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Cape Town Jazz Safari
"Visit the home of a local jazz musician for dinner drinks and an exclusive live performance. Hosts include famous jazz cat names such as Mac McKenzie Hilton Schilder and Blackie Tempi who are sure to keep you entertained with anecdotes about Cape Town's thriving Jazz scene spirit and culture.Hit the town after dinner to enjoy more contemporary Cape Town sounds at a live jazz nightspot. Alternatively the Jazz Safari will take you to the home of a second musician to wind down with a nightcap before returning to a cen""
From ZAR1,350.00
 
Cape Town City and Constantia Wine Route Private Day Tour
"You will be collected at the agreed time and begin the full day private walking and riding Cape Town City tour. Explore Adderley Street in the heart of the city. See some exciting historical buildings which are stalwarts of the city’s culture and history including Batholomew Dias Monument Jan Van Riebeek Monument the Zacharias Waganaer Water Reservoir which can be found in South Africa’s oldest shopping centre the Cape Castle the City Hall where the former president and the Father of the nation Nelson Mandela delivered his first speech on 11-02-1990
From ZAR3,500.00
 
Half-Day Cape Town City and Table Mountain Tour
"The tour commences with a tour of Table Mountain (weather permitting; cable car fee not included). In the city itself visit the Company Gardens the S.A. Museum the Castle of Good Hope and the vibrant and arty flea market Greenmarket Square. Take a trip through the picturesque Bo-Kaap. Table Mountain (Cable Car fee not included in cost): By the late 1870's several of Cape Town's more prominent citizens had suggested the introduction of a railway line to the top of Table Mountain. Plans to implement a proposed rack railway got under way but the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer war put a halt to these efforts. By with a strong desire to gain easy access to the top of Table Mountain
From ZAR580.00

Crime - theft Tips (32)

Be careful!!!

Please be aware of the crime. Do not carry your whole camera equipment, your jewellery and a big amount of money with you.

Although Cape Town is a beautiful city, its crime rate is not to be underestimated. For your own safety please do not walk alone, especially at night.

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andreja20
Oct 05, 2005

Basically as anywhere else. Be...

Basically as anywhere else. Be streetsmart, don't flash jewlery or wads of money. Don't let conmen fool you. All of my friends there have experienced an incident sometime be it just pickpocketing or robbery at point-blank. If you have a car there'll be the selfelected guards who 'help' you find parking by directing you into a space you found yourself anyway. As you leave the car they'll ask for money. It's strongly recommended to hand over up to R5 or so unless you want to find your car scratched or bumped. If it's a rental car think of what your waiver covers it might be worthwile to pay!

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cosmopolit
Feb 03, 2003

Substance abuse is fueling most violent crime

The South African police have done a great job in reducing the murder rate by half since 1995,

The nominal 2012 decrease from previous years, and overall crime trends, however shows that employing more police won’t drastically reduce violent crime. Substance abuse fuels most of South Africa’s crimes, with alcohol fuelling 70 percent of Cape Town’s violent crime. However, it as in most of SA, Cape Town’s violent crime is mainly restricted to economically depressed communities, and occurs mostly between people who know one another.

Cape Town is one of the most racially segregated cities in SA and because of Apartheid probably the world. The perpetuation of apartheid spatial planning by the City of Cape Town and Western Cape Provincial governments, with low-cost housing on the outskirts of society, exacerbates the problems experienced.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu stating: “The reality for citizens across broad swathes of the Cape Flats and the surrounding region is that 20 years into South Africa’s democracy they have yet to receive a freedom dividend. They have yet to be freed of the yoke of oppression wrought by gangsters and sex fiends and other criminals. Most of these communities remain as fundamentally dysfunctional as they were when they were first thrown together as racial enclaves in the 1960s and 1970s.”

Read more>> http://gctca.org.za/substance-abuse-is-fuelling-most-of-our-violent-crime/

World media has not covered South Africa in praise mostly due to them reporting on sensationalist SA media reports, and the exaggeration of SA expats trying to justify their immigration just before or after 1994. But to drive my point home, media reports fly in the face of a British Foreign and Commonwealth Office report which actually state that SA is safer than Germany, Spain and Thailand for British expats and tourists. Yes you read correctly safer than Germany and that favourite British hang out, Thailand for British expats, In terms of being victims of crime. See http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?click_id=13&set_id=1&art_id=vn20100325042054212C645868

This British Foreign and Commonwealth Office report formed part of a tourist advisor to British tourists just prior to the 2010 Football/ Soccer World Cup, and violent crime has actually come down since then.

In conclusion SA and Cape Town has an extremely high rate of violent crime but it is mostly fuelled by Substance abuse, mainly restricted to economically depressed communities and committed between people who know one another with black township males being the overwhelming number of victims.

Saffa101
Aug 17, 2014

Substance abuse is fueling most violent crime

SA police have done a great job in reducing the murder rate by half since 1995,

The nominal 2012 decrease from previous years, and overall crime trends, show that employing more police won’t drastically reduce violent crime. Substance abuse fuels most of South Africa’s crimes, with alcohol fuelling 70 percent Cape Town’s violent crime. However, it as in most of SA, Cape Town’s violent crime is mainly restricted to economically depressed communities, and occurs mostly between people who know one another.

Cape Town is one of the most racially segregated cities in SA and because of Apartheid probably the world. The perpetuation of apartheid spatial planning by the City of Cape Town and Western Cape Provincial governments, with low-cost housing on the outskirts of society, exacerbates the problems experienced.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu stating: “The reality for citizens across broad swathes of the Cape Flats and the surrounding region is that 20 years into South Africa’s democracy they have yet to receive a freedom dividend. They have yet to be freed of the yoke of oppression wrought by gangsters and sex fiends and other criminals. Most of these communities remain as fundamentally dysfunctional as they were when they were first thrown together as racial enclaves in the 1960s and 1970s.”

Read more>> http://gctca.org.za/substance-abuse-is-fuelling-most-of-our-violent-crime/

World media has not covered South Africa in praise mostly due to them reporting on sensationalist SA media reports, and the exaggeration of SA expats trying to justify their immigration just before or after 1994. But to drive my point home, media reports fly in the face of a British Foreign and Commonwealth Office report which actually state that SA is safer than Germany, Spain and Thailand for British expats and tourists. Yes you read correctly safer than Germany and that favourite British hang out, Thailand for British expats, In terms of being victims of crime. See http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?click_id=13&set_id=1&art_id=vn20100325042054212C645868

This British Foreign and Commonwealth Office report formed part of a tourist advisor to British tourists just prior to the 2010 Football/ Soccer World Cup, and violent crime has actually come down since then.

In conclusion SA and Cape Town has an extremely high rate of violent crime but it is mostly fuelled by Substance abuse, mainly restricted to economically depressed communities and committed between people who know one another with male township inhabitants forming the overwhelming number of victims.

Saffa101
Aug 17, 2014
 
 
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Driving at night or day.

I went to Cape Town in the Summer. It's a beautiful place and I recommend it. We travelled, After a week in Cape Town, to visit friends in Nelspruit In which we drove to Cape Town Airport, Flew To Johannesburg And Drove to Nelspruit. While we were there some friends warned us about the Police there, And Couple of things happened, proving them right. They warned about getting stopped on the Motorway, In which happened, and was very scary! At the Service Stations there are armed guards, but their only there to protect you. Also if you see fires, It's most likely to be a controlled fire burning crops so don't worry! There Are High-Tec Security fences with an armed guard response everywhere, as the police are un-helpful.

I Hope this helps! And please get back to me if it did or any of this occurred.

x._Holly_.x
Dec 18, 2014

Just some advice to those who doubt the tips

I understand these reviews were written a few years ago, but please believe me that the safety tips are in no way unnecessary or ridiculous. Yes, in your home country, you don't have to take such precautions because your crime situation is vastly different to that of Cape Town's.

Tips like:

- Do not stop at red robots/traffic lights at night
- Don't walk outside alone at night
- Don't use your cellphone in public

Are valid points. These days you cannot even stop at some traffic lights in broad daylight. Last year, a friend uploaded a video on Facebook showing a familiar spot to me on Vanguard Drive (now renamed Jakes Gerwel). Several motorists were waiting at the traffic lights, while a few men were standing on the side of the road. Some of the motorists had their back windows rolled down quite low. Suddenly, all the men at the same time, rushed to the cars, grabbed the belongings that were on the back seat, and then rushed off.

For myself, a few years ago, I made the mistake of walking past an informal settlement. As I passed, three youths tried to crowd me and pressure me into giving up my phone and my bag. I only got away because we were near the post office and I kept walking, refusing to give them what they wanted, until we were in sight of the post office and they gave up. If I had been in a more isolated area, things could have ended up much worse.

Ultimately, I'm not saying you should ride through red robots, or stay indoors at all times, but take care and be alert when you're enjoying your time in and around Cape Town.

DavidH129
Sep 16, 2015

CapeTown: Debit-card theft point of sales supermkt

Hello all, Just want to notify all tourists to beware of theft.
Just got two Debit cards with PINs stolen (Meanwhile blocked).
Really nifty scam: Cashier at Supermarket (Pick n Pay at Financial District of Cape Town) is about 1-2 m from exit.
Paid cash, got my goods, picked up the receipt. Young man (Round face, coloured, about 1,75 m tall) in that area, whom I thought to be an employee of the shop, insisted that I have my receipt scanned (Receipt has a bar code at bottom) and pointed downstairs the escalator.
I pointed out to him that I'd already paid cash, he insisted.
I thought that this was a compulsory bonus program of "Pick and Pay" where the card needs to be registered for marketing reasons.
Went thus downstairs, did not know where to register, a coloured person in a uniform pointed me to the ATM.
Put in my credit card, somebody stated I should in my pin in a protected manner, and pointed to a spot where I should stand. I did, shielding my PIN entry with my body, seemingly to no avail.
A very authoritative man seemingly knowing the ATM then "helped" me. The system did not respond, could not get my card out.
The man "suggested" I put in a second card, to trigger the removal of the first. Did not work, put in second pin. Second card also did not come out.
Suddenly, they were all gone. Had taken debit cards with them.
Rushed upstairs, shouted that I had been robbed, nobody reacted.
Rushed to the apartment, got out my spreadsheet with card details and phone numbers for card blocking, and had these two cards blocked.
Lessons learned: Beware of strangers being helpful.
Beware when they become authoritative and take the initiative.
Beware of _anything_ that happens near an ATM machine, distractions, noise, crowd, etc.
Beware if there are people inside the "safety zone" of an ATM.
Have all your credit card details and the emergency phone numbers stored away separately from your credit cards and handy in case of theft or fraud. I did mine a couple of years ago, came in rather useful here.
Note furthermore: Sorry to say, but I will from now on be very careful when black or coloured people try to help me. There were no white people involved here. Maybe coincidence.

m_u_k_weigl
Feb 14, 2016

Small Crime

Be carefull at nights when you go out. Stay in the center, if going out do not go on your own to certain quarters but stay in group.
Beware of drunken drivers.

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Dec 08, 2002

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