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Climate in Tshwane
Tshwane has a moderately dry subtropical climate with long, hot and rainy summers from December to February. Autumn follows from March to May; temperatures are cool to hot. Winter season is short, cool and dry from June to August, followed by a very hot spring from September to November. The average annual temperature is 18,7 °C (65,7 °F). This is rather high considering its relatively high altitude of about 1 350m and is due mainly to the city’s sheltered valley position which acts as a heat trap and cuts it off from cool southerly and south-easterly air masses for much of the year. Rain is chiefly concentrated in the summer months, with drought conditions prevailing over the winter months when frosts may be sharp. Snowfall is an extremely rare event – snowflakes were spotted in 1959, 1968, and 2012 in the city, but the city has never experienced an accumulation of snow in its history.
Most major credit cards are accepted at shopping centres, as well as traveller’s cheques in major currencies.
With a favourable exchange rate for many international currencies, you’ll find South Africa an inexpensive destination and an easy one – our financial institutions areworld-class, with no shortage of banks, bureaux de change and automatic tellers. South Africa’s unit of currency is the Rand, which is divided into 100 cents. Notes come in denominations of R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200; coins come in denominations of 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2 and R5. There are two R5 coins in circulation both of which are legal currency. All transactions are rounded down to the nearest 5c.
US$1 (one American Dollar) = ± R15.00
£1 (one British Pound) = ± R18.00
Tap water at hotels, inns, lodges and in other public places is purified and safe to drink.
There are 11 official languages in South Africa: English, Afrikaans, isiZulu, isiXhosa, isiNdebele, Sepedi, Sesotho, siSwati, Xitsonga, Setswana and Tshivenda. English is widely spoken throughout South Africa, and English-speaking visitors will have no problems communicating while travelling in South Africa. All signposting is in English.
South Africa uses the metric system: weather forecasts are given in degrees Celsius (C); petrol, milk, and wine are sold by the litre; grocery items are sold in grams and kilograms; road speeds are posted in kilometres per hour.
Value Added Tax (VAT), currently at 15%, is levied on the quoted prices of most goods offered for sale and on hospitality services. Refunds of VAT paid for goods (not services) may be claimed by foreign visitors at their port of departure, provided that the total claim (money spent) exceeds R250.00 and that goods are being taken with them out of South Africa (in which case, tax invoices and the actual goods must be presented as proof).
SAFETY WHILE IN TSHWANE
Like many major cities, Tshwane has both good and bad areas. It is advisable when walking in Tshwane, particularly at night, that you should be aware of people around you and that ideally you should not walk alone but in a group. Highly visible displays of wealth should be avoided, and it is not advisable to look like a ‘typical tourist’ with cameras and binoculars strung around your neck. Never leave valuables unattended.
- Do not carry a camera openly in the city. Please take care when using your camera, as this will identify you as a tourist and could draw unnecessary attention.
- Avoid wearing jewellery and expensive watches.
- If you are accosted, remain calm and be cooperative.
- Be extra vigilant when drawing money from a bank machine (ATM) and never accept assistance when transacting at an ATM.
When on Foot
- Carry your handbag across your body.
- Do not carry an excessive amount of cash on you.
- Do not leave valuables exposed (e.g. on a seat or the ground) while having a meal or drink.
- Do not let strangers get too close to you, especially people in groups.
On the Road
- Lock all your car doors.
- Never leave anything worth stealing in view when driving or when your car is unattended.
- Preferably use the air-conditioning or cooling system in the car to avoid opening your windows.
- Be vigilant when stopped at a traffic light or stop street.
Police and Flying Squad: 10111
Metro Police: +27(0) 12 358 7095/6
Netcare Medical Response: 082 911
EMRS Medical Response: 10177