Birgit Böttner, South Africa

Who are you?  My name is Birgit Böttner, a translator originally from Germany, and on social media I go by my author name, Evadeen Brickwood. I’m 59, have been widowed for four years, and my two daughters in their 20s are married. Where, when and why did you move abroad? In 1991, I moved to … Read more

How To Open A Bank Account In South Africa

South Africa’s banking sector is highly concentrated, with the five largest banks holding over 90% of total assets in February 2019. At first glance, the South African banking system can seem somewhat complicated, but this means that foreigners will find a plethora of banking options available to them, interconnected by a sophisticated banking system.The heart … Read more

How To Rent Or Buy Property In South Africa

South Africa is an incredibly diverse country on the southernmost tip of the African continent. It is made up of several distinct ecosystems, including the lowveld flatlands, which are popular for safaris, and the rolling vineyards of the Western Cape. Lush forests and lagoons can be found on the Garden Route, and Table Mountain can … Read more

How To Apply For A Visa In South Africa

Citizens of the USA, Canada, the UK, most EU and EEA countries, Australia, New Zealand and many countries in Africa can visit South Africa for up to 90 days, for tourist or business purposes, without a visa. If you wish to stay longer, or to work there, the regulations can be more complicated. Wherever possible, … Read more

How To Find A Job In South Africa

South Africa is an appealing choice for many expats, with a pleasant climate and a potentially high standard of living. Its economy is stable, with several expanding sectors including manufacturing, but it has significant skills shortages which threaten the development of the economy. You will need a work permit in order to work legally in … Read more

Kim Reid, Hermanus

Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to Hermanus, South Africa from the US three and a half years ago to be married.My husband is from South Africa, but grew up in America. We actually met in art school, but were just friends back then. One of the assignments that we had … Read more

A Guide To Expat Visas For South Africa

The Republic of South Africa, with its bustling cities, beautiful beaches and friendly people, can be a good destination for expats. However, before you arrive, make sure your right to stay is officially approved. South African Immigration Laws There’s a lack of clear information about how many expats live in South Africa, meaning that immigration … Read more

A Guide To International Schools In Cape Town

In spite of being located at almost the absolute tip of the African continent, Cape Town is anything but an isolated place. On the contrary, it is regarded as one of the best cities to live in by people from all around the globe. Its relaxed lifestyle, natural beauty, historic culture and mild climate make … Read more

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