The Parking Gods

The parking guards were brought into South Africa's carparks, so I was told, when crime was still rampant in those early days at the end of apartheid, and having your car burgled while shopping was basically a given. After installing those guards - some, perhaps, having done the burgling themselves - those break-ins decreased dramatically, and the guards became an institution.

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Staying Safe on South African Roads

staying safe on South African roads

Road safety arguably is a bigger problem than crime when moving to South Africa. Here we give you valuable tips on how to stay safe when traveling on South African roads, especially during the holiday travel season. From which tools to keep in your car for tire changes to becoming a member of the AA of South Africa, guest blogger Barbara Bruhwiler shares her insights.

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Let Professionals Sell Your Car for You

My name is Dirk Van Der Walt, and my brother Fanie and I have been partners in our business, Micra Motors, since 2001. We are the proud owners of Webuycars.co.za and its wholesale warehouse in the N4 Gateway Light Industrial Park in Pretoria East. Allow me to introduce ourselves to you and tell you what we can do for you and why. Guest post.

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Tips on Selling a Car in South Africa

I'm pleased to report that I'm now qualified to write about the business of selling a car. Tips on Buying a Car in South Africa has by far been my most-Googled and most-read blog post, so I imagine the back-end of it might be interesting to some folks as well. It's a little less complicated, but requires some interesting paperwork nonetheless.

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New: Google Live Traffic Updates in SA

For anyone living in Fourways, the debate when trying to get to Rivonia is always "Witkoppen or the highway." Whenever I'm stuck on the highway and see cars whizzing by on the left, I berate myself for not having taken Witkoppen. But on the days I take Witkoppen I'll be sure as hell snaking along at one mile per hour when the highway traffic next to me is flowing ever so nicely.

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Why Traffic Lights When There is a Free Market?

Disfunctional traffic lights are hardly an unusual sight in Johannesburg, but it seems lately the problem has gotten even worse. As I drove into town today I passed no less than seven robots in various states of disrepair – from blinking red to completely out to interesting combinations of in-between ... 

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Narrowly Escaping Jail

I had you with the title, didn’t I? At least I hope so. I’ve been on a mission for good blog post titles.

So I’m happy to report that the traffic cop saga continues. I thought I had seen it all, but the latest iteration was different yet again. I was driving along with my friend, already ... 

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Finding a Good Car Insurance

I often get asked if I can recommend any providers for car insurance in South Africa. I can’t, really. All we did when we arrived in South Africa is ask our bank to give us a quote (banks often have an insurance brokerage arm). We used Standard Bank, which is how we came to use Hollard as our ... 

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