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ESSENTIAL INFO EAST LONDON - SOUTH AFRICA


Emergency Telephone Numbers
Tourist Information
Electricity
Time
Currency
Value Added Tax (VAT)
Health
Medical Services
Safety
Tipping
Transport


EMERGENCY TEL NO. WHEN IN EAST LONDON (+27 043 International)

10111Police / Flying Squad
700 2100Sea Rescue
722 1212Fire Brigade
 
MEDICAL CONTACTS
 
10177Ambulance
726 2225Ambulance 24hr ( Netcare )
722 2062Emergency Chemist
722 3128E.L. Private Hospital
709 1111Frere Hospital
743 4303St Dominics
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TOURIST INFORMATION

743 9348Home Affairs & Visas
722 4991Central Library
705 9111Municipality – Buffalo City
705 9327Traffic Office
743 0704Theatre Bookings
461 300Weather Forecast
742 2100Automobile Association
743 0686Museum
702 2000Daily Dispatch Newspaper
 
TOURIST OFFICES
 
743 9511Eastern Cape Tourism
722 6015East London Tourism
701 4006Amatola Tourism
701 4000Coastal & Great Kei Tourism
046 622 3241Grahamstown Tourism
046 624 1235Port Alfred Tourism
045 838 3467Queenstown Tourism
047 505 2662Wild Coast Tourist Safety Unit
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ELECTRICITY

220 / 240 Volts, 50 Hz
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TIME

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.
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CURRENCY

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.
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VALUE ADDED TAX ( VAT )

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.
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HEALTH

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.
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MEDICAL SERVICES

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.
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SAFETY

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.
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TIPPING

Between 10 and 15 percent usually given to waiters, housekeeping staff, tour guides, taxi drivers and porters.
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TRANSPORT

706 0306Airport Passenger Services
700 1200Port Manager
700 2719Railway Passenger Services
082 569 3599Airport Shuttle Service
700 1999Translux Bus Service
726 9580Intercape Bus Service
743 9284Greyhound Bus Service
742 3107Minilux Bus Service
743 0156SA Connection Bus Service
736 1344Avis Car Rental
736 2230Imperial Car Rental
736 2364Budget Car Rental
722 3946Border Taxi
731 1567Springbok Taxi


Consulates

743 3757French Consulate
735 2030Italian Consulate
722 2518Portuguese Consulate


Communities

748 3086German
735 2030Italian
743 3315Indian
743 1603French
745 1207Portuguese
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