Some gestures that are considered rude (middle finger erect, waiving a pointed index finger, pointing at someone).
When a Motswana (singular of Batswana) does not understand the language that is being spoken, he or she will use hand gestures to communicate.
Make the effort to greet them using their name and you will gain lots of brownie points.
Many of the local blacks feel that the whites cannot distinguish amongst them and to walk by someone you know and not greet them is extremely rude. Ethnic background and place of residence are important factors in determining peoples’ level of comfort with touching and gestures.
Batswana will not necessarily maintain constant eye contact, but it is considered a sign of dishonesty if a person refuses to or is reluctant to make eye contact. When greeting a colleague, it is customary to shake hands with both men and women.