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  1. G'day All, Seeing as though I have relied quite a lot on this Forum for information and moral support in the time leading up to our departure from SA, I though it might be good to take stock and give some account of our experience since arriving in Brisbane, Australia on 5 January 2019. But first, a short history of how we got here... My wife and I got married in 2010 and ever the years whenever big negative events happened in SA (Nkandla, Axing of Finance Ministers, Ratings Downgrades, Load Shedding, SOE Bailouts, Land re-appropriation policy changes, visit
  2. We packed our bags and everything we owned. All things were a bit helter skelter and last minute and I cannot say well planned or properly thought through. We got on a plane on 26 November, landed in Melbourne midnight Sunday night. We stayed in a one bedroom flat on the fringes of the CDB for the first 12 days. I am glad we did that, because it made the city accessible. We spent the weekends exploring the city. Melbourne CBD is really great, my favourite part of the city. Having stayed in the city means we know the layout of the CBD and came to like it. I started working almost immedi
  3. Marmotte

    Ozzie life soon to start.

    This might not be the right Topic place to start, as I am not yet in Aus, but would like to use this as a sort of journal to others that would have to go through the same journey. (Please advise if I need to move/split off) We got our 189 PR in Jan 2014, circumstances prevented us from leaving SA to date, but now it is time to move on, although I am doing it alone for now. My wife will join later. So, the plan is to leave at the end of January for Sydney. Obviously many things to think about. My attempt will be sort of similar to vitchie and many others http://www.saaustrali
  4. shannonc4

    Beds and their sizes

    Over the last few months, we have been sorting and rummaging through our and have been deliberating on whether or not to take our bed and linen. From what we have been told by family and friends who have gone over, we should not bother taking our bed or linen as the bed sizes in Aus are different. After thinking about this for awhile we decided to do some research as we did some mock on-line shopping the other day and found linen to be hellishly more expensive than RSA. We came to find that it is possible to take over your bed and linen from RSA. For an Australian Single, buy a South African
  5. Hi All, I have had discussions with family and friends, including some who have migrated (to other places, and to Australia), and gotten back a wide range of views and strategies on the topic of making friends and settling in to the society of the new country. What I would like to ask you guys is this: How easy did you find making friends in Australia? Where did you meet them? Did you make friends with 'the natives' (people born in Australia, or who have lived there a long time), or where/are your friends mostly expats? Do you have children, and do you think tha
  6. Lists are often subjective, but I quite like this list of 30 things you should have done by now if you live in Sydney by Domain. I've been able to do 11 of the 30 in the first year and many more have been on the wish list (day out in Cabramatta, visit of the Everleigh Markets etc) and it offers a broad selection of ideas across various suburbs and might be useful for those also doing LSD or visiting the city. A few of my favourites from those I've done include: 1. Walk through the Queen Victoria Building and The Strand and remember to look up and admire just how
  7. Hi all, I was just browsing around and I stumbled over this resource: https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=6&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CDQQFjAFahUKEwjfgrK54trHAhVGWRQKHT6nCws&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.angliss.edu.au%2Fdocuments%2F55-living-in-melbourne-a5-booklet-combined%2Ffile&usg=AFQjCNGcyDY-rUSlgYc4vQTBxEj8adNvXg&bvm=bv.101800829,d.bGQ It's a welcome booklet for studying at the William Angliss Institute, so it's very student orientated, but has a surprising amount of good information in it, including recommended smartphone apps.
  8. Jacques Voogt

    9 Month Update

    After reading RobertWD's Post http://www.saaustralia.org/index.php/topic/43014-we-landed-9-months-ago-perth/, and due to all the PM's I received asking for updates, I figured it's time. For those who are not familiar with our story, we both miraculously managed to secure work before leaving RSA in September 2013. In fact, we had to change our flights to an earlier date to start work. Since then, it has been crazy. Packing, finding tenants, saying our goodbyes, loosing and finding my passport and having to change flights again. (Funny story, reserved for a campfire.) Anyways, we arrived but it
  9. followmylead

    We arrived

    From the start, I should warn you that our story is not like everyone elses and we have had it VERY easy and have had a very soft landing. I know this, and it may be irritating to some who have really struggled and had to fight to get here. But for those who asked here is our experience so far. On the 14th we drove and hour and a half to Cape Town airport. We checked our luggage with no problem (flights through IOM). We used those plastic 'vendor' bags you see many black folks use. They are dirt cheap. Very strong and weigh nothing. We packed 23kgs in each and shrink wrapped them in the
  10. To those already there. Could you please tell me what you recommend we sort out immediately on arrival. I remember something about ATO, medicare. We already have an aussie bank account. We need to buy a car. And a car seat. Thanks
  11. HadEnoughofJuju

    Be carefull, be very carefull !

    Hi all I figured it was about time I made an actual post instead of just commenting. To tell the truth I haven't felt much like talking, or in this case writing, about the experiences I have had in the last six months. Simply because it's honestly been a lot tougher than I thought it would be. I have always been the one that wanted to leave South Africa, it never really felt like home to me nor did I ever feel it wanted me. I always expected that rebuilding our lives and readjusting to new surroundings and a new country would have been much easier than it has been. I know what you are thinking
  12. OnYellowBrickRd

    6 months into our new lives

    Hi guys Yes, I know that I have been very quiet on the forum for a while. The following post will be very candid but I urge you to read it all the way to the end. We have been in Australia now for 6 months. So far we have had the most fantastic, scary, crazy, difficult, amazing time of our lives. I love this place. I love being able to live again. I love that things work. I even enjoy TV! Has this been easy so far? NO!! I have experienced the most loneliness I ever have before. I have felt incompetent in my career and have consequently decided to make a change. I have felt like the n
  13. Erik

    3 weeks in Adelaide

    G’day all We have been in Adelaide for three weeks and here’s a rundown of events as they may or may not have happened. Knowing we have a kid that is an absolute terror at night (I don’t think I’ve slept for 7 and a half months), we decided to dose him and dose him good! We called the doc and he prescribed an antihistamine to give to him to help him sleep. The trip from Johannesburg to Sydney was a breeze! He slept better than he ever slept, only waking to eat and then back to bed. Bassinets in the airplane are a miracle and I would recommend them if you have a small baby. The flight from Sydn
  14. HadEnoughofJuju

    First few days in Australia

    I am going to try and remember as much as I can because the last couple of days have been an absolute blur and (I think) we are still very emotional and raw at this stage but we are doing well under the circumstances. The Eager2Go family have been here since December and seem to have settled quite nicely and have really been great to us. We made friends with them at a coffee club meeting in Pretoria around this time last year and seem to have just gelled really well. They have made this landing really soft for us and there are no words to thank them for what they have done for us or to express
  15. Nikki2109

    Newbie in Oz

    Hi, We've been in Melbourne 6 months now and to be honest, I feel like a fish out of water. I've married an Australian and whilst we love each other dearly, I think I'm losing my mind. Would just love to hook up with other South African's here.
  16. deroche

    Our first month in Australia

    I have finally found the time to post my first topic here from Australia. We arrived 7pm at Adelaide Airport on the 6th February. After breezing through quarantine in Sydney. Nothing like border security. My husband started a job 2 weeks after we were here. With the help of friends from here. The main reason we chose Adelaide. We are loving it here. We found a rental that is not badly priced and with 4 bedrooms. Oh my and the way rentals work here is very hectic. Its so competitive and there are inspections during your rental period. You feel like you are signing away your life. LOL! Everythin
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