AI Joburg boet
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Chat GPT recently took on a unique writing task: writing an open letter to president Cyril Ramaphosa from a frustrated ‘Joburg Boet’. South Africans from all corners of the country couldn’t help but giggle at the letter:


South Africa (21 March 2024) — Most of us have at one point or another, considered writing a letter to the president. Especially in the darkest hours of loadshedding, or when we’re wedged between the fifth pothole of the day on the long road home. But one South African took matters humourously and into the world of AI by drafting a letter to President Ramaphosa with the help of Chat GPT, as inspired by one of the most openly frustrated demographics in South Africa: the Joburg Boet.

Taking on the tone and style of a Joburg boet, the letter is fleshed out with ‘brus’, jol metaphors and other on-the-money expressions that form an important part of Joburg’s unofficial language.

Created by TikTok user Jess Miller, the Joburg boet rendition of a letter to the president has had South Africans from all corners of the country in tears of laughter.

And, Jess’s reading of the open letter makes it all the more giggle-worthy:

@messjilla Joburg boet has HAD it. #tiktoksa #mzansitiktok #mzansimemes #mzansicomedy #tiktoksouthafrica #cyrilramaphosa ♬ original sound – Jess Miller

We’re not sure if President Ramaphosa will ever read the Joburg Boet’s pleas, but if he did, it would certainly be a very interesting day in South Africa. Bonus points if Ramaphosa were to respond to Joburg boet in Joburg boet.

Sources: TikTok 
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