Do you know the views of Tanzanian People on Cultural Time. Do you know how to keep time in a Tanzanian style? This page will guide about Views of Time and Tanzanian People
• In most situations, Tanzanians have little to no concept of time and are not overly concerned with being punctual.
• In rural areas Tanzanians tend to give their time very freely. If you are living in a village it is expected for you to visit your neighbors numerous times per week, to sit and chat with them, and especially to eat meals with them if offered.
• Visiting a friend or neighbor often takes hours and you may find that they run out to purchase sodas or run to the kitchen to begin cooking ugali upon your arrival. This is less pronounced in urban areas where many people are employed in paying jobs (and therefore more strict with time).
• In business situations, time is less freely given. Important officials may require you to wait for hours before meeting them and they may only have a few minutes of time to spare.
The waiting time partially is a demonstration of a person’s importance in society and it is best to be respectful and friendly even if you are frustrated. If you react with anger, the person will be less likely to help you.
• Once you have established a friendly relationship even in a business situation, you may find that your host has a whole hour to spare and even offers you soda or tea.
• The chances of a meeting starting on time are very slim. In many cases it can be up to several hours late.
• Public transport is usually not reliable when considering set schedules and the like.