It seems that lately we’ve been very spoilt with South African acts gracing our shores from The 3 South Africans at the Fringe Festival last year to Trevor Noah last October, Radio Raps at Oor Die Water and Kevin Fraser in March this year.
Now it’s the turn of some of South Africa’s finest comedians at the Perth Comedy Festival in what looks like a spectacular night of comedy with the South African Comedy Allstars!
Today I’m interviewing Gina Jacobson, a South African mum and blogger at A Bit Of This A Bit Of That now living in Israel. She shares her migration journey, challenges and adventures that her international move has brought her.
Where in South Africa are you from and where do you live now?
I was born and raised in Johannesburg. My family and I moved to Israel in December of 2014 and currently live in the city of Modi’in.
As South Africans, for many of us rugby is in our blood. With Super Rugby on the calendar each year I always check the fixtures to see when South African teams will be playing in Perth throughout the season.
On Sunday 9 April the Road Safety Western Force will be taking on the Southern Kings, a South African team from the Eastern Cape which rejoined Super Rugby last year.
The match kicks off at 14:05 but as it’s family day, the gates will open at 12:35 with a curtain raiser between some junior rugby clubs.
To encourage attendance for their family day, for every adult Bronze or Blue Crew ticket you can bring 3 juniors for free. You do need to buy your tickets online and select your free junior tickets at time of purchase – these tickets won’t be available to buy on the door.
Today I’m sharing a post from the heart from Gillian Nathan, a fellow South African who has made the move to Australia and has gone through all the emotions that you did or are currently going through.
Thanks for sharing this Gillian!
Moving countries is one of the toughest hardest decisions you will ever make. Leaving behind family, friends and everything that is familiar – I remember feeling so totally overwhelmed on my first grocery shopping experience.
If you’re a South African living overseas you may well have already heard of Showmax. Think of it as the South African version of Netflix. You can watch some of your old favourites from South African TV as well as classic movies, but they also have award winning Afrikaans movies and documentaries.
There are some interesting new movies and documentaries available now and coming soon, and if you’re a fan of South African music from the 1990s and 2000s, you aren’t going to want to miss these.
Have you ever wanted to start your own business but you don’t know where to start?
Are you a newcomer to Australia and have a cool business idea?
The Town of Victoria Park, the City of Canning and the City of Belmont are combining their efforts and hosting a FREE information session on Thursday 23 March featuring the 8 steps to starting a business from the Small Business Development Corporation.
A brand new South African music festival is coming to Australia – and its being held right here in Perth. Set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Swan Valley, Oor Die Water is going to showcase some of the best South African music and comedic talent.
The venue is the Belvoir Amphitheatre, which is on the Great Northern Highway and the festival is open to all ages, so if you want to bring the whole family you can.
Oor Die Water is being organised by a team including Juandre Bentley and there is no doubt that this is an adventurous project. While South African acts are no strangers to Australian shores, a concert on this scale has not been attempted before. The acts are big names including Francois Van Coke, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Nicholis Louw and Kurt Darren.
When you start to plan your move to Australia, you’ll be looking up information about the country and what life here is really like, probably at every opportunity you can get.
These days it’s so easy with smart phones and social media – you can pretty much find anything you want whenever you want. This can sometimes lead to an information overload! So how do you know what’s accurate and what’s just made up gumpf?
Unfortunately, it’s not always as clear cut as someone being right or wrong. Everyone who goes through the migration process will have their own unique experience which is completely shaped by their immediate environment, attitudes, support systems and life experience.
Just because one person said they love it here and they settled in really easily, doesn’t mean that’s what everyone experiences. And that’s perfectly OK. I often see people asking questions like ‘Someone told me 8 out of 10 South African families who migrate to Australia end up moving back to SA, is that true?’ or ‘How long will it take for us to settle in?’ or ‘Should I wait until the end of the school year before we move our family over?’.
No one can give you the right answer to any of these questions (well maybe the first one, as that just sounds like nonsense to me!). Your migration experience is what you make of it. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s not the wrong way or the right way, it’s just your way.
So in an effort to help you dispel some preconceived ideas about moving to Australia, let’s look at some common misconceptions about moving to Australia.
This year’s Fringe World Festival is already well underway in Perth. With hundreds of acts ranging from comedy, music, theatre, arts and cabaret, there is so much to see and do this year, it’s actually hard to pick and choose what to see.
But did you know there are some fab South African acts performing this year Fringe World Festival in Perth?
I was so excited when I discovered this new Cape To Cairo when it opened (a good few years ago now!). It wasn’t far from our house and it had a cute little coffee shop to boot! What more could you want – stocking up on your favourite South African snacks and treats, while enjoying a cup of coffee and some peppermint crisp tart!
I remember walking into it the first time and thinking how much it reminded me of a proper Woolworths food store in South Africa.