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Non-verbal Communication

•   South Africans are more old fashioned and formal in their mannerisms.
•   Yawning without covering your mouth, gum chewing, stretching in public, slouching, leaving your hands in your pockets while speaking to someone, or leaning against objects while speaking are all things to avoid.
•   Making the victory sign with the palm of the hand towards yourself or making a fist with the thumb between the index and middle fingers are inappropriate.
•   Many African cultures regard it as polite to hold out both hands when being given a gift. Doing so with one hand shows ingratitude.
•   A lady is treated very much as a lady as men open doors, stand up when she enters the room or wait for her to extend her hand before they will greet her with a handshake.
•   In Afrikaans circles, among close friends, women are often kissed on the lips in greeting. (Those with a strong city culture might be less comfortable doing so).