Emigrate to South Africa

⇒ South Africa culture

⇒ Climate

⇒ Language

⇒ School system of South Africa

⇒ Health care system

⇒ Vaccinations and medical certificates

⇒ Tax system

⇒ Economy

⇒ Prices by index

⇒ Real estate

⇒ Company foundation

⇒ Visa

⇒ Safety

South Africa culture

The culture of South Africa is characterized by the diversity of the population, which consists of different ethnic groups, languages and religions. Most residents are black Africans, but there are also significant communities of whites, Indians, and mixed-race people. The culture of the country reflects this diversity and is characterized by the traditions and customs of the different groups.
The art and music in South Africa is very diverse, ranging from traditional songs and dances to modern pop and rock music. The country is also known for its creative arts scene, especially in the visual arts and theater.
The food in South Africa is characterized by various influences from all over the world. The cuisine is known for its variety of meat dishes, including grilled meat (braai), biltong (dried meat), boerewors (sausage) and potjiekos (a stew). There are also many vegetarian and vegan options, as well as different types of bread and pastries.
The sports culture in South Africa is also very pronounced and popular. Soccer, rugby and cricket are the most widely played sports in the country. South Africa also has a successful athletics and swimming culture that has produced many world-class athletes.
The culture of South Africa is also influenced by its history and politics. During the apartheid era (1948-1994), there was systematic racial segregation and oppression of the black population in South Africa. Since the end of apartheid, the country has undergone a political and cultural transformation marked by the promotion of diversity and equality.


The climate in South Africa is very diverse due to its geographical location. The coastal regions of the country have a temperate climate with warm summers and mild winters, while the interior is characterized by hot summers and cooler winters. In the north of the country there is a tropical climate zone with year-round high temperatures and rainfall. In the South African mountains it can get very cold even in summer and there can even be snowfall. Therefore, it is advisable to take into account the climate in the particular region you want to visit and bring appropriate clothing.


In South Africa, 11 languages are officially recognized, including:

  1. English
  2. Afrikaans
  3. isiZulu
  4. isiXhosa
  5. Sesotho
  6. Setswana
  7. Sepedi
  8. isiNdebele
  9. Xitsonga
  10. Tshivenda
  11. siSwati

English is the most widely spoken language, used as a language of business and education, as well as in the media and government. Afrikaans is spoken mainly by the white population and is a creole language that originated from Dutch dialects. African languages are spoken by various ethnic groups in the country.

School system of South Africa

For emigrating to South Africa with your family, the school system is obviously of great importance:

The school system in South Africa is similar to the British school system and is divided into three levels: Primary Education, Secondary Education and Tertiary Education. Compulsory education in South Africa is nine years and begins at the age of seven. Primary education usually lasts seven years and secondary education five years. After completing their secondary education, students can go on to study at a university or college.
South Africa has two types of schools: public schools and private schools. Most students attend public schools funded by the government. Private schools are more expensive and often provide better education and facilities than public schools. There are also schools run by religious organizations.
The school system in South Africa faces a number of challenges, including lack of infrastructure and teachers in rural areas, uneven distribution of educational facilities, high dropout rates and high unemployment among school leavers.

Healthcare system

The health care system in South Africa is characterized by great disparities. There are private and public facilities. While private facilities have good equipment and offer high medical standards, public facilities are often understaffed, poorly equipped, and have long waiting times. Most South Africans use the public health system because it is more affordable for them. For tourists and expats, it is advisable to purchase travel insurance that also covers medical care abroad.

Impfungen und ärztliche Bescheinigungen

There are some vaccination requirements for emigrating to South Africa as a German. A valid yellow fever vaccination is required for all travelers nine months of age and older coming from or traveling through a country with yellow fever transmission. It is also advisable to brush up on standard vaccinations and get vaccinated against hepatitis A and B, typhoid and rabies. It is also recommended to take out travel medical insurance.

Tax system

The tax system in South Africa is a progressive income tax system. This means that the higher a person’s income is, the higher the tax rate they have to pay. The current maximum tax rate is 45%, which applies to annual incomes of about 1.5 million rand (about 90,000 euros) or more. There is also a Value Added Tax (VAT) of 15%, which is levied on almost all goods and services. Companies must also pay corporate income tax, which is 28%.
Additionally, there are a number of tax incentives and deductions offered by the government to encourage investment and employment. Tax legislation in South Africa is subject to regular review and adjustment to ensure that it meets the needs of business and society.


South Africa’s economy is the second largest on the African continent and among the most developed of African countries. The country is rich in mineral resources, including platinum, diamonds, gold, coal and natural gas. Agriculture is also an important industry, especially in terms of wine, fruit and vegetables.
However, South Africa also has high unemployment, high levels of income inequality, and high levels of poverty. The government is working to diversify and strengthen the economy through a variety of measures, such as promoting industrial development, increasing trade and investment, and supporting microenterprises.

Prices by index

Since prices can change quickly even in a stronger economy like South Africa’s, we refer you here to the Cost of Living website. On this website, the information is updated so that you are always up to date.

Real Estate

As a foreigner you can buy or rent real estate in South Africa. There are no restrictions on property ownership by foreigners, but it is advisable to seek advice from a local attorney or real estate agent to understand local regulations and procedures. The acquisition of real estate by foreigners in South Africa is subject to approval by the South African Reserve Bank and registration with the Deeds Office. There are also different types of tenure in South Africa, including freehold and leasehold titles, which have different terms and rights.

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Company foundation

As a foreigner, you can start a business in South Africa. However, there are certain rules and regulations that must be followed. Foreign investors must first apply for approval from the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) and obtain all necessary permits and licenses from relevant government agencies before establishing or acquiring a business. It is also important to ensure that all taxes and duties are paid properly and that you are familiar with South African laws and regulations.


There are several visa options for emigrating to South Africa. Some of the most common visa types are:

  1. Visitor Visas: For short term visits to South Africa for tourism, business trips or visits to relatives or friends.
  2. Study Visas: For foreigners who wish to study in South Africa.
  3. Work Permit: For foreigners who wish to work in South Africa.
  4. Investor Visas: For foreigners who wish to invest in South Africa.
  5. Retiree Visa: For retirees who wish to spend their retirement in South Africa.
  6. Family Reunification: For foreigners who wish to live with their family members in South Africa.

The requirements and conditions for each visa vary depending on the type and circumstances of the applicant. It is advisable to contact the South African embassy or consulate in the applicant’s home country for more information and to begin the application process.

Security in the country

South Africa generally has a higher security risk than many other countries, especially in terms of violent crime. There are certain areas where there is an increased risk of crime, such as urban townships or some rural areas. It is recommended that travelers coming to South Africa remain vigilant and be aware of current security conditions in the areas they plan to visit. It is also recommended that travelers keep an eye on their safety and valuables and follow local security guidelines.

We refer here to the safety advice of the German Foreign Office: Safety advice South Africa.

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