The Capital On The Park
101 Katherine St, Sandown, Sandton, Gauteng, South Africa 2031

Conference guests are entitled to our corporate room rate and discounts on selected restaurants & attractions.

For details, contact us at
T: +65 6325 0210
F: +65 6224 5090
E: venue (at)

Johannesburg At a Glance

Time Zone
GMT +2 hours

English is the official language of Johannesburg and is spoken and understood almost everywhere. It is used in schools, colleges, workplaces and at the places of tourist attractions. Additionally, Afrikaans is widely spoken all around the city, that has been derived from the two major languages – Dutch and Flemish.

South African Rand (ZAR)

The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins. If an adaptor is called for, consider bringing one with you, although they can be purchased locally. US-made appliances may need a transformer.


Month High / Low(°C) Rain
August 20° / 4° 1 day
September 24° / 8° 2 days
October 25° / 11° 6 days

Tipping & Taxes
Tipping in restaurants is practiced mainly in the larger towns and is customarily kept at 10% of the total shown on the bill. Many restaurants will add a 10% service charge to a bill if the number of guests exceeds six. This amount is VATable. Any service charge included in a hotel or restaurant bill which is levied by the accommodation establishment itself, will attract VAT at the standard rate in the normal manner, regardless of whether any amount is later passed on to the establishment’s employees or not.

At hotels it is customary to leave R50 per person per day for housekeeping. If a porter assists with your bags, it’s normal to tip the porter R15 per movement, assuming about two normal-size bags per person. Outside of larger cities, you may be asked to pay your tips to the hotel front desk. You may want to consider tipping the person directly.

Shopping and Business Hours

  • Most shops and businesses are open between 09h00 and 17h00 on weekdays and on Saturdays until 13h00.
  • Major malls tend to stay open later: up to 21h00 during the week, on weekends and on most public holidays.
  • Government agencies keep to limited weekday-only hours, often closing around 15h00.
  • Most banks close at 15h30 weekdays, but are open on Saturday mornings (from around 09h00 to 11h00).
  • Muslim-owned businesses close between noon and 13h00 on Fridays.

Emergency Numbers
Police – 10111
Fire and Ambulance – 10177

Visa Requirements
For some nationalities, a visa is required prior to your arrival in Johannesburg.