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A guide to living in South Africa

A land of stunning landscapes, fascinating wildlife and an up-and-coming economy, South Africa has much to offer the newcomer. From the glass and steel of new city developments to the vibrant colours and textures of the country's natural flora and fauna, it's a welcoming land of contrasts. Home to 11 official languages and a plethora of cultural backgrounds, it’s a vibrant mix of ancient traditions and modern living.

With a troubled history, high crime rates and restrictions on the employment of expats, relocating to the country has its challenges too. There is so much to consider before moving to the land of the Rainbow Nation but, for some, the bold leap has reaped rich rewards.

Looking after your health in South Africa

The private health care facilities in South Africa are very good – provided you keep to those in the urban areas, and around major game parks. With over 200 well-equipped hospitals and clinics, run by trained, professional, English speaking staff, the quality of care is on a par with that of most other developed countries.

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Health risks in South Africa

It’s always good practice to visit your physician 4-6 weeks before travel to ensure you’re up-to-date with necessary vaccinations. There are other risks, such as sunburn, food and water hazards, and insect bites which cannot be immunised against, so talking these over may help you to prevent avoidable problems arising.

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Finding your new position in South Africa

The South African government is naturally eager to support its economy with skilled workers from within its borders first, but there are skill gaps that they want to fill, and opportunities for overseas workers to complement and support the existing workforce.

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Seeking work in South Africa

Securing a job in this fascinating and diverse country has its challenges. The government has a policy of making sure employers seek out locals who have the relevant skills and experience first before offering a job to someone from overseas.

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The Working Environment

For most expats, the working environment may not be all that different from the one they are used to in their country of origin some culture shocks may initially knock the unsuspecting newcomer off balance.

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Choosing where to live

A beautiful and diverse country, in both landscape and culture, South Africa offers the newcomer a wealth of places to settle.

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What is it like to live in South Africa?

There are a number of things that South Africans take for granted that may come as a bit of a shock to the newcomer.

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Cost of living

The good news is that, in general, the cost of living in South Africa is lower than that of say New York or London. If you’re heading out for the evening, you’ll find that just about everything is cheaper in a Cape Town restaurant.

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Finding your home in South Africa

Whether you’re thinking of buying or renting, the best way to start your search is to use a registered local estate agent, check out the local papers or use an internet search portal such as Property24, Private Property and Prime Location.

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Ways to make the most of your money

While the cost of living is lower in South Africa than places like London and New York, there are some costs that you will need to think about if you're planning to relocate there.

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