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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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One fifth of international assignments fail

  A new major study has revealed that approximately many overseas assignments don’t work out. A fifth of executives who move overseas for a new role with their multinational company give up and return home within two years – well before the end of their assignment – leaving businesses out...
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The Trials and Tribulations of the Nigerian Temporary Work Permit (TWP)

 This article lists the hurdles, bumps, brick walls and bribery that one has to hit and push through to get three Temporary Work Permits for expats relocating to Lagos, Nigeria.The process seemed like a simple one – three expats submitted a few documents to our Immigration Lawyer in Lagos to...
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Managing employee mobility costs is a key component to future business success according to Mercer

  Recently, Mercer, the global HR consulting firm, reported that it has witnessed a rising demand for advice on managing employee mobility and related costs. According to Mercer, the total cost of moving a senior executive and their family abroad for a multi-year commitment,...
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Facts about Africa (Lifestyle)

DiasporaIt is estimated that remittances sent home through formal channels to developing countries by migrant workers exceeded US$ 301bn in 2006, outgrowing Foreign Direct Investment and Official Development Aid. (African Banker Magazine/IFAD)In the UK, black Africans are one of the fastest growing...
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Facts about Africa (Economy)

In the past, African economies suffered from poor commodity prices in undiversified economies, as well as increasing foreign debt and unstable governments. Strong commodity prices, debt relief and stable governments mean that Africa is performing more strongly than it has in years.In 2006, Sub-...
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Relocation Africa Head Office Team Building Evening - Indian Cooking Class

Here are a few images of our recent team building evening spent learning how to make delicious Indian curries... images: Kathryn Rossiter   
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Facts about Africa (Democracy)

There are significantly more elections held in the 21st century compared with the 1960s or 1970s - from a low of just three countries holding parliamentary elections in 1973 to 40 holding parliamentary elections in 2005 (according to a report by Morgan Stanley).In 1900, New Zealand was the only...
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