Women in Business in South Africa

Traditionally women from all communities within South Africa have played a very minimal role within the business world.

Female participation at senior management level is extremely low and although some progress towards greater gender equality within the workforce has been made, the progress is slow.

A macho culture could be said to be pervasive in South Africa and women can expect to be treated with less respect than male colleagues. If you are treated with less respect than you would normally expect, it is important to remain unflustered.

Demonstrating high levels of professional skill and aptitude will, in time, pay dividends.

A brief overview of some key concepts to consider when doing business in South Africa

Written and Produced by Keith Warburton

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Overview

This country profile has been produced to give a short overview of some of the key concepts to bear in mind when doing business with contacts in South Africa. It is intended to be an aid to business people who have commercial dealings with counterparties in the country but should not be seen as an exhaustive guide to this topic or as a substitute for more substantial research should there be a need.

With this in mind, we have covered the areas which are key to a better understanding of the cultural mindset underpinning business dealings in South Africa and which are, quite often, extremely different from the approach and thought processes associated with business in other parts of the world.

Therefore this briefing note is broken into short, bite-sized sections on the following topics:

  • Background to business
  • Business Structures
  • Management style
  • Meetings
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Women in business
  • Entertaining
  • Top tips