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Interview With Hannah Pirnie, Founder, Translating Me

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

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; ...    more ...
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How Safe Is South Africa? A Guide For New Expats

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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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Five Reasons Why Expat Children Love Living In South Africa

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

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 th ...    more ...
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5 Things You Should Know Before Moving To South Africa

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

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

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 champio ...    more ...
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Which South African City Offers the Best Expat Employment Opportunities?

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 ...    more ...
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Dealing with Crime in South Africa as an Expat

Johannesburg, South Africa
In 2010, South Africa quietly snuck into that group of developing economies formerly known as the BRIC nations , 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 b ...    more ...

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