South African Culture

Other Considerations

  • South Africans like to feel respected by the person with whom they are interacting. It is important to show instant respect by greeting them immediately. 
  • Complimenting South Africa and inquiring about their wellbeing can make them warm to you quickly. If you do not show adequate respect, they will be very unappreciative and possibly cold to you.
  • South Africans love their sport. If you are ever at a loss for what to say, it never fails to ask about their favourite sporting team.
  • Violence has become a central influence on South African culture and behaviour. Crime, both anarchic and organised, is rampant throughout communities and many daily activities and behaviour must be planned around avoiding crimes of opportunity.
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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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  • 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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