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World Cup Countdown: Be Prepared To Be Mugged!

World Cup Countdown #13

South African based Manchester City fan, Mariner sent us the latest World Cup Countdown.

Of late there has been little news relevant to the World Cup, except in the second game played at Moses Mabhida stadium here in Durban whereby a considerable number of the seats collapsed during the game. Thankfully, there were no reports of serious injuries. The seats have now been re installed, hopefully with stronger supports.

Possibly some of you guys will have seen the warning notices as issued from the British Foreign Office for British visitors during the World Cup (or at any time for that matter)? For those of you who are not aware of the potential hazards herewith a list:

1) The arrival Airport is a dangerous place with visitors being followed after leaving Johannesburg Airport, stopped en route to their hotels, robbed at gun point or hi jacked. Extreme caution should be observed when driving away, especially in hire cars.

2) Baggage is extremely vulnerable-keep within sight at all times.

3) Passport theft is common-usually opportunist and non violent but sometimes associated with muggings.

4) Stay completely away from such areas as Berea and Hillbrow in Johannesburg and City centres at night. Durban beachfront and city centre also mentioned.

5) Hi Jacking possibilities exist on the road to the Kruger National Park

6) Hiking on and around Table Mountain can be dangerous.

7) If mugged or hi jacked, remain calm, hand over valuables and avoid eye contact-seems easier said than done.

8) When driving, avoid stopping for piles of stones on roads or even what look like genuine road accidents-these can be ploys to get you out of your car. I would rather drive past and report to the Police at the earliest opportunity.

9) Just driving can be fraught with danger and there are many fatal road accidents. Overtaking can take place on either side or sometimes even on the hard shoulder. Beware, especially of the mini buses and taxis, which drive at horrendous speeds. (Drivers pay depends on the number of passengers carried during a shift so speed is of the essence). If you see one coming up behind, rather pull over and let it pass.

10) Take out travel insurance.

11) ATM fraud is endemic. Take care and never use late at night.

Sounds great doesn't it, but probably no more dangerous than being a Chelsea or Man Utd supporter at Leeds in the 60s. Mind you, that was pretty dodgy.

On the bright side, the weather and scenery are great and England's draw looks pretty reasonable.

Happy New Year to all.

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Date:Sunday January 3 2010
Time: 4:56PM


An informative article for those travelling to South Africa in the summer. COME ON ENGLAND
03/01/2010 17:09:00
happy New Year, Mariner. Maybe they should have held the WC in Iraq; might have been safer for the fans...
03/01/2010 17:15:00
by all the reports ive heard on the radio and tv aswell as family who have lived there its not a great place to be unless you are with people or in the most popular spots - advice would be to get a taxi EVERYWHERE even if its only a couple of hundred yards
03/01/2010 17:18:00
The place sounds SOOOOO appealing! Makes a trip to downtown Detroit sound like an absolute picnic.
03/01/2010 17:24:00
Downtown Detroit is a walk in the park compared to some parts of South Africa. Many thanks Marnier for keeping everyone up to date with the latest from your part of the world. Keep em articles coming mate.
03/01/2010 17:28:00
I come in peace! I actually stay in S.A. & it aint all bad.People here are really trying to be as welcoming as ever,its too bad that the minority are trying to ruin it for most people.The police have been stepped up & you wouldnt find a street without one.The Women & cuisine is superb.I worry that too many places are trying to exploit tourists,trust me its not as expensive as they're making it.All you should worry about is England getting to the semis & citeh actually getting somewhere...
03/01/2010 17:53:00
Thanks Chelsea24/7. If you live in SA and you want to add your voice to this article please feel free to contact me and i'll happily publish your opinion. I might even mention that you are a Chelsea fan ta-boot!!
03/01/2010 18:01:00
Come on City, i mean England :/
Once a Blue
03/01/2010 18:55:00
Hahaha thanks Tudor I'll keep that mind,anthing to make your guys' stay comfortable.I'll do my research and get back to you.I dont know if I should mention this but funny enough my family visited from U.k. last year.We were followed from the airport & hijacked (not lying!) but its been an improvement.
03/01/2010 21:02:00
I'm being serious Chelsea24/7. I believe in freedom of speech on VMC, just ask my lot (gulp). Anything which envelopes and encourages debate is fine by me.
03/01/2010 21:10:00
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