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Say "hello" in SA

There are 11 official languages spoken in South Africa - make sure you can say "Hello" with this handy table...EnglishHelloAfrikaansGoeie dagisiNdebeleLotjhaniisiXhosaMoloisiZuluSawubonaSiSwatiSawubonaSesothoDumelaSesotho sa LeboaDumelaSetswanaDumelaTshivenḓaNdaa (Man) /Aa (Woman)XitsongaAvuxeni ("...
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Expat Scams to Avoid

One of the biggest things for Expats to be made aware of when arriving in a new country is that they will stand out! Especially European or Asian expats arriving in Africa. As an Expat in Africa your differences of appearance, culture and accent will mean that you will automatically run a higher...
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Top 3 African cities with the most potential

 Accra, Lusaka and Luanda, the capital cities of Ghana, Zambia and Angola respectively, have been identified as the Sub-Saharan African cities that have the highest potential for growth over the next five years, according to the MasterCard African Cities Growth Index. As the entire African...
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The correct standardized format for international telephone numbers

A guest post by Peter Metcalfe, Chairman, The Foundation for the Development of Africa (FDA) (NPC)I recently chaired the AFRICA CITY LEADERS CONFERENCE and collected a number of business cards from delegates around the continent - when researching the way telephone numbers are...
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Cities with the lowest cost of living in Africa

A recent article on Xpatulator listed the Cheapest Cities for Expats based on the lowest costs of living.A total of 780 cities worldwide were ranked from most expensive to least expensive. Costs for Clothing, Food, Education, Furniture, Communication, Healthcare, Transport and Entertainment were...
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Property market tips for South Africa by Pam Golding Properties - Nov 2012

 PRESENTATION BY DR ANDREW GOLDING, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE PAM GOLDING PROPERTY GROUPAmid political uncertainty, Moody’s downgrade, talk of dramatically increasing Eskom tariffs, the mining tragedy and ongoing volatility and concerns regarding the manufacturing sector in general to name but a...
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Cultural Errors to Avoid in Africa

This is a short summary of various cultural faux pas (or errors) to avoid in various African Countries…BotswanaWhen meeting an elderly person you should stop walking and bend a bit.When an elderly person is talking to you should not interrupt them to answer rather wait until they are finished...
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African Cultural Errors to Avoid

When moving to Africa from a particular culture (be that Western or Eastern) there can be many cultural nuances that you are not aware of which can lead to cultural errors or faux pas being made unknowingly.Education is the key in order to avoid embarrassment and it would be worthwhile to keep a...
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Management culture in South Africa

 Business interactions are always fraught with unspoken assumptions and expectations.  This handy guide includes information on business hierarchy, negotiations and etiquette in South Africa is especially helpful for expats in a new country.  From how to get that important networking...
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Making friends on International Assignments

 According to a recent study (which we mentioned a few weeks ago here) one fifth of international assignments fail and the primary reasons given were "failing to assimilate into the new culture" and "children struggling to settle in their new school environment". With this in mind it might be...
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