South African Culture

Etiquette

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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.

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.
South Africa
  • Population
    53,139,528
    0.73% % of World Population
  • Languages
    Isizulu (22.7%)
    IsiZhosa (16%)
    Afrikaans (13.5%)
    English (9.6%)
    Sepedi (9.1%)
  • Religion
    Protestant Christianity (36.6%)
    Christianity (ndf) (35.2%)
    Catholic Christianity (7.1%)
    No Religion (15.1%)
    Islam (1.5%)
    Other (2.3%)
  • Ethnicities
    Black Africans (80.2%)
    White (8.4%)
    Coloured (8.8%)
    Indian/Asian (2.5%)
  • Cultural Dimensions
    Power Distance 49
    Individualism 65
    Masculinity 63
    Uncertainty Avoidance 49
    Long Term Orientation 34
    Indulgence 63
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  • Australians with South African Ancestry
    108,955
South Africans in Australia
  • Population
    145,683
  • 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%)
  • Languages
    English (74.7%)
    Afrikaans (21.6%)
    German (0.4%)
    Other (2.7%)
  • English Proficiency
    Well (97.5%)
    Not well (1%)
  • 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%)
Where do we get our statistics?
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