dos and don'ts
DO: Stray outside central Sandton if you visit Johannesburg. There are lively districts like Melville that are safe once you organise a taxi home.
DON'T: Go out without a rough idea of more than just your street name. Jo'burg is huge and drivers with faulty sat navs can turn a routine journey into a marathon.
DO: Try some vodka with avocado. Haven't had the pleasure yet, but it's a popular tipple among the contingent of Bulgarian taxi drivers who work here.
DON'T: Engage in a discussion with an American about permutations. They don't like that goal difference supersedes head-to-heads in the pecking order, and will argue that it's the other way around. Wrong.
DO: Leave vegetarians at home. They like their meat here, and they like it served with meat. The ridiculous kind of veggies who eat fish would get by, though.
DON'T: Ever assume that a person in a security jacket actually knows what they are doing. Most of the officials here now are trainee police who have little or no idea where anything is. They point towards their first guess.