Culture Shock!: South Africa

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Overview

Whether you travel for business, pleasure, or a combination of the two, the ever-popular "Culture Shock!" series belongs in your backpack or briefcase. Get the nuts-and-bolts information you need to survive and thrive wherever you go. "Culture Shock!" country guides are easy-to-read, accurate, and entertaining crash courses in local customs and etiquette. "Culture Shock!" practical guides offer the inside information you need whether you're a student, a parent, a globetrotter, or a working traveler. "Culture Shock!" at your Door guides equip you for daily life in some of the world's most cosmopolitan cities. And "Culture Shock!" Success Secrets guides offer relevant, practical information with the real-life insights and cultural know-how that can make the difference between business success and failure.

Each "Culture Shock!" title is written by someone who's lived and worked in the country, and each book is packed with practical, accurate, and enjoyable information to help you find your way and feel at home.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558686298
  • Publisher: Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/15/2002
  • Series: Culture Shock! Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Map of South Africa     x
First Impressions: Shifting Sands     1
The Land and its History     8
The Look     9
Where is it?     9
A World in One Country     10
Landownership     13
More Provinces, Bigger Cities     17
Record of a Long Road Travelled     22
The Land of Milk and Honey     23
The Rise of Apartheid     27
Black Resistance Gains Strength     35
The Decline of Apartheid     39
The Fall of Apartheid     44
The Desparate Battle Against HIV/AIDS     49
Who's Who in Politics     51
What's in a Name?     55
Neighbours     57
Our People: A Multicoloured Tapestry     65
Celebrating our Racial Differences     67
Racism Doesn't Die Overnight     79
Cool Dudes of the Townships, Hip Mall Trawwlers     80
Ignorance is Bliss, But its Getting Better     80
That South African-ness     81
The Fairer Sex-Don't Even Go There     82
Gay and Lesbian Rights Up in Lights     84
A New Society: Join In, Fit In     86
Making Friends     88
The Many Faces of Communications     88
Names that Divide... If You Must     92
Aspirations     93
Attitudes to Sex and Babies     94
HIV/AIDS: Our Greatest Tragedy and Our Greatest Challenge     95
Divorce     96
Tribal Customs     96
Male Chauvinists-Not a Dying Breed     98
The Great Rural-Urban Divide     101
Censorship     102
Family Planning     103
Entertaining-South African Style     104
Lifecycle Milestones     107
Religion     110
Settle in, Make Yourself at Home     114
How Things Have Changed     116
Do You Have What it Takes?     117
Pre-immigration Advice     122
Housing: The Practical Tips     129
Work to Rule     140
Househelp     144
The School System     148
The Four-legged Love of Your Life     152
Staying Connected     155
Light Up Your Life     158
Banking     159
Paying Your Dues     163
Crime Watch     164
Getting Around in the Cities and Towns      167
Getting Around from City to City     173
Shop Till You Drop     177
Media Madness     181
Keep Cool with a Swimming Pool     184
Be Weather Wise     185
Dressed for Success     187
Culinary Crossroads     189
Food, Food, Glorious Food     190
African Dishes     194
Where to Get that...     194
Eating Out: Be Bold     201
Celebrate in Style: Grand Style     202
What's There to Drink     204
Entertaining at Home     210
Join in the Fun, Share in the Culture, Take a Trip     212
Leisure-It's an Outdoor World     213
Nightlife     216
Sport     218
Some of Our Sporting Heroes     229
Travelling in South Africa     231
Survival Sense     237
Wildlife and Environmental Management     240
And Try Our Neighbours Fare     242
The Arts     245
Annual Arts Festivals-Not to be Missed     250
Theatre     251
Fine Art     256
Craft     259
Music     261
Architecture      263
Art, Culture and Politics-Then and Now     266
Learning the Language... All 11 of them     267
Langauges Aplenty-Colourful and Diverse     268
African Languages-A Complex Mixture     274
Literacy: A Long Road to Hoe     277
Kaleidoscope of Colour     278
Some Words and Expressions to Help You     279
When Words Fail You...     282
About Business     284
The Wealth Ethic     285
Making Your Own Way     287
Alternative Financing     290
Gateway to Africa     292
High Costs of High-Tech     293
What Fuels Our Economic Engine?     294
Forms of Business Entities     302
Business Etiquette and Practice     304
Outside Government-Role of NGOs     311
The Power of the Workers     312
The Old Boys' Network     314
Small is Beautiful     314
Fast Facts     316
Where in the World are You Living     317
National Symbols     319
Public Holidays     320
Steps Through History     321
Recent Leaders     329
Culture Quiz      332
Do's and Don'ts     337
Glossary     339
Resource Guide     341
Further Reading     358
About the Author     363
Index     364
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