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ExpatCapeTown Newsletter, April 2014, Living in South Africa
April 10, 2014

A very warm welcome to the ExpatCapeTown Newsletter

Dear all,

we have fantastic news for you! Finally it's done!

Our Living in South Africa expat guide book is out and on the way to the South African bookshops. The book can also be ordered directly with us and will be sent overseas from us until the book is available in other countries. For all of you in the UK, the book can be ordered via Central books.

Writing this book was an intense and enjoyful time and a huge Thank You goes to all of you supporting my site and a special thanks to you all who participate in the Expat Cape Town forum for sharing your ideas with our expat group. Please spread the word about the new book and make sure you also join our new LivinginSouthAfrica Facebook group.

It is wonderful to see our site grow, so please share your ideas and tips with all people who enjoy life in South Africa. And from our side, we will endeavour to bring you more great tips about expat life in Cape Town.

Enjoy and have a great time in Cape Town or wherever you are!

This is what you will find in this newsletter:

* Living in South Africa: What's the book about?

* What's on in Cape Town in April: Great events and Tips for the School Holidays

* Typical South African: 'Bonsella' and 'Indaba'

* Cape Town Insider Tips: Know where to go…?

The new Living in South Africa book

Living in South Africa is a comprehensive and practical handbook on moving to, working in and enjoying life in South Africa.

The 296 colourful pages of carefully researched information are complemented with personal experience and includes helpful hints and recommended resources.

 This book will help to ensure the transition of arriving and living in this beautiful country is a rewarding and fulfilling experience.

The book will give you a thorough introduction into this country and its cultures, has a comprehensive provinces section and the chapters housing, health, transport, shopping, food and out and about will give you insights no other South Africa guide provides. A detail overview of the country's economy and education system complement the picture.

You will find plenty of practical tips in this book from moving and packing tips to suggestions how to best deal with culture shock, how to find the best school and how to find the right home. The comprehensive resources pages will have conversion charts, recommended reading sections and lots of links for further information.

The book is co-written and published with Derryn Campbell of Awesome SA who has already published the best-selling 'Awesome South Africa' book.

Discounts and branding opportunities are available for bulk orders. Please enquire with us.

Special Launch Offer for ExpatCapeTown Newsletter Subscribers

ExpatCapeTown is running a launch offer which is valid until the end of April: If you order two copies of the Living in South Africa book from our website then we will include - at no cost - an option of an additional copy of either the Living in South Africa or the Derryn Campbell’s Awesome South Africa book.

 More info and sample pages of the book can be viewed on our new Living in South Africa website.

What's on in Cape Town?

There is lots going on in April and May this year as you will see also on my site's event calendar. Good luck to all the Two Ocean Marathon, Half-marathon and fun race participants. Enjoy the great atmosphere and the amazing views!

The nights are getting slightly cooler, but still we can expect some really nice and even hot days over the next weekend. So time for the 'last summer braai' or going out to see a movie at one of the exciting new open-air cinema venues, such as the V&A Waterfront's Galileo screen. Go to for more info on the films and screening times.

And do not forget to check out my special pages on:

The Best Events in April 2014

Fun Kids Activities not only for School Holidays

Typical South African terms

What means 'bonsella'? The word is used to describe a gift or a bonus.

What is an 'indaba'?An indaba is a meeting, exhibition or conference. Cape Town's International Convention Centre hosts some of the country's biggest exhibitions such as this month's 'Decorex'.

More South African Slang words here.

Cape Town Insider Tips

Do you love beautiful and funky design? Make sure to visit the 'Decorex' Indaba at the Cape Town International Convention Centre which will be on from 25 to 28 of April. This year there will also be a special exhibition taking part, showcasing the 100% South Africa exhibition. In this exhibition many local great designers such as Monkey Biz, Streetwires, Ashanti or Porky Hefer will show their most stunning creations.

Where to go on a Egg Hunt on the Easter weekend? If you have kids and want to enjoy some family day out, take part either in the easter egg hunt at Table Mountain or in the Magical Bunny Race at the V&A Waterfront. If your family fancies the winelands, the Spier Wine Farm near Stellenbosch proclaims to host the Western Cape's biggest egg hunt. Check out also the Cape Town tourism page or Cape Town magazine for latest add-ons.

Have you already seen the 'We love Mandela - Art inspired by Madiba' exhibition at the Clocktower mall? The exhibition at the Peacemaker's Museum in the clock tower shopping centre is well worth a visit. There you will find inspiring artworks, sculptures, paintings and photographs by 20 very talented local artists. The museum is open daily from 10am to 6pm.

What’s coming in the Next Newsletter?

As ExpatCapeTown wants to bring you the most up to date stories and insights, please be patient and let me surprise you with more great news about the Mother City.

Just be assured, there will be lots of more great tips and advice, so be sure to subscribe my newsletter and take a look at my website which is ever expanding.

Please come back with more great tips from your site, all kinds of comments very welcome! Contact me here.

Remember, if you need some advice urgently or want to share some amazing experiences, it is always a good idea to get in touch with the many friendly expats in our Expat Cape Town forum on Facebook. Make sure you join and feel free to ask your questions regarding moving to or living in the Mother City. There is always someone there to share insights and experiences and get you the info you need.


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