Living in South Africa Guide

By Betsy Burlingame

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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.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 6 Best Places to Live in Costa Rica, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and 7 Tips for Obtaining Residence in Italy. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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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.

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Comments

guest
Mar 9, 2013 12:12

We live in Johannesburg, and found the Guide at www.expat-living.info extremely helpful for settling down. Contains detailed information, contact info and advice that is not available on the internet. It may seem a bit expensive, but is so helpful, is worth every cent (and there is a money back guarantee). I recommend you buy it, and you will have peace of mind and know what to do.

guest
Jul 15, 2014 01:43

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 !

guest
Dec 9, 2014 14:42

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).

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Living in South Africa GuideLiving in South Africa Guide

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.

South Africa Forum South Africa Forum
Meet other expats and talk about living in South Africa.

Expat Healthcare Advice in South Africa4 Expats Talk about Healthcare & Health Insurance in South Africa

Expats living in South Africa talk about their own experiences with healthcare, hospital visits, emergencies, finding a doctor, buying health insurance in South Africa and more.

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