Living in Joburg
Have you moved from a rural area to Jozi? Feeling overwhelmed is pretty normal. Joburg is a big city, with the common big-city combination of interesting things to do and higher levels of crime.
- If you want to enjoy some of the buzz and vibrancy of Jozi, check out this article for an for an alternative guide to the city.
- For a student’s guide to Braamfontein, take a look at this article.
- Take a look at jhblive to find a guide to events in Johannesburg.
While living in and moving around the city, perhaps take note of some of these precautionary measures:
- Don’t have your electronic devices showing; avoid laptop bags and obvious pouches that show that you are carrying something valuable.
- Avoid carrying large sums of cash, and keep your wallet in an inside pocket, rather than a back pocket.
- Keep your handbag with you, closed and zipped, and do not leave it unattended. Preferably keep your wallet in a zipped pocket up against your body.
- Don’t use your phone while walking.
- Don’t display valuables, such as jewellery, in public, where criminals can see them.
- Stay away from dark isolated areas, particularly at night.
- Walk with friends.
- It’s better to explore in groups, and stick to well-lit areas and avoid quiet streets.
- Be careful when partying to make sure that your drinks don’t get spiked.
- When sitting next to a window in a taxi, don’t use your phone.
- Walk purposefully.
- Don’t stop for people you don’t know.
- A common con is people approaching you offering “a quick job”. You may also be approached by people giving you a long story about their troubles. It may feel harsh, but don’t get caught out as this could also be a con.
Find out more about safety and protection services on campus and crime hotspots to avoid.
Wits Student Crisis Line 0800 111 331 (24/7/365)