What do I need to know before moving to South Africa?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to South Africa, they said:
"Choose a home with very good security and hire a security company. Choose a house with mostly north facing windows for maximum benefit from the Sun in winter. Reconsider moving if your family has respitory problems. The pollution is very bad in Johannesburg. Visit http://www.earthlife.org.za/campaigns/toxics/air.htm for more information,"
added another expat who made the move to Johannesburg.
"Don't bring too many big items as the exchange is still good (even coming from NZ) and it is cheaper to buy here. Check with the local police station in the area you are looking in to find out what the crime is like there. Spend time in that area getting the feel for it and for the traffic if you are working in he city,"
explained one expat living in Cape Town, South Africa.
"Use an estate agent. But, more importantly, ask other people who live there. That is how we found our community and we really love it. The pace of life and the weather here are wonderful!!!,"
said another in Johannesburg.
How do I find a place to live in South Africa?