Are You Looking For International Removals Companies Serving Durban?
If you looking for international removals Durban and searching for an experienced removal company: White & Company have been providing a full removals and storage solution in Durban for over eighty years. As founder members of BAR, FIDI & OMNI. White & Company can provide for a local move, to anywhere in the UK, to Europe or to any international destination.
Preparing For Your Move & International Removals Durban
It can be daunting to move to another country, especially one such as South Africa. However, with skill shortages in sectors like engineering, education, executive management and IT, there is a good range of jobs available. This combined with a fabulous climate, a relatively low cost of living and access to a luxurious lifestyle make this a very popular destination. Once you have decided to make the move, there will be many things you need to take into consideration. One of the first things to decide is what you want to take with you. Is your company paying for the move? If not, you will need to know exactly what the removal costs will be?
This is where our experienced international surveyors can assist you. They will have the knowledge to answer all your questions and can provide you with a detailed quotation. Once you have this you can compare costs and make an informed decision about what you wish to move. All our quotations are free of charge and have absolutely no obligation attached.
About Durban & International Removals Durban
Durban 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. There are eleven official languages in South Africa: English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Venda, Zulu, Swazi, Ndebele, Tswana, Tsonga, Northern Sotho and Southern Sotho The most commonly used languages are English and Zulu. Durban was founded as a township in 1835 by British settlers and thus, it is easy to get along without needing to learn another language.
Summers here are sunny, humid and often very hot. They last from November to mid-April. Afternoon or evening thunderstorms are a common occurrence, relieving the humidity and the city sometimes experiences tropical storms. Winters, which are from June to August, are warm and sunny.
Getting around & International Removals Durban
Public transport is limited and almost all expats choose to own a car. This is considered to be the safest way of travelling, especially if you have small children. It is legal for foreigners to drive in Durban with a driving license from home, provided it has a photograph of the driver and is valid in their home country.
Cost of Living & International Removals Durban
You can expect the cost of living in large cities such as Durban to be higher than the more rural areas. Most people moving to Durban will be able to afford more space than they could in the UK. Given the weakness of the Rand, buying a property in South Africa is still a very attractive proposition. The cost of food and utilities is likely to account for a large chunk of the family budget. Here is a list of some items and what you can expect to pay:
• Furnished two bedroom rental apartment per month– ZAR 5,623 to 9,284
• Loaf of white bread – ZAR 11
• Bottle of local beer- ZAR 14
• Milk (1 litre) – ZAR 13
• Three course meal for two at a mid-price restaurant – ZAR 283
• Basic utilities (per month for small household) – ZAR 1,030
• Petrol (per litre) – ZAR 13
• Big Mac Meal – ZAR 14
Check out he following sites for more details about the cost of living in Durban:
Property Prices & International Removals Durban
When it comes to buying property in Durban, you will find that again, prices are comparatively cheap, compared with those in the UK. Currently you can purchase a one bedroom apartment in South Beach for as little as ZAR 55,000 (£2,976.00). For a large family home in North Beach, you can expect to pay ZAR 10,250,000 (£554,000).
For expats, the process of purchasing property is fairly easy. There are no restrictions on non-residents owning property. However, there is a restriction on the amount of financing non-South African residents can apply for. Foreign citizens can only borrow up to 50% of the value of the property and will need to provide the balance themselves. The good news is that expats in South Africa with work permits, are considered to be residents and not subject to these restriction.
Enlisting the help of a good estate agent is always recommended. They will have the knowledge to guide you through the whole purchasing procedure. See below a list of real estate agents:
Harcourts Real Estate South Africa – 2 Silverton Rd, Durban, 4001, South Africa
Tel: +27 31 201 1060. www.harcourts.co.za/
Remax Address – 38 Montpelier Rd, Durban, 4001, South Africa
Tel: +27 31 313 1310. www.remax.co.za
Wakefields Estate Agents – Wakefield House 150 Essenwood Rd, Durban
Tel: +27 31 204 7100. http://www.wakefields.co.za/
Education, International Schools & International Removals Durban
Sadly, in South Africa there is a large 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. Help to select a school can be found at: http://www.expatica.com/za
Healthcare costs & International Removals Durban
Any expats relocating to Durban are strongly recommended to take out health insurance and to opt for treatment in private facilities. Most people moving to take up a job, will have private healthcare offered as part of their employment package.
Healthcare in South Africa is very much divided and there is a massive gap in quality between the private and public sector. The public healthcare system mostly serves people from the lower-income brackets, while those who can afford it use the private healthcare system.
About White & Company
Because it is so important that your possessions are cared for throughout your entire process, White & Company are members of the British Association of Removers and all services performed are in accordance with European standard BS EN 12522.
White & Company are also proud winners of the British Association of Removers ‘Overseas Mover of the Year’ Competition 2016 and finalists in 2017.
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