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In this page: Communities of Expatriates | Ranking of Cities | Renting an Apartment | School System | Health System | Tourism and Culture | Individual and Civic Freedoms | Religion


Communities of Expatriates

Blogs For Expats
Hotel reservation websites
Transportation Companies For Moving/Removals
Moving to South Africa
Contact the Embassy
South African Embassy in Mauritius
4th Floor, British American Insurance Building
25 Pope Hennessy
St - Port Louis
Phone: (230) 212 6925
Fax: (230) 212 6936
Contact the Embassy per E-mail.
Contact Your Embassy
Mauritian Embassy in South Africa
1163 Pretorius Street
Hatfield 0083
Pretoria, Republic of South Africa
Phone: (27) 12 342 1283/4
Fax: (27) 12 342 1286
Contact the Embassy per Email.

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Ranking of Cities

Cost of Living
According to the latest available edition of the Cost of Living Worldwide City Rankings Survey by Mercer, Cape Town is ranked 210th out of 227 cities worldwide in terms of cost of living.
Quality of Life
According to the latest available edition of the Quality of Living Worldwide City Rankings Survey by Mercer, Cape Town is ranked 95th out of 231 cities worldwide in terms of quality of living.
Hotel reservation websites
Quality of Living Worldwide City Rankings (Survey by Mercer)
Cost of Living Worldwide City Rankings (Survey by Mercer)

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Renting an Apartment

Average Lease Term
Varies from city to city; 6 months to 2 years.
Average Rental Costs
The tenant does not pay any fees to the estate agent for their services, but a deposit of a single month's rent is usually required before moving in. Also, be aware that in some cases it is the tenant's responsibility to have the water and electricity connected or activated.
Rental Agency Websites
Private Property South Africa
Hotel reservation websites
Property For Sale/To Rent

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School System

The Education System
Education is compulsory from grade 1 to completion of grade 9. School is for 13 years from grade 0 to grade 12. Grades 10 to 12 aim at education which focuses on career. Matriculation is mandatory for university education.

Visit: Federation of Associations of Governing Bodies of South African Schools

International Schools
There are a few international schools in the country. South Africa has a large number of English language teaching institutes.

American International School of Johannesburg

International School of South Africa

American International School of Cape Town

Hotel reservation websites
Department of Education
Study South Africa
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
University of Cape

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Health System

The Healthcare System
Medical facilities are good in urban areas but limited elsewhere. Doctors and hospitals often require immediate cash payment.
International Hospitals
Hospital Association of South Africa


Health System Insurance Body
Health Systems Trust

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Tourism and Culture

Different Forms of Tourism

The country’s rich culture and its colonial past is reflected in historical landmarks, such as Robben Island, the Cradle of Humankind, the Apartheid Museum, the Voortrekker Monument, Bo- Kaap and the Castle of Good Hope.
Fossil Hominid Sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai, and Environs

Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape

Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape

Robben Island

Cape Floral Region Protected Areas

iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Vredefort Dome

Maloti-Drakensberg Park

Cathedral of St George's in Cape Town is one of the most popular tourist attractions and the Roman Catholic cathedral at Pella Mission station in Cape Town is incredible.

Kimberley’s St Cyprians Anglican Cathedral is said to have the longest nave in the country.

Johannesburg’s oldest monument to Islam is the Jummah Mosque. However, one of the most significant mosques in the city is the Hamidia Masjid (found in Newtown).

In Durban the Juma Masjid (mosque) is a bold testament to Islam.

For information on Hinduism in South Africa, visit: Hinduismtoday.com

For information on Islam in South Africa, visit: Islamic Council of South Africa

Bela Bela is the destination for hot springs. Natural hot water springs can also be found near the town of Citrusdal in the Western Cape of South Africa.

Visit: The Baths.

South Africa has numerous beautiful beaches and is a paradise for sea lovers.
Winter Sports
Winter sports are not common in South Africa; however, Drakensberg, in the Eastern Cape, offers skiing options.
Outdoor Activities
Whale watching, shark cage-diving, reef diving, surfing, Bungee jumping, fishing, hand gliding.

Visit: Adventure Activities in South Africa

South Africa is renowned for its exceptional quality of gemstones and hand crafted precious metal jewellery. The country offers unique a shopping experience with high end boutiques and shopping malls as well as vendors selling local crafts. Visit:

African Crafts Market

Gateway Theatre of Shopping

Red Shed Craft Workshop

Canal Walk

Tourism Organisations
Safari Reviews

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Individual and Civic Freedoms

Civil Liberty
World Ranking of Freedom of the Press According to "Reporters sans Frontières", 2021 report : 32/180

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Almost 80% of the population is Christian. There are also Hindu, Muslim and Jewish minorities, as well as groups who follow traditional African beliefs.

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