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					                  INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Please note: International students need to apply for Study Permits after being accepted by
the University of the Western Cape and before leaving their home country

The section below outlines the varying admission requirements for international students.
Please note that in all instances, original copies of the application forms and officially certified
copies of documentation are required.

HOW TO APPLY TO UWC
Undergraduate and postgraduate applicants must complete the UWC’s Application Form.
Application forms, together with the guidelines on how to complete the form, are available
from UWC’s Admission Office or on the UWC webpage at www.uwc.ac.za Your application
will be processed and referred to the faculty concerned

Undergraduates
If you want to study for a South African degree, then you must apply for a South African
Matriculation Board Exemption. The Board is a statutory body which evaluates foreign
school leaving certificates for endorsement for admission to South African Universities.

       How to apply for a Matriculation Exemption:
          complete an application form which can be obtained from the Matriculation
            Board
          submit the Matriculation Exemption application fee as a bank draft payable to
            the Matriculation Board.
          submit certified copies of all original education certificates you have obtained to
            date. The Matriculation Board only accepts certified copies of original
            documents if they are certified by the Registrar of a South African university, a
            South African Embassy or Consulate, a Public Notary, or a Commission of
            Oaths at a South African Trade Mission. Documents not in English need to be
            translated by a sworn translator.

An applicant who has passed/completed the first year of a four-year degree in a country such
as Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland, Malawi, Zambia and Kenya must apply for a foreign
conditional exemption.

Candidates who have written only the ‘O’ levels or equivalent examination and who are not
writing any other school-leaving examination are not eligible for admission to the University.
Some faculties require more academic abilities.

      Post Graduates
      The holder of an approved three-year Bachelor’s degree who wishes to further his/her
      studies is normally required to complete an Honours degree prior to admission as a
      Masters degree candidate. This involves at least one year of specialised study.

       Masters degrees are offered by dessertation or taught courses and a minor dessertation.
       Doctoral degrees are research degrees. They may be entered after completing a
       Masters degree or by upgrading an initial Masters registration to a doctoral level.
       Postgraduate Diplomas normally follow a three-year Bachelor’s degree.


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INFORMATION ON STUDY PERMITS:
       Specific requirements for a Study Permit:

      Application Form obtainable from the South African Embassy or Consulate General
       nearest to you.
      An official letter from the university concerned confirming provisional
       acceptance at that university and the duration of the course. This could either be a
       letter from the relevant faculty offering a study place, together with proof of
       acceptance of the offer; a faculty letter confirming the place of study; or an official
       letter from the university’s international office offering a study abroad place. This
       depends on the individual institution’s administrative procedures.
      Medical and radiological reports [less than six months old]
      Yellow fever vaccination certificate if relevant
      Relevant certificate if married, widowed, divorced or separated
      Proof of medical insurance cover recognized in South Africa
      Details regarding arranged accommodation, if any
      Proof of sufficient funds to cover tuition fees, maintenance and incidental costs
      A police clearance certificate [less than 6 months old]
      A deposit [a cash amount not exceeding the cost of a single ticket to the
       applicant’s country of origin] Students from other African countries are not required
       to pay this deposit provided that the government of their country submits a written
       undertaking to pay all cost relating to deportation of the student should it become
       necessary.

The documents must be originals or certified copies
Certified copy: a photocopy of the original document with an original certified stamp that the
authorized person [Commissioner of Oaths] has seen the original document. An uncertified
photocopy of the original or a photocopy of a certified copy is not sufficient.

Please remember that the above documentation should be submitted to the Embassy,
Consulate or Trade Commission in your home country. DO NOT SEND THE ABOVE
DOCUMENTATION TO THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE.

      Please remember to keep copies of all documentation submitted to the Embassy,
       Consulate or Trade Commission.
      It normally take approximately six weeks for you to receive a study permit but it could
       take longer so please ensure that you start the procedure to obtain the Study Permit
       timeously.
      Remember that the University is not allowed to register any International Student
       without proof of a Study Permit and you will be asked to present your passport with a
       valid study permit during the registration process.

   After Acceptance to UWC and After obtaining your Study Permit:
   After you have received your letter of acceptance offering you a place of study at the
   University of the Western Cape and you have received your study permit from the South
   African Embassy/Consulate - please check the following:



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               *Study Visa           - ensure that it is valid for the duration of your stay.
               *Accommodation        - ensure that you have a letter of confirmation of a place
                                     at residence. If you have not received such a letter please
                                     contact Ms Janine Paulsen at the International Relations
                                     Office before leaving home.

NB! PHOTOCOPY YOUR PASSPORT AND VALID STUDY PERMIT. THIS WILL
     BE OF INVALUABLE ASSISTANCE SHOULD YOU LOSE YOUR PASSPORT
     AS WELL AS WHEN YOU HAVE TO SUBMIT YOUR PASSPORT TO THE
     DEPARTMENT OF HOME AFFAIRS FOR STUDY PERMIT RENEWAL.

        How to Apply for An Extension of A Study Permit:

       Study Permit, in the case of degree seeking international students are issued for a the
        length of time it would normally take to complete the relevant degree ie at student who
        wishes to enroll for a 3 year degree must apply for study permit valid for 3 years.

       Study Permits in the case of study abroad to exchange students are issued for the
        length of time indicated indicated in the acceptance letter issued by the relevant South
        African institution, usually 6 months or 1 academic year.

       Students who wish to extend their Study Permit should do so at least 30 days before
        the expiry date.
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       The application form must be submitted to the Department of Home Affairs

    Your study permit renewal application should include the following documents:

         A valid passport
         Letter of registration from the International Relations Office
         An original copy of your Academic Record
         Proof of repatriation guarantee
         Proof of Medical Insurance for the extended time period
         Study Permit Fee
NB! DO NOT WAIT UNTIL YOU STUDY PERMIT IS EXPIRED BEFORE YOU
RENEW IT. IF YOU ALLOW IT TO LAPSE FOR ONE DAY IT WOULD MEAN
THAT YOU HAVE TO REAPPLY FOR A STUDY PERMIT AND THIS COULD
MEAN SEVERAL WEEKS OF MISSED STUDY, AS WELL AS RETURNING TO
YOUR HOME COUNTRY.

What Happens When You Lose Your Passport:

              Obtain an affidavit from the police stating that you have lost your passport
              Contact your embassy for application forms for a new passport
              Submit the application forms plus the affidavit to your embassy or relevant department
               in your country.




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Part-time casual work on a study permit
The holder of a study permit may conduct part-time work as long as the period does not exceed 20
hours per week and may also work full-time during academic vacations. Before being able to start
work, the student must get permission in writing from the Registrar of the institution concerned.




           SERVICES AND INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:

       PRE –ARRIVAL SERVICES

              Provision of the necessary documents and information such as letter of acceptance and
               health insurance requirements. [This service is rendered by the International Relations
               Office and by our Student Administration Office.]

              For Shuttle service from the Airport to your accommodation:


               Mr Calvin Johannes
               calvin@tourassist.co.za
               www.africanend.co.za
               Tel: +27 21 913 7789
               Cell: +27 82 8735196


               Mr Winston Kloppers
               Wkloppers1@telkomsa.net
               www.capetourg.org
               Tel: 712 8439
               Cell: 084 622 6634

               These shuttle services and will collect you from the airport for between R180..00
               (+-US$27.00) and R260 (+-US$40) depending on your destination.

          Homestays are an accommodation option where international students live with
           South African families.

           The international students lives in accommodation separate from the main house but still
           on the same property. The students will buy their own food and cook for themselves.
           Homestays cost between US$200-US$300 per month. Students will have to remain at the
           homestay for at least one (1) Semester.

           The homestays are conveniently placed in the areas surrounding the university and this
           therefore makes traveling easier for the students. Public transport [bus, train and taxis] is
           available for daily traveling to/from the university. Student can walk to Campus but they
           should note that it takes approximately 20-30 minutes to walk from the homestay to
           Campus.

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           The center of Cape Town is about 30 minutes drive by car from both the homestays and
           the university. There is public transport [bus, train and taxis] to the City Centre and this
           will take longer than the above mentioned 30 minutes of travel time.

           Please note that there are only a limited number of homestays available and students need
           to let me know as soon as possible if they wish to make use of this accommodation option.


          Limited housing is available at our Campus Residences. Requests for housing on Campus
           needs to be done well in advance. Once booked at Campus Residences, students are
           required to stay for at least 1 semester. The student is also informed that he/she would
           probably have to pay cash for their meals for the first few days until they are registered
           and can then load money onto their student cards for meals.

              The names, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of the staff of the International
              Relations Office at the University of the Western Cape are:

               PROF JAN PERSENS                DIRECTOR: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
               Telephone No:                   27 21 959 3340/2884/082 372 4894
               Email Address                   jpersens@uwc.ac.za

              MS D LAMSON                     SECRETARY
              Telephone Nos.:                 27-21 959 2884/082 202 3377
              Email Address                   dlamson@uwc.ac.za

              MS JA PAULSEN                   INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS ASSISTANT
              Telephone No.:                  27-21 959 2487/2884/082 202 3334
              Email Address:                  jpaulsen@uwc.ac.za


ON ARRIVAL SERVICES

Students can make arrangements with Ms Janine Paulsen [contact detailss listed above] for
transportation from the airport to their accommodation. This transport is for the student’s own
account.

The International Relations Office is situated in the Senate Building which is the first building on
your left hand side after you have passed the security checkpoint at the entrance to the University.
The International Relations Office is towards the rear of this building. Office numbers are 11, 12
&17..

A brief and essential orientation will be provided with respect to safety, places to eat, public transport,
banking, tour of Campus, etc. A tour of Campus will include a visit to the University Library,
Thintana Computer Labs, University Center, the Great Hall and the Administration Building. Most of
the reinforcing materials would already have been provided either in writing or electronically.

Wherever possible a member of the International Relations Office will accompany students to
registration and in doing so facilitate the process.




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HEALTH AND SAFETY INFORMATION:

PREAMBLE

In considering a policy on Health and Safety at South African institutions it is important to be mindful
of the following:

             Experiences of international students are often localised, i.e. they might not have
              extensively travelled internationally.
             The scenes of violence in some of the world’s big cities are very similar, both in
              rationale and execution.
             There are, however, certain national realities, with respect to health and safety, which
              should be confronted rationally in order to ensure a healthy and peaceful experience for
              international students.
             In South Africa, and perhaps to some extent other countries, apartheid or (informal)
              racially segregated structures or tendencies had an impact on what may be called a ‘safe
              environment.’

ON CAMPUS ARRANGEMENTS:

Given the increasing level of anti-social behaviour experienced all over the world, it is crucial that
issues of health and safety are viewed as a priority at all campuses, both in and outside South Africa.
When students are not familiar with local conditions, extra care should be taken to ensure personal
safety and health. At the University of the Western Cape several measures are already in place:

      The Campus Protection Services have a 24 hour schedule and provide special protection at
       residences at night. They also provide emergency transportation to hospitals and clinics, when
       required.
      The Campus Health Services are well-equipped to deal with general health problems to light
       injuries.
      Access to campus has become more strict in that all entrances are controlled, including
       surveillance cameras monitored continuously from a central operations centre.
      Surveillance cameras had also been installed to monitor movement in strategic areas.
      Access to certain residences, especially for female students, is obtained only by access codes.
      The Disciplinary Committee deals with all student contraventions. Particular attention is
       given to serious crimes such as assault. The University is committed to nurturing a culture of
       tolerance and peaceful resolution of conflict.

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

While one regrets the fact that freedom of movement is being curtailed by the need for continuous
cautionary measures to be taken, the severe harm which can be caused by robbery or other attacks
compels us to oblige. It is, however, crucial for all students, but particularly, international students to
realise that personal responsibility for safety should always be exercised. Our orientation stresses the
following aspects:

      Do not access or frequent unfamiliar spots without the presence of a local resident.
      Avoid explicitly identified ‘no-go’ areas.
      Be street smart: When walking on the streets, keep your belongings as obscured as possible,
       i.e., do not walk around with expensive bags, cameras, video recorders if it can be avoided.


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       Be aware of your immediate environs when walking in the streets, traveling on a bus, taxi or
        train.
       Do not answer your residence or apartment door without making sure of the identity of the
        caller.
       Be selective with your choice of friendships.
       Be prudent with giving your contact details to strangers.
       Inform the International Office, or whoever is in charge of your programme, of your contact
        details or change in such details.
       Leave a detailed programme of your whereabouts with the international office when traveling
        away from campus on tours or excursions.
       Try to avoid, as far as possible, having to drive a vehicle in the host country, especially in
        major cities. Even as a pedestrian you should get acquainted with driving habits of local
        drivers.
       Know or know how to access emergency numbers.
       Remember that there is always a chance that you may not fully understand the nuances of the
        local culture(s).


THE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AND HEALTH CARE

All international students are required to have medical care insurance. No renewal of study permits is
possible without proof of such insurance. It is important to note that:

•       Medical professionals in South Africa are well-trained and facilities and medication are in
        many instances comparable to standards in developed countries.
•       South Africa is well advanced in the treatment of many diseases.
•       International students can take advantage of facilities which accept the provisions of their
        medical insurance.
•       The University of the Western Cape has on-campus health facilities. Doctors consultation fee
        will be charged but consultations with nursing practitioners for minor ailments are free of
        charge. Prescribed medication can be purchased at the pharmacy situated in the Student Health
        Centre.
•       In all urban areas access to dentists, pharmacies or allied health professionals is usually within
        reach of all students.

        On Campus Health Care:

               The Student Health Center is situated in the Community and Health Sciences Building
               next to the B Block lecture halls. Doctors consultation fee will be charged, although
               consultations with nursing practitioners for minor ailments are free of charge. Students
               may make appointments for consultations with medical staff between 8h30 and 16h30
               on weekdays during term time.

               Medication is prescribed and this can be purchased at the pharmacy which is situated in
               the Student Health Center, next to the Reception Desk or at any local pharmacy.

               If there is an emergency either call an ambulance - the numbers are listed below - or
               get transportation to the nearest state hospital, private hospital or medical clinic. Your
               compulsory medical health insurance should cover these costs.

               The Health Center offers the following services:

                     Personal and confidential consultation with nurses, doctors, dietician and other
                       paramedical personnel
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       Counselling and advice
       A comprehensive dispensary
       A wide range of toiletries on a cash basis
       Over- the-counter medication for your minor ailments
       Students who are registered on a medical insurance or have a greater need,
         (e.g., more specialised medication, x-rays, lab tests and referrals to specialists)
         can utilise their medical insurance to enjoy this benefit. No medical aid levies
         are charged.


The following is list of numbers for on Campus services:

     Campus Protection Services      959 2564/3444
     Proctor                         959 3445
     Student Health                  959 2876
     Student Counselling             959 2299/2881




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       Off Campus Health Care:

      The following is a list of numbers which include emergency numbers for off
      Campus. Most hospitals do have an Emergency Room after-hours. Remember
      that the better hospitals are the Private Hospitals. They generally have a better
      service and your Medical Insurance should cover the cost. It is however cheaper to
      go the State Hospitals.


         FLYING SQUAD                       10111
         AMBULANCE                          10177
         CHILD PROTECTION                   592-2601
         UNIT
         LIFELINE/CHILDLINE                 461-1111
         POLICE-TOURIST                     21-5115/6
         ASSISTANT UNIT
         RAPE CRISIS                        47-9762
         RED CROSS CHILDREN’S 658-5111
         HOSPITAL
         SEA RESCUE           405 3500




STUDENT LIFE

Meals
Costs of meals depend on the type of lodging. There are outlets on campus where full
meals, sandwiches, pizzas, fried fish and chips (french fries), fruit, sodas, coffee, tea and
fruit juices, etc are available. Student meals in residences on campus are presently at
R15-R20 (approximately US$2-US$2.67) for breakfast; R20-R25 (approximately
US$2.67-US$3.34) for lunch and R20-R25 (approximately US$2.67-US$3.34) for supper
per day.
If you eat all three meals in the dining halls every day the total would be R10 000
(approximately US$1 334) per year.

Orientation
Group orientation is usually arranged by the International Relations Office at the start of
each semester.

Student Representative Council
Elections are held annually in October. All students who have been registered for at least
one semester are eligible to vote and to stand for election.

Student Organisations, Clubs and Societies
The University offers a range of societies and clubs to suit almost any preferred activity.
Students are welcome to join any society, club or student organisation as long as this does
not contravene the guidelines stipulated by the Student Representative Council.
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Sport Facilities and Services
UWC has modern sport and recreation facilities. The sports stadium can accommodate
20 000 spectators. The tartan athletics track is equipped with a photo-finish camera, wind
gauge and electronic scoreboard. In addition, the field is used for other sports such as
soccer, rugby, cricket, and hockey. The floodlights enable night games to be played. The
university also has one of the only “rimflow” Olympic size swimming indoor swimming
pools in the Western Cape which includes a high and a low diving board..
The sport and recreation facilities and activities on Campus are administered and co-
ordinated by the Sports Administration Office which is situated at the Stadium on
Campus. The UWC Sports Council, affiliated to the South African Student Sports Union
(SASSU) represents the student sport and cultural organisations.

                               Sports Clubs:
       Ballroom                                       Aerobics        table tennis
      Basket Ball                                    Badminton        Aquatics
      Hockey                                         Judo             Tennis
      Netball                                        Karate           Mountaineering
      Triathlon                                      Rugby            Soccer
      Volleyball                                     Squash
      Athletics                                      Boxing
      Bodybuilding                                   Chess
      Pool Activities                                Cricket
      Softball                                       Golf

Banking Facilities
First National Bank and Standard Bank have Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) on
Campus. Unfortunately both Banks have closed their mini-branches that they used to
have on Campus. The ATMs are located on the first floor of the Student Center. All the
major banks and building societies have branches in Bellville which is a 15 minutes drive
from Campus.


Driver’s Licence
International Students and visitors are entitled to use their foreign licences in South
Africa as long as the licence is in English. If the original is not in English, a translation
must be obtained. It is, however, recommended that you obtain a “green card licence”
from Cape Town’s Traffic Department. This is because foreign licences cannot be
replaced if they are lost or stolen and some foreign licences may not be covered by South
African car insurances. Further details from the Traffic Department: Telephone: 419
2200

Car Rental Companies
Driver must be over 23 years and under 70 years of age. You must also have had your
licence for 2 years or more. International Drivers Licence are preferred. There is healthy
competition between both local and international car hire companies so it is worth
shopping around. It is possible to pick up a car in one city and return it to another with
the bigger car hire companies.



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Taxis
Taxis do not rove in Cape Town. They can be hired at taxi ranks, situated at strategic
points around the city, or by phoning the individual company:

                           NAME             PHONE NUMBERS
                  Marine Taxis cc                 434- 0- 434
                  Unicab                        448-1720/47-1179
                  Bellville Taxis                  949-6918

Rail Travel
An excellent rail network links central Cape Town with the Southern Peninsula and the
Western Cape. Timetables and tickets are available on Cape Town station’s main hall.
Enquiries Tel: 0800 65 64 63.

Local Bus Service
Metropolitan buses run from Grand Parade station. Bus stops are signposted on the
roadside. Sight-seeing bus tours run from the bottom of Adderley Street outside The
Tourism Gateway.


Intercity Bus Services
Bus services between Cape Town and most other cities in South Africa are available.
The following are Inter-City Bus Companies. Prices of tickets and bookings can be made
at the numbers listed below:

                            NAME                      TELEPHONE NOS.
                        GREYHOUND                           505 6363
                           TRANSLUX                         449 3333
                           MUNNIKS                          637 1850



Coach Tour Services
There are many coach tour operators offering a variety of services, from personalised
minibuses to large double-decker coaches.




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MAJOR TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Table Mountain
A World Heritage Site, Table Mountain is 1 086m above sea level. Visitors can reach the
top by the new revolving cable car. The cable way opens at 8:00 and the last cable car
ascends at 9:00pm and descends at 10:00pm (in season).

The telephone number for the Lower Station is 424 8181. The Administration office
number is 424 0015.

Robben Island
A national monument. Robben Island is one of the most significant historical sites in
South Africa. Most popularly known as the location of the prison in which Nelson
Mandela was incarcerated. Tours can be booked at Tel 419 1300. Only credit card
bookings are accepted over the phone. Robben Island Tours is located at the Clock
Tower on the Waterfront - bookings may be made there.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
A garden world famous for its indigenous plants (over 5 000 species). Guided walks are
offered on a Tuesday and Saturday at 11:00 am. Guides for interested parties are
available by prior arrangement. The Tel number is 799 8899. The Gardens are open
from 8am-7pm..

Castle of Good Hope
Built between 1666-1679, the Castle is the oldest building in South Africa. The Tel
number is 469 1249/50.

South African Museum
The South African Museum was founded in 1825 and is the oldest and largest museum in
the country. Natural history videos are also shown. Presentations at The Planetarium take
place daily. The Tel number is 481 3800.

South African National Gallery
South Africa’s premier art museum houses large collections of southern African and
international art. The Tel number is 465 1628.

The Company’s Garden
Is situated in Upper Adderley Street. The oldest garden in South Africa established in
1652 by Jan van Riebeeck as a vegetable garden to supply fresh produce to passing ships.
It contains a wide variety of indigenous and exotic plants, shrubs and trees, an aviary and
a restaurant.

Good Hope Nature Reserve
Is a 7 750 hectare reserve of indigenous flora and fauna, including baboon, bontebok,
zebra, springbok, grey rhebok, eland etc and over 150 species of birds. In the reserve, at
the end of the Table Mountain Chain is Cape Point, the dramatic and visually awe-
inspiring promontory said (erroneously) to divide the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. There
are many drives, walks and picnic spots in the Reserve. There is also a licensed
restaurant. Admission is charged. The Tel number is 780 9100/780 9204.

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Groot Constantia
This is the oldest homestead in the Cape. The Wine Museum has wine drinking and
storage vessels in glass, silver, copper and stoneware from 500 BC to the 19th century.
They are open daily between 10h00-17h00. Closed on Christmas and Good Friday. Wine
sales: Mon-Sun 10h00-17h00. Cellar tours Nov-Jun: Daily every hour on the hour from
10h00-17h00; Jul-Oct: Daily 11h00 & 15h00. The Tel numbers are: Wine Cellar Tours -
794 5128; Tavern 794 1144; Art Gallery 794 3806. There are also regular craft markets.

Hout Bay Harbour
A traditional working harbour with rustic fishing boats and the eternal buzz of fishermen
at work. Explore the Mariners Wharf, South Africa’s first harbourfront emporium of live
lobster and fish markets, seafood bistros and restaurants, shell souvenir, art and nautical
shops; etc. It offers a round-the-bay trip to the nearby Duiker Island, a seal and bird
sanctuary.

Ratanga Junction
Cape Town and indeed Africa’s first full-scale theme park, being built at a cost of more
than R350 million at Century City on the outskirts of Cape Town, opened in December
1998. The Park is only open in the Summer Months. Situated in the heart of the park,
Ratanga Island houses the restaurants, pubs, shops, a theatre, stages and a video wall.

Bo-Kaap (Malay Quarter)
Delightful old buildings and cobbled streets make a walk or drive through this area rich
in Islamic history, very interesting.

Bo-Kaap Museum
71 Wale Street, City. Telephone number 424 3846. The house built in the 18th century
portrays the lifestyle of a typical Malay family in the 19th century.

District Six Museum
Buitenkant Methodist Church, 25A Buitenkant Street, City. Telephone number 461 8745.
An intimate and emotional look at multicultural life in District Six.

Beaches
The choice of beaches in the Cape Peninsula is vast but to make it easier to choose from,
each beach is unique, offering something to suit every beachgoer. There are family
beaches, beach’s for suntanning, snorkelling, board sailing, surfing, fishing and for
swimming. There is also an unofficial beach for nudists at Sandy Bay. The waters of
False Bay are generally 5 degrees warmer than those of the Atlantic but beaches on the
Atlantic Coast are generally more sheltered from the south-Easter wind.




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MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION

    Credit Cards:       Shops, hotels and restaurants accept all major credit cards.
                       You are likely to have no trouble using your Diners,
                       American Express, Visa or MasterCard.

    Banking:           The South African banking system is reliable and advanced.
                       Banking hours are 09h00 - 15h30 Monday to Friday, and
                       08h30 - 11h00 on Saturdays. Banks are closed on Sundays.
                       Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are easily-accessible.
                       They are in service at all hours. All major airports provide
                       commercial banking facilities. [For details of banking
                       facilities on Campus see the section on “CAMPUS
                       INFORMATION”]

    Travelers Cheques: Banks and Bureaux de Change cash travelers cheques.
                       Hotels exchange travelers cheques, but at a premium. Cape
                       Town International Airport has a Bureaux de Change.

    Currency:          South Africa has a decimal currency system: 100 cents =
                       R1.00 (One Rand). Coin denominations are 5c, 10c, 20c,
                       50c, R1, R2 and R5. Note denominations are R10 (green),
                       R20 (brown), R50 (red), R100 (blue) and R200 (orange).

    Tax refunds:       Visitors to South Africa are not exempt from paying 14%
                       VAT (Value-Added Tax) on bought goods. However,
                       foreign tourists can claim back the VAT paid on items, with
                       a total value exceeding R250. The VAT can be claimed at
                       the airport on departure. Visitors should present original tax
                       invoices, a VAT refund control sheet and foreign passport,
                       and items on which a refund is being claimed to VAT
                       Refund Administration Offices and Customs Offices

    Post Offices:      There is a post office on Campus, located on the ground
                       floor, inside the Campus Bookshop. There are at least two
                       in Bellville.     One closest to Campus is situated in
                       Kasselsvlei Road, Bellville South and the other with
                       expanded services in Rhoss Street, Bellville. The listing for
                       other post offices can be found in the Cape Peninsula
                       telephone directory under “Post Offices”.

    Electricity:       The electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC at 50 Hertz. You
                       will need a transformer for US-made appliances. Plugs
                       conform to the old British-style, large, round, three pin and
                       two pin sockets. You are likely to need plug adaptors if you
                       bring along your own appliances.

    Language:          South Africa has eleven official languages, but you are
                       certain to have no trouble communicating in English.

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Trading Hours:        Most shops are normally open from 08h30 - 17h00, Monday
                      to Friday, and 08h30 - 13h00 on Saturdays. Most large chain
                      stores and shopping malls are also open throughout the day
                      on Saturdays and Sundays.

Time:                 South Africa is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time
                      (GMT).

Churches:             A list of churches and synagogues can be found in the
                      Yellow Pages telephone directory under “churches” and
                      “synagogues” respectively. Information about the local
                      mosques can be obtained from the Muslim Assembly: Tel
                      692-1237.

Shopping Malls:       Most major shops and supermarkets can be found in our
                      Malls. The Malls closest to Campus are:

        NAMES                            ADDRESSES                     TEL. NOS
Sanlam Center            Cnr Voortrekker and De Le Rey Road,        930-8570
                         Parow
Tygervalley Center       Villie van Schoor Avenue, Bellville        919-0086
N1 City Mall             Cnr Louwtjie and Rothman Street,           959-1170
                         Goodwood
Somerset Mall            Cnr N2 and R44, Somerset West              852 7114
Shoprite Park            Voortrekker Road, Parow                    92 8076




Stationers and Bookshops: The University has the Campus Bookshop located
                         on the Ground Floor in the Student Center. CNA
                         and P&A have branches in Bellville and Parow.
                         Phone numbers can be located in the Cape Peninsula
                         Directory.

Laundries: For those students who stay at the residences, self wash laundries
           are located on the premises. Listing for laundries can be found in
           the Yellow Pages under “Laundries”.




Climate:       The Cape has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and
               cool, wet winters. Average climatic conditions are:

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      Month         Dec-Jan        March-May   June-August   Sept.-Nov
      Season        Summer          Autumn       Winter       Spring
Temp. Max. Degree     26              22           17           21
    Centigrade
Temp. Min. Degree     15              11           7            10
    Centigrade
 Rain Average mm      11              55           8            76
 Sun hours daily      11               8           6            9
   Humidity %         70              76           81           74




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