South African Culture

Do's and Don'ts

Do’s

  • Offer sympathy if there is mention of the difficult situation in South Africa. People are likely to respond well to warmth and deeply appreciate the gesture.

  • Expect South Africans to be hospitable, and make an effort to respond to and return their warmth.

  • Show respect and interest in what people have to say whenever they are talking. If a South African may quickly disregard you as a disrespectful person if they feel you are not listening to them.

  • Communicate face-to-face when possible.

 

Do Not’s

  • Do not openly criticise South Africa or point blame. Even if you are educated in your opinion, a South African is likely to assure you that you do not know or understand the situation there if you haven’t lived there.

  • Avoid mentioning politics, racism, Apartheid, violence or similar issues in South Africa. Many South Africans have an acute awareness of the affluence and power that their population holds (or lack of) and are sensitive to conversations about inequality.

  • Avoid openly expressing anger or losing control of your emotions.

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South Africa
  • Population
    54,300,704
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Isizulu [official] (22.7%)
    IsiZhosa [official] (16%)
    Afrikaans [official] (13.5%)
    English [official] (9.6%)
    Sepedi [official] (9.1%)
    Setswana [official] (8.0%)
    Sesotho [official] (7.6%)
    Xitsonga [official] (4.5%)
    siSwati [official] (2.5%)
    Tshivenda [official] (2.4%)
    isiNdebele [official] (2.1%)
    Other (2.1%)
    [2011 est.]
  • Religion
    Protestant Christianity (36.6%)
    Catholic Christianity (7.1%)
    Other Christianity (36%)
    No Religion (15.1%)
    Islam (1.5%)
    Other (2.3%)
    Unspecified (1.4%)
    [2001 est.]
  • Ethnicities
    Black Africans (80.2%)
    White (8.4%)
    Coloured (8.8%)
    Indian/Asian (2.5%)
    [2014 est.]
    Note: Coloured is a term used in South Africa to refer to persons of mixed race ancestry
  • Cultural Dimensions
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    63
  • Australians with South African Ancestry
    118,960 [2016 census]
South Africans in Australia
  • Population
    162,449
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in South Africa.
  • Average Age
    39
  • Gender
    Male (49.2%)
    Female (50.8%)
  • Religion
    Anglican Christianity (14.7%)
    Catholic Christianity (13.7%)
    No Religion (15.1%)
    No Religion (13.6%)
    Judaism (8.9%)
    Other (49%)
  • Ancestry
    South African (38.6%)
    English (22.5%)
    Dutch (5.4%)
    Scottish (4.9%)
    Other (28.6%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    English (74.7%)
    Afrikaans (21.6%)
    German (0.4%)
    Other (2.7%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 97.5% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    Anglican Christianity (14.7%)
    Catholic Christianity (13.7%)
    No Religion (13.6%)
    Judaism (8.9%)
    Other (49%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (24.2%)
    2001-2006 (24.2%)
    2007-2011 (27.2%)
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