a VirtualTourist member from Karachi
What is the law and order position in South Africa in general and Johannesburg in particular in areas like Hillborw.
Never been there but seems to be one of the most, if not the most dangerous areas in S Africa
I went there in 1999 as a tourist. Overall, South Africa is a lovely place. I plan to go there again and would certainly visit Johannesburg since it is a sizzling city.
Yes, parts of Johannesburg are scary, but I have family living ther- and they avoid the 'dangerous' areas of the city. Suburbs on the outer edges like Sandton are very attractive, have plenty of nightlife and are safe.
I do hope that you will also visit Cape Town (my home town) which also is a sizzler- and then some!
I wouldn't go unless I have to. Hillbrow has lost its charm. It has always been a bit dangerous, even during its heydays in the 70s and 80s.
Joburg is a fabulous, buzzing happening city. There are certain areas I'd suggest a tourist avoid - hillbrow is one of them. There are other areas like Melville and Parkhurst and Greenside etc with a great village atmosphere and then big glitzy glam places like Sandton. Dont miss Joburg on your visit but no need to spend too much time here. Land here, spend 2 or 3 days then off you go! Go on safari to Kruger Park and go drink in the natural beauty and fine wines of the Cape.
there have been actions taken by the council to make the old jhb cbd area a safer place. manned surveillance cameras with a faster patrol response time, foot patrols and official parking wardens are some of the steps introduced in the past years. It still is chaotic but some street vendors interviewed in news articles have noted an increasing sense of security brought about by these actions. Hopefully it continues.