Why South Africa

Why South Africa? South Africa is going through some tough times. The Rand is falling, the petrol price and the electricity tariff are expected to rise again, the inflation is at 4.5% and the unemployment stands at a high of 26.4% in April 2015, not even considering the much higher rate in the rural areas. Many tourists and foreigners are less than impressed with the so often discussed news such as the corruption, the new immigration regulations and the exorbitantly high crime rate.

This all does not make for positive news, but there is still a faint light at the horizon! Let us show you why we think the country at the tip of the African continent is still one of the favourite destinations worldwide for tourists, visitors and business travellers and why expats still should consider South Africa a great destination for working and living in this beautiful country. 

Why South Africa? Living in South Africa

Foreigners from all over the world live and work in the country and most of them feel very happy to raise their kids here. Tourists and travellers love the fabulous lifestyle South Africa offers. South Africa is renowned for the sunny blue skies, a stunning landscape providing rich scenery and endless views, acclaimed cuisine and of course, for its friendly people. 

And expats in South Africa enjoy this every day! Reading through the various international travel forums, it becomes clear that many international visitors praise this country not only for its scenic beauty but for its warm and welcoming people and many South African expats living abroad seem to get soon homesick and wonder why they ever left as the grass often is not greener 'on the other side'.

We have gone through the newest accolades and expat ratings and will show you here what makes living in South Africa so enjoyable:

Why South Africa

South Africa is rated the fifth best country for expat experience for families and ranks highly for:

  • Easy integration into communities (2nd)
  • Prime accommodation and housing options (4th)
  • Attractive schooling facilities (7th)
  • Opportunities for sports (8th)
  • Work environment (10th)
  • First-class private healthcare (11th)
  • Healthy food and diet options (12th)

       Source: HSBC Expat Explorer, 2014

(Ranking of 34 expat destinations worldwide)

What makes South Africa one of the favourite destinations for travellers and visitors? Read here some awesome accolades and awards which South Africa and its major cities received have received recently.

South Africa Accolades

South Africa...

  • ...has been voted as the 'World's best Safari Destination' by World Travel Awards in 2014.
  • is voted the Number One 'Dream Destination of the World' by WYAN in 2013.
  • ...has one of the top performing housing markets in the world in 2013, according to The Economist.
  • ...is recognised as the best sports tourism destination worldwide in 2011, as awarded by the World Travel Awards.
  • ...is rated among the top ten countries for good practice in protecting investors in business in 2011 by the World Bank.
  • …is rated the third friendliest country in the world by Forbes Magazine in 2011.


Cape Town...

  • ...is ranked as 'tenth best destination in the world' in the Tripadvisor awards 2015.
  • ...has with Camps Bay Beach, the second best beach in the world, according to the TripAdvisor Awards 2015.
  • …is the 'Number One' city on the '52 Places to Go in 2014' by New York Times
  • ...is among the top three cities worldwide for ‘Best Travel in 2014’ in Lonely Planet.
  • ...is awarded ‘Best City 2013’ in the world in the Telegraph Travel Awards.
  • …has been chosen as 'World Design Capital 2014' and attracts thousands of visitors for this event.
  • …is among the ten most loved cities in the world, according to CNN in 2012.
  • …offers iconic Table Mountain which was voted one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature in 2012.

 

Durban...

  • ...has been voted as New 7 Wonder City of the World in 2014.
  • …is ranked as the top South African city for quality of living, as stated in the worldwide Quality of Living Survey by Mercer in 2014.
  • …is rated the 'Best City for Winter Travel 2013' by New York Magazine.
  • …has an international conference centre which is 'Africa's Leading Meetings and Conference Centre 2012' as per World Travel Awards.


Johannesburg...

  • ...is rated the second most inspiring city of the world in 2014 and comes in after Hong Kong in the Good City Index
  • ...has with the Apartheid Museum, one of the best museums in the world, according to TripAdvisor Awards 2015.
  • …is the most popular destination with international travellers worldwide in 2013 according to MasterCard.
  • …is with Durban and Cape Town one of the least expensive cities worldwide according to Mercer in 2012. 

Why South Africa in my opinion...

I live with my family in South Africa now for almost a decade, we have seen lots of changes, but also lots of improvements. The road infrastructure is improving with the implementation of public transport facilities and opportunities for sustainable energy sources are being more intensely sourced and also implemented at a faster pace than previously. The South African people are now more aware of xenophobic tendencies and racism and discuss this topic more openly than ever before. The communities grow stronger with many local private initiatives helping to grow the educational standards and improving living conditions for the disadvantage communities through a variety of measures. And for us, living in South Africa is as good as it gets. We miss our families overseas but we love living in South Africa. Our 'expat' children are raised very differently to what they would experience in daily routines in our home country. I think to live in a foreign country and being confronted with a diverse environment, diverse cultures and diverse options, benefits all of us. We all learn from each other when we live, work and play together. So embrace life and make the most of your stay in wonderful South Africa!


'Why South Africa' Article by Regina Graeff, owner of ExpatCapeTown.com and co-author of the 'Living in South Africa' expat guide book. Available at major bookstores and online at Takealot.com and Amazon.com


Image Credits for Why South Africa: shutterstock.com, SA Tourism, own images/canva design for why south africa blog image



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