Things to Buy Before You Move to South Africa

Prospective expats have asked me what they should buy before moving here, and it is an excellent question. Some things are just too expensive in South Africa, some are impossible to find, and some are at least so cumbersome to track down that it's easier to buy them abroad or have friends bring them when visiting. This blog post features a list of such items.

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300 Bucks for Warm Feet

To those of you who are poo-poohing our complaints about the cold in Joburg, here is an update on our harsh winters. It really does get cold at night! So cold, it turns out, that one of our water pipes froze and burst, apparently. At least there is water dripping from the ceiling, and it’s coming ... 

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Grocery Shopping in Johannesburg

What I miss from the U.S. in terms of one-stop shopping is made up by the existence of many smaller specialty stores in South Africa. You just have to get used to the idea of having several stops on your grocery route, and perhaps never quite checking everything off your list. In addition, South Africa gives you Woolworths, perhaps its single most perfect feature.

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Tips on Buying a Car in South Africa

One of the hassles most expats have to endure is having to buy a car in an entirely new country. Some expats might decide to skip the car and do with public transport, but South Africa is not the place for that. You will need a car here, trust me. And buying it won’t be the quickest or easiest thing you've ever done, so it’s best to come prepared. The following is my story.

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Expat Tips – Pool Care

So after months of preparations and paperwork you’ve finally arrived in your beautiful new house in South Africa. The sun is shining and your new pool is sparkling blue. But not for long if you don’t take care of it! Trust me, I speak from experience. Our pool has gone through many stages ... 

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