General advice on travelling/moving to South Africa
I'm an 18 year old white male who lives in England, im well educated and im currently working quite a well paid job for my age. im getting the urge to emmigrate to a different country - South Africa to be exact (cape town/johannesburg/strand). I want to travel there first to see what its like and try to find some work and possibly even move there. I am aware of South Africa's background and stability and it does'nt put me off at all. Can I get some advice on what it would be like for me to travel there - any likely problems i may encounter in the process of travelling and finding work? The thing that's most appealing to me is house prices, I feel Britain is becoming too expensive for me and I don't see myself here in the future. I would do anything to fit in to the culture and become a hard-working member of South African society. Thanks :)
i was thinking of making quite a bit of money here first before going over there. I hope discrimination isnt that bad in SA :(
- 1 decade ago
Wow this is the 1st time I have heard of someone from the UK coming out here to live and work - usually its the other way around!
there are two problems about coming here - unemployment is very high and BEE/Employment Equity makes getting a job as a white male a little hard sometimes. I personally think that as a qualified individual you wont find it hard to find work! Just keep open minded about it.
I lived and worked in the UK and can tell you that to come to South Africa you will notice a tremendous change in lifestyle -- we are much more laid back then people in Britain and therefore lead a tad less stressful lives.
Obviously crime comes in to mind when people mention SA but you must just be careful! dont become paranoid about it and you can live comfortably!
I think that you will enjoy it here - what more could you want - sun shine, space, nice sized properties and never a dull moment!
- OdieLv 51 decade ago
I know how you feel Will but if you decide to come here and earn Rand your dream of a house and a good future are equally as hard to achieve as they would be England. I believe you have a better chance of living your dream in North America. Besides now days most jobs are reserved for non-white South Africans and as a foreigner you may find it very difficult to find meaningful employment.
Come with at least 100 000 pound so that you can buy a house. Then you can work for sustenance and entertainment.
Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Discrimination can be bad at times. You enter a bar immediately you get looks. You have to look em back with confidence. It's great though, I love the loose feeling in this land. It's peaceful as well. The only places I didn't really enjoy were the ghettos. Infact I currently reside in one right now (motel). There are hookers on the corner, you see soldiers walking around with AK-47s and stuff. But like I said it's all loose, and you gotta get used to it, and get with it.
- 1 decade ago
I am a proud South African living in the Uk.........Good Luck and hopefully you get all your luggage when you arrive at your destination. Enjoy the sun and friendly people.
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- JKLv 41 decade ago
Will, it won't be all sunshine and roses (well, maybe the sunshine bit :-)), but we need skilled positive people who can make a difference. So welcome! Ignore Alf, he is certifiably mad...i heard he is ensconced in a mental institution in the UK.
- JoppieLv 41 decade ago
as long as you don't come for a o c as wife there is still jobs and opportunities