South Africa

Living and
Working in South Africa

Connect with fellow expats in South Africa
Join exciting events and groups
Get information in our South Africa guides
Exchange tips about expat life in South Africa

Sandro Pedace

"With InterNations, you'll meet interesting expats wherever you go - both online and offline."

Stephanie Gainsbourg

"InterNations provided me with an "entrance" to the expat circles of Pretoria, so to speak, and helped me get to know other French expatriates. "

Working and living in South Africa with the InterNations Expat Guide

Are you preparing for living and working in South Africa? Or are you already an expat and have recently relocated to Cape Town, Johannesburg or some other international South African city?

The expat relocation to South Africa is definitely an exciting international opportunity and cross-cultural adventure: Visiting the landscape such as the Garden Route, a scenic stretch along the south-east coast, getting to know how South African folks celebrate the Day of Reconciliation, or acquiring a taste for South Africa’s popular dishes like bobotie…

However, InterNations does not only address expats in South Africa. We have brief overview guides for various locations around the world – from living in Portugal to living in Brazil.

Top Articles in the South Africa Expat Guide

Reliable Information about living and working in South Africa

Relocating to and living in South Africa necessitates lots of reliable information on different facets of South African expat life. Many questions come up when living overseas in South Africa: ʺAre we, as expats, liable to South African income tax law?ʺ, ʺWhich types of insurance does an expat commonly need? Household insurance? Car insurance? Anything else?ʺ, ʺHow to find a trustworthy maid in Cape Town?ʺ, or ʺWhat are the requirements to get a South African residence permit for my wife?ʺ

Looking for so much information on working and living in South Africa is rather bothersome and requires a lot of time. The InterNations Expat Guide for South Africa is designed to help you and offers trusted information on all issues of interest to expats living in South Africa. Various topics are covered in our South Africa Expat Guide from sports and leisure, to local infrastructure or housing and household, up to administration & finance. Such characteristic questions that concern expat life abroad as ʺWhich natural hazards may affect my stay in South Africa?ʺ will no more remain open.

Are you curious about expatriate living outside South Africa? Then read more about our various expat guides, such as living in Thailand or living in Malaysia!

From serviced apartments to postal services –
Advice on living and working in South Africa

In addition, our expat listings for South Africa include recommended entries for services and organizations catering to expatriates’ needs, like serviced apartments or postal services. By becoming part of our community, you can also participate in the InterNations Forum and discuss with other internationals about your expatriate experience living abroad in South Africa. We’ll be delighted to greet you with a warm Siya namkela nonke, welkom, isibingelelo among our InterNations members living and working in South Africa.

Sandro Pedace

"With InterNations, you'll meet interesting expats wherever you go - both online and offline."

Stephanie Gainsbourg

"InterNations provided me with an "entrance" to the expat circles of Pretoria, so to speak, and helped me get to know other French expatriates. "

Communities in South Africa

South Africa Guide Categories