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On the northern part of South Africa, Pretoria is located in the Gauteng Province, one of the country's richest ones. The administrative capital city is a great place to live for expats. It indeed offers a pleasant quality of life, with its Jacaranda trees planted everywhere giving its nickname of "Jacaranda City". Housingoptions, schools for children, job opportunities and other facilities are also available.

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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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