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History of Relations
Africa and the Republic of Indonesia established diplomatic relations in August
1994. Consequently the South African Embassy was established in Jakarta in January
1995. The first South African Ambassador to Indonesia, H.E. Mr B.S. Kubheka, presented
his credentials to President Soeharto on 28 March 1996.
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South African Representation in Indonesia
H E Mr P A Sifuba
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Indonesia Representation in South
H E Mr S Martosetomo
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
of the Republic of Indonesia
Visa Requirements for South Africans
For more information
contact the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia.
Jakarta has come a long way in recent years in terms of hygiene,
but a few points are worth noting.
1. Stick to bottled water
water from a tap, even in the most luxurious resorts. Ice in drinks, however,
should not cause concern, as ice vendors in Jakarta operate under strict government
Use mosquito repellent and cover up at night.
The use of anti-malaria prophylactics are advised when travelling to eastern Indonesia,
though in Jakarta itself malaria is not considered a problem.
Eat only at established hotels and restaurants, as food at traditional food stalls
(warung) and hawker carts (kaki lima) may look enticing, but unless one's system
is adjusted to the vagaries of local food preparation, they are best avoided.
It is strongly recommended that vaccinations for tetanus and
both Hepatitis A and B be taken.
Be sure to guard against
sunburn, dehydration and heat exhaustion. Patent medicines are available at numerous
pharmacies (apotik), but watch the dosage and chemical ingredients as Indonesian
drugs tend to be stronger than the norm.
Ministry of Health
Representative Office in Indonesia
Lying some 80 degrees (372 km) south
of the equator, Jakarta has a tropical monsoon climate. The city is hot and humid
year-round. The long rainy season falls between late October and early May, though
rain occurs throughout the year, averaging 1791 mm. Rains tend to come in short
heavy bursts, but even during the rainy season it doesn't rain every day. It rains
on only a handful of days during the dry season from July to September.
Afternoon humidity averages around 70%, but is higher during
the morning. Temperatures are fairly even throughout the year, averaging approximately
32 degrees celsius maximum and 25 degrees celsius minimum . Jakarta gets a steady
supply of 12 hours daylight throughout the year, though it is often filtered through
cloud cover. In the dry season the skies are clearer, though Jakarta's pollution
and the dust haze along the coast means that clear blue skies are rare. Mornings
are sunnier than the afternoons.
Jakarta's heat is legendary
among its inhabitants, especially the expatriate community, though it is no hotter
than most other Indonesian cities. It is more a case that the frustrations and
clamour of the city are made more intolerable by the heat. The heat and humidity
certainly makes it bothersome getting around the city, and walking can reduce
all but the most acclimatised to perspiring profusely in no time. Jakarta is hotter
in the evenings than the inland cities, with the city trapping much of the heat.
expatriates as well as the local population flee to the mountains over the weekends
(Puncak and Bogor, one-and-a-half hours drive from Jakarta) where the air is cleaner
and much cooler than Jakarta. During the rainy season the temperatures drop dramatically
in the evenings and it is not uncommon to find log fires being lit in many homes.
up-to-date weather information click here.
The monetary unit is the Rupiah. The symbol for the Rupiah is "Rp"
(or international abbreviation: "IDR"). The following denominations
are available: Coins (Rp 25.00, Rp 50.00, Rp 100.00, Rp 500.00, Rp 1000.00), and
Notes (Rp 500.00, Rp 1000.00, Rp 5000.00, Rp 10 000.00, Rp 20 000.00, Rp 50 000.00).
Due to the prevailing economic crisis, the current rate of exchange fluctuates
between Rp 10,500 and Rp 12,000 to the US dollar.
For current exchange
Internasional Indonesia (BII)
and Official Visits / Bilateral Meetings
If you have any queries with regard to treaties please contact the Treaty Section at 012 351 0872/0872/0837.
Main exports: prepared foods, pulp and paper. Main imports: vegetable
products, fats and oils, plastics, rubber, timber, pulp, paper, footwear, stone,
plaster and textiles
For current information on trade statistics between
South Africa and Afghanistan, visit the web site of the
Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa
Groups and Information
Indonesia South Africa Business Forum
Chairperson: Micky A Hehuwat
Tel: 09 62 21 765 3053/2340
Fax: 09 62 21