Where to Live: Dainfern or Dainfern Valley?

For most expats in Johannesburg, the choice of where to live seems to come down to either Dainfern or Dainfern Valley, so I'll focus this post on those two. Don't expect an easy-to-view decision chart outlining pros and cons. Rather, I'll do what I always do, which is just ramble on, and hopefully you can build your own decision tree from my observations...

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Is Dainfern Safe?

As I mentioned earlier, our neighborhood was broken into the other day. According to the bulletin that was immediately posted by our security office, this was one in a string of similar break-ins throughout the Dainfern area (which makes you feel slightly better, somehow). Apparently the thieves knew ... 

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Have You Brought Anything for us Today?

So I’m innocently driving along William Nicol the other day, my car full of 4th graders going on a field trip, when I run into a major road block. I’m third in line of our little convoy going to visit a dairy farm, and of course the two cars in front of me are waved through, but sadly I’m not. I’m a little nervous, since of late I’ve left my American drivers’ license at home. I’m still not entirely sure what kind of drivers’ license I actually need, as it seems impossible to obtain a South African one. But I also don’t want to lose my Kansas license, which is why I’m only keeping a copy on me, the original safely at home. However, I do keep my international drivers’ license on me, and I’ve also dug up an ancient German one (German licenses don’t expire – or at least they didn’t back sometime in the Middle Ages when I got this one).

All this is going through my head when the cop walks up to my window.

I hand him the German license, which he eyes suspiciously, wanting to know if it’s an international one. I’m sure I could have said yes, but just to humor him I also hand him the international one. Mind you, the two ... 

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Crime and Security

In the interest of fairness and even-handed reporting, I will now step into the highly emotional minefield of discussing South African crime, a topic I’m usually trying to avoid. If you’ve been to any other expat forums, you will know that 90% of the South Africa coverage typically ... 

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Security and Crime

If you’re moving to South Africa, this is probably your number one concern, so I’ll share the few insights I’ve so far gained. Not that I’ve gotten much of a sample yet, because any security problem you might encounter would happen when driving into a not so safe area, and I haven’t even ... 

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Red Robot

Today I reveal the mystery of what South Africans mean when they talk about a "robot." If you are a newly-arrived expat, no doubt you've come across this term and perhaps wondered what it means. Hint: It has to do with driving your car.

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