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OFFICIAL NAME

Republic of South Africa


GEOGRAPHY

Situated at the southern tip of Africa, South Africa has a landmass of 1 233 404 km² and is edged on three sides by a nearly 3,000km long coastline washed by the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

The city of Durban is on the east coast of South Africa, on the Indian Ocean.


POPULATION

50.59 million (2011)


TIME

Two hours ahead of GMT


CAPITALS

South Africa has three capitals: Cape Town (legislative), Pretoria (administrative) and Bloemfontein (judicial).


LANGUAGES

South Africa has 11 official languages including English, Afrikaans, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda and Xitsonga. English is spoken widely. Road signs and official documents are in English.


GOVERNMENT

A Constitutional multiparty, three-tier (local, provincial, national) democracy with an independent judiciary and a free media.


CURRENCY

South Africa’s currency is the Rand, which is divided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2 and R5 and notes in denominations of R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200.


MEASURES

Metric system


BUSINESS HOURS

Office hours are generally from 08:30 to 17:00, Monday to Friday.


SHOPPING HOURS

Shopping hours are normally from 09:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday. Opening times on Saturdays vary, but range between 09:00 and 17:00. Most major shopping centres and malls operate seven days a week.


BANK SERVICES AND CURRENCY

Bank hours are from 09:00 to 15:30 on weekdays and from 08:30 to 11:00 on Saturdays. Most banks have cash dispensing machines accepting Visa, MasterCard and Cirrus ATM cards.


ELECTRICITY SUPPLY

The power supply in South Africa is 220vAC, 50Hz. Electrical sockets are rounded and three pronged. Delegates are advised to bring adaptor plugs.


WATER

Tap water is drinkable in South Africa’s urban areas.


CLIMATE

The BRICS Summit will take place during the end of South African summer season. Durban will be humid with sunny days. The average daytime temperature will peak at 28°C.


TIPPING

Tipping is not compulsory but is customary, especially in restaurants where it is usual to give a 10% tip.


COMMUNICATION

The international dialling code for South Africa is +27. For international operator assistance dial 0900/0903. For the national directory dial 1023.