High-quality tap water is available almost everywhere in South Africa, treated so as to be free of harmful micro-organisms, and in any area other than informal settlements, is both palatable and safe to drink straight from the tap.
New Year’s Day – 1 January Human Rights Day – 21 March Good Friday (the Friday before Easter Sunday) Family Day (the Monday after Easter Sunday) Freedom Day – 27 April Workers Day – 1 May Youth Day – 16 June Women’s Day – 9 August Heritage Day – 24 September Day of Reconciliation – 16 December (traditionally the start of South Africa summer vacations) Christmas Day – 25 December Day of Goodwill – 26 December If a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the Monday following becomes a public holiday
The banks are open from 9am to 3.30pm (Monday – Friday), and 8.30am to 11am on Saturdays. All major credit cards can be used in South Africa, with American Express and Diners Club enjoying less universal acceptance. In some small towns, you may find you’ll need to use cash. You can’t purchase fuel with a credit card. You can pay road tolls with MasterCard or Visa.