Know your German visitor
People who arrive late for appointments.
First-name familiarity at a business luncheon.
Hard-sell or ambush tactics in business.
Humour in the workplace – business is taken very seriously.
Texting or taking calls during business meetings.
Talking loudly on a cellphone.
German visitors enjoy sampling South African wines, so a wine tour would be a good suggestion.
Germans also enjoy beer, so visits to emerging craft breweries are likely to be welcomed with enthusiasm.
Since South Africa's scenery, wildlife and culture are highly rated, it’s a good idea to recommend game reserves, cultural villages and country drives.
When in the company of others, allow calls to go to voicemail.
When taking a call from a German, use your surname to introduce yourself.
End a call with "Auf Wiederhören" rather than the more informal "Auf Wiedersehen".
Strict hierarchy is observed, with deference to authority.
Wait for your host to indicate where you should sit at a business meal.