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Located at the extreme south of the continent, South Africa attracts lots of expatriates. This multiethnic country offers a cosmopolitan environment to which expats can easily adapt and live in, as symbolized by the national motto "Unity in Diversity".

Skilled expatriates looking for career prospects can find opportunities in the management, IT, engineering or teaching sectors.

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Knowing the history, societal habits and customs of a country or city before moving there is one of the keys to quick and successful integration - one that will help you better understand your new environment and settle in more easily. Here is what you need to know about Cape Town.

Cultural habits, interpersonal relations, security issues, etc. When you decide to travel or relocate to Cape Town, there are some important things you need to consider. First and foremost, we recommend reading our introductory article to Cape Town, which should allow you to approach this particular article with a good understanding of this exceptional city. We have also tried to summarise in a few lines the dos and don'ts, to avoid bad surprises. Below are our four major tips.

Have you just been posted to Cape Town? Perhaps you have finished your studies and want to try your luck in what is often seen as one of the last Eldorados of the world? Have you decided to change your life and reinvent yourself by living in Cape Town? Here are some tips to accompany your new life.

The concept of the "Rainbow Nation" is often used in reference to South Africa. It is worth noting that this term has been criticised. It implies, metaphorically, cohabitation of the "colours" and community groups that make up the country, rather than their fusion or integration - lives lived in parallel, rather than a sharing or reciprocal cultural exchange. 

Curiously, opinions on life in Cape Town are often divided: there are those who express reluctance at the thought of living there - often for reasons of security. Conversely, there are also those - students or young adults in particular - who see this part of the world as a place of opportunity and adventure, where anything is possible. They grab their plane tickets in one hand and their suitcase in the other, and cant get there quickly enough!

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An American expat living in Cape Town as a trailing / accompanying spouse with his husband.

Maple and Marula

2 years ago

Ive been many things. A university English instructor, a picker upper of dead bodies, a musician, and a sales guy. My work brought me and my family from Vancouver, Canada to Pretoria, South Africa in September 2016, and Im still wondering how that happened. I started this blog mostly because my friends back in Canada kept asking me how things were in South Africa, and posting about my experiences seemed more efficient than repeating myself hundreds of times. Maple and Marula is a way for me to make sense of my new surroundings as an expat who has no idea what Im doing.

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