Talk:South Africa

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Formatting and language conventions

For articles about South Africa, please use the 24-hour clock to show times, e.g. 09:00-12:00 and 18:00-00:00.

Please show prices in this format: R100, and not 100 R, or ZAR100. {{ZAR|100}} will give you : R100

Please use British spelling.

9 cities revisited[edit]

I removed the following two cities from the list because the '9 city' rule had been broken. If anyone feels the following are more deserving to ge back on the list, then go ahead:

  • Newcastle – 3rd largest city in KwaZulu-Natal, 10th largest in South Africa and Capital of Northern KZN. Famous for Steel Production, Coal Mining, Heavy Industry and is South Africa's Textile Industry Capital.

--Andrewssi2 (talk) 08:49, 12 April 2015 (UTC)

Hello, the cities referred to above, need not be forgotten, there's plenty of other highlighting opportunities in other sections of the article to include them.

Country Guide Status[edit]

I'm a bit new to this, but from what I've read, surely this article deserves more than 'Outline' status? Ajof (talk) 22:35, 18 May 2016 (UTC)

Welcome! And have a look at Wikivoyage:Country guide status. Are all the "Cities" and "Other destinations" at Usable status or better? If not, it can't be Usable. There are other criteria, too. Ikan Kekek (talk) 00:32, 19 May 2016 (UTC)

Laundry list of flights[edit]

Currently "By plane" has a bulleted list of about 50 flights (I didn't count them), with a description of how frequent these flights are. The information may or (more likely) may not be up to date, but IMO this long list looks sort of ugly. Should we remove it? ϒpsilon (talk) 18:54, 23 February 2018 (UTC)

remove, but first check on the city articles that there is some mention of flights. And maybe ensure at least a mention of the internal airports on this page. --Traveler100 (talk) 19:08, 23 February 2018 (UTC)

Driving in South Africa article?[edit]

The get around by car section has been greatly expanded as of lately, which is wonderful (thanks to User:CharlieCares). Should we dedicate a separate Driving in South Africa article for the details, like we've done for many countries already? ϒpsilon (talk) 15:48, 30 June 2018 (UTC)

Thank you all. Being someone with a vast driving experience in the Southern African region, I can say from first hand experience, such a focused article would be a good idea. Despite some regions having deteriorated through maintenance and improvement neglect for some years, the situation is currently being addressed. Notwithstanding, South Africa still boasts an excellent road network and related infractures, a largely pleasant and helpful population, unique cultural and scenic experiences and affordable costs, more so if taking major currencies exchange rates into account. Some may bring out the crime levels as a deterrent, however, the prevalence of the worst criminal activity, is concentrated around a few areas outside tourist interest. Car highjacking is by enlarge a well planed hit, where sindicates place orders for wanted models and teams study a target. Smash and grag at traffic lights is a crime of opportunity, where basic precautions such as keeping cell phones, hand bags or valuables out of sight go a long way to prevent it. Pickpocketing or mugging is very rare in tourist popular spots but the same keep valuables out of sight principle applies. Credit card cloning can be bad in certain areas, therefore, well advertised precautions also apply, including not handing your card to anyone by demanding you handle the payment devices yourself only. Do not accept any unsolicited help from anyone in busy places. If in need of help, look for uniformed police or private security agents. All in all, personal safety requirements in SA or neighbouring countries is not that much different than in Europe, America's or Southeast Asia. The locals from quiet areas may be more curious about outsiders, but mean no harm. Keeping a few packets of sweets and candy bars to give away in the eventuality of requiring assistance or just because you want to, goes a long way as a thank you or to establish good will. In certain rural areas, people maybe poor and show humbleness out of respect but are not stupid or undeserving of equal consideration. In a nutshell, driving through Southern Africa can be a very rewarding experience if you approach it with the correct attitude. —The preceding comment was added by CharlieCares (talkcontribs)

As nobody else has commented in almost a week, I'll plunge forward and create Driving in South Africa and move most of the information there.
Ps. please feel free to add the above information to the new article. ϒpsilon (talk) 19:19, 6 July 2018 (UTC)
Yes Done ϒpsilon (talk) 20:34, 6 July 2018 (UTC)

Wikidata items for dynamic map[edit]

Below is the map with all Wikidata items for the districts of South Africa. The tool Wikidata Extractor has been used to create the mapshapes.--Renek78 (talk) 16:08, 10 August 2018 (UTC)

Okay who broke the listings this time?[edit]

Swept in from the pub

South_Africa#Emergency_and_medical_assistance No information, just a large red error message. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 18:16, 24 November 2018 (UTC)

Digging through the article's history, this edit in early August introduced the first errors. -- ϒψιλον (talk) 18:35, 24 November 2018 (UTC)
Fixed. ARR8 (talk) 18:46, 24 November 2018 (UTC)
I thought I fixed/reverted all of these... sorry :-/ -- andree.sk(talk) 06:56, 25 November 2018 (UTC)

12-hour clock or 24-hour clock?[edit]

Which is used more commonly in SA? Ground Zero (talk) 17:29, 18 October 2019 (UTC)