Capital - Pretoria (executive), Bloemfontein (judicial), Cape town (legislative)

Largest city - Johannesburg

Languages - Afrikaans , English out of 11 official languages

Climate - South Africa is a large country with a climate that varies from region to region. The Western Cape has a Mediterranean type climate whilst the interior of the country has a semi-desert climate that is typified by cold, dry winters and summer rainfall.

Living in South Africa - South Africa remains relatively cheap in comparison to many western countries. In the 2012 Mercer cost of living rankings Johannesburg (154) and Cape Town (179) fall 23 and 21 places respectively on the previous year,

The cheap cost of labor in South Africa entails that expats living here will have a high standard of living and will have domestic help as the norm if they so wish. Alcohol, eating at local restaurants and general service costs are also quite low.

Indians in South Africa - South Africa can offer expatriates a unique experience sampling a diverse and rich culture. It has a population of over 1.20 million Indians. Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Johannesburg,Cape Town are the regions with significant population of Indian Expats.


Government schools such as King Edward's School and Parktown Boys are excellent. However the majority of expats send their children to private or international schools in and around the city.

Some of the best private schools in Johannesburg include St Stithians College, St John's College, St Mary’s School and St Peter's. Additionally, a number of schools offer international curricula such as the American International School of Johannesburg (www.aisj-jhb.com), Charterhouse School, American International School of Cape Town (www.aisct.org) and Horizon International High School.