Essay on South Africa

1016 Words Jul 14th, 2013 5 Pages
Assignment 1-Cultural Scanning South Africa is a country that is rich in cultures, values and customs that have been a part of our lively hood for hundreds of years. In your search for foreign expansion we know that you want to get to know more about our county before your company decides to settle on where to expand. In that understanding we will provide with an overview of our country and hope that we can be a great match for you and your company.

Let’s start off with some fun facts about South Africa; South Africa believe it or not has 11 different official languages. English can be spoken though out South Africa and is used for administration purposes; some other languages include Afrikaans, Ndebele, Northern Sotho,
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Now we can see that women are becoming better a handling that which makes better employees. We have also come to find out that women tent to manage better because they have a nurturing side to them and understand the daily unexpected things that may arise in people’s lives.

South Africa does have specific business cultures such as attire, gift giving, business etiquette, business communication, relationships and business negotiations. Of course like in every country your first formal meeting you should dress approximately if you are a man you should dress in a suit and tie preferable dark colored suite and if you are female then you should dress in an elegant business suite or dress. After he initial meeting then you can go from there and see what the appropriate attire is for working at certain companies. When you are initially meeting someone for business the first time in South Africa it just depends on their heritage what will be expected as a welcome gesture. When dealing with foreigners most of the time a hand shake while maintains eye contact and smiling is what will be presented. Sometimes women don’t even shake hands so it just depends and it is best for then local business person to make the first move because you don’t want to offend anyone especially your first meeting. When actually attending a meeting appointments should be made as

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