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  1. HI Pieter I own a company here in Auz with 20 staff (Microsoft system implementations - Spread all over the world- 3 in RSA), so if you have any company/related questions just shout. As a side, when we were leaving 10 years ago i let everyone know i was looking into it then didnt say another word until the month before we left, i let people know it was a done deal, did all the goodbye's and we were gone. There were a few people who were unpleasant with us, i tried to explain, then wrote them off if they stayed difficult, this unfortunately includes my eldest sister, not great at all, but i have to get on with my life, and i honestly have so much stress running a business, that i dont have the ability to have family stress as well, i basically told them that this is where we are at, doesnt matter if you understand it or not, get with the program or get out. Everyone's situation is different, but this was the solution that worked for me, We have had my sister and Wife's family out here tons though, Dad & sister each once, and her mom has been here for about 5x 3 month trips, they either support us or stay out of it, im happy with either, so we get to see them every once and a while to keep my Wife happy, and they get a sponsored holiday. Hope you figure it out, feel free to bounce ideas
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  2. All the info can be found here: https://www.sahc.org.au/citizenship/Dual_Citizenship.htm Unfortunately you'll have to wait for this letter from SAHC in Canberra before you can apply for Aussie citizenship. We didn't bother because I couldn't be bothered with dealing with any ZA entity ever again.
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  3. And he didn't even have to wear a mask on the flight! 😁
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  4. I'm so happy to hear that the weight has been lifted off your shoulders. Immigration in itself is hard enough without resistance from friends and family. Was he talking about the SARS tax law that makes financial immigration harder? I'm in Brisbane so feel free to open up a Brisbane thread or you can even send me a direct message if you want.
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  5. Had a very good sit down on Saturday. Lots of questions were asked (which I think is a good thing) and we openly discussed why, what, where and hopefully when we plan to move. The support is there and there is happiness about the future for the grandkids. Australia in the news the past few weeks did make for a few comments in our discussion 🙂 but nothing to serious. Father-in-law did raise the new tax law and his concern on our move and the impact this might have. (Very valid concern). * My work will provide us with housing for the 1st 2 months so this will allow us to familiarize ourselves with the neighborhoods and daily commutes. Will perhaps jump over to a Brisbane thread for area specific questions
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  6. South Australia State Sponsorship Update To manage South Australia’s COVID recovery response, an additional 70 occupations will be open to applicants currently residing offshore from Tuesday 28 September 2021. Broader details are to follow - the minimum requirements for offshore state nomination will include at least 8 years work experience in the occupation or closely related occupation and a proficient plus English level.
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  7. I don't stay in Springfield, but it got hit by a nasty hail storm recently. Apparently, a lot of the damage is still to be repaired resulting in people renting undamaged homes in the locality while theirs's is getting fixed. It's created a bit of supply issue. Otherwise, I haven't heard anything bad. Australians in general put up with a lot less than South Africans. If a neighbourhood has a single break-in it's vilified (exaggerating), and I think Springfield suffers a bit from this.
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  8. I found this rather humorous as well. I nearly got refused entry into Botswana because in was In Nigeria a few years back. I was on the border and my yellow fever booklet ("passport") was back in Cape Town. Thankfully my wife had a photo of it on her phone.
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  9. Well done on the progress, the fact that he has articles pretty much lined up and ready to go as soon as you mention certain countries means that he must suspect it already. You should refer him to the fact that South Africa itself actually requires proof (call it a vaccine passport if you will) of a yellow fever vaccination. I particularly love this part: South Africa considers a one-time dose of yellow fever vaccine (properly documented with an ICVP) to be good for the life of the traveler. Any traveler not meeting this requirement can be refused entry to South Africa or quarantined for up to 6 days. Travelers may also be vaccinated on entry. Source
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  10. Glad you could get passed this step. We've also had great support from the majority of people we've told so far. Good luck going forward.
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  11. Hi @PieterleRoux Well at least you started the conversation. I wouldn't be surprised if your brother and sister in law have also thought about moving overseas. 🙂 I bet they will be the first to come and visit you here and then it won't be long before they are asking questions on how you got here and the process. Happens a lot of the time. As for the news articles etc....well I personally always take that with a pinch of salt as I just find that the news sometimes likes to create drama (Suppose that is how they sell the news / get people to watch)....I think every country in the world is trying to figure out how to have a vaccine passport and since this is really new territory for a lot of countries - I expect there will be hiccups or small issues...but they will get sorted in time. Good luck with ironing out the smaller details and hope it all goes well for you.
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  12. That sucks, hopefully you'll be able to tell them soon.
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  13. Hi @PieterleRoux Welcome. We were also anxious about the discussions with family a few months back, however they were very supportive in the end. Good luck with the discussion, and with the process as a whole. How far in the visa/emigration process are you?
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  14. Hi Team3 I have extensive experience in preparing candidates for the IELTS test. The Writing section is often the biggest hurdle. I would be willing to check a sample of your writing, in the hope that I can point you in the right direction. If you "PM" me (never having sent or received a PM I am assuming it will arrive in my email inbox), I will let you know what I want you to write. Don't give up: it is really worth getting through the nightmare and reaping the benefits of all Australia has to offer. Witz
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