Moving Back To South Africa? You Might Need More Than A Pot Of Gold


The option to return to the rainbow nation with a bigger pot of gold has never seemed more appealing. Add to that, the fact that the weather has never been sunnier (a drought might sound better than a grey wet London), and the property market has dream houses going as cheap as one bed sits (shared between four) in Swindon.

With parents (armed with balloons and placards reading: “we want grandchildren!”) and corporate employers (offering to pay transfer costs and sign big contracts) all waiting at the international arrivals at OR Tambo, it’s hard not to feel the sound of TKZee calling.

But making the big move is not always that easy, and South Africans migrating home are wise to consider the practical and emotional implications of making the great trek. South Africa is a dynamic economy and society, which means that things continue to change (sometimes for the better, and sometimes for the worse).

This is sometimes a shock for South Africans moving home, and the adjustment can feel a lot like the home sick feeling you felt every time you thought of Boerewors rolls in London. As much South Africa continues to change, so do our families. The realization that life went on without you can come as shock to many South Africans coming home.

People will have their own memories and jokes, most of which you won’t be a part of.

Some things to consider:

  • Reverse culture shock,
  • Familial pressure,
  • Political instability,
  • Uneven service delivery,
  • Employment legislation,
  • Taxation,
  • Health and other insurances,
  • Disproportionate property markets,
  • Transport costs and risks,
  • Income versus lifestyle and,
  • Retirement.

Source: The South African

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