Shipping to South Africa
Are you considering relocating to South Africa but are unsure how to transfer all your personal belongings with you? White & Company are one of the largest and most respected international removals companies in the UK and are on hand to make your move stress free.
Our experience is second to none. As founder members of BAR, FIDI and Omni, White & Company have been relocating people to destinations all over South Africa and to other countries worldwide for 145 years. From collection in the UK, right through to your new home in South Africa, we can ensure that your personal belongings are handled with respect and care.
Why Move to South Africa?
There are many reasons why so many people from the UK call this amazing country home.
For one thing South Africa has a relatively low cost of living, English is widely spoken and it boasts a warm sunny climate with pristine beaches and magnificent coastlines.
Another major pull factor is the enviable outdoor lifestyle with South Africa consistently scoring high on expat polls for quality of life opportunities and leisure activities for families. According to the latest InterNations expat insider poll, South Africa ranks 4th out of 65 in the ‘Leisure Options’ subcategory of the Quality of Life Index.
With 212,000 Brits reported to be residing in South Africa, the country boasts one of the most vibrant British expat communities in the world and the seventh largest overall. For those over 60 you may even be able to live in South Africa and draw your UK state pension.
Working In South Africa
Before you seek employment in South Arica you need to have a work visa. There are three main categories:
• The General Work visa is the most common type, which covers the majority of work applications.
• The Critical Skills visa is for workers in professions the Republic of South Africa deems to be critical.
• The Intra-Company Transfer visa allows a foreign worker to reside in South Africa and work for the local branch of their employer abroad.
Finding a good job can be hard but not impossible. Most employers have a preference towards hiring South African natives. This said, currently, there is a shortage of experienced professionals with a number of critical skills. Particularly in the areas of telecommunications, finance and chartered accountants.
The South African consulate should be able to provide an up to date list of required skills.
If you need assistance in finding employment, visit the following web sites to see if there are any opportunities which suit your skills.
As with all countries, South Africa’s property market offers a range of homes to suit all budgets. From luxury real estate to low cost apartments and everything in between.
Beachfront properties are very popular and don’t stay on the market for long. Because of the relative size of the country compared to the UK, homes generally offer plenty of space inside and out.
If you purchase a property, currently you can expect to pay approximately 12,199 R (£730) per square metre in the centre and 10,439 R (£621) towards the outskirts.
Rent before you buy is good advice. Give yourself time to visit different areas and neighbourhoods before you commit to purchasing. You will find rents are much cheaper than those of the UK.
Rental properties are plentiful. You can expect to pay an average of 11,390 R (£681) per month for a 3 bedroom family home in the city. On the outskirts this price drops to 10,463 R (£625) for a similar sized home.
South Africa offers plenty of choice when it comes to schooling. Many expat parents send their children to an international school. However, it is worth considering government-funded (public) schools. These offer excellent standards of education, but demand is high. Private primary and secondary schools are extremely popular but can be expensive.
Here is a link to a list of the top 100 schools in South Africa: http://www.947.co.za/
Moving to a new country is a big change, there will most certainly be a host of things to adapt to. Currency, laws, health, taxes, bank accounts, driving, and public travel are just a few of the new aspects of life you will need to adjust to.
South Africa is culturally and ethnically diverse. It has 11 languages and local customs can sometimes be a challenge for newcomers initially. Guidance on adjusting to your new life in South Africa is available from:
Transport infrastructure is well-developed in South Africa. Driving is the most popular choice and is generally safe and enjoyable.
You do not need to apply for a South African driving license. The rules state that as long as your license is printed in English and that it has a clear photograph it will suffice. However, if the licence is not printed in English, then you will need to obtain an International Drivers Licence.
South Africans drive on the left hand side of the road, and all signposts are written in English. As with the UK, wearing a seat belt at all times is the law. Using a mobile phone when driving is also prohibited.
South Africa also has a public transport system and many people choose to use the bus and taxi services. However, the system is not quite as developed, reliable or as safe as its European counterparts. As such, many South Africans choose to drive where they need to be.
South Africa’s unit of currency is the Rand (ZAR). All major credit cards can be used in South Africa, with Visa and MasterCard accepted most widely.
In terms of transferring money when you are relocating to a new country it is a good idea to fully investigate and research the best currency exchange rates possible. Moving large amounts of money, such as when you purchase a new home, could potentially increase your return substantially.
If you want to beat your banks rates and services, simply contact our trusted FX partners Frontierpay. Opening an account with them couldn’t be simpler and it is totally free of charge. You can compare their rates with your own bank and see how much you can save.
Visit Frontierpay’s web site today: https://www.frontierpay.com/services/transfer-money-worldwide/
Public health provision is very limited. As such the majority of South Africans have private health insurance known as Medical Aid. Cover ranges from basic hospital plans through to comprehensive screening cover. All will include certain chronic medication, however limitations for pre-existing conditions apply so make sure you’re aware of all the details of your particular package.
If you’re uninsured or under-insured, you could be faced with some high medical bills. It is difficult to be general with the cost of cover, but as a guide, prices range from R1,000 (£60) to R2,000 (£120) per month for a family of four.
Visit this helpful web site for further information regarding health care: https://www.justlanded.com
You may find you need to store some or all of your possessions for a period of time prior to moving abroad. It is good to know that White & Company have storage facilities at all our branch depots across the UK. Our depots offer secure containerised storage in personally dedicated storage containers.
All our warehouses are clean, dry, and are accredited to European standard BS EN 14873. Speak to our surveyor for further information or any special requirements.
Our partners in South Africa can also offer you storage. You may be renting for a while and may not need all of your belongings to be delivered immediately. You can arrange for certain items to be delivered and once settled in your new home, the rest can follow. Please note that storage rates may apply.
Contacting White & Company
For further information on our removals service to South Africa, or any other international destination, contact our international office on 01489 858753. Alternatively, complete the form below with your details and we can get in touch at a time that best suits you.
Shipping From The UK To South Africa
The whole moving experience can be incredibly stressful, especially when relocating abroad. White & Company, with its 145 years of experience in the removal industry, can help make the process as smooth as possible.
White & Company move thousands of families around the globe each year and have 17 branches across the UK. We can arrange a free no obligation home survey and quotation. This will be carried out by one of our qualified surveyors, who will be able to answer any of the questions and concerns you may have and offer advice where necessary.
The purpose of the survey is to determine the volume of belongings you will be shipping. The cost of shipment is based on the space your belongings will take up in the container. Following the visit, you will receive a written quotation.
Export Packing UK To South Africa
You will want to know that during your door to door service, your possessions are treated with respect and care. When it comes to international moving, proper packing is essential. Our experienced teams located across the UK will pack and prepare your valuable, fragile and bulky furniture ready for export.
We use a modern range of environmentally friendly, purpose-made packing materials and can pack everything for you prior to your move. All china and glassware will be wrapped in special paper and then packed in double-thickness cartons.
Furniture can be wrapped in bubble blanket for extra protection. Items requiring specialist care, such as antiques, can be packed in made-to-measure wooden crates. Each carton and piece of furniture will be labelled, and a detailed inventory will be prepared.
Upon arrival at your residence in South Africa, our trusted agents will place boxes and furniture in appropriate rooms as directed. They will unpack your belongings onto flat surfaces and dispose of all packing materials. They can also offer you other services such as a handyman and cleaning. Help with utility connections such as telephone/ADSL, water and electricity can also be arranged.
Please note that these extraneous services will cost extra and are not included in our quotations.
White & Company
International Removalists since 1871
We recommend a visit from one of our Surveyors for all International moves, so that we can assess your requirements, and the volume of goods to be moved.
What Others Say…
Wayne Middleton and Brian Witherford were professional and extremely helpful. Did a brilliant job. Would recommend Whites to anyone. Thanks very much.
Have used this company regularly for 5 years including my time in the armed forces. They are professional and efficient. Will use them again on our next move.
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