Great post on mybroadband by someome calling themselves lancelot below...
I also found this website very interesting and enlightening... here.
No accusations can be made of bias here as this is a UK government website. The advice given is the sort of advice Ronjay correctly recommends is given. This part was of particular interest considering many people on here seem to be fearing that all the tourists will be attacked when here for the SWC :
More than 460,000 Britons visit South Africa every year (Source: Statistics South Africa). Most visits are trouble- free. 139 British nationals required consular assistance in South Africa in the period 01 April 2008 – 31 March 2009 for the following types of incident; deaths (48 cases); hospitalisations (23 cases); and arrests, for a variety of offences (23 cases). During this period assistance was also requested with regard to lost or stolen passports (871 cases). You should keep photocopies of your passport with you in a separate place to your passport.
So that is a 0.03% chance that a British tourist will be a victim of serious crime (and even then this is assuming that none of those deaths were natural causes or hospitalisation as a result of a self inflicted accident)! Now what was that someone was saying earlier about the chances of getting attacked by a shark being so minuscule as to make for a stupid comparison?!?!
Rooster would like to add the the gross majority of tourist deaths here are from natural causes. Old people plus boozing it up all night = death is many cases. There are extremely little to no tourist murders in the country every year. In fact you're twice as likely to die in a place crash on the way over (1.5 million to one) than to be murdered here in our worst ever tourist murder year(3 million to one..normally 9 million to one as most years go without a single tourist murder.)