South Africa has more kinds of mammals than North and South America combined, or Europe and Asia together. It has a sixth of the marine species known worldwide, with most of its coastal species found nowhere else. It also has the world's richest floral kingdom. South Africa is furthermore the financial, economic and industrial capital of Africa.
South Africa has a population of 54 million people. Black 79.2%, white 8.9%, coloured 8.9%, Asian 2.5%, others 0.05%.
South Africa has eleven official languages. The most widely spoken are: English, Zulu, Xhosa and Afrikaans. Most people, however, understand and speak English.
In South Africa the sun shines from 7.5 to 9.5 hours on average daily, compared with 3.8 in London and 6.9 in New York. Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate, which ensures warm, sunny summers and moderate winters. The nights can however, become rather cold and we recommend that you bring something warm. South Africa has an average annual rainfall of less than 500mm compared to the world average of 857mm.
For most countries it is not necessary to get a study visa unless you are staying in South Africa for more than three months or applying for work or other special conditions. For more information contact us or your nearest embassy or consulate.
220 / 230 AC 50 Hz you do not need to bring a European adaptor as it is easy to get them here.
We recommend that you take out health insurance in your home country. South Africa has a first rate medical system but foreigners are not automatically covered. Cape Town is a malaria free area, but if you travel further north you need to take malaria tablets, which are easily obtainable in any South African pharmacy. The tap water in South Africa is safe to drink.
The currency in South Africa is the Rand. You can use most credit cards and Maestro EC cards to draw money from cash machines and to pay for most things.
South Africa has a good cellular network and most mobile phones can be used here. It is possible to get South African SIM cards and pay-as-you-go cards at the school.
Cape Town is also known as the Mother city with Table Mountain as its majestic backdrop. This city rivals Paris, Rome, Barcelona and San Francisco on 50 places to see! It has a natural beauty that captivates visitors and locals alike and promises to put a smile on your face and warmth in your heart. In 2011, Table Mountain was voted one of the top 7 Wonders of Nature in the world and this is something you will want to see. Table Mountain provides Cape Town with a spectacular backdrop and offers visitors the extraordinary experience of walking on top of the mountain and enjoying breathtaking views of the city and the Atlantic Seaboard. If you have not yet heard, Cape Town is also the Design Capital of the world and has many unusual projects on display in different parts of the city. Come see the creativity of our people and savour the vibe of this truly amazing city we call home.
Skyscrapers and freeways have dramatically changed the face of Cape Town over the past fifty years, yet the city remains full of history. Its gracious buildings, old stone streets and monuments provide a fascinating insight into the romantic history of the city and the cultures that have shaped it. The city centre has become a very safe place for visitors thanks to the 24h surveillance cameras. In the city centre you will find:
- The Company Gardens, which covers six hectares, contains more than 8000 different tree and plant species, museums, the South African library, the National Gallery and the Houses of Parliament
- Green Market Square, a vibrant African flea market, where hundreds of traders sell everything from teaspoons to T-shirts
- Long Street and Adderley Street - lined with dozens of clubs, bars and restaurants form the centre of the city's nightlife. Antique shops, the flower market, the original slave lodge and much more make these streets favourite tourist destinations.
The popular Clifton and Camps Bay beaches are a 10-minute drive from the school and easily accessible by public transport. After school, many of our students go to one of the four Clifton beaches to get a tan, meet each other and watch the sunset. Camps Bay is not only famous for its beautiful long white beach, but also for its trendy bars, cafes and restaurants. South Africa's beaches are not only beautiful but swimming is exceptionally safe and hygienic. Tests conducted by the CSIR show that sea water off South Africa's beaches is among the cleanest in the world.
Because Green Point is situated between the city centre, the Waterfront and the beaches it is one of the most popular parts of Cape Town. This area has a variety of different facilities. For example, a large fitness centre, tennis and squash courts, a golf course, football fields close to the beach, the Green Point stadium which was newly built for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, shops, restaurants, bars, clubs and much more.
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