How to Import Your Car Into South Africa

Most expats sell their cars in their home country when they leave and buy a new one in South Africa. But what if someone doesn’t want to give their car up? Maybe it’s a vintage model or a custom-made dream car, or maybe they’ve just grown attached to a specific model that isn’t available in South Africa. Whatever the reason for wanting to keep your current car, there are ways to make it happen.

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How Can I Get a Job as an Expat in South Africa?

I haven't written about how to find a job in South Africa because I haven't done it. My job was to just get us there, battle with Eskom and Vodacom and the City of Joburg for a few years, and be a travel agent for a family of six. But I realized that while I can't speak from first-hand experience, I do have some thoughts on the topic worth sharing. Here are those thoughts.

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Applying for a South African Visa

If you're an expat sent to South Africa by your multinational company, in all likelihood your visa is being sourced for you by the company lawyer, and all you have to do is gather the documents they tell you to gather. However, you might decide to move to South Africa on your own for any reason. In that case, you may need to know how to apply for a visa.

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How Do I Obtain or Renew a Study Permit for a South African School?

After enrolling your child in a South African school, the school will issue a letter to you that confirms that the child is enrolled, and the duration of the term. You will then submit this letter together with your other documents to Home Affairs to obtain the study permits, which are linked to the overall work permit allowing you or your spouse to work in South Africa.

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Retiring in South Africa

If we planned our retirement quite yet, we would certainly consider spending at least part of it in South Africa. We already know it's a great place to live. However, there are financial aspects to consider and tax laws to understand, so if you are in a position to plan your retirement, it's a good idea to solicit some expert advice. This guest post sponsored by Whichoffshore has some advice.

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Just Two Flimsy Pieces of Paper, Yet All that Could Stand Between You and a Prison Cell

For all those of you moving to South Africa or simply taking a trip here, I thought I would share this cautionary tale. It’s actually a gem of a story I just happened to stumble upon last night, and ever on the hunt for writing material, I was practically already writing it while I heard it told.

We were all at a “girl’s night out” dinner, and the food by the way was fabulous. Then our hostess made us all play a game, in return for the fabulous food, and the game was “write something no one knows about you on a piece of paper and pull someone else’s paper from ... 

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