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South African Cultures and Their Nuances

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South African Cultures and Their Nuances

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South African cultures and their nuances_San Bushmen The San bushmen are one of the oldest groups of people in Africa. Their keen survival skills and ancient ways have been passed down from generation to generation | Credit: @Ghanzi

  • South Africa has four main ethnic groups that comprise the entire population.
  • 11 official languages are spoken, with English being the most widely used.
  • South Africa is affectionately known as the Rainbow Nation because of its diversity in its people, climates, geography, and wide array of experiences.
  • It covers 1,21 million square kilometers, making it roughly twice the size of France.
  • South Africans are very warm and accommodating.
  • The culture isn’t homogenous; instead, it’s a collection of different cultures, with different ones being predominant in different regions.
  • The population comprises a wide range of backgrounds, including people of mixed African, Asian, and European descent.
  • There is also a significant Indian population living in South Africa.

    South African cultures and their nuances_Zulu people Zulu culture is expressed in dress and ritualistic dance

  • Eating with a knife and fork is the norm, except at some traditional
  • South African society is pretty liberal, as everyone’s rights are protected under the constitution.
  • South Africans express affection very openly, so shaking hands and slaps on the back are commonplace.

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