The Parking Gods

You can’t live in South Africa without daily encounters with the Gods.

They are everywhere.
They might tell you where to go.
They are often invisible.
You have no choice but to trust them.
They can be a big comfort.
They hold your fate (or at least that of your car) ... 


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.


Let Professionals Sell Your Car for You

The following post is sponsored by

Dear Joburg Expat readers: I love how Sine brings people and services together on this site, helping us all to stay safe and sane. I admire people who have the foresight of sharing with others what they need in certain situations after they were there themselves. 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 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. People emigrate, people get promoted, they divorce, they inherit a deceased’s estate. Whatever the reason, people often need to sell their car. Whether you are a professional executive or a Dainfern mom, you might not be as courageous and resourceful as Sine to try and sell your own car yourself, and then write an article on your blog about the experience. That is where we come in. We are We offer a =&0=&, where we come to your home or your workplace and buy your car from you, doing absolutely everything for you in a jiffy, and still paying you a reasonable price for your car. To get started, you complete our Online Application Form and within less than a day you will have a ball-park price indication of how we see the value of your car. If you agree to that then your car could well be sold that very same day. You do not need to prepare the car as we do everything for you. We do all the paperwork and formalities and all you do is sit back, relax, and drink your coffee. We have bought more than 13,000 cars over the last twelve years. We deal with people from all walks of life. We serve Tom, Dick, and Harry, but we also serve the foreign embassies and the odd celebrity. To expats we provide two unique services: First, we allow you to sell your car to us in advance, we pay you a deposit, and you get to use your car for another month (or even more) until you leave. That way you do not need to go and rent a car, and you do not have to worry about scrambling around at the last minute trying to recover the money invested in the car. Second: If you get long term visitors from abroad (as Sine has written, they may come often and stay long!) who may need to use a car for a three to nine month period or so, you may want to speak to us about our Guaranteed Buy-Back Offers, where we sell them a car and buy it back again at an agreed price. This might also be an option for yourself if you are here on a short-term assignment. We are very proud of the professionalism of our staff and the compliments we regularly receive for the utility and convenience we provide. Our service makes selling your car a safe and hassle-free experience. You need not worry about advertising, taking calls, entertaining strangers at your home who might want to kick your tires and take your car for a quick spin around the block. You need not worry about doing a roadworthy test, completing paperwork and contracts, or filling out a change of ownership form; we do it all for you, and you need not go anywhere or expose yourself in any way to the public and the hassles that usually brings with it. So, please hop over to, browse around, and feel free to ask any questions you may have. We would love to earn your business. Dirk Directors:
Dirk van der Walt 082 870
Fanie van der Walt 082 870


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.

So the car is sold and yes, I’m pleased to have that task behind me. What I am less pleased with is that I now don’t have my own wheels anymore, with over two months to go. I’m cursing the stick shift of my little rental, the fact that operating ... 


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 ... 


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 ... 


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 ...