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Because of the large population of South Africans now living in Australia, we’re a little bit spoilt when it comes to South African entertainment that we get. In July, the world-famous Ladysmith Black Mambazo is coming to Australia and will be performing in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Brisbane, and of course, Perth. Who Are Ladysmith Black Mambazo? South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo was founded in the early 1960s by Joseph Shabalala, then a teenage farm boy living on the lands just outside the small town of Ladysmith, in the province of kwaZulu Natal.  To name his group, Joseph used his hometown to honor his family history.  He added the word Black in reference to the black oxen, the strongest of all farm animals. Mambazo is the Zulu word for chopping axe, a symbol of the group’s vocal ability to clear the path to success. A radio broadcast in 1970 opened the door to their first record contract, the beginning of an ambitious recording career that currently includes more than seventy albums, earning nineteen Grammy Award nominations and five Grammy Award wins, including this year’s prize for Best World Music Album (Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30 Year Anniversary Celebration). The group sings from […]

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If you know your South African shops in Perth, you’ll undoubtedly have come across Cape To Cairo in Woodvale. Last year, the business was sold and has been rebranded at the Village Hut Cafe. You’ve still got the same welcoming smiles, delicious treats and coffee, and all your South African favourites in the store though! I popped in to chat with the new owners and find out more about them and their plans for the shop and cafe. Odette and Keith are fairly new to Perth – they’ve been here for a year, since moving across from Brisbane. Odette is from Durban originally and Keith from Cape Town. They also spent some time in Canberra, so they’ve got a real taste of what life is like across Australia. Before moving down under, they lived in Namibia for several years and it was there they ran a coffee shop and catering company for several years. Keith is a pilot and their moves around the country have been related to his job. Now they’re happily living in Perth, which was always their goal, they decided it was time to settle and buy a business. With their previous hospitality and catering experience, when the […]

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It’s no secret that housing and rent prices in Perth are way cheaper than cities such as Melbourne Sydney, so it’s not hard to see why Perth is so attractive for new migrants to Australia. You might be wondering about where you’ll live when you move to Perth, whether you’ll like it, and ultimately whether you’ll rent for a while or buy as soon as you can. If you do decide to buy, it’s important to make sure that you know exactly what you’re looking for during your property search. Here are some of the things you need to keep in mind when you want to find your new home in Perth after migrating.   1. Decide Whether to Rent or Buy  The first thing you need to do is decide whether it makes more sense to rent or buy. Generally, it’s a good idea to rent to start with, at least for a few months, or even a couple of years. This will give you a good idea of whether you like a suburb before you commit to buying. However, once you’ve found the perfect area for you and your family, it makes sense to buy if you can […]

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Recently, we celebrated our 5th anniversary of arriving in Australia. 5 years. Some days it feels like we’ve just arrived. Other days it feels like we’ve never lived anywhere else. It got me thinking about how I feel after so long, and what I’ve learnt after living here for 5 years.   5 Things I’ve Learnt After 5 Years In Australia   #1 – Job Security Is Rare Working is tough here. Compared to the UK, we’ve never worked so hard as we do in Australia. I can’t really compare to South Africa, as I left after I finished my degree, but I think in general South Africans are known to have an amazing work ethic. While in the UK, people would rarely do anything outside their job role, South Africans are generally not afraid to get their hands dirty doing whatever needs to be done. For the first 3 years after we moved to Australia, I worked for a small business here in Perth. It was an entry-level role which taught me a great deal about a completely new industry (online marketing). On my 3rd anniversary of working for the company, I was suspended and then fired. I haven’t […]

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It’s that time of year again! The annual Perth Comedy Festival has kicked off and we’ve got 5 of South Africa’s best comedians heading to Perth and Sydney to perform as the South African Comedy Allstars. Last year’s show featured Tumi Morake, John Vlismas, Loyiso Gola, and Tats Nkonzo. This year, Tumi and John are returning and bringing another 3 comedians with them – Robbie Collins, Dusty Rich, and Alfred Adriaan. Robbie Collins You may remember Robbie from the brilliant South African Tourism video that did the rounds last year. It was called ‘Come Home Bru‘ and mocked Australian icons while trying to entice South Africans in Australia to head back, even if it was just for a holiday. Robbie is from Durban and has had a relatively quick rise to fame on the comedy circuit. He’s opened for comedians such as Marc Lottering and Trevor  Noah (who is also returning to Perth later this year). Alfred Adriaan Alfred Adriaan has performed across the world and been nominated for 5 South African Comics Choice awards. He’s been in some movies and appeared on TV including on Come Dine With Me in the UK. There aren’t many video clips out there […]

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I’m hearing so many stories lately of families who have used migration agents that have turned out to be not as reputable as they were led to believe, or who have completely messed up a visa application. I wanted to write a blog about why you need to find a reputable migration agent, to try and save some of you from going through the same thing.  These days there are so many people wanting to move to Australia – not just South Africans, but there are plenty of us who are in the process of making the move, or deciding if they can move. I get heaps of emails every week asking me where they can start the process, what it involves and some asking for personal advice.  I’m not a migration agent, I’m not MARA registered, so I cannot give advice to anyone. My blogs are written to give you practical and emotional information to equip you with the skills and resilience to make the move to Australia and survive. If people ask me for advice, I refer them onto migration agents that will be able to answer their questions about their individual circumstances.  A few months ago I […]

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Here in Perth, we’re so spoilt for choice when it comes to entertainment. And not just any entertainment, South African entertainment. Clearly, the South Africans know just how many of us there are in Perth so they all make a draai here when it comes to Australian tours. That and it’s easier on the jet lag to start a tour here! This month, we’re welcoming South African comedian Carvin Goldstone in Perth. Who Is Carvin Goldstone? Carvin hails from Durban (woo!) and has been in comedy since 2006 when he won the Madras Masala Comedy show. It wasn’t until 2011 that he performed his first ever one-man show ‘No Swearing!’ at the Playhour Drama Theatre, which was a sellout. A mixed Jew, Zulu, Indian and American, Carvin H Goldstone is one of South Africa’s most successful stand-up comedians. Nominated as South African Comics’ Choice Comedian of the Year in 2016 and 2017, Carvin’s unique no swearing style of comedy has intrigued comedy and non-comedy lovers alike. Basically, Carvin is well known as a poor man’s Trevor Noah. And sometimes just a poor man. And most times just poor. Born to a mixed American and Indian mother and mixed Zulu and Jewish father, amongst […]

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Are you wondering whether to make the move to Australia or New Zealand? Or are you living in New Zealand but wondering if a move to Australia is a good idea? Today I speak to one family about their journey from South Africa to New Zealand to Australia. South African Carl and Kiwi Mel live in Perth with their daughter, but that wasn’t always the case. After Carl left Cape Town for New Zealand, he met his wife and they lived in New Zealand for 11 years. They’ve now been in Perth for 6 years and have got a fair idea about life in each country, and they’ve graciously agreed to share their personal opinions about the differences in the countries on my blog. Thank you Carl and Mel!   Where are you from in South Africa? I’m originally from Cape Town. I met my wife in NZ, we have one daughter.   Did you only investigate moving to NZ initially or were you considering Australia? Yes, only to NZ first. Australia became a thought or possibility after we went to Sydney for a holiday.   If you were considering Australia from South Africa, what made you choose NZ over […]

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If you’re in the process of emigrating to Australia from South Africa, you’re probably wondering how you’re going to move your money to Australia. You may also be considering cashing in your retirement annuities and bringing the money to Australia to help you set up your new life down under. If you are, I’ve got great news for you! Rand Rescue’s Henrico Kotze is coming to South Africa in June and July 2018, speaking to people who are about to make the big move. Get Your Money Out Of South Africa This is the perfect time to meet us face to face and chat about moving your money to Australia. Using a company like Rand Rescue means you get a much better exchange rate than using a regular bank, plus you get a personalised service from our Australian and South African teams. Rand Rescue specialises in transferring funds from South Africa to Australia, New Zealand, the UK, the US and other countries around the world. We are also financial emigration specialists, with over a decade of experience in financial emigration from South Africa. There are others out there offering a similar service but we are known for our fast processing […]

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If you’ve been granted a permanent residence visa for Australia, congratulations! You may be jumping for joy and booking your international movers, but wait! There are conditions attached to your visa that you need to be aware of, so here are 5 things you need to know about your Australian permanent residence visa.   1. Your PR Never Expires Once you’ve been granted your permanent residence and it has been activated (i.e. you’ve entered Australia using your visa), your permanent residence does not expire. You can stay a permanent resident forever. You’ll probably want to apply for citizenship as soon as you are eligible, but you don’t have to. You can remain in Australia indefinitely without worrying about your visa running out.   2. But Your Ability To Travel Does This is a big thing that a lot of people don’t realise. While your permanent residence never expires, the ability to travel in and out of the country does. Once your PR has expired, if you want to travel in and out of the country, you need to have a Return Resident Visa. The current cost of this visa is $365, and each family member will need to have one. So […]

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