I finally met my first South African yesterday: a check out person at Woolies! She asked me where I was from while she was ringing up my groceries. 'South Africa,' I said. 'Which town?' she asked. I thought that was odd but rolled my eyes and said, 'Witbank'. 'Praat jy Afrikaans? (Do you speak Afrikaans?)' she asked in Afrikaans. Well, I nearly fell over with surprise as she doesn't sound Afrikaans at all. She has only been in Australia a year but has obviously done some hard work on her accent - to the extent that she now talks Afrikaans with a peculiar accent. A friend of mine in Perth has been here for over 20 years and she sounds exactly the same still. I suspect that as a young person, one would perhaps be keen to fit into society ASAP and remove all aspects of differentiation speedily, especially something like your accent.
So there I was talking Afrikaans to someone in the middle of the Australian outback. Wow! And even more strangely, I felt unexpectedly happy about this. Once she started, she didn't stop. She even told me the amount due in Afrikaans (they reverse the figures, eg. 24 is said four and twenty) so I think her first language might just be Afrikaans because as an English speaker, I've always found Afrikaans numbers annoying. I am looking forward to learn her story and find out how she landed over here.