Living in SA


Travellers entering South Africa from countries where yellow fever is endemic are often required to present their Yellow World Health Organization (WHO) vaccination record or other proof of inoculation or they must be inoculated at the airport in order to be permitted entry.

It is recommended that you consult your personal physician in your home country for further advice and information on inoculations.

Precautions should be taken if travelling to the Kruger National Park and other low altitude game parks and surrounding areas. Malaria prophylaxis should be taken before arriving in, during stay in and after departure from, these areas.

Remember that to be effective, anti-malaria drugs must be taken regularly and in strict accordance with the doctor’s instructions.


The South African Standard Time is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). There are no zone or seasonal variations.

Electricity Voltage

220 / 230 Volts AC at 50Hz. Three-pin round plugs are in use.

Weights and Measures



Check South African Weather Forecasts on
Contrary to popular belief, South Africa can experience all four seasons in one day during our autumn & winter months (April – August)!
Be prepared for all weather conditions.


South Africa has 11 official languages namely Sepedi, Sesotho, Setwana, siSwati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga, Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa and isiZulu.
English is the medium of instruction at AFDA.


South African cuisine has wide variety derived from the culinary traditions of its diverse population.

Traditional dishes include: bunny chow (curry in a half- loaf of bread), smilies (barbequed sheep’s head), samp and beans, bobotie (curried ground beef with onions and eggs), milktart, koeksisters (a very sweet twisted doughnut dipped in syrup) etc.
South Africans are very fond of a braai; a barbecue with steaks, chicken and boerewors (spicy sausage). South African wines are among the best in the world, and there are also good local beers.

There are a wide variety of restaurants waiting to be discovered in South Africa besides local South African restaurants you will find excellent Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Greek and seafood restaurants, as well as numerous steakhouses. There are also many coffee shops (which serve light meals) and fast food / take-away restaurants.


The currency in South Africa is the Rand.
One Rand (R) = 100 cents (c). Bank notes currently available are R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10; and coins are R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, 5c. There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency being brought into the country, as long as it is declared to the Customs/Excise officers on arrival.

Whilst you will need some cash with you on arrival for travel costs and to cover general expenses during the first few weeks it is wise to use your credit or debit card when purchasing anything in SA.

Credit Cards and Travellers’ Cheques

Most international credit cards such as American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted, as well as travellers’ cheques. Foreign money and traveller’s cheques, provided the currency is accepted in South Africa, may be converted into local currency at most banks and other authorized institutions such as Bureaus de Change, American Express, Thomas Cook/Rennies, Travel Agencies and Airlines. Some hotels and restaurants do accept traveller’s cheques for payment of services and purchases.

Always request for the credit/debit card machine to be brought to you – do not let your credit card out of your sight. This will reduce any risk of fraudulent transactions.

An alternate method of bringing money into South Africa is to bring some of your money in traveller’s cheques. A commission will be charged each time you exchange your travellers cheques.

Foreign currency can be exchanged at South African International Airports. A commission fee is charged every time you exchange currency.


VAT (Value Added Tax)

Currently 14% is included in the price of most goods and services. Foreign visitors may claim refunds of the VAT PAID ON GOODS TAKEN OUT of South Africa. Information leaflets are available at the international airports.


There are certain goods that you cannot bring into South Africa and other goods on which duties need to be paid.
Customs requirements
Agricultural requirements

For more information on South Africa, visit the following websites:
South African Tourism
South Africa Explored

Africa Explorer

AFDA is the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, and is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration certificate no. 2001/HE07/012.

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