Time Zone and Local Opening Hours



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Joburgers like to wake earlier and the roads are usually already jammed with traffic by 08:00 on weekdays. The city’s fast pace slows in the evening, and many restaurant kitchens close relatively (usually by 22:00), while most supermarkets close at 19:00 or 20:00. Many restaurants, galleries and museums are closed on Mondays, and Sundays are also a quiet time. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings are the busiest time of the week for Joburg restaurants and bars and it is advisable to make a reservation if you are going out for dinner. Convenience stores at petrol stations are the best places to get basics like airtime for your cellphone late at night.

South Africa is UTC/GMT +2 hours, and the entire country is in the same time zone. Some electronic devices pick this up as ‘Harare time’. There is no daylight savings time.