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Old 07-23-2019, 03:43 PM
 
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Tiger Beer, you are truly brave for driving in SA I wouldn't do it and you are more adventurous than me (I like having a driver as I don't like to drive).

Addis is going through huge changes one being democracy for the very first time so hopefully things get better sooner than later.

I would really like better posting and comparisons too about the continent. The problem is that most Africans don't even travel to other countries within Africa. At the African Cup there were barely people at the games. I'll try to keep posting things that come up and or interest me about the Continent.
On my first leisure trip (not business trip) in South Africa we got a rental car and drove. The logistics in S. Africa is excellent, the roads were excellent except you may be driving down a well surfaced highway from time to time and see some guy with a skinny cow crossing the road. At one point I went to a gas station where you had to manually pump the gas from a tank via a spinning ratchet gizmo. That was a first.
I also drove into Swaziland. That's one thing I can say about S. Africa - the infrastructure is excellent. People talk about these expensive safaris in in Central Africa, all escorted, in the travel forum. I am telling them "Nah don't do that, travel to S. Africa, get a rental car, and just drive to Kruger...you can do it at the fraction of the cost of those fully escorted safari trips". We drove all over the place in the countryside, we avoided the big cities and townships obviously due to (sorry to mention it again) security concerns and had no issues.
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Old 07-23-2019, 10:09 PM
 
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I was in Cape Town for a week and rented a car. No incident.

I was driving on Baden Powell Dr to Stellenbosch during mid day have the street was closed by police. The detour was to the Khayelitsha township and I decide to turn back instead of go through .

I also don't dare to drive at night.
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Old 07-25-2019, 03:43 AM
 
Location: Macao
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On my first leisure trip (not business trip) in South Africa we got a rental car and drove. The logistics in S. Africa is excellent, the roads were excellent except you may be driving down a well surfaced highway from time to time and see some guy with a skinny cow crossing the road. At one point I went to a gas station where you had to manually pump the gas from a tank via a spinning ratchet gizmo. That was a first.
I also drove into Swaziland. That's one thing I can say about S. Africa - the infrastructure is excellent. People talk about these expensive safaris in in Central Africa, all escorted, in the travel forum. I am telling them "Nah don't do that, travel to S. Africa, get a rental car, and just drive to Kruger...you can do it at the fraction of the cost of those fully escorted safari trips". We drove all over the place in the countryside, we avoided the big cities and townships obviously due to (sorry to mention it again) security concerns and had no issues.
Yes! Driving into Kruger was fantastic! I loved that. I particularly loved the infrastructure throughout S. Africa...but driving around Kruger in a nice air-conditioned vehicle, with personal music playing, able to have control of all of my decisions to go here or there, was amazing!
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Old 07-31-2019, 04:45 AM
 
Location: Ireland
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IntrepidShepherd

I could talk about Ireland's crime but that would be silly because I've not been there and don't have a direct relationship with it.
You mention Ireland as if its relevant? Oh I get it now. You think Im Irish and dont know what I am talking about when it comes to South Africa.

I am South African- born, bred and have traveled extensively around my country as well as elsewhere in Africa including Mozambique, Botswana, Swaziland,Lesotho, Namibia, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Gabon, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Morocco.

So when I comment on South Africa and how you would need your head read to retire here unless you were very wealthy(even by USA standards) I believe I know better about that which I speak about that someone who has had a holiday here and has watched some Youtube videos.

I happen to currently reside in Ireland in an attempt to give my children a better chance in life. South Africa is falling apart and the band aids are running out.

Again- as the topic of this thread was about retirement to South Africa by presumably older Americans and other western nations (as opposed to younger visitors) I can say, with a great deal of confidence that it is a very bad idea.
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Old 08-06-2019, 05:07 PM
 
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IntrepidShepherd

Uhm don't understand your personal attacks. I've worked and traveled to So Africa and have family and friends currently there and abroad. They all have interesting perspectives. From my perspective I would retire in So Africa in a heartbeat as well as many other places in Africa. If you have lived in SA and moved to Ireland and you love Ireland and it is for you wonderful. But the poster was in Durban and liked what he/she saw while there.

It would have been nice to identify qualities that you liked and disliked the only thing that comes across is crime which is everywhere. Not sure how long it has been since you left. But 90's SA is not the same as SA 2019.

It is also interesting that a poster who recently traveled to SA and posted on this thread didn't have a bad experience but I digress. I'll be in SA soon and might post my video on youtube (just not sure what the issue with grabbing videos from youtube is, I guess its not helpful to your point)?
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Old Yesterday, 08:17 AM
 
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Looks like healthcare in SA is facing deep trouble:

https://businesstech.co.za/news/gove...ad-of-the-nhi/

https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news...ca-emigration/

https://briefly.co.za/35092-ancs-con...e-doctors.html

https://www.afriforum.co.za/en/divis...lth-insurance/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8q-vF8yi1kc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ka3EpXbL6mE
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Old Yesterday, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Corona the I.E.
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My uncle liked his visit with his wife to Capetown, taking a nice train across SA, but he was smart and avoided Joburg.

He even loosely mentioned retiring there.

I know your money goes far in SA.

I am glad to hear from posters on this thread whom have been there that there is a safe SA.
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Old Yesterday, 11:21 AM
 
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My uncle liked his visit with his wife to Capetown, taking a nice train across SA, but he was smart and avoided Joburg.

He even loosely mentioned retiring there.

I know your money goes far in SA.

I am glad to hear from posters on this thread whom have been there that there is a safe SA.
You and your uncle should read & watch the links I posted above, if your uncle really wants to retire in SA.

There's just one more link I'd like to add:
https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news...l-becomes-law/
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Old Yesterday, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Corona the I.E.
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Thanks will show them to him. I think it's a horrible idea myself but he was kicking it around in his head.
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Old Yesterday, 12:35 PM
 
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Teckeeee,

The system is new and will be changed several times I'm sure just like the affordable healthcare system in the USA. The problem with the affordable healthcare system is that it is unaffordable that is why many people still seek medical services outside the US. The NHI IMO will also undergo several changes.
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