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Capetown, Johannesburg, Durban
Scene and Culture
Africa is by far and away the most homophobic continent in the world. However, South Africa is the one exception where there is a vibrant gay scene and real gay and lesbian emancipation.
In all the major cities but particularly Capetown and Johannesburg there are many gay bars, clubs, restaurants, hotels and even saunas. For gay and lesbian visitors we would particularly recommend Capetown which has lovely beaches great food and a good gay scene.
Gay Age of Consent
Lesbian Age of Consent
Straight Age of Consent
In 1996 South Africa became the first country in the world to enshrine lesbian and gay rights in its Constitution: Clause 9(3)states says the state can not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds, including sexual orientation.
Workplace discrimination against gays and lesbians is illegal under The Labor Relations Act 1995. In 2000 South Africa passed anti-discrimination legislation banning discrimination and incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.
The age of consent is one area where discrimination continues and it has been proposed by the South African Law Commission that the age of consent should be reduced from 19 to 16.
Same-sex adoption was legalized in 2002 and in 2003 the government bowed to pressure and permitted domestic partner benefits.
In 2004 The Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that the definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman discriminated unfairly against same-sex couples, and that common law should be developed to take this into account. This was appealed to the Constitutional and their decision is imminent.
The best time to visit South Africa is November to April if you are staying predominately in the south or April to October if you plan to go on Safari. This is because the Cape gets hot dry summers but rainy winters whereas up in the North the position is reversed with wet summers and dry winters.
South Africa has a temperate climate that is influenced by the warm currents from the Indian Ocean and cold currents from the Atlantic Ocean . Most rainfall occurs as a result of moist warm Indian Ocean air currents while distribution decreases from east to west. Average annual precipitation varies from 400 mm in the east to less than 50 mm in the northwest coastal regions. Average annual rainfall in Cape Town is 510 mm and average temperature ranges are from 9c to 17c in July to 16c to 27c in February.