Do I Need a Road Test when Converting a Foreign License?

Oh, the driver’s license topic can never be exhausted in a blog about South Africa, or so it seems. Remember my post How to Convert Your Foreign Driver’s License to a South African Driver’s License? I thought I had it all covered there. I talked about what to do if

  • you are a temporary resident
  • your foreign license is not issued in English
  • you are a permanent residence
  • your foreign license expires while you are in South Africa
  • none of all this matters because your licensing office has decided to make its own rules.

However, through ...  Continue Reading

How to Survive Your First Few Months as an Expat in South Africa, Part II

If you enjoyed last week’s post by Phil Maloney –  who blogs at A Canadian in South Africa – then you might enjoy some more of his tips in Part II of his advice column for new expats in South Africa.

…You’ve just arrived in South Africa, and you’re filled with bright-eyed wonder. You’re adorable. If you’re managing to read this, great news: you managed to find an internet connection. That’s your first win. Now what?

5. Explore.

I promise you one thing: after a night of indulging in burritos and beer, it may ...  Continue Reading

How to Survive Your First Few Months as an Expat in South Africa, Part I

Some of you may have already had the privilege of reading some of Phil Maloney’s writing at A Canadian in South Africa, as I’ve posted links to some of his hilarious stories before. If not, visit his blog – but preferably AFTER you’ve read Phil’s guest post here on Joburg Expat. It’s another good one, full of useful advice for the future SA-bound expat. But more importantly, it’ll make you laugh. And who can’t use a good dose of that? Without further ado, I give you Phil Maloney, from A Canadian in South Africa:

So you’ve taken the plunge. Someone has convinced you that you’re special and talented. Your company could really use someone with your specific skillset at the branch in South Africa. And you bought it hook, line, and sinker. The reality is, you probably just pissed someone off at your ...  Continue Reading

What Americans (and United Airlines) Might Learn from South African Craftiness

 Americans are known to like the head-on approach to solving problems and to vanquish an opponent. Not so much subtlety as a show of overwhelming force, even if a lot of resources are needed that might be more wisely used with a more thoughtful approach.

The latest brouhaha at United Airlines just underscores that point. If you live in a bubble and somehow haven’t heard about it, read a quick recap:

A flight is overbooked, the airline offers 4 free tickets if 4 passengers step forward to relinquish their seat, no one feels like it because a) ...  Continue Reading

Spud

If you’ve grown up in South Africa and gone to school there, my guess is you will know (and love) the Spud book series by John van de Ruit:

If you are not South African and new to the country, I highly recommend you get these books. If you aren’t much of a reader, opt for ...  Continue Reading