Day light robbery
as the rand gets stronger a lot of people are building onto there homes so now there are a vast amount of builers around the place and so the breakins have started to be on the increase , as they build next door to tyou they watch your coming and goings only to rip you off when your not at thome .........
It is true that crime is a problem in South Africa.
But, there are certain areas which is more risky than others. The city centre is NOT a very safe place, and not be visited at night if not familiar with the area.
Do not flash cell phones, cameras etc.
If you go out at night, it is better as a group, than going as a single person.
When withdrawing money from an ATM, don't allow anybody to "assist" you - put your money in your wallet before leaving from the ATM.
Do not use a minibus taxi, as they do drive reckless and the route they do is not always known.
If any specific questions, please contact me
here they have taxi`s that are used mostly for the black community , they are death traps waiting to happen . the cars are falling to peices but yet the people still get in , they travel as fast as they can , brakes dont work and bang some poor victim is dead , and the people inside ...........................be careful
Places to be wary...
Two places that are beautiful to visit are the Union Buildings and the gardens, as well as the small hike up the Faerie Glen Koppie (Hill).
Muggings and attacks have been known at both sites, especially towards the evening. Two of my friends had their mountain bikes stolen at knifepoint recently.
Travel in groups of 4/5 and you should be safer.
- Hiking and Walking
Everyone has heard the horror stories about travellers in South Africa.
I was lucky enough to be travelling in a group of 26 on a Sport Tour which meant that we were constantly in company.
Personally i felt pretty safe in Pretoria. A few times a small group of us wandered up to the shopping precinct during the day and had no problems at all. Durning the night we always dined/drank in a group.
One night a guy got mugged just outside of our complex. He was walking alone, after 11pm and was attacked by a group.
In respect of this I would just recommend an air of caution and a bit of common sense. I was more than happy walking around in the day, in a group at night. Treat the possible threat of crime in South Africa with the same caution as any other place.
Travel South Africa
The best,safest,most pleasant and cheapest way to travel in South Africa is by rental car.
Driving here can be compared to driving in rural Britain, drive on the left, roads similar not so much traffic etc etc. I have lived all my life in Pretoria, and a travel addict that has traveled extensively for business and pleasure.
Crime in this country is problem, due to the uncontrolled influx of people from the rest Africa the last few years.
Avoid at all times using Taxis (which is the main way the bulk of the population travel), buses and trains are often non existing and not a viable option. The major centres (Cape town, Durban, Johannesburg/Pretoria) are relatively far apart and the inter city buses (Greyhound Luxury type) are good. Air transport is good (miss a lot though) and services even the smaller towns.
Hotels *** and above good, people are very friendly and B&B's are best for people contact and experience.
- Family Travel
- Road Trip
Lock your Car!!!
Although car guards are ever present on the streets in Pretoria, thefts do still happen. Make sure you lock your car properly when parking anywhere in Pretoria (Or South Africa, for that matter). And if you have a removable radio face, REMOVE IT, and keep it with you. Also, dont leave anything valuable lying on your car seats.
- Road Trip
Don't put your purse in your...
Don't put your purse in your back pocket of your pants. Don't draw money alone early in the mornings, late at night or at a very still ATM. Be careful for people that want to 'help' you while drawing money at a ATM. Don't keep a big amount of money with you. When you drive around, put you handbag, cellphone or anything valuble under you seat!! Lock your car doors. Don't leave any valuble stuff on the seat.
WINES, BRANDIES AND WHISKIES...
WINES, BRANDIES AND WHISKIES AND ALL ALCOHOL RELATED are soo cheap, it's not worth drinking unadulterated spring or distileed AQUA VITAE.
BUY from Bottle Stores, SA's equivilent of LCBO, wine purveyors or larger Supermarkets e.g. Pik n Pay , Shoprite, Spar, they're at every shopping Mall
what happens if . . . . . .
it is now memories, sometime amusing sometimes baffling
In days Past, city centre stores on Saturdays were only open in the mornings. i was then a member of Jaycees, and we had a meeting in an office downtown, after the meeting, i was about to get into my VW Kombi, keys in hand, but no vehicle, looked up and down the small and short Bureau Lane, it was not there, the land marks and trace back to how i walked to my meeting venue. The four wheels was never seen again.
Many years later i parked my Toyota Station Wagon under the shady Jacaranda tree, attended a meeting at the Library building, again, key in hand but no vehicle, i knew the surrounding landmarks, walked a block either direction, nor car, car keys in my hand, it had mysteriously driven itself away. despite the bumps and Bloudraad that kept it together, it proved more useful under the tend loving care of another more fortunate driver
This of course is about having cars without hidden start switches, burglar alarms and steering locks - is it because of the inequities that this happens???
advice from insurance Companies and more Advice
South Africa is ranked #9, but prorata to it's car population and only those reported it probably is #2 or #1
- Adventure Travel
a yen for Wine and Brandies
compared to canada and europe,
despite the rise in prices during the past three years
it is still comparatively cheap, if you can get a friend with a makro card
buy it from their liquor store
a huge range of SA Cape Wines,
often good deals on award winners
Potstill Brandies, van der hums and amarulas all available.
Whiskey is chaeper than at heathrow duty free
TASSENBERG Dry Red - 1 x 750ml R 15.90
TWO OCEANS Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot - 1 x 750ml R 24.90 >> LCBO can$ 10.10
DE TOREN Fusion V - 1 x 750ml R 239.00
DE TOREN Z 1 x 750ml R 129.00
GRAHAM BECK The Ridge Syrah - 1 x 750ml R 184.00 >> LCBO can$ 26.75
KWV Cathedral Cellar Cab Sauvignon - 1 x 750ml R 99.90 >> LCBO can$ 16.95
RAKA Quinary - 1 x 750ml R 89.90 >> RAKA SPLICED 2003 LCBO can$ 17.80
WARWICK Trilogy - 1 x 750ml R 179.00
ZONNEBLOEM Cabernet Sauvignon - 1 x 750ml R 49.90
My tennis team and I were lucky to stay in the best hotel in Pretoria (presidents and celebrities stay there regularly!). We were staying there for two weeks to play two tournaments, and so they had to do their laundry somehow. I didn't do so well in the tournaments, so i was lucky enough... but my friend, Alex, not so much. He got his clothes back tattered and torn.
One could let the hotel do your laundry, but it's really expensive. I suggest taking laundry detergent and throwing it into your bathtub and stepping on it, or showering with it in the tub... it can be fun =)
- Casino and Gambling
- Arts and Culture
Keep the car doors locked!
It is a good idea to keep the car doors locked at all times, even when you are driving. Carjacking is commonplace in Pretoria and even though this trick doesn't necssarily prevent it from happening, it could save you from a lot of trouble.
Do not pass
Here is a vitally important notice! If you ever see a sign saying "No Entry" then don't go beyond that sign!
Camping around Pretoria, you...
Camping around Pretoria, you may run into dangerous snakes like Boomsnake, Black Mamba etc. Don't panic !
Avoid it and don't confront, call the site officials to help remove it.
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