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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