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western replied to the thread Buying car & auto insurance in Cape Town on the South Africa forum:
DrT initially posted:
Hi Everyone, does anyone have suggestions, warnings &/or recommendations about purchasing a car in Cape Town? How about auto insurance? I know that I need a bank acct so you can pay w/ZAR & Visa w/pic. Thx in advance for any helpful tips. :)
western replied on August 11, 2014 with:
Hi.No you don't have to buy the insurance together but it's normally cheaper this way. If your German driving licence has a photo on it then you can use it but I'm not sure about "indefinitely" If you are staying here for more than a year then you can do an "exchange" for a S.A. licence. Now driving from Jo'burg to Cape Town would not be on the top of my list even nowadays let alone your first time in the Country. This is NOT because of crime !! but it's around 1000 miles, the route goes through the Karoo, probably like driving through the Arizona desert ! It is boring with long straight roads reaching to the horizon on occasion and if you are not used to it, you can easily fall asleep at the wheel ! There will also be many long distance trucks that you encounter. If you do this drive then either Beaufort West or Three Sisters are the normal stopping places. I'm sure Lufthansa flies direct to Cape Town Int'l airport.
DrT replied on August 10, 2014 with:
Car guards - good to know. Thanks for telling me how much to tip! :)
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flood2014 replied to the thread What I can do with this offer there? on the South Africa forum:
flood2014 initially posted:
Job offer incl. R400,000 plus 13th month cheque and package incl. Pension and healthcare insurance. Fixed term job, good challange to me. I am single. What i can do with this over there in Johannesburg? Is that good offer, or...? Thanks in advance, greets from Bosnia :-)
flood2014 replied most recently with:
Thanks, Richard :) I hope to get it and to have a nice time there, in THAT S.A! Thank you all sharing all info <3
richard1972 replied most recently with:
This is a decent salary for a single person. If your monthly salary is R33,000 you will take home about R26,000 to live on. For a single person, you can easily rent a nice 2 bedroom place for around R5-7000 a month in a good area. A decent car can cost you another R4-6000 a month depending on the choice of car, food maybe R1500 a month. Fuel will depend on how far you drive to work each day, but work on at least R1500 a month for Joburg. The price is around R14 per litre. Clothing will depend on how you dress. A pair of jeans will cost between R120 (Mr Price) to R700 (Edgars) or more at a top brand shop. Yes you will be quite comfortable as a single person on this package.
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Having a Baby in Johannesburg, South Africa
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Describe your experience giving birth there. What type of facility did you go to? What (if any) type of pain management did you use? How long did you stay in the hospital? Was it a positive experience? Etc...
My first baby was born at home in the Netherlands without painkillers and without any complications.

Because of this experience I was very much in favour of a natural birth without medical intevention if possible. Since it is custom to have a hospitial delivery with a gynacologist I initially also choose that route. However after a pre hospital delivery tour I got so shocked of the staggering 90 % cs rates that a ran away from the gynacologist and found a fanatsic midwife.

My son was born with a water birth at 10 o'clock waterbirth in the morning and I checked myself the same day out of the hospital. The midwife was fabulous but I was not too impressed with the hospital service. (Continue)

A reader replied most recently with:
Somewhat exaggerated in my opinion and it depends whether you go to a State or private hospital.
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western replied to the thread lady staying in Johannesburg on the South Africa forum:
flood2014 initially posted:
is there enough secured for a middle-aged woman to work and live there?
western replied most recently with:
Sorry but by "secured" do you mean safe enough? It's the same as any city in the World, there are good and bad parts so would need more details to advise you.
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Expat ArticlesArticle Summary: The reviews of expat life in South Africa are mixed. Some expats feel that crime is a big problem and causing an expat exodus. Others debate that the crime rates match those of other big cities in the world. (Continue)
western replied most recently with:
Regarding crime (6). I have worked and lived in Cape Town for over 30 years and have not had even one personal incident related to crime. I went to the UK 3 years ago and was accosted twice in the space of 1 month !
Ramy replied recently with:
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nomazwe8 replied to the thread American Architect moving to Johannesburg on the South Africa forum:
eva2016 initially posted:
Hello, I will be moving to Johannesburg in 2016. I am an American citizen currently working towards my architecture license and working at a firm in NYC. I plan to move to South Africa shortly after finishing my licensing here. Does anyone know an American architect (or someone in a similar field) working in SA that I could talk to? I'm wondering how to go about looking for career opportunities. My multiple attempts at contacting SA architecture firms and the SA Institute of Architects have not received any responses. Any help would be much appreciated! Thank you!!
nomazwe8 replied most recently with:
Thanks for choosing Johannesburg and in the event you need housing and interested please let me know. I am a South African American and currently working in Atlanta. So if you need to visit SA before you actually move there, I dont mind helping and show you around. Used to be a New Yorker myself so Im sure you embrace diverty. Don't be swayed to thinking Cape Town is the only place you can live especially if you are white. Welcome to Gauteng!
DaveSAfrica replied most recently with:
Hello - I have contact with several architects in Cape Town. If you send me your email address, I'l try to put you in touch. My address: davidjeanmayes@gmail.com
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western replied to the thread Moving: Germany to Cape Town on the South Africa forum:
DrT initially posted:
Does anyone have referrals for international moving co? Any recommendations on nice & safe neighborhoods in Cape Town? Just found out my husband, dog & I are moving to Cape Town, S Africa. I've already read posts but would like up-to-date suggestions. Any advise on moving would help too. Thanks!
western replied most recently with:
There is a brand new bus service with it's own dedicated lane running from Bloubergstrand to the City centre every 20mins and it only takes around 40mins. This is the area to be nowadays if you hate traffic jams and don't need to take your car into the City
richard1972 replied most recently with:
Welcome to South Africa! Cape Town is a fantastic city to live in, I lived there for a few years. There are many good suburbs and the choice will depend on what you want to be near to - school, work, church, shopping malls, etc. Also depends on your budget, as some suburbs are very expensive. The Atlantic seaboard (Camps Bay etc) is very expensive and the main selling point is sea views. The southern suburbs such as Rondebosch, Claremont, Constantia (behind the mountain) are also popular and quite expensive. The northern suburbs are the most spread out and range from lower middle class areas like Parow and Bellville to very upmarket areas like Panorama, Plattekloof and Durbanville. Bloubergstrand and Milnerton to the north of Cape Town are also nice areas. Panorama has some of the best views in the suburbs, overlooking all of Cape Town and Table Mountain. Traffic is an important consideration. If you need to be in the city everyday, I would avoid the outlying areas because of traffic congestion. It normally takes 30 minutes to get from Durbanville or Bellville area to Cape Town via the N1, but in peak hours it takes an hour and a half because of congestion. I would not want to be further east than Panorama if I have to drive in to the city everyday. Same with suburbs like Hout Bay or Llandudno to the south - great if you work there, but not great to live there and work in the city.
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western replied to the thread Shipping a UK vehicle to SA on the South Africa forum:
BASS511 initially posted:
Arriving in Cape Town, December 2014, under 4 year temporary retirement visa, as permanent residency permits cannot be applied for outside of SA. Question: Under my permit type can I import my car from the UK?? Appreciate Clarification.
western replied most recently with:
Yes, but you'll need no end of paperwork and permits, and probably have to pay 100% Duty + VAT (14%) as a surety until you get your permanent residence. To be honest I wouldn't bother because the exchange rate is R18.00 to the £1 and you can get most vehicles over here. You will also find the shipping costs quite expensive. If you know what sort of vehicle you want, send me a note and I'll find out the price. As an example a Honda Jazz will cost you the equivalent of £9000.00 depending on the version.
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urbanliving01 replied to the thread Shipping my dog from ATL, USA to CPT on the South Africa forum:
CAT54 initially posted:
Hi All! I'm in the process of shipping my dog to SA. I've decided to coordinate directly with the airlines, but I'm very concerned about the strict testing required and that I won't have all of my i's dotted and t's crossed. For that reason, I'm wondering if anyone has shipped a dog to SA without using a company to coordinate. His crate meets shipping criteria, i.e., 3 sided ventilation and metal hardware, etc. He's ISO microchipped. He's UTD on vaccinations, etc. He'll have 6mos. of heartworm meds with him. I know the 5 tests required (4 really, since one isn't present in the states)... and I know the tests must be USDA stamped. Is there anything else I should be aware of? And how do I go about getting his SA Import Permit? Thanks for any help you can offer!
urbanliving01 replied most recently with:
Hello, I just came across your inquiry. I don't have an answer about your pet but I am also planning a move to CPT later this year from ATL. I'm just curious as to why you are moving there? Have you settled on a particular area? I'll be moving to the Green Point area. Looking forward to your response. Perhaps we can keep in touch while living abroad?
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