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599 Pretorius Street, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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live in pretoria

by aglicanne

I am french girl, 21 years old..and im planing to go alone for a 6 months intership in pretoria. A lot of people around me are freaking out, saying that it is too dangerous...i read a lot of stuff about south africa and pretoria and to me it doesnt seem to be that bad.. i guess there is some major security rules to respect but it is generally ok...?
I would like to have the point of view of somebody who lives there? because i dont how to convince people that i'll be fine...
thank you very much...

Re: live in pretoria

by delcity

this site may be of some help to you . look here for the link for south africa and pretoria. ( )

Re: live in pretoria

by MichaelDovey


You will have a fantastic time. I have lived in Pretoria for the oast 25 years. I have 2 daughters, aged 18 and 20. They each have there own car, and drive around at night with a friend or alone. Ye, crime is a problem, but there are areas that I never visit, and some areas I have never visited in 25 years.
The city centre has become a area that is not recommended to stay in. The major businesses all moved into the huge shoppong malls we have in many of the suburbs.

There are some general safety rules that you need to apply, and you need to be aware of risks in certain areas. If you are coming to one of Pretoria's hospitals, you will learn more in 6 months, than many in other countrys will learn in 6 years.

If you would like more specific info, drop me an e-mail, and I will gladly respond on every point raised.Yes, there are some problems in our country, but many are being addressed on a daily basis.

The 2010 soccer world cup will be held here, and there have been numerous visits to check progress, and FIFA are happy with the situation.



Re: live in pretoria

by anton64

Bonjour . A friend of mine (also French) had the same concerns about his daughter who spent 6 months in Pretoria this year as part of her masters degree studies. She loved it. I will email you her details and you can check with her directly on her experience. She is now back in France.

Travel Tips for Pretoria

Laptop Repair

by ardelean

Laptop repairs are difficult. No one want to touch laptops. there is the Notebook company on the corner of Duncan St. and Pretorius in Hatfield. they take two weeks minimum. If you can do without your laptop for two weeks, you don't need a lap top. Then there is Jimmy in Centurion. Phone number 012-654-9633. He is quick, good, and hugely expensive (US$80/hour), but cheaper than buying a new laptop.

Sun City

by Taffster

Sun City is like something out of your dreams.
Hidden away in the mountains, Sun City boasts its own man made beach (including a water park ) which matches those of the Caribbean, 4 hotel complexes, a huge lake, various casinos and much much more!
This was such a fun day with plenty of opportunities and a never ending list of things to do.
I spent the day at the Valley of the Waves (man made beach) and in the water park, and made my way down to the lake in the Cabanas complex to sport a bit of jet skiing. Total adrenaline rush in absolute perfect natural beauty.

Very expensive average food

by PierreZA about Piatto Mediterranean Kitchen - Centurion

A very big restaurant. The food is very average and expensive.
The menu looks great, as does all the pictures of the food (which is not on the menu).
The last time I went there (April 2008) the food was actually bad, especially the veggies.
It seems that it has closed down - I am not surprised No real favourite

Voortrekker Monument

by Deefstes

The Voortrekker Monument is a 40 cubic meter building commemorating the Voortrekkers of old who trekked over the Drakensberg mountain range from the Cape to ultimately settle in this part of the country.

Unfortunately this part of Afrikaner heritage seems to be neglected and even surpressed as a pride in Afrikaner heritage can often be misconstrued as being "old regime" but I strongly disagree with that notion.

I am an Afrikaner and very proud of it. At the same time I am anything but a racist and I deeply believe in the restoration of South Africa through racial tollerance and uniting of peoples. The Afrikaner history is quite an interesting one and very remarkable. I am proud to have that heritage and the Voortrekker Monument symbolises that for me.

Paul Kruger Street Synagogue

by kenHuocj

pity this historic building is not maintained and falling apart
behind razor and barbed wire;
it it deteriorates any further, it may be nigh impossible to restore!
where is the monuments commission?


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