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Reviewed: 16 December 2011, 10:20 NZDT
Still current at: 23 May 2013
There is some risk to your security in South Africa due to the high level of violent crime and threat from terrorism and we advise caution.
There is a high level of violent crime in South Africa, particularly in the townships and in isolated areas. While most travellers are likely to experience a trouble-free visit, New Zealanders are advised to be conscious of personal safety at all times.
We recommend you avoid travel after dark and to isolated areas and avoid displaying or wearing items that appear valuable, such as cameras and jewellery. When travelling by car, it is advisable to keep doors locked and windows up at all times, hide valuables from view and not stop to assist with vehicle breakdowns, clear debris from the road or pick up hitchhikers. No resistance should be given if you are the victim of an armed robbery, mugging or carjacking as this could lead to an escalation in violence.
Particular care should be taken with luggage and personal belongings in and around OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Unsolicited offers of assistance with baggage and transportation arrangements, other than from official porters, should be declined.
Automatic teller machine (ATM) crimes are on the rise. Criminals have been known to use explosives to blow up ATMs to access cash. They may also loiter near machines to rob people making withdrawals. New Zealanders are advised to maintain security awareness when using an ATM, and avoid using ATMs outside business hours. It may be safer to use ATMs located within a bank or shopping mall.
There is a global risk of terrorism. New Zealanders in South Africa are advised to stay informed of potential threats to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources.
Strikes and demonstrations occur from time to time in South Africa. New Zealanders are advised to avoid all demonstrations, protests and rallies as they have the potential to turn violent. We recommend you monitor the media to keep up to date with local events and follow any instructions issued by the local authorities.
Commercial and internet fraud is common in many African countries. New Zealanders should be wary of any offers that seem too good to be true, as they may be a scam. For further information see our advice on Internet Fraud and International Scams.
General travel advice
New Zealanders living or travelling in South Africa should have comprehensive medical and travel insurance policies in place that include provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders in South Africa are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Contact details are
Street Address 125 Middel Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, 0181 Pretoria, South Africa
Postal Address Private Bag X27, Brooklyn Square, Pretoria 0075, South Africa
Telephone +27 12 435 9000 Facsimile +27 12 435 9002
Website New Zealand High Commission Pretoria [external link]
Office Hours Mon - Fri 0800 - 1630hrs
Street Address 5 Eastry Road, Claremont, 7708, Cape Town, South Africa
Telephone +27 21 683 5762 Facsimile +27 21 683 5747
Mobile +27 82 416 2766
Page last updated: Tuesday, 02 April 2013, 16:05 NZDT