South African cultures and their nuances

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 comprises the entire population.

  • There are 11 official languages that 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; rather it’s a collection of different cultures with different ones being predominant in different regions.

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

  • The population is made up of a wide range of backgrounds, including people that are mixed African, Asian and European descent.

  • There is also a significant Indian population living in South Africa.

  • Eating with a knife and fork is the norm except at some traditional African eating occasions where eating meals with the right hand is the norm.

  • South African society is fairly liberal, as everyone’s rights are protected under the constitution.

  • South Africans usually express affection very openly, so shaking hands and slaps on the back are commonplace.


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