Moving To South Africa, The Advantages & Disadvantages
As with moving to any country, there are both advantages and disadvantages of making the move. For many the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. Moving To South Africa, The Advantages & Disadvantages. White & Company have been based in the area for over 140 years and provide a full removals & storage solution. As founder members of BAR, FIDI & OMNI White & Company can provide for a local move, anywhere in the UK, Europe or to any international destination across the world.
The several advantages consist of:
- A pleasant climate for most of the year including guaranteed sunshine in many parts of the country.
- Fantastic value (provided you avoid the more affluent areas), particularly if you want to enjoy the “country living” on a large plot, or perhaps live in an upcoming neighbourhood.
- The spaciousness of country homes
- Impressive architectural designs are found throughout South Africa
- A promising property investment market
- Safe purchase procedures provided you’re cautiousness
- The range of fine wines and great food at reasonable prices
- If you’re not willing to purchase a house renting is also a reasonable option
- Reliable, inexpensive local tradesmen and services
- Great transport links and technological infrastructure
However as with moving to any country, there are a few disadvantages:
- The high purchase costs associated with buying property in comparison with some other countries
- A high inflation rate currently at 5% p/a
- In the less affluent urban areas there is a higher crime rate
- Congestion and pollution is prominent in some towns and cities, and road accident rates are higher in South Africa compared to many other countries
- For the most part the weather is consistent and warm however in some parts it can be wet windy and cold during winter
- With an increasing number of visitors to south Africa, some areas have become overcrowded with tourists
- The initial cost of flights and moving to South Africa can be relatively high compared to other countries but costs are beginning to come down.
The pitfalls of buying any property abroad can include:
- If you do not do your research there can be Unexpected renovation and restoration costs
- There is a risk you may overpay for your home therefore if you have to sell you may not recoup your investment
- The possibility of over-stretching your finances for example taking on a large mortgage
Finally, you must consider the views of South Africans, particularly those who left the country during the early post apartheid years, due to a fear of persecution of Caucasians.
An increasing number of South Africans who emigrated during the last decade – many to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US – are returning back to their home country after getting fed up with the higher cost of living, poor weather, lack of public services and the added stress of living abroad. Many have found solace in the fact that South Africa is going to continue to have a bright future.
For the business inclined here are some interesting facts to consider:
- Daimler Chrysler’s most efficient plants is in South Africa
- Multinationals make higher profits in Africa than in any other continent
- Inflation rates are falling
If you are considering to move or are in the planning stages, White And Company offer comprehensive international shipping services, specialising in removals to Australia, South Africa, Canada and thousands of other destinations. If you require any further information about our services or would like to book your free house survey, contact our international office today on 01489 774907.