Joburg Expat

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Joburg Expat
A blog about the tales of an American mother of four in Johannesburg, and the top source of relocation advice for expats moving to South Africa.
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  • Joburg from A to Z 2 weeks ago It’s the time of month again for a Translanting Me/Joburg Expat Webinar, and today’s topic is Hidden Joburg. We are very excited to have Heather Mason from 2Summers join this month’s edition. She is the best authority on things to do in Joburg, and the webinar she will take you through will...
  • Greetings from a #Shithole Country 4 weeks ago In light of recent comments by the American President about African countries and their people, here is a look at one of those African countries. South Africans possess many unique attributes that we should welcome in any immigrant, if he or she even chooses to leave their beautiful country in...
  • The Best Malva Pudding Recipe 2 months ago One of my favorite small expat joys I acquired a taste for in South Africa is Malva Pudding. I can always conjure up a tiny bit of the magic of of a fiery African sunset, the awe of watching a dazzle of zebras approach a waterhole, or the heart-stopping shock of hearing the hadeda's first cry in...
  • Thank You South Africa 2 months ago My recent migration of blogging platforms gave me an opportunity to speed-read through Joburg Expat. This gave me an excellent bird's-eye view of what South Africa has done for our family. Our lives are richer for having lived in Johannesburg for three years, gone to school there, and traveled the...
  • The New Joburg Expat, a New Webinar, And a New Word for Your South African Dictionary 3 months ago This Thanksgiving break I inexplicably got it in my head to migrate my blog from Blogger to Wordpress. What I should have done is a) picked a more opportune time when I wasn't already extremely busy, and b) created a test domain to migrate my blog to before switching to live, which I could have...

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  • An Expat in South Africa Writing Contest October 2012 I wake up with a start. My bedside alarm tells me it’s 4:30 in the morning and it takes me a moment to remember that I’m in a brand-new house, in a brand-new country, on a brand-new continent. What on Earth was that noise that just jolted me...
  • Top Ten Reasons You Should Move to Johannesburg Despite the Crime Rate Writing Contest March 2013 You’re a prospective expat considering a move to Johannesburg, or South Africa in general. You have heard about the high crime rate. In fact, based on your online research, you could actually write an entire book about all the reasons you should... Expat Blog Awards 2012: South Africa Gold Award!

This blog won the Gold Award for best expat blog in South Africa!

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Website Reviews » There are 11 reviews on Joburg Expat

09:32 AM October 03, 2012

I love the Joburg Expat! Great writing style with a positive, honest portrayal of expat life in this awesome city.

Angela Carr Lambson
09:55 AM October 03, 2012

Joburg Expat is DEFINITELY worthy of a blog award. Entertaining, informative, well written and all done with such insight, humour and a palpable love of Africa.

Goldie Caulberg
11:29 AM October 03, 2012

Excellent blog! It's been a wonderful adventure for me to visit all the extraordinary places vicariously through this blog. I've enjoyed reading about the family setting, the mishaps and adjustments to a new culture as well. Joburg Expat has been interesting, inviting, warm & funny. It's also been educational about an area of the world I knew little about. I've grown to love South Africa through the eyes and words of this blogger.

12:24 PM October 03, 2012

I moved to Jo'burg in July of this year and LOVE this blog. It's been so helpful, funny and generally entertaining and has helped my transition here. It's my go-to blog for South African tips & tricks.

Heidi Rozman
13:29 PM October 03, 2012

Love reading Sine's Joburg Expat blog! Feel like I live vicariously through all their crazy adventures. Certainly the best blog I read.

Debbie Spazzoli
14:37 PM October 03, 2012

Joburg Expat Blog has a wealth of information for new arrivals to this beautiful city! I look forward to each and every post. I also enjoy the humour added to put it all in perspective! This blog should be bookmarked and read by any new or prospective expat family to Jozie! Then they would realise,like we do, that it is not a difficult place to fall in love with, even if it can be frustratingly running on African Time - and never an easy city to say goodbye to!

Annabel Newell
17:04 PM October 03, 2012

I first came across Joburg Expat whilst debating whether or not I was prepared to move my family to South Africa. Not only is Sine's blog fun but it is also very informative - it certainly convinced me that I could live here. I have referenced Joburg Expat so often for a giggle & also for information. There isn't much positive stuff on the internet if you search "Living in Johannesburg" but thank goodness for Sine's blog - I wouldn't be here & having such a wonderful experience if I dan't come across it!

17:44 PM October 03, 2012

This blog is amazing and I really enjoy reading it! Sine manages to catch all the interesting topics even for people who already lived in South Africa quite a while!

18:40 PM October 03, 2012

I love reading joburg expat! It's very informative for prospective expats moving to joburg.

01:40 AM October 04, 2012

As a former expat in South Africa I can vouch for the real life experiences that Sine presents in a positive and humorous fashion. Reading it you can see she is genuinely committed to helping and providing valid, useful and current information for expats in Joburg and South Africa in general, presenting it in a format that is fun and engaging for those who are not living in SA to read and look forward to on a regular basis.

Judy On Dewees Island
17:43 PM October 04, 2012

I love this blog-- great writing, and terrific information for anyone planning to even visit South Africa!

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