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I can't find the reference now, but there was a great story that an organisation was testing security at airports around the world, by taking a suitcase to the airport and leaving it there, timing how long before it got stolen or identified. The exception was Johannesburg, where the car was hijacked enroute, and the suitcase never made it to the airport ;) ...


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Last night we had a story on Carte Blanche (a South African investigative reporting program) where they said that there are about 140 000 incidents of theft at OR Tambo per year, so the situation is still really bad despite lots of measures put in place. They showed CCTV camera footage of how the thieves know exactly where the cameras are and grab bags off ...


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According to South Africa's Department of Home Affairs, Brazilian passport holders are exempt from visas, whether in transit or for a stay of less than 90 days in South Africa. So yes, you should be able to get admitted through passport control, and leave the airport at your convenience. There are several companies which market Jo'burg tours to people on ...


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BAZ BUS used to do one at some point, but it's more of a private backpacker/shuttle service than scheduled bus. Any larger scheduled bus services to Swaziland will generally depart from town central, and for the adventurous I guess there would be minibus taxis from taxi ranks nearer the airport. Personally, unless you have a reasonable tolerance for ...


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From Wikitravel's Swaziland article: Most public transport bus services arrive in Mbabane or Manzini. Smaller bus lines, or minibuses generally provide service to Johannesburg, Durban or Cape Town in South Africa as well as Maputo in Mozambique. Larger buses usually travel within the country and some stop at border crossings, where ...


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I've traveled through Johannesburg many times on international connections and have always checked my bag through without incident and have many friends and colleagues who have done the same without problems. That being said, Johannesburg airport did have a reputation for bagging pilfering. If you want to re-check your bag in Johannesburg, you will need to ...


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At your source port, you can ask for it NOT to be checked all the way through. Just be open and honest and state that you're concerned about its security. Make sure you can exit transit in Johannesburg though (have the right visa etc). Because the security may well be outside the transit area, and you may need to go through customs to get to it. ...



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