Guide to Johannesburg

Book Cover: Guide to Johannesburg Guide to Johannesburg

Barbara Bruhwiler

Are you moving to or living as an expat in Johannesburg or South Africa? The Guide will provide you with the expat know-how and connections that allow you to effectively prepare and move to Johannesburg or South Africa, settle down easily and quickly, and have the time of your life as an expat down here.

The Guide to Johannesburg contains:

  • the exact prices for goods and services in Johannesburg
  • where and how you can live safely in this town where crime rates are soaring
  • what to do to stay safe in traffic and just about everywhere else
  • which international schools you will find in Johannesburg and how they compare to the local schools
  • how to get onto the road, into the shops and online quickly and hassle free
  • where and how to find new friends in Johannesburg
  • where to turn to find your “can’t-live-without” specialities from home
  • how to deal with small and bigger problems you encounter here
  • how to find and communicate with people who can help you
  • how to employ domestic employees, including a sample contract
  • where and when to go on safari and how to save money while optimising your “bush experience”
  • ... and lots more.

On top of this, you will also get personal consulting: Have your very own questions answered by the author.

Your purchase will give you immediate access to the Guide with its 3 eBooks and its consulting service.

This Guide is for free for most expats because multinational companies trust us to support their employees and reimburse them for their purchase of the Guide. Just hand in your receipt with your expense report at work.

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Author: Renata Harper

Renata is a South African freelance journalist with Italian and English heritage. She writes about people, nature, conservation, travel, Cape Town, mental health and self-development. Renata began her journalism career at Fairlady (a South African women's magazine), first as a sub-editor and then as a features writer. As a freelancer, she has had articles published in: Fairlady (SA), Shape (SA), Psychologies (SA), Cosmopolitan (SA), Weekend Argus (SA), and Amsterdam Magazine (the Netherlands). Renata also does regular book editing and proofreading, as well as blogging on behalf of clients. Renata’s first expat experience was at the age of 12, when she, her sister and mother emigrated to Devon, England. Stymied by the weather, they returned home 10 months later. In 2002, Renata returned to England (if at first you don’t succeed…), working for a year in an array of extremely odd jobs. In 2009, she gave up a dreamy position at a magazine in Cape Town to pursue another dream: a three-month Italian language and culture course at the University for Foreigners in Perugia, Italy. Having given it all up anyway, she decided to hang around in the Netherlands to suss out a Dutch guy she'd fallen for. In 2010, after winning a bursary, she studied her MA in Book and Digital Media Studies at Leiden University. In 2011 she launched her freelance career under the banner of The Global Writer. Suitably impressed with said guy (less so with the weather), she lured him back to Cape Town, where they now live with four pets, none of whom were planned.