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A Twitter user discovered a can of Coca-Cola reading ‘Share a Coke with Xitombo’, which translates to a slang word used for female genitalia.


Xitsonga is the most disrespected language in South Africa. … @CocaCola_ZA Kindly provide clarification on the Share a coke with Xitombo meaning – in Tsonga, it is a derogatory term for female genitalia

Coca-Cola South Africa’s ‘Share a Coke with…’ campaign has proved to be hugely successful for their brand.

First launched in 2014 in the US, it has since reached South African shores, and has proved to be quite a talking point.

It started with ordinary names, moving to ordinary surnames, and towards the end of last year, began emphasising names that ordinary South Africans may not have heard before, in an attempt to break stereotypes, and make authentic South African names more recognisable.


The campaign created a prominent social media presence for the company, with consumers being encouraged to hashtag #ShareaCoke.

The brand proved that engaging with consumers on a more personal level was a very profitable approach, and also solidified the company’s aim to be adaptable by using technological platforms to further boost sales, says Investopedia.

This sounds like a solid campaign, but one South African Twitter user will dispute this, after discovering a can of Coca-Cola reading ‘Share a Coke with Xitombo’, which translates to a local word used to refer to female genitalia.

(Hint: Another word for a cat)

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