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A subtropical location, moderated by ocean on two sides of the triangle-shaped country and the altitude of the interior plateau, account for the warm temperate conditions so typical of South Africa - and so popular with its foreign visitors.
Can't afford a to hire a lawyer or pay expensive court fees? Here are your options for seeking legal aid and advice. If you can afford it, then here's how to find an attorney in your town or province.
South Africans speak English, but that doesn't mean you'll always understand us. Our "robots" are nothing like R2D2, "just now" doesn't mean immediately, and...
South Africa has excellent road infrastructure, a selection of reputable vehicle hire companies, great weather and plenty of stunning scenery - which all combine to make self-driving a viable and enjoyable option. If you're thinking of taking the long way round, here are a few tips.
South Africa is a friendly country and it's worth taking the time to speak to people you meet. isiZulu is easy to learn, and our guide to some common phrases will get you started in no time.
Crime in South Africa, like many other places in today's world, can be a problem, but all you really need to do is take the usual sensible precautions and follow some basic safety rules.
With a favourable exchange rate for many international currencies, you'll find South Africa an inexpensive destination. And an easy one - our financial institutions are world-class, with no shortage of banks, bureaux de change and automatic tellers.
The ins and outs of phoning to and from (and within) South Africa, plus information on dialling codes, directories, time differences, special services and more.
Legal Aid South Africa has launched the Legal Aid Advice Line - 0860 LEGAL 8 (0860 534 258) - a call centre aimed at giving free legal advice on civil matters to poorer South Africans.
A new phrasebook containing hundreds of useful translations, along with pronunciation tips, promises both to enrich visitors' experiences of South Africa and to help South Africans themselves to communicate more effectively.