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Key Facts

Official Name: Republic of South Africa

Capital City: Cape Town (legislative); Pretoria (administrative); Bloemfontein (judicial)

Official Languages: English

Religion: Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism

Currency: Rand (R)

Time Zone: GMT + 2 hours

Country Domain: .za

Country Tel Code: 27

Moving to South Africa

South Africa is a natural paradise, with its spectacular coastline, soaring mountains, vast plains, enormous variety of plants, and wide range of exotic wildlife. It is also blessed with rich mineral resources including diamonds, platinum, gold, manganese, and chromium.

Game preserves throughout the country allow visitors to observe lions, buffalo, elephants, leopards, giraffes, zebras, and many other animals in their habitats - an unforgettable experience.


The South Africans are governed under a provisional constitution with a president, a bicameral National Parliament including a 400-member National Assembly elected by popular vote, and a 90-member Senate chosen by the nine regional parliaments.


Despite these difficulties, South Africa's economy continues to be one of the strongest in Africa, at one point accounting for 75 percent of the GDP of the South African region. The peaceful transition of power in democratically held elections brought South Africa back into the world economy.

The country's per capita income ranks it among the middle-income, semi-industrial countries of the world. Its infrastructure is well developed - roads are in good condition, electricity rates are low, and there is clean water in the cities.


Types of housing in and around South Africa's major cities vary. Real estate agents have portfolios that include magnificent wine estates; luxurious homes with large gardens, pools, and tennis courts; agricultural and game farms; and small cottages.

Apartments can range from small studios to large, sophisticated penthouses. Many complexes include sports facilities as well.


International schools in South Africa offer curricula based on two or more countries' educational systems and culture. International schools that generally offer a UK or US curriculum are located in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Mafikeng, and Pretoria.

Most international schools operate on a three-term system. Many offer summer school and a wide variety of extracurricular programs.

Visa & Immigration

Santa Fe offers Visa and Immigration services for South Africa and countries around the world. For further information, please contact your local Santa Fe office.

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Santa Fe Relocation Services Cape Town Office


Manager: Mathieu Dunod

Let us assist you with obtaining a South Africa visa, finding an apartment or school in Cape Town, and more!

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