Fast Facts
about Johannesburg

Here are a couple of Fast Facts about Johannesburg.
This page is added to on a regular basis, so remember where it is for those vital snippets.

24 Hour Pharmacy Fast Facts :
These Private Hospitals in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg have a 24-hour retail pharmacy :
Netcare Olivedale Hospital
Tel: 011 777-2000
Cnr. President Fouche and Windsor Way, Olivedale, Randburg.
Netcare Linksfield Hospital
Tel: 011 647-3400)
24 12th Avenue, Linksfield West.
To find where these pharmacies are, fololow this link to this map of Johannesburg
Follow this link to the Pharmacy at the OR Tambo (Johannesburg) International Airport.

Accommodation :
The standard of accommodation in Jo’burg is very high, ranging from Backpackers to Luxury Hotels.
Very good accommodation offered in private homes has mushroomed, and Bed & Breakfast/Guest House/Guest Lodge Accommodation as well as Self Catering Units are a feature of this.

American Express Fast Facts :
Jo'burg has close on 20 branches
The Zone Shopping Centre, Rosebank, ground floor (tel. 011 880-8382). Hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 9am to 12:30pm.
Sandton City Shopping Mall, upper level (tel. 011 883-9009),
OR Tambo International Airport, international arrivals terminal (tel. 011 390-1233)
For lost or stolen cards, call 011 710-4747 and ask for the card division.
Follow this link to the page on Foreign Exchange outlets at the OR Tambo (Johannesburg) International Airport.

Area Code :
The area code for landline phones is 011. All numbers dialled must include the area code, followed by a 7 digit number.
The International dialling code for South Africa is 0027.

ATM (Automated Teller Machine) Fast Facts :
Most ATM’s, which are found in all the major shopping centres, accept foreign cards, but confirm this with your bank before leaving home.
Choose an ATM in a busy and well lit area, as although I’ve never had the misfortune of being ripped off, it does happen.
Always be aware of what’s happening around you and don’t accept help from strangers.
Most ATM’s sell time to recharge your prepaid mobile phone.

Banking :
A number of South African controlled, as well as foreign controlled banks plus branches of foreign banks can be found in the city.
Opening times of most banks are :
Monday to Friday : 09h00 to 15h30 and
Saturdays : 08H30 to 11h00.
The major commercial banks all offer a foreign exchange service.
24 hour Automated Teller Machines (ATM's) are scattered throughout the city.
Follow this link to the page on Banks at the OR Tambo (Johannesburg) International Airport.

Climate Fast Facts :
The climate in Johannesburg is influenced by its distance from the sea as well as its altitude of 1750m.
The relatively dry Highveld (the high plateau of the eastern part of the country) is a summer rainfall region, where short, sharp showers – often with lightning, fall between September and April.
Interestingly, Jo’burg’s annual average rainfall of over 800mm is very similar to that of London, and even more surprisingly – Jerusalem.
Summer days are mild (26deg. C) with cooler nights (16deg C.), whilst winter is dry and bleak, but sunny, with days reaching the lower twenties, and nights sometimes below zero.
Snow has fallen 6 times in the last 50 odd years!

Clothing :
Dressing for business tends to be formal. Ladies wear is smart, whereas gents can't go wrong wearing a suite and tie.
Casual clothing is dictated to by season.
Summer is warm to hot with the possibility of rain, so shorts, jeans and T shirt with a light cardigan will suffice.
Winter tends to be a lot more extreme, and from May to August, you'll need warm clothing with heavy jackets, scarves, beanies and gloves during the early morning and nights.
A brolly or waterproof jacket is adviseable at all times of the year.

Consulate Fast Facts :
Johannesburg has the following consulates, whereas Pretoria has the largest concentration of Foreign Representatives outside of Washington DC.
  People's Republic of China         Consulate General        Tel: 011 784-7241   
  Costa Rica         Consulate        Tel: 011 705-3434   
  Denmark         Consulate General        Tel: 011 804-3374   
  France         Consulate General        Tel: 011 778-5600   
  Gambia         High Commission        Tel: 011 430-7640   
  Greece         Consulate        Tel: 011 484-1769 011 484-1794   
  Greenland         Consulate        Tel: 011 804-3374   
  Guinea-Bissau         Consulate        Tel: 011 622-3688   
  India         Consulate General        Tel: 011 482-8484   
  Italy         Consulate General        Tel: 011 728-1392/3/1309   
  Lebanon         Consulate General        Tel: 011 339-3653   
  Malawi         Consulate        Tel: 011-339-1569   
  Mocambique         Consulate General        Tel: 011 336-9921   
  Nigeria         Consulate General        Tel: 011 442-3620   
  Portugal         Consulate General        Tel: 011 622-0645/6/7/8/9   
  Seychelles         Consulate General        Tel: 072 259-6132   
  Swaziland         Consulate        Tel: 011 403-2050/2036   
  United States         Consulate General        Tel: 011 290-3000   
  Zimbabwe         Consulate General        Tel: 011 615-0290   

Coordinates :
Latitude: 26° 203' South
Longitude: 28° 039' East

Credit Cards Fast Facts :
Visa and Master Card are accepted by just about everyone, whereas American Express and Diners Club have a more limited use.
A word of caution - Credit Cards have been accepted at some service stations as of July 2009, but not all accept them for petrol (gas) or diesel when filling up!

Currency :
The South African monetary unit is the Rand, divided into 100 cents.
Coins are issued in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2 and R5 denominations, and really pretty notes, depicting animals, are issued in denominations of :
R10 - a rhino, R20 an elephant, R50 a lion, R100 a buffalo and the R200 note is a leopard.
The animals are sometimes used as a “currency”, and instead of being sold an item for R100, you could be charged one buffalo!

Africa's greatest heritage in your purse. South African Currency - Rands and cents.
Africa's greatest heritage in your purse! The Rands and Cents of South Africa's currency.

Doctors on Call:
24 hour house calls
011 788-2222

After Hours Family Doctor : Fourways:
Medical Rooms open until 22h00 (10.00pm)
084 724-7247
086 11 247 247
Follow this link to the After Hours Family Doctor website

Drinking Water Fast Facts:
Johannesburg’s tap water is equal to the best in the world!
It is supplied in bulk by Rand Water, which is a world class facility that constantly tests to check for an array of pathogens, pesticides and toxic algae, as well as for chemical endocrine disruptors.
The main supply is from high up in the Drakensberg mountains and Lesotho, which ensures that the water is unpolluted and clean, and is delivered via a network of dams and tunnels.
Without wanting to sound alarmist, if you do go into the rural areas where facilities like Rand Water just don't exist, take care.
Bottled water is available in just about every shop.

Driving :
We drive on the left!
Drivers must have a valid card type drivers licence or an International Driving Permit.
The speed limit on highways is generally 120 k/ph., 100 k/ph on other roads and 60 k/ph in urban areas.

Electricity Fast Facts :
Electricity is 220/240 volts at 50 cycles per second.
The domestic plug and socket is a 15A type M, with 3 round pins (BS 546, 15A/250V earthed).
The majority of power is generated by Eskom, and predominantly produced from coal burning power stations, but a lack of maintenance at these facilities in the past has left a legacy of possible power outages.

Fuel / Gas :
Leaded, unleaded and diesel is available throughout Jo'burg, where most petrol stations are open 24 hours a day, and often have convenience shops as well as ATM facilities.
The price of petrol is Government regulated, so all prices in a specific geographic area will be the same, whereas diesel is not controlled, so every outlet determines their own price.
The price of fuel is looked at monthly, and if needed, changes – either up or down, on midnight going into the first Wednesday of every month.
The cheapest price I’ve found in Jo’burg is the SASOL garage, Mintys' Tyres and Mags, in Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood.
Their March 2012 prices per litre are :
LRP (Lead Replacement Petrol) : R11.05
Unleaded 93 octane : R11.05
Unleaded 95 octane : R11.23
Diesel : SASOL Turbo Diesel 50ppm ULS : R10.77

Once again, check that a Credit Card is acceptable for payment before filling up!

HELP! Hotline Fast Facts :
Life threatening emergencies : 011 375-5911
Flying squad : 10111
Ambulance : 10177
Netcare (private hospital) : 082 911
From cell phones : 112

Hospitals :
Netcare Olivedale Hospital
24 hour retail pharmacy
Tel: 011 777-2000
Cnr. President Fouche and Windsor Way, Olivedale, Randburg.
Netcare Linksfield Hospital
24 hour retail pharmacy
Tel: 011 647-3400
24 12th Avenue, Linksfield West.
Morningside Medi-Clinic
Tel: 011 282-5000
Cnr. Rivonia and Hill Roads, Morningside.
Netcare Milpark Hospital
Tel: 011 480-5600
9 Guild Road, Parktown West.
Netcare Rosebank Hospital
Tel: 011 328-0500
14 Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank.

The Government hospitals, which I would avoid, are the :
Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital
Tel: 011 488-4911
Queens Road, Parktown.
Helen Joseph Hospital
Tel: 011 489-0666
Perth Road, Auckland Park.
To find where these hospitals are, click on this map of Johannesburg

Insurance Fast Facts :
I strongly recommend that you get comprehensive travel and medical insurance before leaving home.
Make sure your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake, and they're not excluded.

Language :
South Africa has 11 official languages, with all of them being spoken in Jo’burg - Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga.
English is universal, although a lot of people you come into contact with, possibly won't be able to understand or speak it.

Newspapers Fast Facts :
Daily : Beeld (Afrikaans-language), Business Day (Business-oriented), The Citizen (Conservative), The Sowetan (Liberal), The Star (Centrist/liberal)
Weekly : City Press (Liberal), Mail & Guardian (Liberal), Rapport (National Party-oriented Afrikaans-language), The Sunday Independent (Liberal), Sunday Times (Conservative)
My favourites are the City Press and the Mail & Guardian.

Passport :
Your passport must be "... valid for no less than 30 days after the expiry of your intended stay, and have at least two blank pages (other than the official observation page) on which your entry permit can be endorsed."
Make a photocopy of your passport, itinerary, travel insurance, credit cards and important phone numbers and keep them separate from the originals, in case of loss or theft.

Pharmacy, Chemist, Drugstore Fast Facts :
Pharmacy, chemists drugstores (same thing - different name!) are found in all the main shopping centres.
Daylight Pharmacy :
Daily 8:30am-8.00pm
Sandton City Shopping Mall, Sandton
Tel: 011 883-7520
Morningside Dispensary :
Daily 8:30am-9.00pm - every day of the year
255 Rivonia, cnr. Alon Road, Morningside
Tel: 011 883-6588
Most private hospitals have a retail pharmacy.
These are open 24 hours :
Netcare Olivedale Hospital
Tel: 011 777-2000
Cnr. President Fouche and Windsor Way, Olivedale, Randburg.
Netcare Linksfield Hospital
Tel: 011 647-3400
24 12th Avenue, Linksfield West.
To find where these pharmacies are, click on this map of Johannesburg
Follow this link to the pharmacy at the OR Tambo (Johannesburg) International Airport.

Post Office :
Due to some serious ongoing security breaches where articles never reach their intended destination, make sure to either insure or register any article you post.
Follow this link to the post office at the OR Tambo (Johannesburg) International Airport.

Radio Stations Fast Facts :
There are more than 30 FM and almost a dozen AM stations that broadcast from, or can be heard in the city.
The 3 most popular stations are:
702 (Frequency: 92.7 FM - news and talk radio)
94.7 Highveld (Frequency: 94.7 FM - adult contemporary music. Largest local station)
YFM (Frequency: 99.2 FM - music; oriented towards black youth, playing soul, hip-hop, kwaito, rhythm 'n blues. Very successful station.)

Shopping :
Jo’burg and its shopping malls!!
These over 20 mega malls aren’t my favourite, but whether you’re in Soweto or Sandton, there’s a shopping mall to cater for your addictive retail therapy!
Usually open 7 days a week, on average from 09h00 to 18h00.
I prefer the privately owned, specialist shops tucked away from the masses.

Time Zone Fast Facts :
Johannesburg is GMT +2 hours. South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is followed all year, and there is NO summer daylight savings.
SAST is an hour ahead of Central European Winter Time,
seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Winter Time and
seven hours behind Australian Central Time.

Yellow Fever Vaccination Fast Facts :
Travelling to South Africa from one of the following countries requires a yellow fever vaccination certificate -

Angola, Argentina, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Guinea-Bissau, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, French Guyana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guyana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Suriname, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda and Venezuela.

This yellow fever rule is strictly adhered to on arrival.
Children under one (1) year, as well as adults - on medical grounds, are excluded from needing a yellow fever vaccination certificate.

Follow this link to the clinic at the OR Tambo (Johannesburg) International Airport.

Fast Facts Fuel price archive :
Wednesday 4th December 2011
LRP (Lead Replacement Petrol) : R10.45
Unleaded 93 octane : R10.45
Unleaded 95 octane : R10.66
Diesel : SASOL Turbo Diesel 50ppm ULS : R10.89

Wednesday 4th January 2012
LRP (Lead Replacement Petrol) : R10.45
Unleaded 93 octane : R10.45
Unleaded 95 octane : R10.61
Diesel : SASOL Turbo Diesel 50ppm ULS : R10.69

Wednesday 7th March 2012
LRP (Lead Replacement Petrol) : R11.05
Unleaded 93 octane : R11.05
Unleaded 95 octane : R11.23
Diesel : SASOL Turbo Diesel 50ppm ULS : R10.77

Page uploaded : : 14th May 2011
Page updated : 11th November 2015

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