South Africa is a wonderful country to visit. It has many national parks, privately owned game farms, lots of sunshine and most importantly – very friendly people.
Quick guide to know what you can buy with the change in your pocket
What can you buy with a R2?
- Let me know when you find something bigger than a lollipop for that price
What can you buy for under R5?
- 1 soft drink (Coke Cola, Sprite, Creme Soda and Just Juice, etc) – but only if you buy at a supermarket
- Packet of crisps or chips (25 – 30g)
- Single bar of chocolate
- Roll of Mentos or 2/3 Wilson Humbug rolls
- A smile from a car guard or petrol attendant when you tip him/her
What can you buy for under R10?
- Pie for 1 (and that is not from Woolworths as there they are R12.95)
- Soft drink and a small packet of crisps
- A big packet of crisps (150g)
- Parking at Montecasino (casino, bird park, entertainment centre and restaurants)
What can you buy for R20?
- Burger from a takeaway
- Sandwich from Woolworths
- 2 liter soft drink
What can you buy for R30?
- Buy a regular McDonalds meal with a hamburger, soft drink and chips
What can you buy for R40?
- If you work it out well, you can buy 2 hamburgers, chips and a soft drink at McDonalds
- Or 2 (small) meals at KFC
R50 will buy a little more…
- 6 pack of Black Label (or another brand) beers (with change to spare)
- A Numetro movie ticket (except on half-price night)
Things you think you want to know, but don't necessarily want to ask
- 99.99% of all shops in South Africa mark their prices with VAT (Value Added Tax) already included in the price you see. VAT is 14%.
- How much does a taxi ride cost? I don’t know what a ride in a minibus taxi will cost, but a car taxi will cost about R10 per kilometer.
- Chocolates in South Africa taste different from those found in the UK. Additional preservatives have been added to prevent melting (according to my taste buds).
- The nightlife starts from around 9pm – the real party much later. Most clubs or cocktail bars have a dress code.
- Cocktail prices start from about R30. If a drinks menu has Mampoer on it – order a shot. It is stronger than Tequila and as South African as a braai.
- Curry dishes in Durban is hotter than anywhere else in the country – except if you buy from an authentic Indian restaurant owned by an Indian that assures you that his curry does not burn that much.
- If you are fortunate enough to receive an invitation to a braai – go. Do not stop to think about it, just go. Only South Africans know how to do a proper braai. A braai is a BBQ – just better.
- When you drive – keep left, pass right. Driving is on the left hand side of the road and the steering wheel of the car on the right – therefore the driver will be on the inside of the road. Wearing seat belts are compulsory. Keep within the speed limits. Traffic officers will be out to get you…
- Schools in South Africa will be closed during the 2010 World Cup period.
- A tip of 10 to 20% at restaurants is recommended. Be patient with service staff – we have 11 official languages in South Africa and then you can add the permanent residents from other African countries’ languages too. English is not everyone’s first (or even second) language.
- Visa and Mastercards are welcomed everywhere – except if you buy from informal “entrepreneurs” next to the road.
- ATMs can be found at petrol (service) stations and shoppi.jpgng centers. Never carry around wads of cash to flash around.