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ESSENTIAL INFO KIMBERLEY - SOUTH AFRICA


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


EMERGENCY TEL NO. WHEN IN KIMBERLEY (+27 53 International)

10111Police Emergency
 
0800 010101Automobile Association Emergency Rescue
0800 033007Automobile Association Medical Rescue
 
MEDICAL CONTACTS
 
Ambulances
 
10177Metro Ambulances
082 911Netcare
0800 000024Swiftcare (24hrs)
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TOURIST INFORMATION

082 162Weather Forecasts
082 231 1602Weather Office
082 231 1600Coastal Forecast
 
083 915 8000Computicket
0861 400 500TicketWeb
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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 Ė lock doors and close windows when driving in the city, especially at night, and donít 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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