Corporate Housing: How Relocation Africa Can Help You

Mobility

Corporate Housing

Searching for corporate housing?

Whether you’re a business traveler or you represent an international company, we can help you find a new temporary home in South Africa, Ghana, and Kenya. We cater to our clients’ wishes and needs with a wide range of accommodation options. Simply tell us what you require and our professional team will find you the perfect apartment in no time.

What to expect from our corporate housing?

We offer serviced apartments that are fully furnished. Think about a fully equipped kitchen, weekly cleaning, high-speed Internet and other convenient facilities. We constantly look for the best ways to meet the needs of modern business travelers, and make our guests feel at home. In short, you will have the amenities and usual perks of a hotel, combined with the many benefits, such as more space and privacy, of having your own apartment.

For more information on our Corporate Housing solution, please contact Ursula@relocationafrica.com

Relocation Africa – a Brief History

A Brief History

As the New South Africa was being born and South Africa was on the world stage, Relocation Africa started in 1993 in Johannesburg, South Africa, providing homefinding services to expatriates moving into Johannesburg. In 1997 the Cape Town branch was opened and Immigration services were included into the offering to support the client’s needs and in 1999 the international payment service was incorporated to support international clients needs to transact expatriate’s payments in South Africa.

In 2000 the Relocation Africa head-office was consolidated to Cape Town and an internal web-based system was developed to support the needs of the business and facilitate the centralised head office business model. The business decided to register a sister company called Global Expatriate Management (GEM) to take over the payments services as well as starting a payroll solution for clients who had regional offices across Africa but with a centralised payroll head office in South Africa.

Africa
In 2002 we made the strategic decision to expand relocation services into Africa. The network of consultants being recruited across Africa were able to provide housing data so in 2004 GEM formalised this housing data into a formal housing survey. We now run these biannual surveys across most countries in Africa. In 2005 GEM expanded to collect cost of living data with a network of field workers across Africa.

In 2006, due to client demand, we started expanding immigration services into other African countries. Our next key step was formalising a training department within the business in 2008 – prior to that, it had been the responsibility of the account managers to recruit and train consultants. The business has grown organically over the interleading years due to some key staff who always worked above and beyond what was asked of them.

In 2013 Relocation Africa rebranded into the Relocation Africa Group incorporating GEM’s services to formalise the service offering to clients with our four divisions, being Mobility, Immigration, Research and Remuneration.

Each division has a colour, icon and animal assigned with it and we use this branding to differentiate our services.


Immigration Services

Immigration Services

Immigration

Immigration Services


Destination Services

Destination Services

Destination Services

Destination Services


Research

Research

Research

Research


Payroll & Payments

Payroll & Payments

Payroll & Payments

Payroll & Payments


Africa is an exciting space to be working and we strive to deliver a consistent quality of service to all clients no matter where the services are delivered in Africa.

Being a cog in the machinery facilitating the development of skills across Africa is what drives the management of Relocation Africa to help upskill Africa.

GOLDweblogo_curveIn 2016 we discovered an inspiring organisation called Generation of Leaders Discovered or GOLD for short (www.goldpe.org.za). The are based in Cape Town near our head office, and they have an inspiring model which gives hope and skills to Africa’s disenfranchised youth. They identify young opinion leaders in communities and invite them to go through their program, they give them hope, give them skills and enable them to become peer educators and role models within their peer groups. The results of their programs is astonishing. Please email us if you would like to know more about GOLD and what they do.

We are currently developing an internship program with GOLD and we are building a relationship with them as what they do fits in with our philosophy of helping to develop skills across Africa.

Our Promise

Embracing the Unknown

Our Vision

Our vision is to be the preferred supplier in Africa of trusted seamless relocation services to our clients to ensure their assignees become effective employees quickly.

Our Mission

Our mission is to remain a reliable and consistent quality managed provider of a comprehensive range of services to companies moving assignees into Africa, by removing the fear of the unknown continent.

Ghana Immigration Alert – 15th May 2016

Effective 15 May 2016 the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has increased certain categories of fees, through the Fees and Charges (Amendment) Instrument 2015 (LI 2228).

  • A fee for a residence permit has been introduced for Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) nationals ($300) and Ghanaians with a foreign passport ($150);
  • The fee for a resident permit for other nationals has increased from $300 to $500;
  • The fee for a rotator permit has increased from $500 to $1000;
  • The monthly penalty for an expired resident permit has increased from $20 to $30 for Ghanaians with a foreign passport, from $30 to $60 for ECOWAS nationals and from $50 to $180 for other nationals.

For assistance on Ghana Immigration matters please contact Cassandra on immigration@relocationafrica.com

African Fact Sheets – Relocation Africa

Relocation Africa developed some basic information pertinent for expatriates who are considering relocating into a new country in AFRICA.  It is a document which will guide or trigger thoughts for a family relocating to a new country.  These Fact Sheets are free and a great addition to the information Relocation Africa shares with our clients at no cost.  The countries we currently provide these fact sheets are:

Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

We would be happy to provide these fact sheets to you please email us at info@relocationafrica.com and request a country fact sheet.

Herewith a Sample of Ghana.

Ghana Fact Sheet
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GHANA (Country risk rating: Medium); 22 June; Tensions high in Accra following violent protests

Tensions are currently high in Ghana‘s capital, Accra, where security forces clashed with thousands of demonstrators protesting against the demolition of the city’s Old Fadama informal settlement on 22 June. The violence, which involved protesters throwing stones at police and security forces reciprocating with teargas and live ammunition, centred on the Old Fadama informal settlement and the offices of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly. Although the situation has reportedly been brought under control, security forces are yet to continue with their demolition of the informal settlement. Any further such attempts are likely to elicit further violent protests by local residents which are likely to be centred on the Old Fadama informal settlement and surrounding areas. Clients in Accra are advised to monitor local developments, avoid all street gatherings and ensure that itineraries are kept flexible to accommodate for any potential travel delays.