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  • South Africa

  • ~Location and Origin~SouthAfricaSouthAfrica

  • ~Natural Resources~

  • ~A Few Facts ~Republic of South AfricaCapital: PretoriaCape TownBloemfonteinTwice the size of TexasPopulation ~47 million

  • ~The Rainbow Nation~A country of many diverse people, cultures, origins, and languages11 official languagesVarious ethnic groupsA variety of religions

  • ~Languages~11 official languagesEnglishHelloAfrikaansHalloZuluSawubona(Sah woo bo nah)XhosaMolo(Moh low)NdebeleLotjhani(Lo tchar nee)SesothoDumela(Doo meh lah)TsongaAvuxeni(Ah vuh cheh nee)VendaNdaa/Aa(Uhn dah/Aa)

    Bantu languages are spoken by Bantu groups. There are 9 Bantu languages.

  • ~The Bantu Community~NdebeleSan or BushmenXhosa

  • ~Ethnicity and Religion~Black African~79%White ~9.6%Colored~8.9%Indian/Asian~2.5%

    Most South Africans are Christian followed by Muslim, Hindu, and other indigenous beliefs

  • ~Economic Conditions/Housing~

  • ~Family Structure~Extended family vs. Nuclear family/Traditional vs. ContemporaryAverage household is 3-4 people but sometimes more due to the prevalence of AIDSParents roles are about equal, though the father has traditionally had high authority over the daughterGirls are expected to help out with the houseworkDivorce rate is high

  • ~Sports and National Pastimes~SoccerRugbyCricketMarathon runningGolf

  • ~National Holidays~Freedom Day April 27 (1994)Human Rights Day March 21Youth Day June 16National Womens DayAugust 9

  • ~Education in South Africa~Children are the rock on which our future will be built. Nelson Mandela (2006) Up until 1994 education was not as freely available because of Apartheid; now its like gold. Joy (2010)

  • ~Education Continued~Schooling in South Africa begins at the age of 3 or 4 with grade R; 1st grade (ages 5-6); 9th grade (ages 13-14); HS 3 yrs choose subjects; after 12th grade a test is taken for admittance into college Literate population is 86.4% compared to 99% in the U.S. 5.4% of the nations GDP is spent on education basically the same as in the U.S.Difference: number of languages spoken by school-aged students2-3 in South Africa as opposed to 1 possibly 2 here in the U.S. Possible career paths in South Africa: Finance, IT, hospitality, tourism, industrial

  • ~Facts and Stats of Foreign-Born in U.S.~Population of South African immigrants ~63,560Median age is 36 Languages spoken at home (ages 5 and up)English only Language other than EnglishOther Indo-European languagesEnrollment in school (ages 3 and up) = 15,075Largest enrollment is college and/or grad schoolEducational attainment for those 25 years and upMajority has earned a Bachelors Degree followed by a Masters

  • ~Cultural Dos and Taboos~Greetings are leisurely and include time for sharing pleasantries. Asking, Hello, how are you? is customary.Many different greeting styles depending upon the ethnic heritage of the person with whom you are meetingHandshake is common while maintaining eye contact and smilingRather than shake hands, some women simply nod their head. If a woman extends her hand then a handshake is appropriate. If a man knows a woman well he might kiss her on the cheek rather than shake her hand.Dress is casual and conservative (depending upon the situation); Muslim women cover their heads with scarves and it is customary to do the same if you visit a Mosque.The term colored is widely used to describe South Africans who are of mixed origins and ethnicities and is not seen as offensive.When giving or receiving something, some South Africans will touch the bottom of the arm being held out with their other hand to signify respect; you do not need to do this too but just appreciate it.

  • ~Resources~Books:Battersby, J.D. and Cohen, D.E. (2009) Nelson Mandela: A Life in Photographs SterlingHolt-Biddle, D. (2007) Culture Smart: The Essential Guide to Customs and Culture South Africa KuperardOluonye, M. (2009) Country Explorers: South Africa Lerner Publications, Co.Ryan, P. (2008) Welcome to South Africa The Childs WordSeidman, D. (2009) Teens in South Africa Compass Point Books

    Internet Sites:CIA World Factbook Perspectives on Human Language: The South African Context by Kahdeidra Martin Africa: Guide to Language, Culture, Customs, and Etiquette Census Information: Table FBP-1. Profile of Selected Demographic and Social Characteristics: 2000

    Interviews/Personal Accounts:Joy (Internet/networking)Melissa Bushnick (cousin)

    Pictures/Multimedia:Google Images

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