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Except of the habitants a lot of people from European countries live there, this merging has an effect on the national features of Pretoria. To feel comfortable travelers need to remember about several important rules of conduct, they will help to behave in different situations. So when people talk with Europeans, the youngest person must greet the first, when people talk with South Africans there is contrary rule – the oldest person greets the first.
When people talk with European habitants it is not necessary to look point-blank at them, it can seem to be the sign of aggression. As for South Africans it is opposite situation again – wandering look is sign of unrespect, so it is necessary to look straight to eyes talking. Some gestures have their own meaning. It is not recommended to pass money or other things with left hand – it is the sign of unrespect.
This feature appeared owing to religious rules, in accordance with them left hand is evil. To show respect to someone you need to pass him anything with both your hands. It will be appropriate for presentation of gifts or dishes. During the walk it is possible to note that the local habitants talk with each other quite loudly. Some travelers can think that it is sign of bad manners, however it is just the part of the local culture. Copyright
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It is believed if interlocutors talk quietly they will talk something bad about somebody. The local habitants are quite friendly to tourists, problems of racial differences are felt not as vastly as in other cities of SAR. Elementary rules of civility will be pledge of successful communication.
A lot of habitants know English well and if the local habitant don’t understand another person he will let him know about this. Usually after several sentences in the foreign language the natives cross their palms in front of the face – it means that they can’t understand their interlocutor. If people teach several sentences in the national language beforehand, it will be easier to arrange the common understanding with native people. Also it is important to note that the habitants are very punctual. The business meetings need to be fixed a few days before, and it is necessary to be there in time.
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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Pretoria
♥   Sacred Heart Cathedral, Pretoria, 6.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cathedral of Christ the King, Johannesburg, 56.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Pretoria
♥   Castle 'Erasmus Castle' , 12.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle Kyalami' , 36.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique landmarks in Pretoria and around

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National traditions of South Africa

Labor and teamwork are highly valued here. South Africans are mostly quite pragmatic and can be called realists. South Africans like to communicate, with foreigners as well. People in South Africa openly slap friends on the back, hug them, shake hands. A handshake should be accompanied by eye contact as a sign of openness and honesty. It is considered very polite to ask about someone's health - this shows respect and attention. Compliments are also appreciated. If a South African disagree with something or someone, he will directly tell about it. Many locals speak much louder than Europeans and Americans. During the conversation, South Africans stand very close to each other. In public transport, distances between people are also quite small. During a conversation, it is important to maintain eye contact, but many locals look away when talking to someone older or higher in social status as a sign of respect. … Open
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Traditions and festivals in cities around Pretoria

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