Police: 10111

Momentum Ambulance: 082 911

Cellphone Emergency: 112

General Ambulance: 10177

Sea Rescue: 021 434 4011

Mountain Rescue: 021 948 9090

Fire Department: 107

Health and Safety Guide in Africa

Internships in South Africa are safe and rewarding experiences if you follow safety guidelines. Go Placements id the holding company for Go Internship. As Go Placements cannot be with you as a client on a 24-hour basis, we cannot guarantee your health and safety. We do, however, take steps toward being prepared to help you in any emergency and make use of an agent who is trained in Krav Maga and tactical shooting to respond to you.  Always call the official emergency and police numbers first, before calling Go Placements. Then call us immediately!

Accommodation

Go Placements only provides accommodation in safer areas, mostly with 24-hour security on-site or in fenced-off residential housing estates. Part of Go Placements’ service is to consider our clients’ safety and security and hold it in high regard at all times. We also mark out safer routes for you to travel to and from your place of work each day and advise safe shopping centres and malls.

South Africa 

South Africa is a beautiful country that is home to the rainbow nation, a collective term for all many cultures and their languages we find in South Africa. Most people are friendly and warm across all cultures. There are, however, also unfortunately elements of society that allow for high levels of crime in certain areas.

South Africa is strongly divided by its wealth. There are middle class to super-rich residential areas that are considered safe as they are patrolled by private security companies and are also better maintained for the local taxes paid. Here leafy suburbs have lush gardens and modern homes. The commercial areas near these residential zones are also of a first world class, and highly developed. Restaurants and street cafes are safe areas to socialise. a world apart from shanty towns. We only place interns in areas that are safer/

Cape Town Central

The central area of Cape Town is geared for tourists and may be considered safe. Police regularly patrol the area and it is monitored by CCTV. The city takes steps to maintaining these areas to be safe for tourists and the local corporate workforce.At night time, interns should be aware of pick pockets.

Poorer Areas

The poorer areas are plagued by crime. These areas are clearly visible as shanty towns and should be avoided by our interns at all times.  There are also areas of the cities and towns that should be avoided, quite discernable by urban decay.  We also strongly advise against going on any townships tours and avoiding certain areas.

Please study the safety guidelines  below at length.

General:

  • Don’t travel at night your own, especially if you are a woman
  • Avoid poorer areas when possible
  • Be aware of your surroundings and be alert when walking on the streets
  • Go out at night in groups and always escort each other to a safe centralised parking area. Never go out on your own
  • Don’t overtly display your mobile phone when using your device
  • Don’t carry large amounts of cash with you.
  • Don’t overtly display cash
  • Do not accept assistance from people off the street in any capacity. Rather find a CCD or police official
  • Always use condoms when having sex with local South Africans.
  • Avoid having sex with sex workers, they are not regulated by government . STDs are a high risk.
  • Do not enter any get rich soon deals
  • Purchase secondhand goods at police stations
  • Do not buy or use narcotics.
  • Do not drink and drive. Rather use Uber or select a designated driver for the evening..

Accommodation:

  • Always lock your front door of your accommodation
  • Do not leave valuables near open windows, even with burglar bars.
  • Always make sure windows are closed when not at home.
  • If there is an alarm or home security, always activate it when you leave and before you sleep
  • If you are travelling, make sure your vehicle has a spare tyre and equipment necessary to change it.

Rental Car:

  • Always lock your vehicle and turn on the alarm or car security system.
  • Always be aware of suspicious persons near or approaching your vehicle. They may be hijackers intent on robbing you of your vehicle.
  • Keep the window up while using your vehicle and rather use the air conditioning
  • Do not leave mobile phones or other valuables on the passenger seat in plain view at intersections or while the vehicle is parked.  There is a high risk for a smash and grab attack if valuables are left on the passenger seat of central bucket area.
  • Never leave your vehicle overnight in a public area that is unprotected or park in the street.
  • Do not give lifts to strangers, no matter how friendly they seem.
  • Do not accept assistance from people off the street in any capacity. Rather find a CCD or police official

Mobile:

  • Memorise the police and emergency numbers in case your mobile is lost or stolen.
  • Never leave your mobile phone unattended
  • Do not use your mobile openly in poorer areas
  • Make sure you have mobile insurance

When making cash withdrawals from an ATM:

  • Be aware of any suspicious individuals nearby
  • Draw money with a group of friends where possible
  • Guard your pin at all times
  • Don’t overtly display large amounts of cash withdrawn
  • Draw money in more secure areas, such as malls and inside shops rather than on a quiet street.
  • Don’t carry more cash than necessary