of South Africa lies at the southern end of the African continent. It is
bounded by the Indian Ocean to the east and the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and
is bordered to the north by Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and
Swaziland and totally encloses Lesotho.
South Africa remains one of the wealthiest countries on the continent with its vast mineral resources powering the economy for over a century. While scenic Cape Town, with its strong tourism and creative industries, may get more flattering media exposure, it’s Johannesburg that calls the shots when it comes to business. In the capital city Pretoria, an hour’s drive to the north, you’ll find more embassies than corporate empires. The coastal city of Durban is the busiest port in Africa while Port Elizabeth also carries its fair share of imports and exports.
Population: 49 Million
Time Zone: GMT +2
Currency: South African Rand
Language: South Africa has 11 official languages, but English is the language of business and is spoken across the country
Most passport-holders do not require a visa to visit South Africa, and a 30-day entry permit is issued on arrival at international border posts. Travellers arriving from countries where yellow fever is endemic (as of 2011, this includes Zambia) will also be required to show a certificate of vaccination.
Credit cards and debit cards are widely accepted in shops, hotels and restaurants, so there’s no need to carry large amounts of cash with you, unless travelling in rural areas.
OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg is the main air gateway into Southern Africa. From Johannesburg there are direct links to dozens of cities both worldwide and across the continent. A range of coach companies offer nationwide bus services. Tar roads in urban and rural areas are generally well maintained and you’ll find international car hire companies at all airports.
There are few health issues to be concerned about in South African cities – the tap water is drinkable and there are no major diseases to guard against.