South African Culture

Etiquette

Basic Etiquette
  • Cover your mouth when you yawn.
  • It is rude to spit in public.
  • Some South African ethnic groups may find it impolite to gesture with the left hand.
  • When reaching out to receive something, the best etiquette is to hold both hands out - cupped.
  • In South Africa, adults do not usually eat on the streets unless it is ice cream or from a street-food stand.
  • White and Asian South Africans tend to be very punctual in comparison to black and mixed-race South Africans.

As a Guest
  • Greet everyone respectfully and instantly as soon as you meet them.
  • It is not always necessary to bring a gift with you to give to the host, but wine or sweets are appreciated.
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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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