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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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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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