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Should YOU Visit South Africa?

February 28, 2013 in South Africa, uncategorized

So much about violence in South Africa hey! Should you come visit here?

I would say YES.


Most of the noise about crime is about politics – is about ‘blacks can’t rule’ and the fact that the police no longer exclusively patrol white residential areas with the express purpose to keep people of colour out … unless they are somebody’s servant and can prove this.

Hmm … just as much as criminals do not actually march five abreast in cities, towns and residential streets (especially not in historically white areas and resorts)…

white people also do not shake their fists and shout abuse at or topple black people in lion cages or mistake them daily for baboons and shoot them although this is known to have happened.

The biggest crime is white collar crimes and happens in boardrooms, using computers, involves huge companies; the commonest crime is domestic violence and happens within the home occasionally spilling into other areas but it is crime that can be dramatized easily into black on white violence that hits the news.

It makes me wonder why cases like that of Brown and his pyramid scheme that robbed thousands of people, and especially non whites, of their life savings, is not front page news and the stories of his victims are not followed. A retired friend of mine, raising her sister’s two children, had to find work again because she lost all her money.

Then there was the bread price collusion amongst producers- the poor (non white) people live on bread and black tea. a recent study showed that :

“… The UCT-based African Food Security Urban Network, which aims to address the challenges associated with rising poverty and food insecurity in Africa’s cities, found very high food insecurity in the three Cape Town areas that it researched.

In both Philippi and Khayelitsha, less than 10 percent of households were food secure. Even in Ocean View, the better-off of the areas, only 31 percent of households were food secure. Dietary diversity was also poor.”

People survive on dry bread and sweet black tea.

Then there is the crime in construction- no not like Anene Booysen found left for dead in a construction yard- it is about collusion to hike prices of steel and other building materials and to agree which company would submit the lowest inflated tender for a government job like with the stadiums for the World Cup and substandard materials and work for RDP houses that begin to collapse within a year of completion.

So there we go- since you are not going to sleep in a RDP house, it is not likely to collapse on you. Your tax money is also not going into the pockets of the major construction companies nor into those companies that build RDP houses.

My friend who blew the whistle on the bread scandal, has had a hard time since, but you are also not going to survive on dry bread and sweet black tea during your stay.

Nor are you going to hang out in a Township where crime is rife- and if you did, because you chose to travel off the beaten track, you would be in the guiding company of people that will protect you in various ways; after all, people live here and survive.

Should you invest? again I would say YES.

Invest but please let it be a beneficiation project. Invest in business that would grow the local economy meaningfully and provide skills and jobs towards enhancing the South African socio-economic environment from mass deprivation to a shared economy.

Many tourist feel unsafe when they arrive, but most feel confident about their safety when they leave and want to return – some never leave again and settle permanently.

This advice has been reviewed and reissued with editorial amendments. The overall level of the advice has not changed; there are no travel restrictions in place in this travel advice for South Africa.


Travel advice for this country

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This advice has been reviewed and reissued with editorial amendments. The overall level of the advice has not changed; there are no travel restrictions in place in this travel advice for South Africa.

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Travel advice for this country

  • There has been an increase in strike action in South Africa and some demonstrations have turned violent. Follow developments in the local media and avoid all demonstrations, rallies and large public gatherings.
  • There is a very high level of crime, but the most violent crimes occur in townships and isolated areas away from the normal tourist destinations.
  • The standard of drivingis variable and there are many fatal accidents.
  • Most visits to South Africa are trouble-free. See Consular assistance statistics.

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Anouk Zijlma

Is It Safe to Travel to South Africa?

By , GuideJuly 14, 2008

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      The question of safety while

traveling in South Africa

      is often the first thing that pops into someone’s mind when planning a trip there. Recent news concerning the spate of

violence against foreign immigrants

      hasn’t helped South Africa’s reputation as a high-crime state. In fact it led to

travel warnings

      being issued by several governments including the US State Department.

While most of the violent crime is restricted to the Townships many of my South African friends (who do not live in the Townships) have also been the victims of violent crime. But you’re much less likely to be the victim of crime as a tourist, staying in a lodge or guesthouse and enjoying a safari.

I just returned from a week in South Africa and felt perfectly safe. Naturally, you have to take care in the big cities not to flaunt your jewelry and cameras. It’s not a good idea to walk around alone at night, nor is it smart to carry around large wads of cash. And precautions that you may be unused to when driving a car, like keeping your windows shut and doors locked at traffic lights, become second nature after a while.

South Africa’s National Tourist Board and many tour operators do their best to keep tourists as safe as possible. There’s even a National Tourism information and Safety Line at 083 123 2345 where you can report incidents and get help if you’re the victim of a crime. You can also call this number to find out if you are in doubt as to the safety of a particular area or attraction. The police are trustworthy in South Africa — it’s just that they’re ill equipped to deal with the volume of crime. If you see police patrolling an area it’ll be quite safe.

South Africa is such a beautiful country, the issue of safety should not stop you from enjoying a visit there — that would be a crime.

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