South Africans living abroad have decided to create a web series to showcase life overseas and bring South Africans together.

Retha and Miguel Sanchez are both South Africans originally. And are both ardent believers in the beauty and potential of South Africa and her people.

In most of their encounters with fellow countrymen they have found one thing to be true. South Africans reinforce their roots and culture while away from home.

In spite of the realities South Africans face, their new initiative aspires to remind our community of that elusive “something” we have. That thing that makes us embrace each other when we sing the national anthem. Wear the flag with pride. Or organize potjiekos competitions.

Making biltong in tropical temperatures with spices snuck in through customs, having bake sales with koeksisters, melktert and Amarula cheesecake and living and dying by the motto: “Where there’s a will, there’s a braai.”

They recently launched a web series called South Africans Zabroad.

The light hearted digital video diary depicts the daily lives of South Africans abroad against the backdrop of their new environment while providing information on the country as well as travel tips and interesting sights.

The main objective of the video diary is to connect the wide spectrum of South Africans abroad with their families, friends and fellow South Africans while providing travel information relevant to South Africans empowering them to travel independently.

Bringing Zabroad to life

As is evident from our episodes 1 & 2 which are already available on Youtube. South Africans from all walks of life are the presenters of this show.

Episode 1 featured the successful Braai Republic restaurants in Seoul and local hip hop talent, Blessing Majola from Durban. While episode 2, brought Cape Town film maker Raoul Dyssell to light. Where he tells about his feature film and they talk to the man behind South African wines in Korea. And also interview a member of the SA-Korea chamber of commerce.

There are 20 + episodes planned for season 1 in, amongst other countries, Thailand, Korea, Germany, Holland and France.

Through their interviews and insights, the talents host and guide the East West through their adopted culture. An informal, “on the go” interview with a talent who speaks about a regular day in their lives. Supported by footage of e.g. their home, place of work, favorite spots for hanging out and undiscovered gems in their city.

Race, religion, politics and pessimism will be left another day, another show and another team. East West/Oos Wes is here to show you that after all is said and done, South Africa is still home and whether you go East or West home is best.

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