Baai, noun

Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, ‘bay’; see also Bay.
colloquial
Die Baai, the Baai: Port Elizabeth (see PE). Also attributive.
Note:
Usually used in reporting Afrikaans speech.
1975 S. Afr. Panorama Jan. 12The Transvaal was populated largely by farming folk. They had to travel hundreds of kilometres to ‘Die Baai’ (Port Elizabeth) for essentials.
1980 E. Prov. Herald 30 Oct. 1Baai boys ‘kap dit uit’ to top...In a recorded programme on the Afrikaans service, the boys from ‘die Baai’ took it away with the foot tapping rhythms of their music that is as ethnic as boerewors and biltong.
1982 S. Afr. Deciduous Fruit Grower in S. Afr. Digest 18 June 9The route the fruit follows from the Langkloof to Port Elizabeth is no easy one and Port Elizabeth, or simply the Baai (the bay) as it is affectionately known in that part of the world, has had to adapt in many ways to the peculiarities of its interior.
[1991 C. Barrett in Weekend Post 5 Jan. 7A group of campers from Philipstown, near De Aar, who transported some of their gear in a sheep truck, also said it was lekker in die Baai.]
1993 [see Ibhayi].
Port Elizabeth (see PE). Also attributive.
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