Save yourself from a financial ‘own goal’
At times of great excitement, sports fans are prime candidates to fall foul of criminals who want to score off their finances. Both local and foreign football fans need to keep their wits about them all the time. Nothing pleases someone with ill-intent mo
system (GPS) rentals and data cards.
To improve financial access for tourists from African countries, Ecobank cardholders will be able to withdraw funds from their Ecobank accounts via all Nedbank ATMs. Smit Crouse, the executive head of the Ecobank/Nedbank Alliance, says this will afford Ecobank clients significant savings on foreign exchange costs, particularly for those who previously had to convert their currency twice: first into United States dollars and then into rands. The Portfolio Collection, a tourism website, has the following guidelines about tipping:
It is customary to tip a waiter between 10 and 15 percent of the bill. However, check your bill carefully. Some restaurants, especially if they serve a large group of people at a table, may add a “gratuity fee” or “service charge” to your bill – this is the amount set aside for the waiter’s tip. If you pay an additional tip, it is unlikely to be questioned.
It is customary to tip the attendant. The amount is at your discretion.
Wherever you park your car in the open, you are likely to find a car guard. Most car guards do not receive any remuneration other than the money they are given by motorists. Although the presence of a car guard significantly reduces the likelihood that your vehicle will be stolen or broken into, it is not a guarantee that your car will be secure. You can tip a car guard at your discretion, usually based on the length of time your vehicle was parked.
A standard 10 percent of the bill can be paid on check-out. This is usually distributed by the establishment among staff members such as cooks and cleaners. You can check with the individual establishment on their in-house policy on tipping.
Porters are usually tipped between R3 and R5 per item of luggage.