South Africa: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Culture Smart!)
South Africa has been described as "A World in One Country" anda "Rainbow Nation." Its landscape ranges from miles of gloriousbeaches to the inland desert of the Karoo, the sweeping grasslandsof the Highveld plateau, and the subtropical bush of the Lowveld.Its ethnic makeup is equally varied. There are eleven officiallanguages, nine major black African tribes, two major white tribes,as well as a representation of all the world's major religions. Ithas a free market economy while communists share in government; oneof the world's most liberal constitutions and a deeply patriarchalsociety; and very rich and very poor people coexisting.South Africa has come through fire, and although there is stillconsiderable heat, it is doing pretty well. This insiders' guidewill introduce you to the universal warmth and cultural diversityof its people, explain the backdrop of their troubled past, andfamiliarize you with their everyday life so that you'll feelcomfortable whether you're invited to a shack in the townships, amansion in the suburbs, or a braai on the beach. You'll learn howto stay safe in potentially dangerous areas, and you'll know whereto go if you want to feel like the only person on the planet.