Mzansi Taal



The word has a couple of meanings depending on the context in which it is used.

1. It is usually used to refer to a lunch box.

“I forgot my skaftin at home today”

2. The word can also be used to refer to a person that you have casual relations with every now and again.

Alternative spelling:

  • Scaftin
  • Skhafthin

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  • Ferdi Vorster says:

    Does “skaftin” refer to the lunch box only, or maybe to the content as well, and collectively to all?

    • Mzansi Taal says:

      Hi Ferdi

      The usage of the word by the public refers to the container that one takes with them usual to school, work or various other.

      The contents inside differ from person to person depending on the users preferred diet.

  • Tanja says:

    As I have it it originated on the mines when #Skof 10 came in after the ninth shift. They always brought food along as it was a lunchtime shift change. Shift 10 or skofftien brought a lunchbox. The skuftin of today.

  • Mzansi Taal says:

    Hi Tanja

    Thanks for informing us about the history of the word.

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