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 South Africa - General Info

Time Zone

UTC +2.

Yachting Essentials

Voltage: 220/230 V*

Frequency: 50 Hz

*Grahamstad & Port Elizabeth 250V;

Opening Hours

Note that many companies close for the holiday period mid-December until 4 January (approx.).

Money

Rand (R) of 100 cents. Import or export is limited to R500.

Visa credit cards are accepted in many places.

ATMs are in most shopping areas and elsewhere in the cities.

Communications

Telephones
International dialing code for South Africa is +27.

South Africa has an extensive GSM network. There are five cell phone providers in South Africa: Vodacom, MTN, Cell-C, Virgin Mobile and 8ta.

The networks support GPRS countrywide and 3G, EDGE and HSDPA support is available in larger urban areas.

SIM card prepaid starter kits are available. You will need a passport and a proof of residential address and it has to be registered before you can call or receive calls. A letter from the police saying the marina is your place of residence will suffice. If you call into a Vodacom or MTN store with a passport and drivers licence, you can be all connected on the spot. You can buy credit for prepaid phones just about everywhere, remembering you will usually need cash to do so from service stations.

Internet
There are plenty of Internet Cafes and access rates are cheap. Alternatively you can buy a dongle for your computer and access the internet through mobile phone networks.

SSB Nets
The waters around SA are tough sailing after the tropics and with daily weather updates and local knowledge it can be made much more fun. Go here for a list of SA SSB nets.

Diplomatic Missions

Events

Cape to Rio Yacht Race - 2014. Read about it here.

The Governor’s Cup – Simon’s Town to St. Helena
The Governor’s Cup Yacht Race is a downwind 1,750 nautical mile ocean yacht race. First held in 1996, it is a bi-annual event starting from False Bay Yacht Club in the quaint naval town of Simon’s Town, South Africa, finishing in Jamestown, St Helena (currently only accessible by one of the last operating Royal Mail Ships, the RMS St Helena). Entries include family cruising boats, circumnavigators, racing boats and single handers. Starts 22 December 2012.

Emergencies

Ambulance - Dial 10177
Fire Service - Dial 10177
Police - Dial 10111

Publications

IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club

South Africa Nautical Almanac
By Tom Morgan
Publisher: On Board Publications (10th Edn 2012)
ISBN: 9780992181000
The only complete book for navigating the coasts of South Africa and Namibia Recommended by SAMSA Revised SAFETY RULES Pilotage, ports and facilities Lights, Radio schedules and selected launch sites

South West Africa
Free download from the RCC Pilotage Foundation Website
By Pete Hill (2010)

Havens & anchorages: A companion to the South Atlantic circuit for the South American coast
By Tom Morgan
Publisher: On Board Publications (2002)
ISBN-13: 978-0954190040
The companion to the South Atlantic Circuit covers the smaller and lesser known havens and anchorages between the major stops of South Africa (Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina). The pilot includes details of Natal, Brazil to Caleta Horno, and Argentina. There are 80 destinations and plans based on Argentinian and Brazilian charts. Country profiles include language (words and phrases), money, travel, food, drink and shopping etc.

Indian Ocean Crossing Notes and Books
A range of useful books by Tony Herrick (email: tony@cruisingconnections.co.za )
Sadly currently not available as ebooks, but hard copies can be shipped world-wide.
See www.cruisingconnections.co.za for the full range.

East Africa Pilot
By Delwyn McPhun
Publisher: Imray,Laurie,Norie & Wilson Ltd - 1st edition 1998
ISBN-13: 978-0852882511
Download update supplement here

Land Cruising in Africa
A really detailed and useful article by SV Ocelot who toured greater Southern Africa twice by rental car.
Ocean current data for passages
Ocean currents are a significant factor when planning an Ocean passage, and if researched properly can be used to your benefit. In this report by circumnavigators SY Totem, they outline the considerations for a passage from Madagascar to South Africa and the resources they used.

Update History

October 2017: Formalities checked and minor updates applied.
March 2016: Formalities reviewed/updated with information from Jason Trautz.
October 2015: Update to rules on obtaining a visa.
July 2015: Customs length of stay for visiting yachts updated following feedback from SV Leu Cat and information from Cape Town Customs.
July 2015: Publications checked/updated.
March 2014: Update to Clearance, Visa information and Customs from Spilly Spilhaus of Simon's Town Marina Company.
May 2013: Update on Peri Peri net from Pat Kovi.
January 2013: Clearance updated with information from SA Home Affairs dept.
October 2012: Customs and Immigration updates from Hans Rijsdijk of SV Pelikaan.
April 2012: Updated details of Tuzi Gazi Marina, Richards Bay and Docking at Knysna.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.
Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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Downtimecat
Downtimecat says:
Sep 05, 2017 02:31 AM

This refund is a hoax - don't plan on getting anything but disappointment! Best option is pay cash for labour and no VAT.

wapiti
wapiti says:
Mar 16, 2016 01:03 AM

Further to my comment about a lost customs claim refund posted December 2014 subsequently all the documentation was returned to me last year stating the claim was invalid because it had not been submitted in time. In fact it was submitted on 12 May 2014 the day before our departure and was lost by customs. I recommend that all yachts should be very careful if they hope to have a claim for VAT refund on capital purchase to be refunded.

MasterAthena
MasterAthena says:
May 02, 2015 02:55 AM

I practised as a barrister - and a solicitor - in south Africa for many years. Yacht Silvercloud has it exactly right. Show your teeth and you'll have no further trouble.You can threaten them with your embassy too - its a lot cheaper than a lawyer!

yachtsilvercloud
yachtsilvercloud says:
Jan 14, 2015 06:13 AM

The SA authorities are mostly run by disgruntled whites or unqualified blacks. They seem to make their own laws outside the real laws. Use a good maritime lawyer and they will back down quickly. There is no need to involve any yacht club or make payments to private yacht clubs as that is not law. Nor can they insist on anything other than international laws pertaining to visiting boats. Right in the beginning of the real law foreign registered boats are excluded. Insist on your rights or take them on.

wapiti
wapiti says:
Dec 05, 2014 03:57 AM

We left South Africa in May 2014 and put in a claim for a customs refund on over 200,000 rand for goods supplied which was worth about $3000.We waited 3 months and contacted the refund company who had no knowledge of our claim. After repeated emails and letters we have not received anything and now regard it as lost by South African Customs (SARS)

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Dec 26, 2013 08:18 AM

Having investigated the above comment it appears that this regulation/inspection only applies to commercial boats over 7m. The author operates a charter boat out of Richards Bay.

Izak Labuschagne
Izak Labuschagne says:
Dec 19, 2013 05:29 AM

We were informed by a South African Maritime Safety Authority yesterday that any foreign vessels arriving in South Africa without or with lapsed safety certificates will need to undergo a SAMSA safety inspection. The requirements are set out at http://www.samsa.org.za/category/social-tags/checklist and http://www.samsa.org.za/content/small-vessels. They informed us that we would need to unpack everything so that they can inspect all bulkheads, frames and stringers.

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