Welcome to the rainbow nation of South Africa. These safety tips are provided for your safety and that of your loved ones.
General Safety Tips
Do not attract unwarranted attention by openly displaying cash, expensive
jewellery, cameras and other valuables.
Carry your wallet, credit cards, passport and other travel documents
in your inside and front pockets.Avoid carrying large sums of money,
particularly foreign currency.Avoid strange, dark, poorly
illuminated or isolated places.Avoid traveling and exploring on
your own. Plan your travel routes before hand.
Practice safe sex.
Carry certified copies of your passport, ID and travel documents.
Tag your luggage and belongings for easy identification and contract procedures.
Motor Vehicle Safety Tips
Follow the applicable general tips above.
As in anywhere in the world, remember that your personal safety in a vehicle is strongly dependent on YOU. Make sure :
* All windows are fully closed
* Doors are locked
* Gearlock is secured when parked
* Alarm is switched on
* Valuables are locked away - AT ALL TIMES, EVEN WHEN TRAVELING!
Plan your route in advance.
Ensure you have sufficient fuel and that your vehicle is ina roadworthy condition.
Fasten your seatbelt, lock your doors and keep your windows shut.
Avoid displaying valuables openly in the vehicle to avoid smash-and-grab crime. Lock your valuables in the boot (trunk).
Be alert at traffic lights and stop streets.
Leave enough space around the vehicle for a quick getaway.
If you are softly bumped from behind and the individuals involved looks suspect, proceed to the nearest police station to report the incident - do not get out of the car.
NEVER pick up strangers.
NEVER entertain the advances of street beggars and "ladies of the night".
It is illegal to use your cell phone whilst driving - use a hands
At night, park in well illuminated areas. When returning to your
vehicle, have your keys ready to unlock your car.
If you are lost and concerned about the safety of the area you are
in, Phone 10111, 0829111 (24 Hours) or 112 on your cell phone.
Hotel / Accommodation
Do not leave your luggage and belongings
Store valuables in the hotel's safe deposit box at reception
or in your room's safe.
Keep your hotel room and any sliding
doors/windows locked at all times.
Never open your room door unless you
have identified the person who has knocked on your door. If in doubt
contact reception for verification.
It is advisable to hand your keys of
your room at reception when going out.
Do not entertain the unwarranted
advances of undesirable, strange or suspicious persons. Report such
persons to management.
Use the main entrance of the hotel when you
arrive late at night.
On The Street
Follow the applicable general tips
If possible, plan your route before.
Where possible, explore the
streets in groups and stick to well illuminated, busy streets.
your surroundings, be alert.
Walk on or close to the curb and face
Avoid alley-ways and dense shrubs/bushes.
cards instead of cash where possible.Avoid ostentatious displays of
If you require any information approach a policeman, traffic
officer, Security officer or shopkeeper.
Avoid jogging or cycling alone
and at night - plan your route before hand.
Vary your daily routine.
Should you wish to use a taxi, your hotel or the local tourism
information centre will recommend a reliable service to you.
Follow the general tips and other street tips above.
your ATM card out and ready to use.
If you are suspicious of anything or
anyone - cancel your transaction and leave immediately.
machines which are isolated or poorly illuminated.
Never allow strangers
to assist you with your transaction.
Keep your secret code to yourself
and do not let anyone look over your shoulder whilst keying in your
When your transaction is complete, secure your cash and move off
immediately. You can count it later.
On The Beach
Swim at the beaches
manned by life guards and between swimming beacons.
valuables to the beach.
The African Sun can BURN - use a high sunscreen
factor sun protection cream.
Do not take breakables (e.g. glass bottles) to the beach.
Avoid mixing alcohol and soft drinks.
How To React In An Emergency
Do not panic.
Talk your way out of the situation.
not resist unless you know that such resistance will lead to your
If your instincts are to physically resist - do not hold back.
If circumstances dictate that you must not resist, concentrate on noting
the physical description and other notable features of your accoster.
a robbery or hi-jacking situation - do as you are told.
Do not argue or
challenge your accoster and do not look directly into his eyes.
your hands still and visible.
If you need to undo a seatbelt - ask
Remember you can replace your valuables and your vehicle, but not
Umhlanga Emergency Numbers
SAPS Durban North (031) 560 8004
or (031) 560 8009 031 or (031) 560 8101
Flying Squad 10111
Crime Stop 0800 111 213