Well, it wouldn’t happen in Europe, that’s for sure. On the other hand in South Africa it can happen anywhere. I’m a German, South African permanent resident for forty years.If a SA tourist went to any USA / European city and did not know how to use a GPS and ended up in the wrong area, which Nyanga certainly is, the same would probably have happened...
Please if you feel South Africa is so unsafe why don't you go back to Germany.Well, it wouldn’t happen in Europe, that’s for sure. On the other hand in South Africa it can happen anywhere. I’m a German, South African permanent resident for forty years.
Well, it wouldn’t happen in Europe, that’s for sure. On the other hand in South Africa it can happen anywhere. I’m a German, South African permanent resident for forty years.
Guys. To act like South Africa is not dangerous is a little disingenuous. Yes, things can happen in the US. And, SA is a dangerous dangerous place .
A neighbor is formerly from Chicago....I asked him the other day if I could see his shell collection. When he replied that there weren't actually sea shells in Lake Michigan, I told him: "no, I meant the .22, 9mm, 45 cal., AK and other shells", lol.No one is saying SA isn’t dangerous…
What’s being said is the entire planet can be dangerous… especially so when you do things like drive through high crime areas that you’re unfamiliar with like this guy did in Cape Town…
I can assure you that there are neighborhoods in Chicago just as dangerous as any township in SA…
More than 70 people were shot, 13 fatally, in Chicago over the holiday weekend, including a father of four who was gunned down at a Father's Day park gathering.abcnews.go.com
There just happen to be more “safe” places overall in the US than there are in SA…
Tourists are victims of violent crime every single day in the US… criminals are at their core predators… a tourist running around with a wallet full of cash, oblivious to their surroundings… look very much like prey…
Well, that sounds scary.Today's STEP email from the State Department:
Updated to reflect safety consideration when using GPS navigation.
Exercise increased caution in South Africa due tocrimeandcivil unrest.
Country Summary:Violent crime, such as armed robbery, rape, carjacking, mugging, and "smash-and-grab" attacks on vehicles, is common. There is a higher risk of violent crime in the central business districts of major cities after dark.
Using GPS navigation can lead to unsafe routes. GPS navigation may suggest shortcuts through townshipsas the quickest preferred route but can lead to increased risks of crime.
Demonstrations, protests, and strikes occur frequently. These can develop quickly without prior notification, often interrupting traffic, transportation, and other services; such events have the potential to turn violent.
Please see ourAlertsfor up-to-date information.
Read thecountry information pagefor additional information on travel to South Africa.
If you decide to travel to South Africa:
- Investigate Research your route in advance, stay on major highways, avoid shortcuts through townships, and avoid reliance on GPS navigation apps. When driving on city roads, the shortest and fastest route may not be the safest.
For example: The safest approach to return a rental car to Cape Town International Airport is to take the N2 highway and follow signs to Airport Approach Rd (exit 16). Alternatively, request the rental car company to collect your vehicle and subsequently arrange an airport transfer from established taxi companies or established ridesharing services to reach the airport.
- Avoid walking alone, especially after dark.
- Avoid visiting informal settlement areas unless you are with someone familiar with the area.
- Do not display cash or valuables.
- Drive with doors locked and windows closed.
- Always carry a copy of your U.S. passport and visa (if applicable). Keep original documents in a secure location.
- Conserve water and followlocal guidance on water use for touristsandSave Like a Local.
- Check theCity of Cape Town websitefor up-to-date information and guidance on how to manage water consumption.
- Refer tothe Nelson Mandela Bay's websitefor updates on water restrictions in effect in the Eastern Cape.
- Monitor water levels at the City of Cape Town'sWater Dashboard.
- Enroll in theSmart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow the Department of State onFacebookandTwitter.
- Review theCountry Security Reportfor South Africa.
- Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review theTraveler's Checklist.
- Visit the CDC page for the latestTravel Health Informationrelated to your travel.
American tourist robbed and shot in the face in Cape Town