Climate Cape Town lies in the Southern Hemisphere and has a Mediterranean
climate. This means it is a winter rainfall area remember your
umbrella and raincoat with winter daytime temperatures between 8 C
and 25 C, although the nights are colder. The summers are usually warm
to hot and dry. Temperatures can reach 35 C.
Money matters The currency in South Africa is the Rand (ZAR), which is equal to 100
cents. You will have to declare the amount of currency you have with you
on arrival at Customs and Excise. You will need some cash when you
arrive, but it will be wise to bring most of your money in traveller's
cheques which can be cashed at most major banks or at a branch of Thomas
Cook or American Express.
Most retail outlets accept credit cards such as
Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Diner's Club. You can also open a
bank account at a local bank which will give you a bank card for cash
withdrawals at an automatic bank machines (ATM). Well-known banks that
are close to the Technikon include ABSA, First National Bank and
Standard Bank, which also have ATMs on the Main Campus.
When you budget for your time as a student, you
should remember that you will be required to purchase certain textbooks
and stationery that could amount to over R2 000 per year. Other expenses
R1 800 per month for food, toiletries,
transport, telephone calls, etc. (depending on whether you make your
own meals or purchase take-aways)
Computer facilities We have excellent computer facilities on campus. Within the first few
days of the new term, you will be given access to these facilities which
are made available at a minimal fee. Computer facilities are available
24 hours a day.
Library The library facilities are extensive at the Cape Technikon and are made
more so with its very close links to the other four tertiary education
institutions in the Western Cape: University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch
Univerity, University of the Western Cape and the Peninsula Technikon.
Visit the library web pages
to find out more.
Public transport If you are living in a Technikon residence, your accommodation will
place you within close proximity of the Technikon, but you may be
required to make use of buses, trains or taxis in getting around the
city. Transport to the main campus is available from those residences
that are not within walking distance at a reasonable fee.
Driving in South Africa In South Africa we drive on the left-hand side of the road. You have to
be a minimum of 18 years of age to drive a car. It is recommended that
you obtain an international driver's license if you intend driving in
Health issues There are generally no vaccination requirements for entering South
Africa. The Cape region is not a malaria or tropical disease infected
area. If you should decide to travel in South Africa, be sure to consult
Student Welfare and Health about
any vaccinations you may need. As mentioned in your acceptance letter,
you are also required to take out medical insurance upon registration at
Safety issues On arrival you will be briefed regarding general security issues. It
is recommended that you do not travel alone in the city, especially at
night. Certain areas of the city are not safe and you will be informed
of these during your orientation. If you ever are uncertain, be sure to
contact your coordinator or peer helper before venturing off on your
Some suggestions: keep your valuables locked
away; do not carry large sums of money; do not display valuable items
such as cameras, expensive jewelry, etc. when you walk on the street.
Campus Keizersgracht & Tennant St District Six, Cape Town
+27 +21 460 3911
Bay Beach Road Mouille Point
Campus Highbury Road Mowbray
Campus Van Riebeeck St Wellington
Cape Technikon P.O. Box 652 Cape Town 8000
enquiries about applications, courses and admissions to: Applications Office Cape Technikon P.O. Box 652 Cape Town 8000