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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in South Africa?

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We asked people in South Africa if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!...

"It is important to be mindful of cultural differences when visiting South Africa. It is important to be respectful of local customs and traditions, and to be aware of any potential cultural faux pas. It is important to be aware of the country's history and to avoid making any comments that could be seen as insensitive or offensive. It is also important to be aware of the country's language and to avoid using any language that could be seen as disrespectful or inappropriate. Additionally, it is important to be aware of the country's religious beliefs and to avoid making any comments that could be seen as offensive or disrespectful. Finally, it is important to be aware of the country's social norms and to avoid making any comments that could be seen as inappropriate or offensive," remarked another expat in South Africa.

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