# South African (Off-Topic) Quiz

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Correct Carbon Hunter, well guessed!!

Who would have known, I certainly would not have guessed it...

“where the magnitude of a quantity is expressed in terms of a unit, a comma on the line is used as the decimal sign in the numerical part of the expression and the digits are separated into groups of three digits on either side of the comma by means of spaces…”

Source: Measuring Units and National Measuring standards Act, 1973 (Act No. 76 of 1973), Government Gazette No. 4326, 5 July 1974.

The exception was made, for land registration purposes, by the then Director-General of Surveys, who judged, in his Circular No. 2 of 1971: “it has been decided to abandon the writing of areas, such as 45,236 1 ha with a space after the 3rd decimal figure and to advocate that the four figures be grouped

together viz. 45,2361 ha”.

English-speaking countries (plus China, India and Japan) use the decimal point. There seems to be a general tendency to formally declare its use worldwide and the International Organisation for Standardization, ISO, also tends towards using the decimal point over the decimal comma. In view of the South African law, however, the comma shall still be employed in South Africa as “the only recognised decimal indicator for all numbers”

Source: The International Metric System (SI), Guide to the use of the SI in South Africa, The Council of the South African Bureau of Standards, M 33a, 1992

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I know I've run into problems with number formats here in the Middle East.

OK - another quickie - what was Jan Smuts' military rank at the end of World War 2?

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I know I've run into problems with number formats here in the Middle East.

OK - another quickie - what was Jan Smuts' military rank at the end of World War 2?

Field Marshall

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That was interesting, Jors. I recall still using commas as a decimal separator in high school and university, but it seems to have gone out of fashion. Most people use a point (and so do I, these days). Regarding spaces: before the separator - makes it more readable for humans but not computers; after the separator - bad idea (in my opinion)

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I know I've run into problems with number formats here in the Middle East.

OK - another quickie - what was Jan Smuts' military rank at the end of World War 2?

Field Marshall

Yep - you're it

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Where was General Louis Botha born?

at home?

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I actually used this as one of the points along my Boy Scout 2nd Class hike. And then continued on to the Vlei.

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I actually used this as one of the points along my Boy Scout 2nd Class hike. And then continued on to the Vlei.

I wonder if there is a cache there?

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at home?

Yes Tom, you are quite correct on that score - he was born "at home" but where was that home?

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OK - enough time for other cachers - can I answer now?

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OK - enough time for other cachers - can I answer now?

Doesn't look as though there are any takers on this one. I thought maybe Vryburghers would have bitten?

CH - I know you know the answer so give us a synopsis and ask a question then.

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Wasn't he born in Greytown? I seem to recall something about his birthplace in mapsource?

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Beaten at the bell - wazat you're up

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Just went to have a look in Mapsource and searched and searched all over Greytown Central... Thought I was wrong till I searched outlying areas... I knew I saw it somewhere....

Who were The Bumbling Bees and what did they eventually become known as?

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They were an aviation team that later became known as the Blue Angels?

Nope

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A band - the Beatles?

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Nope.... way off now

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Some kind of sporting team....soccer, rugby, cricket?

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Rugby? The Wasps?

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Nope.... Vryburgers was actually on the right path but not quite right...

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Model aeroplanes?

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What about the squadron led by Baron Manfred von Richthofen and then they became known as.... the Red Baron's squadron?

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What about the squadron led by Baron Manfred von Richthofen and then they became known as.... the Red Baron's squadron?

Crop Sprayers

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Well aircraft is the theme, but still not quite there....

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Well aircraft is the theme, but still not quite there....

DC3's a.k.a. Dakotas?

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The Silver Falcons?

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The Silver Falcons?

That's the one I am looking for. Watched them in action this weekend. You're up....

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Wow! They were the Bumbling Bees?! Good decision to change it. Not very impressive when a supersonic jet come by and it is THE BUMBLING BEES! Hahahaha! Good question! How was the show? The pilot who flew with his son that died in the Presidents Air Race last weekend was from our town. Very sad.

Okay new question: staying with aviation, who was Dawie Uys?

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Interestingly enough I mentioned something in relation to this question earlier today to the guys at work... Let the others have a go first....

The airshow was great. Had quite a lot of aircraft performing....

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............... Okay new question: staying with aviation, who was Dawie Uys?

I seem to recall he was either the Captain of the first B747 that was delivered to SAA or the pilot of the Helderberg that crashed off Mauritius?

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The pilot of the 747 that flew over Ellis park before the 1995 rugby world cup final?

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I really have to start asking more difficult questions! Well done.....(drumroll and pause for effect)..... Cincol! He was indeed the pilot of the ill-fated Helderberg. Even though conspiracy theories still do the rounds a cabin fire is still thought to be the main cause of the accident. Over to you!

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Let's stay with SA aviation then. What was the first ever SAA B747 affectionately known as and why? [if you know the name you will know the reason for the name as well. The "christened" name was LEBOMBO - that is not what I am looking for.]

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Hmmmmm..... Oupoot because it was so big?

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Back to the previous question, well done Cincol, I was actually chatting with the guys at work on possibly been part of the rescue mission to the Helderberg when it crashed. (Un)fortunately the "Flossie" was really well and truely laden with two Puma helicopters as well as rescue and recovery equipment. They managed to get someone just before me to go over. I think it could have been one highlight of my military career, but then again it may have been pretty traumatic. Followed the story quite a bit so I knew the answer to it right away. Was odd that I was actually talking about it earlier in the day....

Was the first 747 not named after the pilots wife?

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.......... Was the first 747 not named after the pilots wife?

You are on the right track here. Not the pilot's wife .......

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The Pilots daughter? Just the name ?????

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What about his horse?

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wazat was on the right track about a woman's name. No, Vryburgers, not the pilot's horse! Perhaps some people might give their horse such a name though. So, what was the name and how come?

Oh, BTW the name was NOT linked to the pilot who flew the plane to SA at all.

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Sarie Marais? or was it the then Presidents wife.... think it was Jim Fouché, not sure who his wife was.

Saartjie?

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The guesses are getting closer. Not named after anybody's wife or daughter or mother or girlfriend or lover! But a woman's name nonetheless. The name came from "something" on the aircraft itself!!

Let's try S A _ _ _ _

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SAntie or Sannie?

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SAntie or Sannie?

OK - half right, but which one - I will give you until the morning to substantiate.

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