What to expect when moving to South Africa

Home to more than 200,000 expats and a 48-Million locals, South Africa is a popular choice for international tourists and expats alike.

At rockstone, we will, provide you with a summary of all essential information you need to know when moving to South Africa

With English widely spoken as its common business language, South Africa offers magnificent scenery, lots of sunshine and friendly welcoming people to visitors and expats.

Offering a relatively low cost of living compared to the UK and Europe, South Africa features temperate to hot climates, beautiful unspoiled beaches and a veritable wealth of outdoor activities, including large tracts of wildlife parks that can be found dominating parts of the country.

For those intending to work in South Africa, there are multiple kinds of work permits available, from general work permits through to permits aimed at those with exceptional skills.

In order to ensure a successful visa/work permit application, you will be required to submit supporting documents such as:

  • a doctor’s medical report,
  • a radiologist’s report, and
  • various police clearance certificates.

Ten Relocation Home Truths For Expats

  1. Do not compare South Africa to any other assignment. An assignment here is truly unique destination for families and individuals.
  2. Do not be afraid to tell your relocation agency if you don't like the house that has been budgeted for. There is always a solution to help you find the right home.
  3. Do not hesitate to ask your relocation partner all of your questions, even if you think they are not relevant.
  4. Do not forget that an expatriate assignment is more than likely temporary. This calls for a balance between comfort and practicality.
  5. Do not hesitate to investigate the difference that you and your family can make in South African communities. There is significant non-profit opportunity into which you can channel energy and time.
  6. Do not settle for staying in a hotel until you find the right house. Your daily routine will not start until you have chosen your home.
  7. Do not forget that the South African school curriculum is different when compared with countries such as the UK. Make sure that your relocation agency has first hand experience to advise you regarding the best schooling options.
  8. Do not overlook opening an account with a local bank. This makes it easier to transact and manage your finances while you live in South Africa.
  9. Do not be concerned about what processes need to be adhered to when bringing your pets with you. As a rule, bringing pets into the country is straight forward with the bare minimum of quarantine required in some cases.
  10. Do not be concerned about the standard of healthcare in South Africa. The country has world-class doctors and specialists in its major cities.

Fun facts on SA

Photos of SA

  • Mossel Bay
  • The Drakensberg Mountains
  • V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Cape Penguin, Boulders Beach
  • Boabab Tree, Limpopo
  • Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town
  • Northern Suburbs, Johannesburg
  • Blyde River Canyon, Limpopo
  • Turtles in Kosi Bay, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Nelson Mandela Bridge
  • Great White Shark, Cage Diving, Cape Town
  • Springbok, Karoo
  • 3 Giraffe, Pilanesberg National Park
  • African Elephant, Kruger National Park
  • North Beach, Durban
  • Vineyard, Cape Wine Route
  • Surfer
  • Game Drive (Safari)
  • Union Buildings, Pretoria
  • Table Mountain
  • Beach View, Chapman's Peak Drive, Cape Town
  • Jacaranda Trees, Pretoria
  • Sandton Skyline, Johannesburg
  • Burchell's zebra

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