Expat Guide to Living, Working and Stydying in South Africa

South Africa Guide

Welcome to our Rainbow Nation - South Africa. To all German, Dutch, French, Spanish speakers, we welcome you with open arms and hearts and the warmest, widest of smiles, excited to invite you to our shores, homes and braais. We are by far one of the most diverse, enchanting country in the world you will ever have the good fortune and opportunity of experiencing when working, living and studying in South Africa.
We at Foreign Language Placements have put together this guide to living, working and studying in South Africa for all German, Dutch, French, Spanish and other foreign language speakers. This guide offers practical information and insights on essential areas including South African immigrantion, regulations and paperwork, security, housing, finding work, education, visa’s, work permits and health. It provides advice on what to expect to find financially, socially and culturally.
South Africa is a country offering exotic combinations of landscapes, people, history, cultures and 11 official languages. South Africa boasts some of the best and least crowded beaches in the world, renowned wildlife parks such as Kruger Park, beautiful natural scenery and a stable post-apartheid environment. On average you can expect around 300 days of sunshine year round and a normal temperature of 20degrees Celsius.
Although we have 11 official languages, you will easily be able to communicate in English whilst living and working in South Africa, but when you live in Cape Town you can expect to hear your mother tongue spoken quite frequently. Johannesburg on the other you will hear European languages spoken less frequently, but still spoken.
Cape Town and Johannesburg are worlds apart in work pace and life quality. When living in Cape Town serenity will be one of the first lessons that you will have to learn. Here the clocks run a bit slower and fabled German and English punctuality takes a back seat to African Time.“Just now“is a term you will become adjusted to very quickly. In Cape Town life gets more frantic at sun set or before an important rugby game.
Johannesburg or Egoli – ”City of Gold“ is quite the contrast to Cape Town; life is more stressful and fast paced. In general most big businesses in South Africa are located here and it is the economic heart of the country.
Once you move to South Africa you will soon realise it is a country in transition. It is a county where the First and Third worlds collide. On the one hand you will experience glamorous shopping malls, restaurants and stylish beach promenades lined with palm trees on the other hand street children and suburban ghettos.
The South African Government has since the fall of Apartheid demonstrated its commitment to open markets, privatization, and a favourable investment climate with its release of the crucial Growth, Employment and Redistribution (GEAR) strategy, which has had mixed successes. Having said this more and more European companies from a variety of industries are moving into the country which is good news for foreign language speakers looking to live and work in South Africa.
In this guide you can expect to find information on:
The South African Lifestyle
The South African People
Living in South Africa
South African Income Tax (SARS)
Getting around south Africa
Maps of South Africa
Expat Communities in South Africa
We hope you enjoy our amazing country!