Frequently Asked Questions

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Where can I write to former president Nelson Mandela?

Office Of The President

Private Bag X70 000
Houghton
Johannesburg 2041
South Africa

Telephone: +27 11 728 1000
Fax: +27 11 728 1111

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How much money can I bring out of South Africa?

Holiday Travel

100,000 ZAR per adult and 30,000 ZAR per child under the age of 12 per 12-month period.

For the latest exchange rates, please visit www.xe.com

Emigrants settling-in allowance

250,000 ZAR per family and 125,000 ZAR per single person up to 1,000,000 ZAR in household goods and personal effects.

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How much money can a South African invest overseas?

Persons over the age of 18 can now invest up to 400,000 ZAR.

Please visit the Reserve Bank website for more information.

Alternatively please contact:

Mr James Cross (General Manager)
Reserve Bank - Exchange Control
PO Box 427
Pretoria 0001
South Africa

Telephone: +27 12 313 3911
Fax: +27 12 313 3197

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What are dates of school holidays in South Africa?

Gauteng, Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga, North West and Free State

Term one 11 January - 30 March
Term two 18 April - 23 June
Term three 17 July - 22 September
Term four 02 October - 01 December

Eastern Cape, Kwazulu-Natal, Western Cape and Northern Cape

Term one 18 January - 31 March
Term two 10 April - 23 June
Term three 17 July - 22 September
Term four 02 October - 01 December

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What are the public holidays in South Africa?

01 January New Year's Day
02 January Public holiday
21 March Human Rights Day
14 April Good Friday
17 April Family Day
27 April Freedom Day
01 May Worker's Day
16 June Youth Day
09 August National Women's Day
24 September Heritage Day
25 September Public Holiday
16 December Day of Reconciliation
25 December Christmas Day
26 December Day of Goodwill

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What are South Africa's average temperatures?

South Africa's temperature is measured in Celcius.

Month Cape Town Pretoria Johannesburg Durban
January 26.5 28.8 26.3 27.2
February 27.1 28.1 25.6 27.5
March 25.8 26.8 24.3 26.9
April 23.0 25.1 22.1 25.6
May 19.9 22.5 19.1 24.1
June 18.5 22.5 16.5 22.5
July 17.2 19.1 16.4 22.0
August 18.1 22.7 19.8 22.4
September 19.1 25.7 22.8 22.9
October 21.5 28.3 25.0 23.6
November 24.0 28.1 25.3 24.9
December 25.5 28.7 26.1 26.2

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What can I take to South African duty free?

  • 400 Cigarettes
  • 50 Cigars
  • 250 grams of Tobacco

  • 2 litres of Wine
  • 1 litre of Spirits

  • 250 millilitres Toilet Water
  • 50 millilitres Perfume

Other goods, new or used over the value of 500 ZAR, will attract duty at the rate of 20% plus 14% VAT.

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Can I take my pet to South Africa?

Before any pet can be taken into South Africa a veterinary import permit must be obtained from:

The Director of Veterinary Services
Private Bag X138
Pretoria 0001

Telephone +27 12 319 7514
Fax +27 12 329 8292

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What vaccinations do I need?

No vaccinations are needed when going from Australian to South Africa, however Malaria precautions are recommended.

What is the electricity voltage in South Africa?

220 / 230 volts A/C. Adapters for electric shavers and hair dryers are obtainable locally and plugs are of the three pin variety.

What type of currency is used?

The Rand "R1" = 100 cents. The international South African currency code is " ZAR".

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What is the official language of South Africa?

There are eleven official languages. Other languages spoken are:

  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • isiNdebele
  • Sepedi
  • Sesotho
  • isiSwati
  • Xitsonga
  • Setswana
  • Tshivenda
  • isiXhosa
  • isiZulu

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