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aqsa posted wants to rent out your room? on the South Africa forum on December 11, 2014:
Hello Guys If you are you are renting out a room, you might want to check out PlaceMatch Asia. I found it to be very useful in finding good tenants and it was Free. Hope that helps :) Cheers,Aqsa
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aqsa posted Are you looking for Apartment? on the South Africa forum on December 11, 2014:
Hello Guys , If you are looking for a apartment, have you tried PlaceMatch Asia? I found it to be very useful in finding my room and it was Free. All the best! Cheers,Aqsa Rao
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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:
Personally I think things have got worse in SA since this report was written. It used to be a first World country with an excellent infrastucture, however the present Govt has been shown to be corrupt and no money has been spent on maintaining the infrastructure. As a result power cuts are frequent and water wastage through old pipes are common. Prices are rising around 10-15% each year and armed robberies are frequent in the popular shopping malls. My wife and I missed one by just 20mins last month (November 2014).
western replied 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 !
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western replied to the thread Moving to JHB on the South Africa forum on December 09, 2014:
Matt80s initially posted:
What are good/safe areas in Johannesburg Also is a package of 1.2 million competitive. thanks Matt
western replied on December 09, 2014 with:
Best area and one of the safest (and probably most expensive) is Sandton. R1.2m per annum is competitive and should afford you a good lifestyle. The most important aspect of this "package" must be the medical aid (insurance) that goes with it.
western replied on December 09, 2014 with:
Best area and one of the safest (and probably most expensive) is Sandton. R1.2m per annum is competitive and should afford you a good lifestyle. The most important aspect of this "package" must be the medical aid (insurance) that goes with it.
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DaveSAfrica replied to the thread Ask a South African on the South Africa forum on December 06, 2014:
Erick7 initially posted:
I am amazed to read the advice of some members on this forum regarding cost of living and crime in South Africa. I am South African and I wouldn’t dare to advice someone about the cost of living in South Africa or any other country without proper knowledge of that country. Living in the country for a few months or a couple of years does not make me an expert adviser on living in a place that I don’t know fully and completely. As an experience State Agent in Johannesburg, I must point out that Sandton is not the only safe place to live in Johannesburg, in fact is one of the most expensive areas to live. To the north of Johannesburg you will have many suburbs that are suitable for a middle class, that you could afford and to live in comfortably, more that than most people are use to live in their own country. I have traveled plenty and I can safely say that South Africa will offer a very comfortable and safe standard of living that you won’t find in many other count tries. Yes we do have crime like in many other countries, for that reason you will have to take care and be careful not to adventure to dubious places, without proper advice. South African are friendly people and will assist you and advise you properly. Banking is South Africa is expensive, however very modern and efficient. We live in a country with a blessed weather and with plenty space. We have modern and varied Shopping Mall everywhere as well as supermarket and the staff is very amiable and friendly. The public transport is scarce and therefore you will need a car. We do have a first world infrastructure. I am currently in Brazil for personal reason and here the cost of living is nearly 5 times more expensive than in South Africa. The crime is horrendous especially in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The variety and the quality of product are very poor, but still an amazing and great country with fantastic people and so is South Africa. However my experience in Brazil does not make me an expert in the country, because everybody has a different perception and reality of country and I respect that, therefore my opinion is personal according to my experience and what I expect of the country.
DaveSAfrica replied on December 06, 2014 with:
As an expat from the US who has lived here for 10 years, I would like to agree with much of what Erick7 indicates in his post. My wife and I fee that living in this country is a privilege. I can't comment on the cost of living Joburg, but the costs in Cape Town are quite moderate, of course, depending on your style of life.
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Erick7 replied to the thread Teaching job on the South Africa forum:
hchiat initially posted:
I have a masters degree in education from the States and am looking for job in South Africa. Can anyone give me some leads?
Erick7 replied on December 06, 2014 with:
Try to contact the http://www.aisj-jhb.com/page.cfm?p=534 or the American International School of Cape Town.
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western replied to the thread Moving to Johannesburg is it safe? on the South Africa forum:
rishi5353 initially posted:
Hi, I am an IT Professional from India and have been offered a job in Johannesburg Sandton area could you please let me know will it be safe to move over to Johannesburg? Also I would be earning around 24000 Rand per month can one survive in this salary? I would like to stay in Sandton area itself so that I will be near to my office could anyone advise what approx is the rent in this area? Also I will be moving with my wife and daughter aged 2 years will it be safe for them to stay at home alone while I am at work? Many Thanks in advance Regards, Rishi
western replied most recently with:
Well I wouldn't move for that salary! Expect to pay R14000.00pm for a good place to stay. R3500.00pm for groceries. R3000.00 for medical insurance then you need a car plus insurance plus R700pm for Satellite TV. Not worth it.
rishi5353 replied most recently with:
Hey thanks for the advise so should I reconsider moving considering the salary that I am being offered? Best Regards, Rishi
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western replied to the thread which application do i apply for? on the South Africa forum:
coletterezin initially posted:
my boyfriend lives in PE and I want to join him as soon as possible. he is a SA PR holder and although he has offered to support me financially so I can move there now. I would prefer not to be dependent on him and apply the correct way and be able to work to support us. My mom is applying for PR but I don't want to wait until she has been accepted for me to apply. I currently work in healthcare as an emergency medical technician, I am just under a nurse and hear they have critical skills permits but im not sure if I fall under this category. What are the ways to apply? for a work permit, I need a job offer which I don't have. I also don't have any proof of co-habitation. I just want to move as quickly as possible. I have some savings, but would prefer to keep this as a nest egg.
western replied most recently with:
Hi there, Well I don’t want to disappoint you, but I think you should know you just cannot “walk” into SA based on a non relative supporting you. If your boyfriend and you decided to split, then you would be on the next plane out even if this type of non permanent relationship permit existed. Here are your options:- Relatives Permanent Residence Permit South Africa: if you’re a biological relative of a South African citizen or a foreigner with a South African permanent residence permit, then you qualify to apply for this type of permit. Children who are legally adopted also qualify. ( Probably your best bet to wait for your mother to obtain hers ) Spousal/Life Partner Permanent Residence Permit South Africa: if you’re married to or in a permanent relationship with a South African citizen or a foreigner with a South African permanent residence permit, then you qualify to apply for this permit. This category applies to both same-sex couples and those in heterosexual relationships. If applying for a permit in this category, it’s necessary to prove that you’ve been married or cohabitating for a minimum of five years. ( You have no proof ) Critical Skills Permanent Residence Permit South Africa: if you already hold a critical skills temporary work visa, can prove you have five years of experience in your field and have a permanent job offer in South Africa, you can apply for this type of permit. So your best bet will be to wait for your mother, failing which contact your nearest SA Embassy or Consul and ask them to give you the latest “Critical skills” list to check whether your profession is in this category. You will then need to contact the big hospital groups such as NETCARE and MEDICLINIC which you can Google and make contact with your CV. Whichever way you apply, SA Government Departments are notoriously slow and I can’t see you going anywhere for at least 6 months. Expect no end of frustrations along the way. In closing, quite frankly people are starting to get out of this Country as the infrastructure that was World Class is falling apart thanks to 20 years of corruption and neglect by the ANC. Why do you think there are “Critical Skills” shortages ?........because these people have all left the Country for UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada to name a few thanks to this and “Reverse discrimination” that is practised in the workplace. Regards
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chadbhull replied to the thread American football fans in Cape Town? on the South Africa forum:
lucidlock initially posted:
Are you ready for some (American) football?! With the season just around the corner, I'm wondering if there are other NFL fans in Cape Town who'd be up for banding together, picking a likely pub or sports bar, and approaching management to show games on several televisions. There must be a way to make this happen. If you're interested, direct message or post here and we'll see about getting a weekly crew together in Cape Town.
chadbhull replied most recently with:
Hi I am a fan living in Cape Town what I would really like to do is get some sort of league going even if its flag football
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