A Few Things To Know Before Visiting South Africa

South Africa is Africa’s largest economy. The country is a popular destination, not only for people in Africa, but for people from India, China and Pakistan, and other parts of the world. At the moment, there are an estimated 100 000 Pakistanis living in South Africa. The number of Indians in the country stands at 1.3 million. The Indian population is mostly concentrated in the coastal city of Durban.  So, if you are from any of these countries, you will feel right at home in South Africa. But before you visit, either for work or for pleasure, there are a number of things that you need to know about the country.

South Africa is Africa’s most developed country

The first thing to note is that South Africa is Africa’s richest country in terms of infrastructure development. There are places in the country that have the feel of a First World country. However, poverty and unemployment are also rife, particularly among the majority-black community.

If you are coming to stay for good in the country, chances are high that you will be looking to start your own business. That’s what the majority of people who come from China, India, and Pakistan do. The business environment is good. It’s just a matter of you finding the right niche for yourself.

Things will be a lot easier if there are friends and family already living in South Africa. They will help you find your way as you set yourself up in the new country.

The telecommunications industry is well developed

Most people worry about staying in touch with friends and family while visiting South Africa. However, you shouldn’t worry about a thing. The country’s telecommunication industry is highly developed. In fact, some of the companies in the sector are among the biggest in the world.

In terms of size, the largest mobile network in the country is Vodacom. It is followed by MTN. Note that MTN is actually the biggest mobile network on the African country, but in South Africa it plays second fiddle to Vodacom.

The third largest mobile network in the country is Telkom mobile. Telkom is the same state owned company that’s behind the country’s fixed telecommunications infrastructure. It has made a foray into mobile and it recently overtook Cell C, to become the third-largest player on the field.

There is also a fourth company, Rain, which is a data-only network. It offers a lot of deals and great speeds for those looking for mobile and fixed broadband. Should you ever sign up with this company, you may wish to do a Rain Speed Test to monitor your performance. Average internet speeds in South Africa stand at around a respectable 20Mbps.

Crime is high

There is a high level of inequality between the various communities that call South Africa home. That could be partially the reason why the crime rate is so high. In fact, the crime rate is probably one of the highest in the world.

As an example, around 52 people were murdered in the country every day in 2017. That’s a staggering figure that’s comparable to war-torn countries such as Syria and Afghanistan. So, it’s important to be aware of this.

Much has been done to reduce the murder rate, but it remains excessively high. Should you travel to South Africa, there are places that you probably need to stay away from. Stay on the tourist trail and you will be fine.

Transport infrastructure is well developed

Another thing to note is that the transport infrastructure in the country is well developed. South Africa has an extensive network of well-maintained roads crisscrossing the country. So, if you ever need to drive from one place to the other, you shouldn’t have an issue.

Tourism

Finally, if you are traveling to South Africa for tourism, you won’t be disappointed. The country is a rich destination for those looking to marvel at nature’s many wonders. Premier spots include Table Mountain, Cradle of Mankind, Robben Island, Soweto, and Sun City Resort.

Robben Island is where anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela was jailed for 27 years. South Africa, in any case, is a country that is full of history. It’s definitely a country that is worth visiting. Hopefully, the information that we have provided here will make your visit memorable.

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