South Africa

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Why South Africa?

Seeking tons of diversity at a reasonable cost of living? Consider South Africa. Geographical variety here includes the Kalahari desert, top nature reserves, stunning cliffs, sandy beaches, and more. This cultural melting pot draws immigrants from all continents to thriving cities like Cape Town and Johannesburg, where English is among the 11 official languages. World-class vineyards in the Paarl and Swartland regions extend their invitations to wine-loving expats, as well. While the relaxed pace of life emphasizes the smaller moments, newcomers may get frustrated at how this attitude slows down bureaucracy here. Apartheid’s effects still linger, decades after its end, continuing its system of racial discrimination. Mosquitoes carry serious diseases here like malaria, making vaccinations, nets, and mosquito repellants a necessity. Overall, South Africa beckons the expat who’s open to adventure in its natural beauty while making peace with a culture still coming to terms with its racial strife.

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South Africa at a Glance

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Government Style:
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Mostly Legal: Gay Marriage, Gambling, Guns, Pot, Abortion

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Their Living in South Africa Guide is an introduction to everything about the basics for moving to South Africa: best places to live, cost of living, pros and cons, healthcare and insurance, and more.

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