Expatriate Community in South Africa

Overview by Globlatrade.net:

Communities of Expatriates

Blogs For Expats
South Africa Blog Directory
For Further Information
Expatriate Guide - South Africa
Immigration Authority
Department of Foreign Affairs
Transportation Companies For Moving/Removals
Moving to South Africa

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Ranking of Cities

Cost of Living
South Africa is ranked 47th, according to the International Living Room Index.
Quality of Life
Ranked 65th.
Sanitary Conditions
Healthcare: ranked 56th.
Environment: ranked 75th.
For Further Information
International Living Room Index

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Renting an Apartment

Description of Apartments
Apartments are generally described by the number of bed-rooms it has. For example:1–bed room apartment = 1 bedroom, 1 living hall, attached with a kitchen 2- bed room apartment = 2 bedroom, 1 living hall, attached with a kitchen … and so on.
Furnished accommodation is also available.
Normal Lease Term
Varies from city to city; 6 months to 2 years.
Rental Costs
The tenant does not pay any fees to the estate agent for their services, but a deposit of a single month's rent is usually required before moving in. Also, be aware that in some cases it is the tenant's responsibility to have the water and electricity connected or activated.
Agencies or Private Rentals
Finding an apartment on rent is relatively simple in South Africa. A good number of real estate agents operate all across the country, and property listings are also available in the 'classified' section of most major newspapers.
Rental Agency Websites
South African Agents
Private Rentals Announcements Online
Other Possibilities For Accommodation
Rental property is available for every taste and budget and includes townhouses, cluster houses, apartments, garden cottages, farms and houses.
For Further Information
Property For Sale/To Rent

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School System

School Level
Education is compulsory from grade 1 to completion of grade 9. School is for 13 years from grade 0 to grade 12. Grades 10 to 12 aim at education which focuses on career. Matriculation is mandatory for university education.

Visit: Federation of Associations of Governing Bodies of South African Schools

International Schools
There are a few international schools in the country. South Africa has a large number of English language teaching institutes.


American International School of Johannesburg

International School of South Africa

American International School of Cape Town

For Further Information
Department of Education
Study South Africa
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
University of Cape

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Health System

Quality of Healthcare
Medical facilities are good in urban areas but limited elsewhere. Doctors and hospitals often require immediate cash payment.
International Hospitals
Hospital Association of South Africa


Health Insurance
Accessibility of the Health Insurance Network to Foreigners
Comprehensive health insurance is recommended, which should include repatriation to your home country in the event of an emergency.
Health System Insurance Body
Health Systems Trust
Health Ministry
Department of Health, South Africa

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