Avenue English is proud to be situated in Johannesburg. Few countries in Africa can offer a melting pot of culture and diversity in the economic hub of Africa, home of Nelson Mandela. We are situated on one of the main arterial routes in the middle of a bustling city suburb with easy access from all directions in and around Johannesburg.
Johannesburg, also known as Jozi, Jo’burg or Egoli, is the largest city in South Africa by population. Johannesburg is the provincial capital of Gauteng, the wealthiest province in South Africa, having the largest economy of any metropolitan region in Sub-Saharan Africa. The city is one of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the world, and is also the largest city not situated on a river, lake or coastline. The city is the home of a large-scale gold and diamond trade, due to its location on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills. O.R Tambo International Airport, the largest and busiest airport in Africa and a gateway for international air travel to and from the rest of Southern Africa, serves Johannesburg. The city is a hustle and bustle of business and has a constant flow of tourists and business people – many of whom are here on contract from their various countries. It is the business capital of Africa.
Climate: Johannesburg is the second highest city in the world! Our summers are from September to April with temperatures around 25 – 32 degrees Celsius during the day and typically wonderful thunderstorms in the late afternoon to cool off. Winters are chilly in the morning and evening with temperatures between 5 and 12 degrees whereas the days enjoy blue skies and have temperatures around the 18-degree mark. Our winters are dry and sunny.
The tap water in Gauteng is perfectly safe to drink. Electricity is 240v-50 cycle A.C. and 3 round pins plugs and sockets are used. You can get them at all major retails stores for about R20.00.
Currency and Foreign exchange:
The South African currency is the Rand (R) and cents (c). There are 100 cents in a Rand. Notes are R200, R100, R50, R20 and R10 and coins in R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c and 10c. Foreign currency can be exchanged at any commercial bank, American Express, Thomas Cook, Rennies or Diners Club office or Bureau de Change which can be found at airports and in most large shopping centres. South Africa has a modern banking system and the majority of shops and hotels accept credit cards. To exchange travellers’ cheques or foreign currency, you will need your passport.
Automatic Teller Machines (ATM’s):
24-hour Automatic Teller Machines are available throughout Johannesburg, but we do advise students to rather use those machines inside of the bank or in shopping malls.
Banks are open from Monday to Friday from 9.00 – 15.30 and on Saturdays from 8.30 – 11.00.
Post Offices: Post Offices are open from Monday to Friday from 8.30 – 16.30 and on Saturdays from 8.00 – 12.00.
VAT (Value Added Tax): VAT is currently at 14% and is added to the price of most goods, services and accommodation. As a tourist please make sure that you retain receipts for purchases to the value of R250 or more and you will be able to claim VAT back on your departure at the airport. There you will need your passport and an original tax invoice. You will also need to fill in a VAT control form and have the goods you bought available for inspection.
Dialing from South Africa is 00 + Country Code + Area Code + Phone number. You can hire a mobile phone in major centres or at the airport. Most international mobiles will work here as well, but it is cheaper if you use a local SIM card, which is readily available.
Tourist information centers are available throughout Johannesburg. You can also ask all members of staff at Avenue English for information that you need.