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ElectraMiningAfrica
2016 ExhibitionCatalogue
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Basic Facts
water is also readilyavailable (still and sparkling).
Inhotels, restaurants andnightspots, the standards
of hygieneand foodpreparationare top-notch. It
is safe toeat fresh fruit and salads and toput ice in
your drinks.
HOSPITALS&MEDICALCARE
SouthAfrica is aglobal leader inmanymedical
disciplines and there is a largenetworkof public
andprivatehospitals countrywide,offeringexcellent
service.SouthAfrica’s doctors enjoyanoutstanding
reputationaround theworld.Thecountry’s private
hospitals areworldclass,equippedwith the latest
technological innovations,but resources at public
hospitals tend tobeoverstrainedas theyare in
largedemand.Visitors are thereforeadvised to
consult privateclinics,most of whichoffer 24-hour
emergency services.
MALARIA
Malaria is foundonly in the Lowveldof
Mpumalangaand Limpopoandon theMaputo-
landcoast of KwaZulu-Natal.Malaria is notmuch
of a risk in thewintermonths andalthough the
incidenceofmalaria is rare, it wouldbebest to take
adequateprecautions if youchoose to visit these
areas.
PERSONAL SAFETY
AlthoughGautenghas receivedmuchbadpress
regardingcriminal-relatedactivities, theprovince
is just as safeas anyother destination,provided
visitors adhere tobasicguidelines.SouthAfrica
boasts adiversearrayof cultures,communities,sites
andattractions. If youwould like toget information
about recommended tour operators or toenquire
as to the safetyof anarea youplan to visit,you
cancontact theNational Informationand Safety
Lineon 083 123 2345. In theevent of anemergency
requiring thepolice,ambulance services or rescue
services call SouthAfrica’s national emergency
number 10111.
The followingadvice is given to tourists:
•General
Most parts of thecountry canbe safely visitedby
tourists,provided that they takebasiccommon-
senseprecautions.However,aswouldbe thecase
anywhere in theworld,wewould recommend that
someareas be visited ingroups or with local tour
guides,and stick towell-lit,busy streets andcarrya
routemapor street planat all times. It is preferable
tocarry certifiedcopies of your passport and travel
documents rather than theoriginal documents;
avoiddisplayingcash,expensive jewellery,cameras,
andother valuable items;don’t carry large sums
ofmoney,use travellers cheques instead,but
remember tocountersign themonlywhen youneed
them; keepcash separate fromcredit cards,and
record your credit cardnumbers,storing them ina
secureplace.
• In thecar
Plot your routebeforehand so that you knowwhere
youaregoing,especiallyat night when it’s best
to stick tobusy,well-lit roads,and topark inwell-lit
areas; lock valuable items in theboot (trunk); stay
alert when stoppingat traffic lights or stop streets,
and keep your doors andwindows locked;be
particularly cautiouswhenenteringor leavinga
building;NEVERpick up strangers.
•At your hotel
Donot leave your luggageunattended; store
valuables in thehotel’s safedeposit box; keep your
room locked,whether you’re in it or not; if someone
knocks,checkwho it is beforeopening thedoor;
hand the keys inat thedeskwhenever you leave
thehotel.
ROAD SAFETY
SouthAfrica’s transport infrastructure is excellent
and roads are ingoodcondition.However,
distances between towns are significant,so if you’re
planning to self-drive, it is agood idea toplan your
itinerary toensure youdon’t drive longdistances
as fatigue is amajor causeof roadaccidents.
Wehave very strict drinkinganddriving laws,with
amaximumallowablealcohol bloodcontent of
0,05%.Translated thatmeans about oneglass of
wine for theaveragewomanandperhaps 1,5or
two for theaverageor largeman.
SPEED LIMITS
Speed limits are 120km/hon theopen road,
100km/hon smaller roads andbetween60and
80km/h in towns.Beaware that evenmajor national
roads cut through residential areas so theremaybe
a speed limit of 80or 60km/hona road that looks
likeanautobahn.
DRIVING
All visitors intending todriveare required toobtain
an international drivers permit and visitors found
drivingwithout apermit will be finedandnot
permitted tocontinuewith their journey.Visitors
cannot rent acar without a validdriver’s permit.
Thewearingof seatbelts is compulsoryand strictly
enforcedby law.Driving is on the left.
SHOPPING
Mostmajor shoppingcentres andmalls operate
sevendays aweek,but youwill find that in the
smaller towns and rural areas that shops are
closedona Sunday.Generally,opening times are:
Monday to Saturday:09:00 to18:00and Sunday:
09:00 to14:00.Modern shoppingmalls,arts&crafts
routes andmarkets, fleamarkets and informal
vendors provideawide varietyof goods,curios,and
shoppingexperiences.SouthAfrica’s fashion,gold
anddiamond jewellery,andart are sought-after,as
are the traditional handcrafted items suchas Zulu
beadwork;carvedchessboards;paintedostrich
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