We’ve recently started planning a South African holiday which will be our first trip back to South Africa since 2010. We had planned to visit in 2017 but after a few personal hiccups last year, we decided to postpone it until 2018 when things had settled down a bit.
As with any holiday, I think the planning is half the fun! Of course we want to visit a game reserve while we are there, and when I started looking at where to go, I was so excited (and overwhelmed!) to see just how many choices there are today! I’m sure there weren’t as many game reserves when we lived there (or maybe we just never looked for them!).
During my holiday planning, I connected with Jenni Moss from Southey Travel, who are specialists in luxury travel holidays in South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. She mentioned yet another option I hadn’t discovered, Gorah Elephant Camp. It sounded gorgeous so I asked her to share a bit more about it with you all.
Over to Jenni!
Today I’m interviewing Meg Knox-Davies, a South African blogger over at This Is Us Living now living in Dublin, Ireland. 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 Durban, but we moved up to Joburg in 2012 and were living there before we moved to Ireland at the end of last year. Now we live in Dublin.
What do you blog about and did you start your blog before or after your move?
I started my blog in 2013 to journal my struggle to become a runner, and try get fit, happy and healthy. We made the decision to try living overseas, on our honeymoon, after a very candid chat about what we wanted most out of life. When we moved, my blog sort of started evolving. I have always been very real and honest on my blog, sharing more of our life than I probably should, so when we moved I wanted to talk more about our reasons why and all our travels. |It turned more into showing more of our life, not just the running part. So I rebranded my blog in March 2017 as ‘this is us… living’.
If adventure racing is your thing, you’re going to love this post! I was recently contacted by a South African now living in Perth, Ellen Allardice, who has started a business organising adventure race tours to South Africa. She’s putting together her first adventure race tour to South Africa to do the SANI2C – a 3 day mountain bike race in Kwa-Zulu Natal in May 2018.
Ellen is originally from Durban but has been in Australia for over 8 years now. Ellen and her family had the opportunity to move to Perth and took it, as they already had immediate family living here. I spoke to Ellen to find out more about her migration journey and what made her want to start organising adventure race tours.
If you’ve ever had to send something to South Africa, whether it was a present for a family member or some important documents or even just a card, I’m sure one question has gone through your mind each time: “Will it arrive?”
Never mind about worrying if it will arrive in one piece, or on time – the main concern is usually if it will arrive at all!
Unfortunately the South African Postal Service is not what it used to be. Even when we lived in South Africa you rarely posted birthday cards as you were always concerned that they’d ‘go missing’ – i.e. the postman might think there was money in the card and take it for himself (or herself!).
I recently discovered that there is a new way to get your post and parcels delivered safely to South Africa from Australia. Not only safely, but in just a matter of days too!
Enter Postbox Courier.
If you’ve been umming and ahhing about whether to emigrate to Australia, you’re not alone. In the last few years, and especially since Zuma has been in power, many South Africans have been investigating whether to up sticks and move abroad. An overwhelming number of those enquiries according to migration agents in South Africa, have been enquiries about emigration to Australia.
With recent changes to different visa classes in Australia announced in April 2017, and some coming into effect this month and next year, now is the time to take emigration to Australia seriously.
Immigrate To Australia Road Show In South Africa – August 2017
Suffolk Visa and Soft Landing Migrations have joined forces to host an Immigrate To Australia road show in South Africa to meet with local people who are serious about migrating to Australia.
One of the most frequent questions I get from new or prospective migrants is:
‘How does child care work in Australia?’
Arriving in a new country, often not knowing anyone, let alone anyone you can trust with your children, is incredibly daunting.
If you’re a family where both parents need to work to make ends meet or have a comfortable life, then you’ll probably need to find a child care option that works for you.
Coming from the UK to Australia, I found the child care help from the government to be amazing. In the UK you get no government assistance with child care until your child turns 3.
Compare that to Australia where not only is everyone entitled to a child care rebate of up to $7500 per child per year, but there is also a means-tested child care benefit too.
I met a lovely woman recently who told me that when she first arrived in Australia, she had 4 kids and when they discovered the cost of child care, she decided not to work as what she could earn wouldn’t even cover the child care costs. She had no idea that they would have been entitled to any government assistance, and now a few years down the line and she is struggling to find work as she has no recent work experience.
So if I can help someone else avoid this mistake, then this post is worth it!
Since the announcements back in April that 457 visas were to be scrapped and there would be changes to citizenship applications in Australia, it seems the process of applying for anything via the Department of Immigration and Border Control is fast becoming a nightmare for all involved!
Here is a round up of the latest news related to migration to Australia.
If you’ve ever been keen to go on a ghost tour in Perth, I’ve found an awesome one for you! I was recently invited along to a ghost hunting tour at the Midland Town Hall by Shanks Pony Tours.
They offer a few different options including a 2 hour tour, a 4 hour investigation and a mystery ghost bus tour. I, along with my fellow admin on Proudly South African In Perth & WA Facebook group Erika, went for a 2 hour tour one Friday evening in April.
The tour is run by Patty Williams, a fellow ex-South African who is a psychic medium. She is also a councillor and when she started working at the Midland Town Hall, she started to encounter numerous spirits around the building.
She, along with a team of other paranormal investigators, began to research information around the spirits they were seeing and communicating with and have actually been able to verify the information with newspaper articles from the past – it’s really amazing!
If you’re a massive Suzelle DIY fan like me, you’ll be very excited to hear what she’s up to at the moment!
She’s filming a brand new show called Tali’s Wedding Diary, a mockumentary about a self-obsessed Sandton princess who’s moved to Cape Town and has hired a documentary crew to film the build-up to her wedding to property-agent fiancé Darren.
It’s being produced with Showmax and it’s their first original production.
Since introducing SuzelleDIY to YouTube, more than 70 Suzelle videos have been created, gaining almost 22 million views. One of her videos alone, How To Make A Cinderblock Bench, has clocked up more than 2.5 million views.
Ari Kruger, co-creator and director of Tali’s Wedding Diary, has worked extensively as a director for commercials, music videos and online content. His short films have gained significant attention online and played in film festivals around the world.
A couple of years ago I wrote a post about the cost of living in Perth. At the time, we were renting and now we’re homeowners (yay!) I thought I’d better update that post as it gets a lot of eyeballs each month.
As a homeowner there a few more expenses to be taken care of, so these will be new additions to the list. Massive disclaimer on this post though – this is our personal experience of the cost of living. We are a fairly frugal family, but we do like to enjoy life too so I think we live a fairly average life when it comes to spending. We don’t watch every cent, but we also don’t go overboard every week on luxuries.
So let’s break it down into monthly costs and look at the cost of living in Perth in 2017.