Operating hours for all Commercial Banks are Mondays to Fridays from 09h00 to 15h30 and Saturdays from 08h30 to 13h00.
Postal Information - Post Offices are open from 08h00 to 16h30 Mondays to Fridays and 08h30 to 12h00 on Saturdays. Main Post Office, 259 Govan Mbeki Avenue
Tel: (041) 586 4666.
Telegrams - May be sent by dialing 1028 or from any Post Office.
Telephones - Public coin and card telephones are fully automatic with direct dialing to most parts of the world. Booked International calls can be made by dialing 0900 and 0903 for International Telephone Enquiries.
CREDIT CARDS AND TRAVELLERS' CHEQUES
Most international cards such as American Express, Diners, Mastercard and Visa are accepted, as well as Travellers' Cheques.
One Rand (R) = 100 cents (c). Notes issued are R200, R100, R50, R20, and R10. Coins issued are R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, 5c, 2c, and 1c. Foreign currency may be exchanged at any Commercial Bank and at Rennies Travel, Murray & Roberts Building, Ring Road, Greenacres Tel: (041)343536.
DEPARTMENT OF HOME AFFAIRS
Pretorius Street, Port Elizabeth
Private Bag X741, Struben Street, Port Elizabeth, 6000
Tel: (041) 487 1026
Fax:(041) 487 3354
Operating Hours: Monday to Friday 08h00 till 15h00
AA Breakdown 0800 010101
Fire Brigade 585 1555
Life Line 585 5581
NSRI 507 3911
Police Flying Squad 10111
Netcare Greenacres Hospital 390 7000
Provincial Hospital 392 3911
St. Georges Hospital 392 6111
ELECTRICITY AND ELECTRIC SHAVERS:
220 / 230 Volts AC at 50Hz.
Libraries are listed under "Municipality" in the telephone Directory and do allow visitors to become temporary members. A small fee may be levied.
Visitors are responsible for their own medical needs and should obtain medical insurance prior to their arrival. Doctors are listed under "Medical" in the Telephone Directory.
PE City Centre (Market Square)
The Market Square is located in the centre of PE, and is home to a couple of interesting buildings.
One of them is the colonial style City Hall, which was built between 1858 and 1862 – with the high clock tower added on in 1883. The architectonic building was proclaimed a national monument in 1973, but was severely damaged by fire in 1977. Fortunately, the City Hall was rebuilt four years later, and now houses a council chamber and a concert/lecture hall.
The old library building from 1845 is located across the Market Square from the City Hall. In the beginning the building was used as a courthouse, but since 1902 the building has been used as the public library. The façade was manufactured in England and shipped to PE to be assembled piece by piece, and the beautiful building is regarded as an excellent example of Victorian Gothic architecture. Like the City Hall, the library building was declared a national monument in 1973. In front of the library stands a marble statue of Queen Victoria, which was unveiled in 1903.
I neither visited the City Hall nor the library, but just looked at the buildings from outside.
ADDO AND GORAH ELEPHANT CAMP.
The Addo Elephant National Park is situated approximately 75 km north of Port Elizabeth in the Sundays River valley. The park is the home of a herd of 316 elephants. This herd is the only one, which is living so far south in Africa. In former times one believed, that those elephants are a sub-species of the African Elephant. But research has proved, that the elephants in fact are the African Elephants. Their salient red colour they get from the red earth. The female elephants do not have tusks.
The Gorah Elephant Lodge is situated in the park. The Gorah House was built in 1856 and is now a National Monument. The Gorah House has two dining rooms, two living rooms, one library, one Curio Shop and a water hole in front of the main terrace. There is also a Boma with pool and sun terrace, where you can enjoy dinner. An experienced ranger will take you on game drives or discover the nature horse riding, hiking or cycling.
You will be accommodated in luxury tents. Please note, that the Camp has no electricity. In the tents are solar lamps but no plug sockets.
Every day the elephants are coming up to the main house to drink out of the small water hole, a daily nature event!
THE FRIENDLY CITY
"Seaworld Port Elizabeth"
"the friendly city"
Kings Beach is the main beach in Port Eizabeth well known and named after king george who visited Port Elizabeth during his reign. the Mc Arthur tidal swimming pool is also situated on this beach as well as a yearly funfare. there are also numerous restaurants and cafe's along this beachfront paradise macdonalds,wimpy and kentucky to name but a few.
"The Apple Express"
This is the great train race, all marathon runners know this piece of beauty, man and machine compete against each other to the finish line.the runners run against this beast up until thornhill just outside Port Elizabeth.