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What do I get for my Rand?

 

In the tourist off-peak season the rent in Cape Town is cheaper than in many European cities. There are many furnished apartments available for short- and long term rent. Groceries are a bit cheaper, while electric appliances and luxuries are a bit more expensive than in Germany.

 

Because of lower wages for unskilled workers, all services, from laundry to restaurants, are significantly cheaper.

 
Income Tax

In accordance to the taxation law, foreigners become liable for tax if their centre of life has moved to South Africa, i.e. when they see South Africa as a constant home (ordinary residents), or if they reside in South Africa for a minimum of 91 days a year (physical residents).

As in Germany, the income tax is equated in accordance to the amount of income. Please follow the link to calculate your future net income: Income Tax Calculator

 
City District Information

Finding the right living space in Cape Town is not difficult at all. It basically comes down to what your requirements are and how they fit in with the particular area you are looking at, or the accommodation type available.


There is a classifieds directory called Cape Ads (as part of the nation-wide Junk Mail publication), which is available in print and online (http://www.junkmail.co.za/capeads-cape-town). Cape Ads is the “King of Classifieds” and is a great information source for many type of ads, be it accommodation, job postings or cars for sale.


Another fantastic source of information for living and working in Cape Town is the Gumtree website (http://capetown.gumtree.co.za).


The table below will give you a general idea of the characteristics of the different parts of Cape Town. You can use it in combination with a city map to decide in which part of the most beautiful city in the world your future home should be!

 

Prices

Safety

Trend Factor

Clubs & Pubs

Nature

Belleville

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Not Sure

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Bo-Kaap

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Not Sure

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CampsBay

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Gardens

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Greenpoint

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Milnerton

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Muizenberg

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Newlands / Claremont

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Observatory

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Oranjezicht

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Sea Point

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Table View / Blouberg

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Tamboerskloof

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Vredehoek / Devils Peak

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Not Sure

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Waterkant

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Woodstock(Upper)

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Townships

The informal settlements of the Cape Flats are vibrant communities, by some considered the birthplace of Cape Town’s soul and art, and are popular destinations for day-trips. However, tourists should rather travel with a tour company than going on their own. Township tours are offered by many professional tour-companies, one of them is andulela.

andulela offers interactive day tours and packages in South Africa. Their cultural and wildlife experiences combine renowned “must-see-and-do” highlights with unique opportunities of discovering “behind the scenes” and “off-the-beaten-track”. Universal themes (e.g. cooking, music, arts, crafts, sport) often with a “hands-on” participative aspect, allow visitors and locals to exchange, learn and have fun in authentic situations despite varying cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. At the core of andulela’s approach lies the concept of responsible tourism. We strive to create and maintain a long-term balance between the different needs of traveller and those of the region visited. By booking with andulela, visitors directly contribute to the conservation of natural environments and help develop the scope of local communities: http://www.andulela.com

 
Accommodation

Cape Town has got a wide selection of accommodation to suit all budgets; from backpackers’ hostels to five-star hotels. There are establishments scattered all over town so you can choose in which part of Cape Town you want to live.


There is plenty of information about the many accommodation options in Cape Town on the Internet. In addition, Cape Town Tourism offers an accommodation accreditation system that will ensure that each establishment under the scheme meets the required quality standards. These establishments can be found online or by contacting a Cape Town Tourism office.


As with travelling in any other location it pays to follow these general safety tips: Do not leave your luggage unattended, even if it is in the lobby of a hotel or a guesthouse. Remember to leave your room key at the reception. Do not open your door to strangers.

 

Click here for a list of german guesthouses in Cape Town: http://www.germansincapetown.com/gaestehaus

 
Hiking

Table Mountain offers incredible hikes in varying levels of difficulty. It is definitely one of the main Cape Town tourist attractions, and offers magnificent walks through afromontane forests.


Since Table Mountain is a National Park and Wilderness area you should never walk alone and you should always carry water, a cell phone and warm clothing with you, as the weather may change suddenly at the top. Take the same precautions as you would in any other outdoor environment; be sure to carry a map and be cautious on steep edges. Seek advice of a qualified mountain guide for walks higher up on the mountain.

Avoid brining any unnecessary valuables with you on your hike; rather leave them at home or in the hotel safe. Occasionally thieves target hikers, or their cars, although most car parks for Table Mountain walks have car guards on duty.

 
General Information

South Africa is called the “Rainbow Nation” because of its cultural diversity. An example is the 11 official languages spoken in the country. In the Western Cape, as well as in the other provinces, you can communicate in English without any difficulty.

Calmness is the first lesson you will learn from the South African life. The clocks tick a bit slower and the German punctuality is not as important to everyone. People are very friendly and often engage in small talk, and don’t seem to be affected too much by stress. The only time it gets a little hectic is at the end of a working day or right before a rugby game – a very popular sport that should be experienced if you get a chance.


South Africa is an emerging market country and as a result you will see many different words come together in Cape Town. On the one hand there is the glamorous shopping world, stylish restaurants and promenades outlined with palm trees, on the other there is poverty and informal settlements. Unfortunately, after more than 15 years of democracy economic balance and social justice is yet to be achieved.

 

                   

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