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Un­der­stand the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal frame­work:

South Africa has an ugly past. For sev­eral cen­turies the coun­try has been un­der au­thor­i­tar­ian and dom­i­neer­ing regimes which ex­cluded the black ma­jor­ity cit­i­zens of the coun­try. To this ex­tent South Africa is still ‘ two coun­tries in one’. The coun­try is un­der­go­ing through a tran­si­tion pe­riod both po­lit­i­cally, so­cially, re­li­giously and across all other sec­tors.

Since 1994 the coun­try adopted a demo­cratic dis­pen­sa­tion which al­lows demo­cratic elec­tions to take place ev­ery 5 years. The con­sti­tu­tion has a jus­ti­cia­ble bill of rights that guar­an­tees a se­ries of in­di­vid­ual rights , cor­po­rate rights and statu­tory rights. In­cluded in the con­sti­tu­tion is the guar­an­tee to the in­de­pen­dent ju­di­ciary. There is free­dom of ex­pres­sion that al­lows all to start and form other po­lit­i­cal par­ties to the ex­clu­sion of the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal par­ties. It is im­por­tant to quote the pro­vi­sions of the pre­am­ble as it sets out the tone of the con­sti­tu­tion thus…

“…We there­fore through our freely elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives , adopt this con­sti­tu­tion as the supreme law of the repub­lic so as to heal the di­vi­sions of the past and es­tab­lish a so­ci­ety based on demo­cratic val­ues, so­cial jus­tice and fun­da­men­tal hu­man rights;

Lay the foun­da­tions for a demo­cratic and open so­ci­ety in which gov­ern­ment is based on the will of the people and ev­ery cit­i­zen is equally pro­tected by law; Im­prove the qual­ity of life of all cit­i­zens and free the po­ten­tial of each per­son…”

The con­sti­tu­tion is the supreme law of the land. This con­sti­tu­tion is ‘man­aged’ by an in­de­pen­dent ju­di­ciary. This po­si­tion is a source of re­lief to any po­ten­tial in­vestor who in­tends to in­vest their monies as all their rights and du­ties will be sub­ject to scru­tiny that is ‘man­aged’ by an in­de­pen­dent ju­di­ciary.

The coun­try is di­vided into 9 prov­inces thus West­ern Cape, East­ern Cape, North­ern cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Mpumalanga, North West, Gaut­eng and North­ern Cape. There are dif­fer­ent cul­tural dy­nam­ics that are at play in each of th­ese 9 prov­inces . To this ex­tent it is im­por­tant for one to un­der­stand the cul­tural dy­nam­ics that are at play in a spe­cific prov­ince that one in­tends to op­er­ate. It can be stated with­out any doubt that South Africa is not a ho­moge­nous coun­try for now. It is a coun­try that is ‘united in its di­ver­sity’… Of course there are sim­i­lar­i­ties in some iso­lated in­stances. A com­mon trend though is that people who live in a spe­cific prov­ince tend to share a very sim­i­lar and com­mon cul­tural and tra­di­tional prac­tices ex­cept for one prov­ince which is in Gaut­eng.

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