Tipping, Johannesburg

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  • Haggling

    by whitebobo Written Jan 26, 2009

    This is a tip that will serve you well and prevent you from being the focus of a shop keeper's frustrations and anger.

    It may be your culture, it may be the culture of a vendor, but under no cicumstances should you start haggling with a salesperson in a large mall in South Africa. You may ask for discount if you are buying for a large amount (ie R3000+) but to haggle shows much disrespect when rentals are so high. These shops pay very high rent and are completely different to a vendor in the street who pays nothing to have his stall there. Go crazy haggling with vendors, but try and haggle for anything more than 10% discount in a mall and you will notice the level of service you receive fall drastically. This is Africa, but not all of it is run the same. Would you ask for discount at your local mall's supermarket? Then why ask at a supermarket in another country?

    The funny thing is that the vendors will often make you pay more for your haggled item than what you would pay for it in the mall.

    Also do not take photographs of anything without at least asking the shop owner or vendor before hand. This also causes a lot of anger and some vendors will charge you for photographs. It is very disrespectful to take photographs of carvings or artworks someone has spent hours making and then leaving the store without buying something, all without asking in the first place.

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    Tipping of 10% at restaurants...

    by sierrak Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Tipping of 10% at restaurants is common practice. You may notice that due to the long history of segregation, many Afrikaans do not extend the same respect to the Africans. It will take time for the rifts in culture to settle, and so in the efforts to move forward, get to know the Africans and show your respect and kindness to all equally. Please, before taking pictures of villagers or any person, ask first. They are not zoo animals and it is impolite to act like a gawking tourist at a zoo. Also, remember that it is illegal to take pictures or video of any governmental buildings.

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    Tipping at restaurants is 10%....

    by sierrak Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Tipping at restaurants is 10%. Due to the long history of segregation, you may notice the tensions between Afrikaans and Africans. In an effort to move forward, extend kindness and respect to All peoples equally. When taking photos, it is polite to ask the persons BEFORE taking the photo. We are visiting a wonderful country with great people. Please, remember that we are not gawking at zoo animals, a mistake I have seen many tourists make! Don't take photos of governmental buildings, as it is illegal.

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