Moving back to South Africa

For returning expats

Moving back to South Africa can be just as stressful as moving away from it. The country is constantly changing. On a return visit it can feel like a completely different place. There are still ongoing safety issues, you might need to revise the rules of the road and get used to using the Rand again. Here is some simple advice to make your experience back in South Africa a more pleasant one!

Keep safe

Like many African countries, South Africa suffers from a certain level of violent crime. Follow these safety tips so you have a visit to remember for all the right reasons:

Most crime in South Africa is between people who know each other. Random acts of violence are only a minority of cases. Using common sense and avoiding situations where you may encounter problems means the vast majority of visitors encounter no problems.

Driving in South Africa

If you intend on driving in South Africa, get familiar with the local driving laws and take sensible precautions:

Financial planning

The Rand is constantly changing in value against other currencies. Over recent years the fluctuations have been quite extreme.

If you are planning a move to South Africa, you should get familiar with the exchange rate. If you keep this up you will be thinking in South African terms and stop converting the money!

If you are looking to move significant sums of money you may want to consult a currency exchange specialist as they can a) get you a good rate of exchange and b) can propose financial tools to lock in a fixed exchange rate in the future (especially useful if you are buying property, but have not sold your current property and want to have some certainty).

I hope that your new life in South Africa will be a prosperous and enjoyable one!

By Catriona Stevenson
Go-2-SA.com


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