The minimum wage for a petrol attendant is R6.30 per hour, how can anyone live on that? Needless to say we don't pay minimum and we put lots of incentives in place to encourage better service and give them a decent wage.
I think it is great that you treat your workers so good,
wish there were more people like you in the world!!!
To sum up all the posts, it seems like everybody is for tipping, but just unsure and sort of shy to tip out of the norm, or if no one else is. I think that if you feel good about leaving something (how every much you feel the service is worth) for a service you have been given, be it a game drive, walk or even having your braai cleaned, then go for it. Showing appreciation is something we should do if we have it in our power (and feel the service deserves it), and almost all the time you will get a great thank you or smile, cause the service giver sees your appreciation and that you have taken notice of what they have done.
I was hoping that it wasn't the tip which made him stop and chat to us, rather that that was his personality and he would have talked to us even if we'd just said thank-you
I understand where you are coming, but showing somebody appreciation as you showed the guide, does sweeten the pot for both of you, as the guide can see that you really did think alot about what he was trying to bring across to you and from yourside you see his appreciation that you felt what he gave to you was worth such a generous tip.
Never feel guilty to tip what you feel is worth and when its worth it, life is to short to not do what you feel is right at that given moment, and trust me, you wont regret it after it is said or done, even if it is just a thank you.
Keep up the tipping for service that deserves it, and tip what you feel you can and want to!!!!!