Working with South Africans

Working with South Africans

Understanding the keys to South African business culture.


Build relationships of trust with South Africans colleagues, employees, suppliers and clients.


1 day – 7 hours, face to face or by video conferencing.


2-14 participants


Participants should preferably have some work experience with, and exposure to, multicultural environments. Proficiency level required (TOEIC 750) for the course in English.

Course language

English or French

Course certificate

Certificate of course completion

Participant profile

This “Working with South Africans” program is designed for any manager in charge of business development and planning on an international level dealing with South African trading partners, suppliers and /or colleagues.


Acquire knowledge about both the context and the contemporary reality of South Africa

Decode cultural codes and values specific to this country, in a professional context

Decode the decision-making and negotiation processes of South Africans


Before the seminar

Each participant will carry out a personal cultural assessment with the online tool Country Navigator™. This tool will enable each participant to understand her/his personal values and cultural preferences and compare them to professionals of other nationalities.

During the seminar

Our training is very participatory and experiential. Our approach includes alternating between theory and practice, simulations, and group activities. A variety of case studies and group interactions are programmed into this training course. Our objective is to engage learners mentally, emotionally and behaviorally, aligning them to the complexities and richness of intercultural exchanges with the French.

Some possible key topics

Keys to South African culture

South African values concerning industrial relations

The South African business world

Optimize communication with South Africans

Adapting to South African managerial culture

Negotiating successfully in South Africa

Social codes, dress code, business cards

Sensitive or taboo subjects: history, politics, religion, ethnicity

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