Moving to South Africa

Moving to South Africa

Basic information South Africa

Under you can find the basic information about South Africa

  • Official name: the Republic of South Africa (RSA)
  • Population: 54,002,000 of per 2014
  • Capital City: Pretoria (executive), Bloemfontein (judicial), Cape Town (legislative)
  • Government: Unitary constitutional parliamentary republic
    • President: Jacob Zuma
    • Deputy President: Cyril Ramaphosa
  • Main language: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana,                                Venda, Xhosa and Zulu
  • Major religion: Christianity
  • Monetary unit:  South African rand (ZAR)
  • International dialing code: +27



South Africa has one of the highest investment rates in education compared to the rest of world. School is compulsory for children from the age of 7 to the age of 15 years old.  The education system is slightly different, and is as followed:

  • Foundation phase (grade 0 to grade 3)
  • Intermediate phase (grade 4 to grade 6)
  • Senior phase (grade 7 to grade 9)
  • FET band (grade 10 to grade 12)


Some people in South Africa cannot afford schooling for children because they are too poor. The parents do not necessarily need to pay for all school fees. However they are some requirements and regulations that the parents must meet before they can apply for this.



The unemployment rate of South Africa was 24.3% in January 2015. Keep in mind that the work permits all have a different durability.  The following work permits are available:

  • Quota work permit
  • General work permit
  • Exceptional skills work permit
  • Intra-company transfer work permit
  • Corporate permit
  • Business permit
  • Exchange permits

Also keep in mind that if your family travels with you to South Africa and you already have a work permit, then your family need visas if they want to enter South Africa.

For more information about work permits of South Africa, click on the link below:


Bank accounts

It is possible to open a bank account in South Africa for expats and foreigners. Even if you are a non-resident, then it is still possible. The following documents are required if you want to open a bank account in South Africa:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of residence
  • Statement or reference from your current bank
  • Letter from your current employer

Keep in mind that if you want to open a bank account in person, you will need to bring cash with you because some banks require you to make a little deposit on your bank account.

Moving to South Africa


If you want to enter South Africa you will need a valid visa. However, you must meet the following requirements if you want to enter South Africa:

  • A valid passport or travel document that will be valid for the length of your intended stay
  • A valid visa
  • Sufficient funds
  • A return or onward ticket
  • Yellow fever certificates – if your journey starts or passes through the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America

However, the requirements may vary from country to country. So check with the South African embassy in your country first. The following documents are needed if you want to apply for a visa for South Africa:

  • A valid passport or travel document
  • A completed Form BI-84 (application for a visa)
  • Payment of the prescribed fee
  • A yellow-fever vaccination certificate (if required)
  • Statement and/or documentation confirming the purpose and duration of your visit
  • Two color passport photographs
  • A return or onward ticket if you are travelling by air
  • Proof of financial means to pay for your living expenses


Cost of living

The cost of living in South Africa is on average, to low because of the weak currency compared to other currencies. Living in the cities like Cape Town or Johannesburg is still cheaper compared to cities like London, New York or Tokyo. The cost of accommodation is in Johannesburg more expensive than in Cape Town, however in whole South Africa accommodation is affordable. The quality of the public transportation is not very good in South Africa, and many residents choose to travel by car.


Medical care

The health care system is divided into public health care and private health care. Mostly residences with low earnings make use of the public health care and residence from the middle class and upper class usually make use of the private health care. The public health care is not really of a high quality and the country has problems with diseases like HIV or tuberculosis. And South Africa has a shortage of doctors. The waiting times are usually longer for residences that use public health care. That is why people who can afford private health care use this because of shorter waiting times and a higher quality.


Driving license

As said before, many residents choose to own a car instead of taking public transportation because having a car is more reliable. It is compulsory to be 18 years or older if you want to obtain a South African car driving license. If you want to obtain a driving license that you must pass a theoretical examination and a practical examination. However keep in mind that you must apply on time because the waiting times may vary from short to very long (up to 4 months).

For more information about documents or requirements for South African driving license, click on the link below:


The tax system in South Africa is favorable for expats because they will be only taxed on their income that is made in South Africa. However expats who have stayed and worked in South Africa for more than 3 tax years will be taxed on their worldwide income.  However, just like any other country in the world, the more you earn the more tax you will need to pay.

 Moving to south africa

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