South Africa staycation

May your World Cup runneth over with biltong and footie-crazed Saffers.

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On Tuesday 8, ImageNation—a Harlem organization that uses independent film and music to combat negative stereotypes—will celebrate South African Youth Day (June 16) a week early with a special screening of Streetball, a documentary about South Africa’s 2008 Homeless World Cup Team (The National Black Theatre, 2031 Fifth Ave at 126th St; 212-722-3800, nationalblacktheatre.org; 7pm, $12--$15). The film follows the former criminals, drug addicts and orphans who banned together to represent South Africa in the annual Homeless World Cup streetball tournament.

Join the NY NJ Springbok Club (201-892-7804, nynjspringbok.org) and stuff yourself silly with more biltong and expat gossip. Named after South Africa’s national animal, a high-jumping gazelle, the Springboks count golf tourneys, braaie (barbecue) and an annual booze cruise on the Hudson among events aimed at making “the leap” from S.A. to NYC a smooth one. On the first and fourth Friday of every month, a group of some 200 Saffers (as South Africans call themselves) gather to socialize and network. They alternate meetings between Pig ’n’ Whistle (165 W 47th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves; 212-302-0112, pignwhistlets.com) and Dublin House (30 Monmouth St between Broad St and Maple Ave, Red Bank, NJ; 732-747-6699), where they’ll convene this Friday 4. Depending on how the Bafana Bafana do, the meat-and-beer-fueled revelry could reach a fever pitch.

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The Diski is a South African dance based on the rhythm and moves of soccer.

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