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South Africa

Preparing Yourself For Culture Shock: Five Cultural Customs You May Not Know About South Africa

Saturday April 11, 2015 (21:38:49)

Living in South Africa can be an exciting and vibrant experience. It is true that crime is a problem in the country, but often this is sensationalized by the media. A closer look at many of its major cities will show that the culture and lifestyle is in fact cosmopolitan and welcoming. There are however many cultural variations on account of South Africa’s complex history, and this societal diversity can cause something of a culture shock to those who are not prepared.

Many of South Africa’s customs have come from the native tribes and European colonists. Due to the English colonization, customs of social etiquette such as a handshake or a more affectionate hug and kiss between people are evident in many parts of the country.   more ...

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5 Things You Should Know Before Moving To South Africa

Saturday December 20, 2014 (04:19:00)

It isn’t entirely possible for a person to be “fully prepared” for the changes that come with moving to a new country, but that doesn’t mean that you should not try! South Africa is probably very different from your country of origin, so you should anticipate and accept the inevitable culture shock and the emotional upheaval that you will face after you move. Try to eliminate unnecessary worry and stress by taking a few precautionary steps to make your transition as seamless as possible. Here are 5 things that every expat should know before moving to South Africa.

1. Visas

The South African Department of Home Affairs is known for what many describe as bureaucratic incompetence, which is characterized by widespread institutional failure and dysfunctionalities.   more ...

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10 Websites Expats Need To Visit Before Moving To South Africa

Tuesday October 28, 2014 (01:46:43)

Expats with slightly higher levels of education or unique skill sets are able to find many lucrative job opportunities in South Africa. They are able to live a high quality life here in close proximity to the country’s abundant natural beauty. The stunning coastline, mountains, plains, wildlife and diversity of flora and fauna make South Africa a true natural paradise. Culturally too, the country reflects a great deal of diversity.

Due to the regional differences, expats can choose where to settle depending on their requirements and lifestyle. South Africa recognizes eleven languages as official languages and expats often find it easy to adapt to the vibrant culture.   more ...

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Where Do Expats Choose To Live In South Africa? An Overview Of Popular Locations

Monday September 08, 2014 (01:42:39)

Expats are often attracted to the natural beauty and diverse culture of South Africa, a place that enjoys a pleasant climate throughout the year, has a friendly population and where the cost of living is reasonable. Expats will be able to find comfortable and affordable options for accommodation in the big cities and other regions of South Africa. Here are some of the expat hotspots in South Africa.

Cape Town

Cape Town is known to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Home to the Table Mountain and several nature reserves due to its high concentration of flora and fauna, Cape Town is also a modern city with all the urban amenities and conveniences.   more ...

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South Africa

Just How Dangerous Is Life As An Expat In South Africa?

Wednesday April 09, 2014 (03:09:41)

Crime and safety can be a major worry for residents in South Africa. New expats feel they may not enjoy the same sense of freedom they had in their home countries and may have to live in restricted estates or gated communities for protection. The on-going trial of Oscar Pistorius for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, has also brought the topic of gun crime into focus in a big way. The South Africa sprint runner and Paralympic champion maintains he shot Steenkamp as he mistook her for an intruder. While the escalation of fear regarding safety may partly be due to the fair share of publicity this high-profile case has received, it is still pertinent to consider just how safe it is for expats living in South Africa.   more ...

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Which South African City Offers the Best Expat Employment Opportunities?

Sunday May 19, 2013 (20:56:15)
Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa, ranking 25th in total landmass among world nations, is at the very least a spacious country. Though the best of the nation's landscape is along the coastline, rather than in the brushy flatland that typifies the interior, there is ample room within both the interior and the crescent of verdant coastal land to host several cities with working opportunities for expatriates.


At least two major cities, Johannesburg and Pretoria, are located in the inland Gauteng province, which is easily the richest in South Africa due to these cities' inclusion. Johannesburg is not one of the three capital cities of the nation (these being Bloemfontein, Pretoria and Cape Town), yet is the largest city in the world not to be situated on a major body of water. Since the city annexed apartheid-era enclave of Soweto, it has expanded to a population of nearly 11 million.   more ...

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Dealing with Crime in South Africa as an Expat

Saturday May 18, 2013 (17:24:46)
Johannesburg, South Africa
In 2010, South Africa quietly snuck into that group of developing economies formerly known as the BRIC nations [an acronym formed from Brazil, Russia, India, China], appending an "S" to the end of "BRIC" in the process. The World Bank's report on GDP in the following year places South Africa 27th out of 193 countries surveyed, and the nation currently accounts for a staggering fourth of the resource-rich African continent's total GDP. The country's economic viability in the post-apartheid era is becoming the subject of more and more high-profile discussions, with its mineral-laden terrain and busy mining industry remaining highly profitable. A new influx of professional expatriates to the country from Europe, Asia and the Americas seems highly likely.

However, expatriates' first encounter with South Africa in the popular media may focus on decidedly different metrics of national health and prosperity. Take, for example, the Academy Award-winning 2005 film Tsotsi, shot on location in Johannesburg, whose action centers on a young street hooligan who accidentally kidnaps a woman's baby in a car theft gone horribly awry. This film, complemented by similar studio films and amateur documentaries, shines an uncomfortably glaring light on the problems challenging any long-term goals for South African prosperity.   more ...

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