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A Place in the Sun South Africa

A Place in the Sun South Africa

A Place in the Sun South Africa

It’s almost everyone dream to find a place in the sun South Africa and for many people South Africa is becoming more and more popular. While 5million Britons live abroad, there are over 305,660 expats living in South Africa alone.

If you are considering a move to South Africa, it is essential to do your research so that you can avoid any costly issues.

Before you go ahead and make the move, you should make sure that you have:

• Researched your destination, and the local customs and laws
• Obtained independent legal advice
• Researched the tax regulations
• Made plans for your health cover

Once you have taken the decision to relocate to South Africa, you will undoubtedly need to enlist the services of an international moving company to ship your goods overseas and to help manage your move. White & Company can provide a top- quality and efficient removal service to any international destination and as founder members of BAR, FIDI & OMNI, you can rest assured your move will be in safe hands.

White & Company is the proud winner of the 2016 British Association of Removers ‘Overseas Mover of the Year’ Competition, reinforcing the high level of service they provide to all their customers.

Founded in 1871, they are one of the UK’s largest international moving companies:

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A Place in the Sun South Africa – About South Africa

Moving to South Africa will require dedication, plenty of organisation and time to research what is available. Thinking life will be one long holiday is a usual mistake. You’ll need to prepare yourself for the physical, psychological and financial factors of moving.

The first thing to do is to decide where you would like to settle. The country offers a huge geographic diversity. It has a low cost of living, beautiful beaches, a warm climate and outstanding wildlife. The country has 11 official languages, although English is the standard form of communication. Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu and Sotho are also widely spoken. The largest city is Johannesburg and many expats make their home here, other popular cities are Durban and Port Elizabeth.

Johannesburg – Often called Jo’burg or Jozi. This is the vibrant heart of South Africa. After almost 20 years of decline, Johannesburg is now looking optimistically towards the future. Its centre is smartening up and new properties and office developments are being built at a rapid pace. The cultural districts of Newtown and Braamfontein, are popular expat destinations.

Durban – This is a coastal city in eastern South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, and well known for its African, Indian and colonial influences. It boasts the Golden Mile beachfront, making it a popular destination for surfers, joggers, sunbathers and all water-sports enthusiasts. The city benefited from a major makeover leading up to the 2010 World Cup, including a new stadium and a revitalised waterfront.

Port Elizabeth – Commonly called The Windy City (‘the bay’ in isiXhosa) or the Friendly City. It is one of the largest cities in South Africa and located 770km east of Cape Town, fringing Algoa Bay at the western end of the Sunshine Coast. There is a good choice of stunning beaches, popular with families, surfers and kite fliers alike and is an outdoor lover’s paradise.

Here you can enjoy boat cruises, a visit to the Seaview Predator Park or a trip to the lush forests of the Kragga Kamma Game Park, where vast herds of African game, including White Rhino, Buffalo, Cheetah, Giraffe, and Zebra all roam freely in unrestricted and natural surroundings.

A Place in the Sun South Africa – Buying a Property in South Africa

Renting a property in South Africa is an easy and straightforward process. Many expats will prefer to rent if they are only planning to stay in the country for a short while. Property prices are competitive and there are no restrictions on non-residents owning property in South Africa.

Foreigners are only allowed to borrow up to 50 percent of a house’s value and have to provide the balance themselves. Any expats with a work permit are considered to be residents and are not subject to this restriction.

If you are moving to South Africa and need to find a property for sale then a helpful site is: http://harcourts.co.za/

A Place in the Sun South Africa – Education and Schools in South Africa

Sadly, in South Africa there is a huge divide in the quality of education between the rich and poor. There are three types of school available: independent schools, government schools and governing body-funded public schools. Private education is far more expensive than public education, but the quality is outstanding and most expats will choose to send their children to a private or international school.

Private and international schools usually teach in English. South Africa has a number of universities scoring highly in the international rankings. The University of the Witwatersrand, the University of Cape Town and University of Stellenbosch are all very successful. Help to select a school can be found at: http://www.expatica.com/za

A Place in the Sun South Africa – Visa requirements in South Africa

As a UK citizen you can visit South Africa for up to 90 days without a visa, subject to proof you can support yourself during that time (this may involve show bank statements and/or payslips).

If you wish to stay longer you will need to apply for a visa. You need to get a temporary resident permit, and then when you are living in South Africa you will be able to apply for a permanent residency permit.

For people who intend to work in South Africa, there are four different permits, from a general work permit to one aimed at workers with exceptional skills. The general work permit will be valid for the length of your work contract, whilst exceptional skills permit lasts three years. An intra-company transfer permit is valid for two years. There will be a cost for work permits. For more information check the South Africa Home Affairs Department http://www.home-affairs.gov.za

White and Company are proud winners of the British Association of Removers ‘Overseas Mover of the Year’ Competition 2016.

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A Place in the Sun South Africa – Currency Conversion

When moving overseas, making sure you get the best exchange rate possible is essential to starting your new life on a sound footing. White and Company has an exclusive arrangement with The FX Firm (foreign exchange company). Simply follow the link below to see what additional monies you will receive compared to using your high street bank and to set up a free no obligation account. White and Company/foreign-exchange

Whether you need to arrange monthly payments to service an overseas mortgage, or wish to protect yourself against exchange rate fluctuations and fix the rate for up to a year, we will be able to suggest the most suitable way to do so. Open your free, no obligation account in as long as it takes to stop for a coffee.

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