You could do no greater disservice to yourself and your family to stay at home and within the confines of your safe neighbourhood. There are beaches, wildlife, amusement parks, museums, scenic drives, and countless other mind-blowing activities all within driving distance of wherever you happen to live in South Africa. Get out there as often as you can.
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. Now you’ve just arrived in South Africa, and you’re filled with bright-eyed wonder. If you’re reading this, great news: you managed to find an internet connection. That’s your first win. Now what?
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. Read how South Africa approaches problems differently.
A few weeks ago, my daughter and I were sitting in the counselor's office at the high school to sign up for her freshman classes. When the form was completed, the counselor took the form, did a little flip and a tug, and voila - there was a yellow copy of the form for Sunshine to take home, all the classes neatly filled in. "How did you do that?" my daughter asked incredulously.
Check up on your immunizations before moving to South Africa. While your children might be current, you yourself might not be, since some of these vaccines were not routine in the past. Particularly the hepatitis A vaccine is highly recommended for South Africa. You should also familiarize yourself with over the counter medicines and their brand names in South Africa.
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 ...
The following is an attempt to make sense of the world we woke up to on November 9, 2016, and then again on January 20, 2017. It is about the United States of America, but in a way it is also about South Africa. The right of free speech, as exercised by a country's free press, has been under attack in South Africa just as much, if not more, as it is now in the U.S.
We had so many great family vacations while living in Africa that sometimes it’s hard to remember them all. Yet if you asked my husband and children which one of those was their favorite, a uniform “Mauritius” would be the answer.
Frankly, to a large degree this is based not on the ...
To all expats in South Africa: It’s 2017 and you have a brand-new year in front of you. How are you going to fill it?
If your experience living in South Africa has been like that of my family and so many others I have talked to over the years, your biggest fear isn’t of crime. Most likely ...
"We Are Not Such Things" is the story of author Justine van der Leun’s quest to get to the bottom of what really happened the day Amy Biehl, an American student in South Africa, was killed by an angry mob in a township near Cape Town in 1993. Amy’s parents later publicly forgave the men convicted of her murder. The details of how it all unfolded are fascinating.