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A Guide To Expat Visas For South Africa

Thursday March 01, 2018 (11:25:09)

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 laws have been undergoing review and change since 2014. Most importantly, you must have a valid residence permit or visa when entering or leaving the country.   more ...

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A Guide To International Schools In Cape Town

Thursday January 04, 2018 (12:18:06)

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 it an ideal destination for expats of all ages, including families. Children moving to this South African coastal city will find their lives relatively free of the drastic adjustments they may have to make if their families moved elsewhere. As long as they speak English, they will be easily understood by everyone, and will be able to integrate themselves into local society without too much difficulty. Moreover, there is plenty for children to see, do and explore in Cape Town all year round.   more ...

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South Africa - Recommended Social Media Accounts

Friday May 26, 2017 (09:06:55)
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At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at South Africa and some of the social media accounts you should be following if you’re thinking of moving there.   more ...

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Interview With Hannah Pirnie, Founder, Translating Me

Tuesday May 16, 2017 (12:26:16)
Hannah Pirnie
What prompted you to set up Translating Me?

I have kind of fallen into it Neutral

I love the quote from Steve Jobs -

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in the future.”   more ...

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An Expat Guide To Wines In South Africa

Monday February 06, 2017 (17:03:34)
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If you’re a wine lover, you’ve undoubtedly tried wines from different regions around the world. If you haven’t tried a bottle of wine from South Africa as yet, then you should definitely put that region on your list.

South Africa is one of the most dynamic regions in the world for the production of wine. Traditionally, and for a long time, it was thought that the climate on the African continent would be too hot for growing wine grapes; however, this is not true for South Africa. There are several regions in the Cape that offer a mild Mediterranean climate that provides favorable conditions for growing wine grapes.   more ...

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How Safe Is South Africa? A Guide For New Expats

Tuesday January 24, 2017 (16:33:35)
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Many expats live safely in South Africa for many years, enjoying lucrative careers and making lots of friends, but expats always need to keep their wits about them.

It's probably worth looking at the advice from the UK's Foreign Office, which explicitly says South Africa has a 'very high' level of crime. Most of this occurs in townships, which are isolated areas that are not close to the usual tourist destinations or places where expats live.   more ...

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South Africa - Recommended Blogs

Tuesday August 23, 2016 (16:44:02)
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At Expat Focus, we like to be on the lookout for resources around the web that could help prospective expats adjust to their new countries. Today, we’re taking a look at South Africa and some of the blogs that might be useful for expats there.   more ...

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Five Reasons Why Expat Children Love Living In South Africa

Thursday July 23, 2015 (13:56:38)
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Foreigners from different parts of the world have made South Africa their home over the years. Most expats enjoy living and working in the country, and many of them find that South Africa is an ideal place for family and raising children.

Of course, certain problems continue to prevail, such as the unstable currency, unemployment, corruption, and crime; but South Africa also has a lot of benefits to offer, like a welcoming and diverse society, rich natural landscape, and a vibrant culture.   more ...

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5 Expat Clubs In South Africa You Should Consider Joining

Tuesday June 30, 2015 (16:09:09)
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Expats who move to South Africa can expect to enjoy a relaxed lifestyle that is close to scenic natural landscapes and with plenty of outdoor activities to engage in. Wildlife watching, mountain climbing and water sports are among the most popular activities for expats, travellers and locals alike.

South Africa has a cosmopolitan character and its population is a diverse collection of different nationalities. Residents can expect to have a high standard of living that is also affordable.   more ...

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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 ...