ELECTRICITY / WEIGHTS & MEASURES

220/230 Volts and 50 Hz with the exception of Pretoria (Tshwane) 250 Volts are the South African standard. An international socket adaptor can be bought in South Africa in most hardware or electrical supply stores but there is a risk of short supply during the main tourist seasons! International socket adaptors can also be bought at home beforehand. Most hotels have international sockets for hairdryers (which are often supplied by the hotel) and electrical razors.
Weights and measures in South Africa are according to the metric system.

EMBASSY
  • For Germany: 180 Blackwood Street, Arcadia, Pretoria 003

        Tel.: (012) 427 8900

  • For Austria: 1109, Duncan Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria 0181

          Tel.: (012) 452 9155

  • For Switzerland: 818 George Avenue, Arcadia, Pretoria 0001

          Tel.: (012) 430 6707

South African overseas embassies:

  • In Germany: Tiergartenstrasse 60, 10785 Berlin 

          Tel.: (030) 220 730

  • In Austria: Sandgasse 33, 1190 Wien

          Tel.: (0132) 320 6493

  • In Switzerland: Alpenstrasse 29, 3006 Bern

          Tel.: (031) 350 13 13

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Essential telephone numbers are: 

  • National police emergency: 10 111
  • National ambulance emergency: 10 177
  • Collect calls / reverse charge calls: 0900

 

Loss of credit cards:

  • American Express: (011) 358 0400
  • Diners Club: (011) 337 3244
  • Master Card / Eurocard: (011) 498 4699
  • Visa Card: (011) 489 4699
ETIQUETTE

In tourist areas informal attire is sufficient, in hotels as well as restaurants of a higher standard formal-casual attire especially during the evening hours is recommended. Topless bathing is not allowed. The consumption of alcoholic beverages is not allowed in public and smoking is prohibited on busses, trains, taxis as well as in most public buildings. It is advisable to heed religious traditions when visiting mosques or other religious sites.