With a board reaching network of private and state own medical facilities and clinics, Johannesburg caters to a number of medical needs. It is always advisable as when travelling anywhere in the world, to do so with comprehensive medical cover / insurance. Most state owned medical facilities are over capacity, and the majority of privately owned medical suits will require payment up-front or the assurance of medical aid cover.
The city of Johannesburg is governed by strict food safety regulations enforced throughout restaurants, convenience food outlets, grocery stores. Joburg prides itself on the quality of food supplied, ensuring the highest standards are met at all times.
The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry maintains that South Africa's national standard of water quality compares well with the World Health Organisation standard. Tap water throughout Johannesburg is considered safe to consume provided you can confirm that the source is not supplied by a borehole.
May to August (Johannesburg’s winter months) are predominantly when travellers may be exposed to Influenza or the common cold. Consider having the "Flu" vaccination at the start of the winter season, especially if you are pregnant, over the age of 50 or suffer from a chronic health condition.
Discerning sexual behaviour and always protecting yourself by making use of a condom to prevent the transmission of HIV/AID and other sexually transmitted diseases, is common practice across the globe. In South Africa, the legal age for consensual sex is 16, sex with anyone under the permitted age is considered a criminal offence.
While Johannesburg is not considered a malaria area, nearby game reserves in Mpumalanga and Limpopo and some parts of Kwazulu-Natal are. If your travels are taking you further afield to these surrounding areas, be certain to take the appropriate preventative measures to avoid possible infection.
Smoking in public, including at restaurants, in bars, shopping malls and on public transport is illegal throughout South Africa. Unless done so in designated and enclosed areas, smoking in public is an offence, enforceable by law.
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