Critical Skills Visa Makes It Easier to Work And Live in South Africa Than Ever Before

APPROVALChange is no easy thing to deal with. As human beings, we’re even programmed to keep as much constant as possible to maintain homeostasis, our bodies’ own anti-change mechanism. But often, the greatest opportunities can arise from what can appear to be the most challenging of shifts. And such is the case with South Africa’s 2014 immigration legislation revision.

While the overhaul created some hurdles, the advent of the new law’s critical skills visa brings with it the chance for certain workers to find a job and seamlessly settle in South Africa easier than ever before.  Read more Critical Skills Visa Makes It Easier to Work And Live in South Africa Than Ever Before

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Real Estate and Property in Cape Town

Real Estate and Property in Cape Town
Real Estate and Property in Cape Town

Did you know that an apartment in a top-end Cape Town suburb will cost you less than a quarter of an apartment of similar size and quality in many other global property hot spots. Example: In Monaco you pay about $1m for a 15m² space, in Cape Town $1m gets you a top-end 215m² apartment.

And a property in Cape Town is a good investment too. Cape Town is placed 51st in Knight Frank’s global growth rankings, with upper-end house prices in the Mother City rising by an average 0.2% last year.

Are you planning to buy property in South Africa? Do you want to learn how it works and how you can get the best deal? Simply contact us and we show you the way.

Visit http://www.real-estate-south-africa.org/ for more information.

Cape Town voted as first class holiday destination 2014

South Africa Tourism 2014
South Africa Tourism 2014

Some good news: Cape Town did win the continental tourist awards. As you might know the UK diary The Guardian and U.S The New York Times have recently classified Cape Town as a first class holiday destination for 2014.

Today Cape Town was selected as the most comfortable habitable city and one of the best tourist destinations in 2014, shown by a survey of international press media.

The urban study focused on the continent took into account recommendations of the Ibrahin African Index, to exclude western subjectivity, the availability of goods and services, quality of infrastructure and public safety in general. Check also the new website of South Africa Tourism at http://www.southafrica.net/za/en/landing/visitor-home Read more Cape Town voted as first class holiday destination 2014

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City of Cape Town’s new integrated zoning scheme

Thinking of a Guest House in South Africa
Thinking of a Guest House in South Africa

Thinking of a Guest House in South Africa 

The City of Cape Town’s new integrated zoning scheme came into effect on 1 March 2013. From this date, a single and common zoning scheme for the entire metropolitan area will replace the 27 zoning schemes applicable in various parts of the metropole up until this date.

Where as Guest Houses and Bed and Breakfasts were often terms used interchangeably there is now a clear definition on both:

A B & B “means a dwelling house or second dwelling in which the owner of the dwelling supplies lodging and meals for compensation to transient guests who have permanent residence elsewhere”.

Therefore, the dominant use of a B&B property shall remain for the accommodation of a single family and the zoning scheme adds that no more than 3 rooms and no more than 6 paying guests shall be allowed per land unit. In additional to this, no more than 3 employees shall be engaged by the owner as part of the establishment.

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Cape Town Tourism – positive tourism growth

Cape Town Tourism - positive tourism growth
Cape Town Tourism – positive tourism growth

Cape Town Tourism is pleased to report positive tourism growth to the city for the 2012/ 2013 peak tourism season.

As announced recently by President Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s Annual Tourism Statistics 2012 showed encouraging growth for tourism countrywide. 9 188 368 international tourists visited South Africa in 2012; 10.2% more than the 8 339 354 tourists in 2011.

Looking at the more recent summer season in Cape Town, it would appear that the upward trend shows no sign abating. Research concluded by Cape Town Tourism and Horwath HTL, found that positive growth occurred across most sectors of Cape Town’s tourism landscape from December 2012 – March 2013, with an annual increase of between 6 and 8 percent year-on-year. Read more Cape Town Tourism – positive tourism growth

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House prices on the increase

House buying costs in South Africa
House buying costs in South Africa

The average house price has increased by over five percent in the past year, bond originator ooba announced on Monday.

“The property market is gaining confidence and we expect property prices to continue to show positive nominal price growth for the year ahead,” the company said in a statement.

The average house price reached R894,510 in January 2013, up 5.2% from R850,589 in January 2012.

The market was driven by first time home buyers. “First time home buyers continue to drive the market, with over 51% of ooba’s applicants in January being first time buyers.

Tourists flock to Cape in record numbers

Cape Town airport
Cape Town airport

The number of international passengers arriving at Cape Town airport in December set an all-time record and was 17 percent higher than the figure for December last year.

Nearly 87 000 passengers stepped off international flights to make Cape Town’s tourist season the best ever.

The number of passengers on regional and domestic fights also set new records. Many of these domestic arrivals were international passengers who landed in Johannesburg and then took domestic flights to Cape Town.

According to the latest statistics from the airport company, the total number of passengers arriving in Cape Town last year was 4.2 million and this, too, was the highest total for any year.

Free South Africa Immigration Seminar in Cape Town

Free South Africa Immigration Seminar in Cape Town
Free South Africa Immigration Seminar in Cape Town

Planning to Immigrate to South Africa?

Visit one of our free South Africa Immigration seminars and learn more about best practices in visa and immigration.

The seminar will provide you with information about South African immigration laws and requirements, different immigration categories and the cost of an immigration permit application. Read more Free South Africa Immigration Seminar in Cape Town

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What is a property buyers consultant?

Watch the video of our monthly Podcast. This month we explain what a property buyers consultant is and why you should use one, if you want to buy property in Cape Town.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqZru-vMATU