With the lowest crime rates in South Africa, Polokwane is true to its name “Place of Safety”. However, as in other countries and tourist destinations around the world, there are few basic precautions visitors should take to ensure that their stay is as pleasant and safe as possible.
SAFETY TIPS AT THE HOTEL:•Never leave your luggage unattended•Store valuables in the hotel’s safety deposit box•Keep your room locked, whether you’re in or out•If someone knocks, check who it is before opening the door
IN THE STREET:•Avoid ostentatious display of expensive jewellery, cameras and other valuables•It’s definitely not advisable to carry large sums of money around•At night, steer clear of dark, isolated areas•It’s better to explore in groups and to stick to well-lit busy streets•Plan your route beforehand•A policeman or traffic officer will be glad to direct you if you get lost•If you want to call a taxi, your hotel or the nearest tourism information office can recommend a reliable service•Only use ATMs in well-lit areas•Carry debit and credit card and traveller’s cheques instead of large amounts of money
IN THE CAR: •Plan your route in advance•Keep the doors locked at all times and wind up the windows•Lock valuable items in the boot (trunk)•At night, park in well-lit areas•Never pick-up strangers•If in doubt about the safety of an area, phone a police station for advice
EMERGENCY NUMBERSPolice•From a landline – 10111•From a cellphone – 112Police station•Polokwane – 015 290 6577/8•Mankweng – 015 270 1000 / 082 532 5283Emergency services•ER 24 Ambulance Service – 084 124•Netcare Ambulance Service – 082 911•Provincial Ambulance Service – 10177•Medi-Clinic 24hr Emergency – 015 290 3747•AA Breakdown Service – 0 800 01 01 01•Fire Department – 015 293 1111•Water Department – 015 290 2000HospitalsLimpopo Medi-ClinicAddress: Cnr. Thabo Mbeki & Burger StreetTel: 015 290 8600Polokwane Provincial HospitalAddress: Cnr. Hospital & Dorp StreetTel: 015 287 5000After hours pharmaciesJapie Visser PharmacyAddress: 17 Grobler StreetTel: 015 295 9171Clicks PharmacyAddress: Standard Bank Square, Cnr. Hans Van Rensburg & Schoeman StreetTel: 015 291 1122Clicks Pharmacy CycadAddress: Cycad Centre, Cnr. General Marits & Outspan Drive, BendorTel: 015 297 2489
AIRPORTPolokwane International AirportTel: 015 288 0122CALL CENTRE NUMBER 015 001 2010