi/4554

You can connect with Shawn Greling on:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/shawngreyling
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shawn.greyling/?hl=en
Twitter: https://twitter.com/inshawnwetrust

Quick facts about Lagos

  • Lagos’ Third Mainland Bridge is the second largest bridge in Africa.
  • The tallest building (160m) in Nigeria (Nigerian Telecommunication Company – NITEL) is in Lagos.

Related Article: Jozi – Location, People, Airports, and Tourism

Jozi – Location, People, Airports, and Tourism

Jozi

Jozi and Joburg are pet names for Johannesburg, which is the largest city in South Africa. Johannesburg is located in Gauteng, one of nine provinces in South Africa. The word Gauteng means the place of gold in Sotho, one of the eleven official languages in South Africa. Jozi’s coordinates are 26.2041° S (South), 28.0473° E (East). According to the City of Johannesburg, there are seven regions in Jozi.

Jozi - Where is Jozi

A map of Gauteng with Johannesburg highlighted in red

The people in Jozi

The City of Johannesburg has a population of 4,4 million; 76,4% are black people, 12,3% are white people, 5,6% are coloured people, and 4,9% are Indian or Asian. (Statistics South Africa Census, 2011).

Jozi people
Johannesburg Park Station

Airports in Joburg

There are three airports in Jozi, Oliver Reginald Tambo International in Kempton Park (popularly referred to as OR Tambo International), Grand Central Airport in Midrand, Lanseria International Airport in Lanseria, Rand Airport in Germiston, and Palmietfontein Airport.

Jozi Airport
Rand Airport

Universities in Joburg

Joburg is home to two of South Africa’s best universities, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits).

Jozi Universities - University of Johannesburg
University of Johannesburg (UJ)

Tourism in Joburg

Some of the top things to see in Joburg are historic sites, landmarks, animal parks, flea markets, private animal sightseeing tours, and street markets. Here are some popular tourist activities:

  • City Sightseeing Joburg Bus for exploring the Carlton Center, Apartheid Museum, Constitution Hill and much more.
  • Soweto’s Orlando Towers has bungee jumping, where you can jump from a suspension bridge with a rubber cord around your feet.
  • Apartheid Museum deal with 20th century South Africa, at the heart of which is the apartheid story.
  • Joburg Theatre is the “home to Joburg Ballet, Jill Girard and Keith Smith’s Peoples Theatre Company – performing throughout the year to children between the ages of 3 and 13 – and one of the country’s most respected community development projects in the arts, the tiny ‘black-box’ theatre known as space.com”.
  • Johannesburg Planetarium at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)
Jozi Tourism - City Sightseeing Joburg
City Sightseeing Joburg

Related Article: Johannesburg Zoo in December – Travel Review

Johannesburg Zoo in December – Travel review

African zebras fighting at the zoo

Whether you call it Johannesburg Zoo or Joburg Zoo, the zoo in Johannesburg can be a good spot for a family picnic. How do I know? Well, my husband and I recently visited Johannesburg Zoo for the first time.

Pitori to Jozi

We are still new to Johannesburg so it took a while for us to start exploring it. Phela growing up in Pretoria (Pitori), we were told horror stories about Johannesburg (Jozi). Those Jozi crime stories were enough to keep me away from the city of gold. If it wasn’t for my job and husband, I doubt that I would left Pretoria for Johannesburg.

Entrance and parking fees at Johannesburg Zoo

Enough about Pretoria. We’re in Johannesburg now so let me tell you about our first trip to Johannesburg Zoo. We went to the zoo on a Monday afternoon in December. The first thing we did after parking, was to escort our son to the restrooms. We used the restrooms near the zoo’s covered multi-level parking, which is spacious, ample and secure. After paying for parking (R16 per car) and entrance (R80 per adult and R55 per child), the unfriendly zoo staff granted us access. The zoo staff and security guards didn’t feel like being helpful on that day. To add to that, the signage was faded and confusing.

Johannesburg Zoo
The Johannesburg Zoo entrance

Joburg Zoo has ATMs, food trucks and picnic areas

Despite the cold welcome, we enjoyed watching and (in some cases) interacting with different animals. We started by the birds section so we saw birds, birds, birds and more birds. It was getting boring for me. Luckily, my two favourite people (Akin and Akin) didn’t mind much. Johannesburg Zoo has several food trucks that sell food but I packed a picnic bag full of food. My husband generously carried the heavy picnic backpack everywhere we went. Unfortunately, I forgot the picnic blanket so we had to sit at the concrete bench and chair sets. Luckily, Johannesburg Zoo has a lot of those sitting arrangements – chairs, benches and tables. I was happy to see that Johannesburg Zoo had ATMs on site and rubbish bins throughout the zoo. We bought ice cream from one of the food trucks that had a card machine before venturing off again.

Tiger, woods and a lonely elephant

Eventually, we saw a tiger. It looked exactly like the tiger on the Tiger Brands logo but it was a lot bigger than I expected. We also saw one lonely-looking elephant. The elephant’s home was surrounded by peacocks that appeared to be ready to reproduce. They were running around freely everywhere – some didn’t have their colourful feathers anymore. That was a sad sight. On a brighter note, we also saw a rhino, lemurs, monkeys and antelopes.

Peacocks at the Jozi Zoo
The peacocks at the elephant house

Late for the Amazon Exhibition

However, the Amazon animal section, where marine animals, are kept was closed. It was our fault, we arrived a bit late to the zoo. The Johannesburg Zoo is open weekdays and weekends (Monday – Sunday) from 08:30 – 17:30 but the Amazon section closes around 3pm. Trying to get my family to leave the house early (together) is like pulling teeth. It is painful to endure and horrifying to watch (all at the same time).

The tale of the fighting zebras

Speaking of horrifying moments, we came across the zebras. I have always found zebras to be peaceful and uneventful but not this time.

Zebras fighting
The infamous fighting zebras

Yoh! The zebras at Johannesburg Zoo were wild. They were so wild that even my son (who can also be wild) was a bit scared.

African zebras fighting at the zoo
Another angle of the fighting zebras

The boy and zebra

We walked through a narrow passage and passed some white cranes (and squirrels) on our left. The zebras were on our right hand side. My son and I were walking ahead of daddy (who was admiring the cranes even after having seen a billion birds). My son then decided to run and to my surprise the zebra ran along him (behind the mesh fence). This boy showed no fear and continued to run with this wild zebra.

A boy with a zebra at the zoo
My son and the zebra he tried to befriend

After I asked my son to stop playing with the zebra (in a not so quiet tone), we proceeded to the other side to see more zebras.

This time, we saw sets of zebras, two of which were fighting like wild animals

Yes, I meant to write that!

The end and the beginning of the next visit

The smallest zebra kept on going back for round after round of kicks, bites and what sounded like insults from the bigger zebra. It was interesting to watch at first until the small started zebra crying. This was my first time hearing a zebra cry over and over. These fighting zebras went at this for almost 20 minutes. They were still fighting when we left them.

On my next visit to the Johannesburg Zoo, I am going to check on those fighting zebras. Wish me luck!

To find out more about Johannesburg Zoo, visit their website. We have more travel reviews of places in Jozi – e.g. Westdene Dam in Johannesburg – Travel Review.

Pancakes – plantain or banana and egg recipe

pancakes with avocado spread

Pancakes! Flapjack! Waffles! These are a few of my favourite things. My 5-year old son and I love making pancakes and flapjacks together.

Kid in the kitchen

My son’s willingness to help is very useful in the kitchen. I enjoy working with him in the kitchen and I think he does too. In fact, he is turning into quite the little chef. He does a great job of safely fending for himself in the kitchen.

I am curious, do you also allow your kids to help you in the kitchen?

Back to the pancakes and flapjacks!

A few months ago, I was in the process of making my boys (son and husband) a random three course breakfast meal. I decided that pancakes were going to be the first course but I ran into a problem. The pancake flour mix was finished.

After a few moments of panic, I went into ‘Google, please help me mode’ and guess what I found?

I found a quick and easy two-ingredient healthy pancake recipe! Long story short, I made pancakes using only two ingredients – bananas and eggs. I used olive oil for frying but I don’t count that as an ingredient. The recipe I found was from Gimme Delicious.

Instructions on how to make the egg and banana or plantain pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 4 bananas or use plantain to add a Nigerian twist
  • 4 eggs

You will also need:

  • Olive oil, butter or any other oil you like to use for frying
  • Frying pan
  • Stove

Optional:

  • I made an avocado spread for our pancakes but you can use other toppings such as honey, syrup, cinnamon or fruits.
African bananas or plantain
Ingredients: Bananas or Plantain
African eggs
Ingredients: Eggs
Break eggs into a bowl and mash bananas or plantain into a separate bowl

Step 1: Break eggs into a bowl and mash bananas or plantain into a separate bowl
4 broken eggs and mashed bananas or plantain
Step 2: Mix the mashed bananas or plantain and the broken eggs to make butter. Thereafter, place oil or butter in a frying pan and make your pancakes or flapjacks.
The final product will be your egg and banana or plantain pancakes
pancakes with avocado spread

If you tried this recipe, please share your photos with me via the comment section. Comment below if you would like more articles about food.

Image Gallery – Open GTBank account in South Africa

GTBank allows you to open a bank account from outside Nigeria.  This blog article has an image gallery of our previous blog article “Audio: Open a Nigerian bank account in South Africa [Listen]“. In this article will take you through how to apply for a Nigerian Bank account (with GTBank, in this case).

The step provided below should apply to all the other Nigerian banks such as:

  • Access Bank Plc
  • Diamond Bank Plc
  • Fidelity Bank Plc
  • First City Monument Bank Plc
  • First Bank of Nigeria Limited
  • Guaranty Trust Bank Plc
  • Skye Bank Plc
  • Union Bank of Nigeria Plc
  • United Bank for Africa Plc
  • Zenith Bank Plc

Here are the steps required to open a Nigerian bank account [in this case, a GTBank Non-Residence Nigerian (NRN) bank account] while living in South Africa:

  • Visit your preferred bank’s website. Then download and complete the necessary application for a Nigerian bank account for Nigerians abroad e.g. the GTBank NRN account sign up form.
  • Submit supporting documents: personal identification documents, passport photograph, proof of residence, and references.
  • All your documents have to be certified. Visit any South African Police Service (SAPS) Station.
  • To submit, scan and send all documents via email.