Social & Other Conventions
The sun is strong with a high ultra-violet rating. Screening products
with a protection factor of 15 and higher is recommended.
Jan 1 New Year's Day.
Mar 21 Human Rights Day.
Apr 13 Good Friday (dates differ)
Apr 16 Family Day (dates differ)
Apr 27 Freedom Day.
May 1 Workers' Day.
Jun 16 Youth Day.
Aug 9 National Women's Day.
Sep 24 Heritage Day.
Dec 16 Day of Reconciliation.
Dec 25 Christmas Day.
Dec 26 Day of Goodwill.
Holidays falling on a Sunday are
observed the following Monday.
Most inhabitants profess Christianity of some form and belong to either
Catholic, Anglican and other protestant denominations, Afrikaner Calvinist
churches or African independent churches. There are also significant Hindu,
Muslim and Jewish communities, and traditional beliefs are still practiced
widely, sometimes in conjunction with Christianity.
Handshaking is the usual form of greeting. Normal courtesies should be
shown when visiting someone's home.
Casual wear is widely acceptable.
Formal social functions often call for a dinner jacket and black tie for
men and full-length dresses for women; this will be specified on the invitation.
Smoking is prohibited in public areas and places with special smoking
sections been provided at restaurants, etc.
Normally 10% if service is not included. It is customary to tip porters,
waiters, taxi drivers, caddies and room service. By law, hotel rates do
not include a service charge.