Personal “Do and don’t in South Africa”

Do
Meet people, ask, listen, and discuss.
Don’t
Generalize. Everybody is different.

Do
Try to be politically correct when speaking.
Don’t
Try too hard. PC can never be achieved.

Do
Ask about the past, the apartheid, racism and the difficulties of today. Most people are eager to tell you about themselves, their lives and so on.
Don’t
Be shocked if people speak very open about death, HIV/AIDS, violence, sexuality. It is a reality and part of everybody’s live.

Do
Discover, go out, and try to see as much as you can.
Don’t
Be shy.

Do
Visit a township (when you don’t live and work in it) with somebody who knows the area and can show you around. Perhaps more than one township because one township is not like the other. They are different in size, economical development, population and so on.
Don’t
Go alone a township if you are a white woman or man. Just don’t do it! (to be developed)

Do
Use a taxi. Meaning these minibuses for 16 seated passengers. Although there will be probably more than 16. The system of paying the driver is still fascinating me.
Don’t
Use a taxi in a township alone.

Do
Take photos – from the beautiful landscape, the tourist spots, the people, the townships, and your work place etc., etc.
Don’t
Let everybody see your expensive camera. Even better: Don’t bring an expensive camera.

Do
Eat when you’re invited. At least, taste because it is quite rude not do so.
Don’t
Worry to put on weight. You will anyway 😉

Do
Discuss about sports, especially soccer when you like it. South Africans are fond of sports.
Don’t
Use the words boring, f***ing and cricket in one sentence. You could loose a friend.

Do
Enjoy yourself and your journey.
Don’t
Worry about the things that might have been.

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