Will I Be Safe in South Africa?

will I be safe in South Africa?

Eight years ago we arrived in South Africa to begin our expat life. The country was poised to host the Soccer World Cup, the first on African soil. I remember that at the time there were heated debates whether tourists would dare travel to a place so notorious for the crime on its streets. Here is a look at how South Africa has changed since then in terms of crime and security.


Joburg from A to Z

johannesburg sightseeing tours

It’s the time of month again for a Translanting Me/Joburg Expat Webinar, and today’s topic is Hidden Joburg. We are very excited to have Heather Mason from 2Summers join this month’s edition. She is the best authority on things to do in Joburg, and the webinar she will take you ... 


Greetings from a #Shithole Country

shithole country South Africa vs USA

In light of recent comments by the American President about African countries and their people, here is a look at one of those African countries. South Africans possess many unique attributes that we should welcome in any immigrant, if he or she even chooses to leave their beautiful country in order to move to another whose president loves to hurl insults at the rest of the world.


The Best Malva Pudding Recipe

closeup picture of South African Malva pudding

One of my favorite small expat joys I acquired a taste for in South Africa is Malva Pudding. I can always conjure up a tiny bit of the magic of of a fiery African sunset, the awe of watching a dazzle of zebras approach a waterhole, or the heart-stopping shock of hearing the hadeda's first cry in the morning by making this consummate South African dessert.


Thank You South Africa

biltong in biltong maker

My recent migration of blogging platforms gave me an opportunity to speed-read through Joburg Expat. This gave me an excellent bird's-eye view of what South Africa has done for our family. Our lives are richer for having lived in Johannesburg for three years, gone to school there, and traveled the continent. Thank you South Africa for everything, starting with biltong.


The New Joburg Expat, a New Webinar, And a New Word for Your South African Dictionary

webinar for expats moving to South Africa

This Thanksgiving break I inexplicably got it in my head to migrate my blog from Blogger to WordPress. What I should have done is a) picked a more opportune time when I wasn't already extremely busy, and b) created a test domain to migrate my blog to before switching to live, which I could have built in peace and tested to my heart's content until it was rock solid. But I didn't.


Blog Maintenance

blog under maintenance

As you might have noticed, Joburg Expat is getting a new look. We are currently finalizing all the changes. Please bear with us while we complete this process, which may take a few days. You may not find the page you're looking for during this time. Please be patient, and we'll hopefully have it up and running in the next few days. If any particular links aren't working, please contact us.


How to Import Your Car Into South Africa

Most expats sell their cars in their home country when they leave and buy a new one in South Africa. But what if someone doesn’t want to give their car up? Maybe it’s a vintage model or a custom-made dream car, or maybe they’ve just grown attached to a specific model that isn’t available in South Africa. Whatever the reason for wanting to keep your current car, there are ways to make it happen.