In the end, my blog took on a life of its own and veered more towards the hilarious recounting of my day-to-day adventures, the almost philosophical reflections about South Africa and its people and life in general, especially as a parent, and a whole host of other stuff that popped into my head. Especially when it came to toilet humor. As a result, even though I’ve tried to keep it organized, the basic how-to aspect might have gotten lost at times. Whether you’re in the process of planning an expat assignment in South Africa or have just landed with 20 bags, 3 kids, and a dog, you probably have a million specific questions about the things that need to be done in the next few months.
The good news is, I’ve been answering precisely those questions in a series of articles I wrote for Expat Quotes, a website focused on services for expats around the world. It covers a wide range of countries and topics, allowing you to easily find what you need to know. Below I’ve listed excerpts from my most recent Expat Quotes contributions including links to the full articles. I hope you find them useful.
Opening a Bank Account
It is a question many an expat has asked when moving to a new country. Do I have to open a new bank account or can I somehow manage with the one I have in my home country?
To some extent, the answer will depend on how you receive your income. Some multinational companies pay their employees entirely in their home countries, some companies pay everything in the host country’s currency, and some allow you to divide up your income between both according to an agreed-upon ratio. Read more…
Most South Africans consider their public healthcare system a disgrace. In theory, everyone has access to state hospitals and health centers for emergencies and routine doctor’s visits as well as the dispensation of medicine, all for free or a relatively small fee. But due to understaffing, a shortage of skills, a lack of supplies, and frequent strikes, service is often bad and unreliable. Read more…
Choosing the Right School
International & Private Schools in South Africa
Below you will find a list of the most popular schools for expat children in South Africa, giving you a brief description of each school, contact details, and tuition rates. Unless otherwise noted, each school offers a K-12 education, culminating either in an International Baccalaureate, a South African matriculation, or another high school diploma based on which country’s curriculum that specific school follows. A few schools offer bilingual education but at most schools the language of instruction is English. Read more…
I hope you have found some answers to your questions. There is more on the Expat Quotes website and I hope you’ll explore it further. I’ve also written similar how-to articles for the websites Expat Arrivals and Expatica. Good luck with your expat assignment!