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Emergency Telephone Numbers
Value Added Tax (VAT)
|10111||Police / Flying Squad|
|700 2100||Sea Rescue|
|722 1212||Fire Brigade|
|726 2225||Ambulance 24hr ( Netcare )|
|722 2062||Emergency Chemist|
|722 3128||E.L. Private Hospital|
|709 1111||Frere Hospital|
|743 4303||St Dominics|
|743 9348||Home Affairs & Visas|
|722 4991||Central Library|
|705 9111||Municipality – Buffalo City|
|705 9327||Traffic Office|
|743 0704||Theatre Bookings|
|461 300||Weather Forecast|
|742 2100||Automobile Association|
|702 2000||Daily Dispatch Newspaper|
|743 9511||Eastern Cape Tourism|
|722 6015||East London Tourism|
|701 4006||Amatola Tourism|
|701 4000||Coastal & Great Kei Tourism|
|046 622 3241||Grahamstown Tourism|
|046 624 1235||Port Alfred Tourism|
|045 838 3467||Queenstown Tourism|
|047 505 2662||Wild Coast Tourist Safety Unit|
220 / 240 Volts, 50 Hz
Standard Time 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, one hour ahead of Central European Winter Time. 10 Hours behind New Zealand Winter Time, 8 Hours behind Australian Winter Time.
Based on Rand ( R ) consisting of 100 cents. Bank notes issued in denominations of R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200. In early 2002 the Rand exchanged R11 to the Dollar and R16 to the pound.
Value Added Tax currently at 14%, is levied on market / quoted price on most goods offered for sale and hospitality services. Refunds of VAT paid for goods ( not services ) may be claimed by foreign tourists, provided total claim exceeds R250 and goods are being taken with them out of South Africa. Tax Invoices and actual goods presented as proof. Details and procedures obtainable at Airports and Satour offices.
While tap water at hotels, inns, lodges and other public places is purified and safe to drink, water in lakes or slow - moving streams in outlying areas may contain harmful organisms, including bilharzia and cholera.
Good hospitals and medical services in most urban and tourist areas. While major credit cards are usually accepted, cash may sometimes be required, and medical insurance should be taken out before visiting the country.
Although the city is generally safe, caution should be exercised when both visiting the beachfront and market areas in the central district, where pickpocketing can occur. As theft from cars and hijackings do occasionally occur, be sensible – lock doors and close windows when driving in the city, especially at night, and don’t leave cell phones and wallets exposed. Remember it is far better to surrender your possession than confront a would-be thief or hijacker.
Between 10 and 15 percent usually given to waiters, housekeeping staff, tour guides, taxi drivers and porters.
|706 0306||Airport Passenger Services|
|700 1200||Port Manager|
|700 2719||Railway Passenger Services|
|082 569 3599||Airport Shuttle Service|
|700 1999||Translux Bus Service|
|726 9580||Intercape Bus Service|
|743 9284||Greyhound Bus Service|
|742 3107||Minilux Bus Service|
|743 0156||SA Connection Bus Service|
|736 1344||Avis Car Rental|
|736 2230||Imperial Car Rental|
|736 2364||Budget Car Rental|
|722 3946||Border Taxi|
|731 1567||Springbok Taxi|
|743 3757||French Consulate|
|735 2030||Italian Consulate|
|722 2518||Portuguese Consulate|