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We don’t need a reason to braai.

Niekie Pullen, Bandits veteran.

A quote many of the Bandits live by, the only difference is that are some of us call it a BRAAI and others call it BBQ. That’s the beauty of being a part of this team - the diversity that is part of us with our members being mostly expatriates from all over the world.

The Busan Bandits Rugby Club hosted a braai in Busan and the event was sponsored by Gorilla Brewing Company.

Wait! What is a BRAAI?

Here is Wikipedia’s description of it:

The word braaivleis is Afrikaans for “roasted meat".

The word braai (pronounced “bry”, rhyming with the word “cry”; plural braais) is Afrikaans for “barbecue” or “roast” and is a social custom in South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia. It originated with the Afrikaner people, but has since been adopted by South Africans of many ethnic backgrounds. The word vleis is Afrikaans for “meat”.

The word has been adopted by English-speaking South Africans and can be regarded as another word for barbecue, in that it serves as a verb when describing how food is cooked and a noun when describing the cooking equipment, such as a grill. The traditions around a braai can be considerably different from a barbecue, however, even if the method of food preparation is very similar.

There you have it folks ... a braai is not just the act of cooking food on a grill. It's a social event, a tradition and South Africans all over the world braai just because they can. Come rain or sunshine, they braai and like Niekie said, they never need a reason.

That being said, the braai was hosted on May 23rd, 2020 and was the start of the Bandits monthly socials. Our monthly socials have always been something we enjoyed organizing and hosting, but was brutally and rather inconveniently interrupted by THE VIRUS.

A large number of new members joined the Bandits this year and building a healthy team spirit with expatriates hailing from all corners of the globe is not always easy. The success of an expatriate club like the Busan Bandits depends a lot on social events like this braai. With COVID-19 being a bother and affecting us all in every way possible, this event brought us together to refresh our minds with some much needed banter, delicious food and quality drinks provided by our sponsors, the Gorilla Brewing Company.

Gorilla Brewing provided us with their rooftop to host the braai and bring our club members together. They also provided a large salad and some bread rolls, and a number of people brought various side dishes for the potluck buffet. We all brought our own meat along and grilled on two braai grillers.

The Busan Bandits rooftop braai was a successful event sponsored by the Gorilla Brewing Company on their Gwangali, Busan rooftop.

The Bandit club members provided the music, which together with the smell of meat on the grill and good company, set the tone for the day. The after-braai vibe was as much fun, with everyone present enjoying late afternoon drinks watching the the early-summer sunset from the Gorilla Brewing rooftop.

As most of us are expatriates, living and working in a country where English isn’t widely spoken, getting together for a social event like a braai, was very important. It allows us to bring our extended rugby community together to meet and interact with our families and friends. For all of us, these socials are so vital in making our experiences in South Korea better. Most of us, if not all, would definitely not be having as much of a fun time as we currently are without being part of this team ... this family.

Cheers to another successful evening. We hope to create the same atmosphere at all our events, and bring more lekker vibes at every social.

Paseka Tladi is the Events and Social Secretary for the Busan Bandits Rugby Football Club in Busan, Republic of Korea.

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