banana boy, often with initial capitals, a nickname for a man or boy born or resident in KwaZulu-Natal; in the plural, the residents of KwaZulu-Natal collectively; cf. Nataliannoun;
Banana City, a jocular nickname for Durban, KwaZulu-Natal’s largest city; Durbs;
Banana Express, a narrow-gauge steam train running along the southern coast of KwaZulu-Natal; also attributive;
banana girl, a nickname for a girl or woman born or resident in KwaZulu-Natal;
Banana Land, also with small initials, the province of KwaZulu-Natal; hence Bananalander, one born or living in KwaZulu-Natal.
1956N. Gordimer inD. WrightS. Afr. Stories (1960) 69Young white men brought up in the strong Anglo-Saxon tradition of the province of Natal are often referred to, and refer to themselves, as ‘banana boys’, even though fewer and fewer of them have any connection with the dwindling number of vast banana estates that once made their owners rich.
1974Argus 2 July 18Natal? Oh yes, that’s where they call the inhabitants Banana Boys because it’s the territory which produces all South Africa’s bananas.
1985J. Thomas inFair Lady 1 May 20In April I went to the independent Homeland of Natal to speak to the banana boys.
1991Weekend Post 7 Sept. 1The big-hearted Aussie, who’s headed for Natal, has been granted ‘local player’ status — a bonus that will have the ‘banana boys’ smiling all the way.
1994‘T. Cobbleigh’ inSunday Times 2 Jan. 19Nicest place in the country to be just now is...Johannesburg! During the school holidays, the city so scorned by Kaapies and Banana-boys acquires a leisurely atmosphere, almost an elegance of its own.
1972Drum 8 Nov. 43Collecting beauty crowns comes sort of naturally with this peach from the Banana City. She is Miss Durban, Miss South Africa 1971, Miss Chamber of Commerce, Miss Natal and Miss Ambi Look.
1982Voice 31 Jan. 1Suspense is about all that scores of soccer fans who live outside the Banana City, will be left with today...The next best alternative to being physically present at Umlazi Stadium, in Durban, today is to..ogle the epic on the magic ‘goggle-box’.
1987G. Mokae inPace Oct. 59Start packing and make your move to Durban...If you have never set your feet in the ‘Banana City’ before, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
1982S. Afr. Panorama Sept. 40Then there was the filming of the Banana Express. On the Sunday..there were plenty of passengers but no sun.
1987D. March inE. Prov. Herald 29 Apr. 15The Banana Express winds along the coast, passing across the sturdy steel bridge over the lovely Izotsha Lagoon before reaching Shelly Beach.
1987Fair Lady 28 Oct. 18It’s the Banana Express, one of the country’s last narrow-gauge steam trains...Former Californian railman Rob Allingham plays the Banana Express guard.
1954Bantu World 8 May (Suppl.) 11In the few crowded hours of her visit to Johannesburg, Durban’s ‘Banana Girl’ was given a pretty good idea of the city’s musical and stage talent.
[1928R. Campbell inCollected Poems (1949) 243In fair Banana Land we lay our scene — South Africa, renowned both far and wide For politics and little else beside.]
1971Daily Dispatch 15 Sept. 9You’re wrong if you think ‘banana land’ is Natal. The banana image cultivated by the lads up the coast is a false one. Call them the sugar boys if you like, but banana boys, no.
1988C. Mitchell inPersonality 6 June 12This..Durban City Councillor..has been the driving force behind preparing the young men from Bananaland for their military duties.
1968C.J.D. Harvey inD.J. OppermanSpirit of Vine 299One must remember that Campbell was a ‘Bananalander’ by birth and upbringing.
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