Relocation to South Africa

1st Ever Ready provide international relocation and removals services with regular weekly loads moving in both directions, to and from each country. South Africa, is regularly served by our fleet, and we are able to take full loads, part loads and single items.

Please remember this is just some general information for anyone wishing or planning to move to South Africa. For more information on any legal and social aspects of making the move visit the website; British High Commission in South Africa

At very competitive rates we load & collect from any part of the UK however remote & can deliver to any area of South Africa.

We offer a full or part packing service for all moves (or we can supply you with materials), a part or full export wrapping service for effects for extra journey protection, short or long terms storage either in this country or abroad & full comprehensive goods in transit insurance for any value as nominated by the customer (extra charges are incurred) & we have fully trained customer friendly, competent, experienced staff with FIDA trained & regulated personnel, at your country of destination.

We are here to make your move easy & stress free, thus allowing you to enjoy your new forthcoming horizons. We try to minimise the journey times of your goods by careful selection & keep track of the consignment by use of the latest navigational systems allowing us to be totally aware of the current location of effects.


Population; 44,344,136

Location; Southern Africa, at the southern tip of the continent of Africa

Geography; total area: 1,219,912 sq km. Terrain consists of vast interior plateau rimmed by rugged hills and narrow coastal plain

Climate; mostly semiarid; subtropical along east coast; sunny days, cool nights

Language; IsiZulu 23.8%, IsiXhosa 17.6%, Afrikaans 13.3%, Sepedi 9.4%, English 8.2%, Setswana 8.2%, Sesotho 7.9%, Xitsonga 4.4%, other 7.2% (2001 census)

Currency; rand (ZAR)

Government; republic

Religion; Zion Christian 11.1%, Pentecostal/Charismatic 8.2%, Catholic 7.1%, Methodist 6.8%, Dutch Reformed 6.7%, Anglican 3.8%, other Christian 36%, Islam 1.5%, other 2.3%, unspecified 1.4%, none 15.1% (2001 census)

Economy and Jobs

Work permit; Work permits, function as a kind of temporary residence visa as they allow foreign nationals to live and work in the country for up to a maximum of twelve months. Extensions to this period can be applied for. Although there are numerous categories under which applications for work visas can be submitted, persons wishing to invest in the country and highly skilled workers who can contribute to the broadening of South Africa's economy are the two most likely to be given utmost consideration.

Finding work; South Africa, like any other country, has an obligation to its people first and foremost and so limited opportunities are available for employment.
South Africa has an exceptionally high unemployment rate (over 40%) and a massive pool of unskilled laborers. Demand for skilled workers is high, though. You will, of course, need a valid work permit in order to find legal employment in the country

Moving to South Africa

Visas & Passport; Nationals from the United Kingdom do not require visas if they intend to remain in the country for less than 90 days. This has the added benefit of making it easy for those considering immigrating to the country to visit beforehand. Permanent residence applications can be made at a South African Consular representative abroad or at the Department of Home Affairs within South Africa.

Pets and animals; Dogs from the United Kingdom do not need to be quarantined.
In order to bring pets into the country, an Application to Import Animals into South Africa form must be completed and applicable fees (around R80, or $12) paid to The Directorate of Animal Health. Thereafter a Veterinary Import permit and Veterinary Health Certificate will be issued. The Health Certificate must be signed by an authorized veterinarian within ten days prior to departure. Discrepancies can result in animals being returned to their point of departure or quarantined for up to 60 days.

Living in South Africa

Renting; Renting in South Africa, as is the case in many countries, is a viable alternative to buying a property for a number of reasons, not the least is the fact that you need not commit to any one region or area for very long. Lifestyle varies markedly between the interior cities such as Johannesburg and Pretoria and coastal ones such as Durban and Cape Town and renting provides an effective, relatively easy way to sample each of these areas.
When renting property, the tenant pays no fees to the estate agent for their services, but a deposit of a single month's rent is usually required before moving in. Also, be aware that in some cases it is the tenant's responsibility to have the water and electricity connected or activated.

Education; In South Africa primary school sees learners from grade 1 through grade 6 and high-school from grade 7 to grade 12. Typically, children enter grade 1 at the age of seven. As is the case in many countries, the South African school system is made up of private and public schools, which vary greatly in price, resources and ultimately, quality. Private school fees can range from $1,500 - $5,200 per year, excluding boarding. More exclusive boarding schools can charge in the region of $16,000. By comparison, a state-subsidized school may cost as little as $900 per year. There are many good schools in both the private and public sector, and it's worth finding out which option is best for your children (contact your local provincial government or the Independent Schools Association once you've settled in).

Health; Healthcare in South Africa is comprised of a large public and small, but burgeoning private sector. The public sector, despite sizeable government spending, lacks resources and much of the specialist and acute care is now provided by the private sector. Public or state hospitals charge patients based upon how much they earn and the number of dependents they have. The maximum these hospitals will charge is R55 (about 5) for a consultation.
Medical aid schemes are pervasive, and seen as almost mandatory given the rising cost of health care in the country. It is in the private sector that rapid, effective emergency care is most prevalent. Specialist treatment is available at state hospitals, but the waiting lists are typically exceptionally long.
Medical aid schemes offer everything from full medical cover to a hospital plan only. However, medical aids have ceilings for each category of medical expense beyond which the member is expected to pay.