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ESSENTIAL INFO PORT ELIZABETH - 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 PORT ELIZABETH (+27 041 International)

10111All Emergencies
585 6011Sea Rescue
585 1555Fire Brigade
0800 010101AA Breakdown
374 3434Police
582 3456Lifeline
 
MEDICAL CONTACTS
 
10177Ambulance
363 1515Poli Clinic
392 3911Provincial Hospital
373 7921St George’s Hospital
406 4111Dora Nginza Hospital
405 9111Livingstone Hospital
373 1206Medicross Medical Centre
390 7000Greenacres Nedcare
401 2700Mercantile Private Hospital
585 6537Oasim Private Hospital
374 7471Travel Clinic – Health Facilities For Travelers
995 1111Uitenhage Provincial Hospital
484 5426Physically Disabled Association
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TOURIST INFORMATION

487 1026Department Of Home Affairs
 
374 0134Axxess Africa Internet Café
363 4681Funtasia Internet Cafe
374 2453GL Computers Internet Cafe
583 6076Little Cyber Diner Internet Cafe
363 5588Coffee Society Internet Cafe
585 1558Cotton Club Internet Café
365 0420Lair Internet Café
 
585 5555Vodac Cell Phone Hire
 
586 4666Main Post Office
363 0576Computicket Bookings
082 231 1624Weather Forecast
586 1040Beach Manager’s Office
585 8133Main Library
586 2256Opera House
 
363 0791Greenacres Shopping Centre
363 8914The Bridge Shopping & Entertainment
454 1228Pier 14 Shopping Centre
368 2690Walmer Park Shopping Centre
456 4343Cleary Park Shopping Centre
 
Jeffreys Bay
 
042 293 1111Ambulance
042 295 1100Hospital
042 293 1133Police
 
Grahamstown
 
046 622 7303Government Offices
046 603 6111Municipal Offices
046 636 1650St John’s Ambulance
046 622 2215Settlers Hospital
046 622 7003Fort England Hospital
046 622 3521Day Hospital
 
 
TOURIST OFFICES
 
585 8884Port Elizabeth Tourism – Donkin Reserve
585 5427Port Elizabeth Tourism – Bay World
042 293 2588Jeffrey’s Bay Publicity
042 294 0076St Francis Bay Publicity
994 1408Uitenhage Publicity
933 1111Despatch Publicity
046 624 1235Port Alfred Publicity
046 622 3241Grahamstown Publicity
048 881 1421Cradock Publicity
042 295 1361Humansdorp Publicity
049 12 4248Graaff – Reinet Publicity
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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.

Most International cards such as American Express , Diners, Master Card and Visa are accepted as well as Traveler’s Cheques.
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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


507 7319Airports Company
581 2984Flight Information
507 1111South African Airways
0800 011747British Airways
507 2662Spoornet Passenger Services
507 2333Apple Express
 
404 1200Algoa Bus Company
042 293 2221J-Bay Sunshine Express
043 741 3107Mini Lux
507 1333Translux Bus Service
586 0055Intercape Bus Service
363 4555Greyhound Bus Service
 
581 4291Avis Car Rental
581 1268Imperial Car Rental
581 4242Budget Car Rental
581 5826Economic Car Hire
581 6550Hertz Car Rental
581 1123National Car Rental
 
585 5500Hurter’s Taxi
374 5856Mr Cabs Taxi
 
363 0989Rennies Travel
368 4935Harvey World Travel


Consulates

363 8841British Consulate
487 2840German Consulate
581 1704Belgian Consulate
585 1976Greek Consulate
367 1693Portuguese Consulate
994 6254French Consulate
373 6443Italian Consulate


Sporting Contacts

Archery368 5870
Athletics374 2818
Badminton484 3604
Basketball082 714 5297
Biathlon082 332 9892
Biathle583 3561
Bowls373 4208
Boxing504 3243
Canoeing082 372 6073
Cricket585 1646
Cycling367 1125
Darts373 7665
Diving Board373 5886
Equestrian367 4220
Warmer Golf Club581 4211
Wedgewood Golf Club372 1212
Sardinia Downs Golf366 1754
Gymnastics583 1104
Hockey083 729 4140
Inflatable Boat Racing082 966 1980
InLine Roller Hockey360 6479
Moto Cross082 937 8439
Motor Racing461 1388
Netball504 3145
Pigeon Racing581 5504
Polocross083 277 5937
Pool404 3491
Powerboat083 458 5721
Powerlifting083 286 1398
Rifle & Pistol463 1183
Rowing083 285 9281
Rugby583 5245
Sea Kayaking373 4097
Soccer451 3716
Sport For Disabled083 228 6303
Squash083 270 2059
Surfing082 320 2608
Swimming585 8576
Tennis585 1059
Volleyball082 726 8050
Waterpolo373 4194
Waveski363 6912
Yachting463 3566


Surf Spots

 
Port Elizabeth
FenceRight Break4-8 FootWesterly Wind
PipeRight & Left2-6 FootWesterly Wind
NoordhoekRight & Left4-6 FootWesterly & N. W. Wind
 
Jeffreys Bay
Kitchen WindowsRight & Left4-6 FootWesterly Wind
Magna TubesRight Break8-10 FootWesterly & N.W. Wind
Super TubesRight & Left8-10 FootWesterly Wind
AlbatrossRight & Left2-4 FootEasterly Wind
 
St Francis Bay
Bruces BeautiesRight Break4-6 FootWesterly Wind
Seal PointRight Break2-6 FootWesterly Wind
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