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  1. Hi, I hope you don't mind an Aussie posting in this forum, but I have a house I have rented for the last 13yrs to 7 successive South African Families (including 2 brothers). The house is in Hallett Cove SA, where you'll find lots of other South Africans and a lifestyle everyone seems to enjoy. So details about the house: 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1 toilet. 2 bedrooms with built in cupboards. Space for parking 2 cars off street. It is on a sloping block facing the sea, and has sea "glimpses". It has efficient heating & cooling. I have the electricity and gas accounts in my name, which makes it easier for new arrivals who don't know which company to go with. It is within 200m of a primary to year 12 school. It is within 300m of a train station to the city. It is withing 500m of medium sized shopping centre. The house is mine, and I will handle everything, no agents. I keep the rent below the market rate, and try to keep it the same until you move out, ie, current tenants have had a fixed rent for 2.5yrs. The address is 12 Manunda Way Hallett Cove, South Australia. The reason I prefer (strongly) to rent to South Africans are: Most of you have owned houses before and know how/why to look after a house. You have all been grateful for me letting you rent the house. I do not care if you don't have a rental history I can check, I understand. I do not care if you don't have a job, I've seen everyone get jobs really quick, I understand. I understand that your furniture is coming soon in a container, so I lend everyone some camping chairs, cooking gear, and a 12V car fridge to get you by. I don't mind if you're family comes to visit, I had up to 11 people in the house at once!! Everyone has paid the rent and looked after the house, that's all I ask. And it's great for me to see families arrive, with a tenseness in their face and manner, and gradually, over about 3 months, relax, then 12 months later be absolutely settled. The house is available from 28 April 2016, hopefully I find someone soon, otherwise I'll have to rent to Aussie's!! I can provide contact details of previous tenants if you would like to check that I am for real (this is the exact opposite of what happens normally). If you would like to call me: 0437 383 998 I will some photos of the house this weekend, when I take some fresh ones, as I've recently done alot of work in the backyard, including an outdoor fireplace. Regards, Paul Whittenbury e: paul.whittenbury@bigpond.com.au
  2. Hi Everyone, We're a couple from CT looking to move across to Oz within 12 months. It's a long process evidently but we're 100% committed to making it a success. I'm a former attorney, so paper-work doesn't scare me. I got a quote from an agent who quoted us R51k in professional fees, even though my cousin used them 18 months before and their family of 4 was R28,5k. It doesn't look like rocket science, just requires a lot of reading and proper understanding. Questions 1. Has anyone had success going their own route and if so, what tips could you give me? 2. When you submit an EOI, is it worth using the strongest candidate as the primary applicant rather than 2 separate? 3. I am only qualified for a 489 but she is qualified for a 190 - if she is successful, will I get a 190 too? Talking about South Australia in particular. PS We are engaged but won't be married before we submit the EOI. Her skills are on the supplementary list of CSOL South Australia. Thanks in advance, any advice with regards to the above would be super appreciated.
  3. Hi all, House to rent to new arrivals or settled South Africans. 3 Bedroom 1 bathroom house in Hallett Cove, South Australia. (between Christie beach and Brighton beach) Moving out mid July 2016. 6 blocks from shopping center, about 3 blocks from school and some glimpses of the sea. Great landlord! Please let us know if interested. Please see this post for full details.
  4. Charne

    Chronicles of the Adelady

    And so I start recording my thoughts and feelings regarding the big move. Please excuse the partial paranoia in my journal- in real life hide these concerns quite well. We were granted our 489 visa on the 12th of October 2015 and booked our flights shortly after. D-Day is 4 April 2015. 84 Sleepies. At this point my biggest concern is our initial accommodation. A fellow Facebook forumite PMed my partner to offer us accommodation after hearing that we were in need of accommodation. She sent us pictures, described the layout of her house and provided us with her address. Everything seems legit. After months of perusing the internet for medium term accommodation we couldn't find an offer that beats hers and we've decided to take her up on her offer. Now, after letting her know our arrival date, my brain starts playing tricks on me. How reliable is a forumite on Facebook? What if forumite decides not to pitch up at airport to collect us? What if furumite is a murderer? What if forumite is mentally unstable? (If this said FB forumite is on this forum, i mean no disrespect) I think this thought pattern partly stems from my intense need to be self sufficient and my incapability to believe that others have my interests at heart. I have tried to reach out forumite on FB but have had no response to my message (I fear she does not check her "other" inbox or is she avoiding me??) In my heart i truly want to believe that her offer came at the perfect time as we are meant to move to Australia and the universe wants to make it easy for us. Another concern, money, eish... What the hell happened to the rand. At the start of our application we were paying around R9 per AUS and now its around R11? I always thought of our immigration as reaching for better opportunities and not as "fleeing" from Africa. With rand what it is I feel a sense of urgency to jump ship before we sink with it. We have a good lump sum saved up for Straya and we have chosen to adopt a frugal life style on the other side but I fear "struggle". I would like to work 38 hours a week, I would like to work one job, I would like to get my hair done and not have to resort to cutting it myself. Ah, that felt good, just getting it all out there...
  5. Charne

    Hi my name is Charne and I'm an...

    I bet you thought I was going to say alcoholic but no, I'm an... African. I've been spying on the forums since June 2014 and decided to climb out of the shadows and into the light to get me some of the action After contemplating where to post my questions or concerns I thought an introduction is in order/ and a good place to start. My partner and I have been on the migration train since May 2014 when we had decided to move over. We've been spending the bulk of our time waiting for my partner's occupation to show up on a state sponsorship list. Late last week after South Australia had released their new point system we realized we had to spark to get our application done and unfortunately we had to abandon the 190 Visa we were originally gunning for due to a lack of points on account of work experience. Earlier this week we've lodged a state nomination application, our intentions is to apply for a 489 visa and with this, new thoughts and concerns came to mind about finding work on a Visa that has a short life span/dependent on renewals/citizenship applications. I suppose we don't need any specific advice, I'd just like some greater support system for our journey as most of you have been through it all and I want to gain ALL the wisdom and share some too!! I'll be posting again should something be burning in my mind. Nice to meet you guys.
  6. Would like to share a story. Frustrating yes, but worth discussing in my opinion. We've moved quite a bit throughout the years, from Randfontein through to Port Elizabeth through to Lincolnshire (UK) through to Hastings (UK) and now Mount Gambier (Parents) and Perth (Myself)...oh yes and Krugersdorp and Secunda in between It started out with my dad telling me, well actually asking me, if it is alright if we move to this town called Lincoln in the United Kingdom. I freaked out...WHAT! UK! ENGLISH?...I karrent gooi this! This happened whilst we were living in PE, had settled in nicely in Summerstrand and going school at Pearson High School. Eventually I agreed to go and off we went, Me, my mum and my dad moved to Lincoln while my sister moved to London to start her life and career. To be honest, it was scary and strange at first but you start realising that you're experiencing different things, things people back home will never understand because they haven't tried it themselves, like running out on the rugby pitch in winter and calling the practice session off because the pitch is cover with thick ice...skating with toks...waar in jou lewe! Sadly, after about a year and a half the longing for the "Somer warm Afrika sonsak" started sinking in (especially when about 40% of the TV shows at night on cable were African safaries to attract UK tourist. We were thinking of the possibly of going back and, as many of you would agree, once you start thinking like that it is very hard to turn your thoughts around and reconsider. South African Airways, 17 July 2007 bound for Johannesburg.... Yep, we went back and my sister stayed in London, because at that point she was settled in and had her own visa from the beginning. Arriving back after a time out of the country you instantly get two emotions: "Yay I'm so glad we're back" and "What the hell has happened to this place?" Settling in at the beginning was easy because hey, your a South African and in your comfort zone...until you realise that the South Africa you left (even though it was only for the short-term) is not the South Africa you came back to and after a few months you realise why you left. In a way it might not be that South Africa has changed, but rather that you have changed once you realised what is out there beyond die grens. A quick tip before I continue, for anyone thinking of going back and missing the family, do not waste your time on Die Beeld's website to try and convince yourself of the troubles that are going on and to not go back. Go back for a week or so and you will realise why you left. Don't pack up and leave, just go for a week...and you'll notice the difference. So where was I? Ah yes back in South Africa, stayed for awhile in Krugersdorp, tried to make it work and ended up going to Secunda in January 2008. In all honesty, I made great friends in Secunda. To this day my best friend is from Secunda although we started kuiering at Uni. One of the great things about Secunda is that it is not far from Badplaas (lekker jol) and Dullstroom (lekker fly fishing) and also the fact that it is a fairly down to earth town with a lot of POWERFULL people living there due to Sasol. So we stayed there for about two years until I matriculated (lekker man Oosterland!) and then my dad got offered another position in the UK, Hastings. I saw this as a second opportunity for my parents to go and live in a town again where at least I will know they are safe. My plan was to go and study at Potch and even though my dad wanted me to go along with them and study there I just could not bear the fact that my dad had to pay international tuition fees for me. So in 2010 I greeted my parents from my apartment in Potch while the Airport Shuttle waits in the background, very hard decisions to make and very tough to say goodbye, but after being in the UK myself, I knew it was the best decision. Now, some of you might remember the Volcano eruptions in Iceland in 2010 which caused Heathrow and all others to completely shutdown and cause some chaos. To this day my dad said that was the sign that he should not have left. They got delayed for 2 days until it was safe to fly, on the plus side my mum's demanding attitude and her Randfontein local english got them bumped up to first class! So now they are in the UK on a temporary sponsored visa and I'm in SA at Uni with a visitors visa to visit them during the July and December holidays. Uni was obviously great, made life long friends (which I would not have made if we decided to stay in the UK in 2007. Note: THERE IS ALWAYS A PLUS SIDE TO A SITUATION). Our whole families end goal was to be closer together eventually and obtain indefinite leave to remain in the UK. We were set on that path during this time. My sister and brother-in-law were there, my parents were there and me....well at that point I did not quite know if I was going to leave after Uni. Had awesome friends and felt like I belonged, but eventually I probably would have gone because I knew it would work to my advantage in the long-term. And then, when you think you've got a plan worked out, life throws you a curve ball....hoezit! My sister and brother-in-law started to get sick of living in London, with the bad weather, shocking rental prices and no time to themselves, their decision was understandable. But they we're not thinking of going back to SA..NO! Aussie mate. And to further complicate things, my dad realised that due to his age he might not qualify for indefinite leave to remain even though his qualification (as a Dentist) is in shortage. It's funny how these things tend to happen at the same time. So I asked them when I heard the news whilst visiting, if we can't stay here permanently and sis is leaving, where are we gonna go, South Africa? No, they said....Aussie mate! So we started looking for job opportunities in Australia, preferably in WA because that is were my sister and brother-in-law planned to reside, but unfortunately the only job offers came from South Australia. Being between the UK and SA I can honestly say we have never dealt with recruiters as professional as some of them in South Australia. They were really good and we got everything sorted fairly quickly (I say fairly because let's face it....it is immigration were talking about here). Oh and the most funny part of it all is that we have a dog...lol! A dog bought in Krugersdorp (2007), immigrated and Quarantined for 6 months in the UK in 2010 (Thank You Arden Grange ) and Immigrated and Quarantined for an additional 3 months in Melbourne in 2012, plus he had to stopover in Singapore. My dog was in Singapore before me!! And his name......Bakkies oh yeah! As tough as a nail and still enjoys life with my parents in rural South Australia. Apologies for side tracking, I just had to put my dog's story in here. So in 2012 we got granted the "mighty" 457. My dad as primary and my mum and I as secondary. After registering in New Zealand as a Dentist my dad became a fully registered Dentist in Australia due to the TT agreement. As I mentioned earlier, from the beginning our whole focus was on getting permanent residency so that the family could live closer together again. You all are probably aware of the RSMS Scheme through either Direct Stream or Transitional Stream, after the 2 year working period my dad's employer were more than happy to apply through the direct stream for PR for us. This was and still is the only visa my dad qualifies for due to his age. Application went through and it was approved my Migration SA (Not the Department of Immigration). But they say that if you get approval from Migration SA you are pretty much a shoe in. Once again we thought we had everything sorted and it was going to work out. Then came another emotional curve ball a few weeks ago...Me and my mum have to right the EILTS test, which was not a problem for me, I passed the academic one the first time and I wish every single day that I could give those marks to my mum. Due to my mum being diagnosed with diabetes in 2004 led to here having a couple of sicknesses throughout her life and ending up with macular degeneration. To this day she is still the strongest character I know but this curve ball took his toll on her. The direct stream pathway is a type of situation where if one applicant fails, all fail. And it actually has nothing to do with the chance that she might fail the EILTS, because you can do the test over and over again. This has to do with the fact that the Australian government sees her as a liability, because should they get PR, then the government might need to pay her medical fees even though we've sent a letter through to them stating specifically that all medical cost will be covered privately by us, hai-ko-na that is not how these manne roll. My mum phoned me today and said that she feels like she is standing in the way of me and my dad getting PR, I immediately made it clear to her that she will never talk like that again and she should realise that we've been through so much to this point that we're in this together. Where they go, we'll go. That made me realise a thing about life, we have no idea what curve balls are going to be thrown in our direction and when we get a curve ball we might not react the right way. Regardless of what happens we should step back a moment and look at our life in this present moment and genuinely be thankful for what we have. I always believe that at any given point in time there are 10,000 people doing better than you are at that moment and there are 20,000 doing worse. Best thing we all can do is not to let curve balls get us down, because that sadness and anger is wasting time. It's wasting your time and your energy. Energy which can be directed towards achieving your goals another way. I told my mum and dad that even if they don't qualify for PR, I will qualify in a years time and with my Sister having PR we'll push through and perhaps sponsor them. Either way, there is always a way but you have to focus and work hard on your end goal and not letting the hurdles and curve balls get you down....yes it is hard! It is VERY HARD!! No one ever said it is going to be easy. Some have it difficult and others have it more difficult, but immigration is never ever easy. If it was easy...well then Perth would have probably been renamed to Pretoria by now Keep well friends. All of the best forward.
  7. gordon28

    What is life like in Adelaide?

    Hi Guys Since we got sponsorship for South Australia under the state sponsorship scheme, we will be spending two years in Adelaide before moving on the other cities (if we even decide to move) I was wondering if anyone could give me tips or share their story of Adelaide with me. We are a couple aged 29 and 35, working in IT and retail respectively. Currently we are living in Bloemfontein so we are used to the small city life. What are the people like there, and is there enough to keep one entertained?
  8. HadEnoughofJuju

    Temp work in Marion (South Australia)

    NEW JOBS JUST IN....we need staff for the Ashes!!! Extrastaff Marion are seeking Chefs, Kitchen Hands, Waiting Staff and Food & Beverage Attendants to work at the ADELAIDE OVAL, shifts starting from Mon 2 Dec-Mon 9 Dec. Candidates must have relevant skills and qualifications for the role, call our office after 8am tomorrow to secure a spot!! 08 8298 0200
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