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Country Report 4 – South Africa All about South AfricaSUNY CantonAuthor NoteContact:
COUNTRY REPORT 4 – SOUTH AFRICA 2AbstractSouth America is known for the beautiful landscape of Plateau’s and diverse wildlife. There are certain cultural precautions to take when doing business in the country and it is important to know what they are before traveling there on holiday of for business. South Africa has a history of ancient civilizations and rich culture, and has come a long way with human rights and equality. The country is sure to impress and has many must see tourist sites, traditional foods to eat and activities to engage in. It has many large ports for importing and exporting.
COUNTRY REPORT 4 – SOUTH AFRICA 3All about South AfricaThe country of South Africa has a population of 57,420,348 as of July 15, 2018 (worldometers.info). Their population makes up about 0.75% of the total world population. The country of South Africa has three capitals, Cape Town, Pretoria and Bloemfontein, one for each branch of government. Cape Town hosts the legislative center and the seat of parliament. Pretoriais where the executive branch is and the seat of the President and the Cabinet. Bloemfontein is where the Supreme Court of Appeal is located (Pariona, 2016). South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product was worth 349.42 billion US dollars in 2017, this makes up about .56 percent of the world economy (tradingeconomics.com).Doing Business in South AfricaBefore doing business in South Africa, here are a few tips you should know. White South Africans usually swap small talk quickly before business interactions and meetings while South Africans of other races take more time to converse before business talk (Morrison, Conaway, & Borden, 1994, p.448). Traditionally in Africa, you would ask someone lengthy questions about their health and family (Morrison, Conaway, & Borden, 1994, p.448). South Africa is in the Southern Hemisphere so the seasons are opposite of us in the U.S. and Northern Hemisphere. Christmas and New Year’s is considered their summer season and many businessmen and women take extended vacations during that time so not a lot of business happens from mid-December to mid-January (Morrison, Conaway, & Borden, 1994, p.448). South Africans do not like being cutthroat and their ideal business “deal is a win-win situation” where both businesses are gaining something from the deal (Morrison, Conaway, & Borden, 1994, p.449). When doing business in South Africa you may be invited to a braaivleis, a barbecue where often large quantities of alcohol are consumed. They are an important part of a business relationship but
COUNTRY REPORT 4 – SOUTH AFRICA 4business is not talked about and visitors are not expected to bring anything but should always bring a drink or dessert (Morrison, Conaway, & Borden, 1994, p.449).