Discovering Ireland – an overview of the social, economic and political climate

Thanks to its beautiful scenery and business opportunities, Ireland attracts many tourists and expats alike. If you’re headed to the Emerald Isle to try your luck, it’s helpful to have an overview of the social, economic and political climate.

Located in the Northern Atlantic Ocean, Ireland is one of the larger British Isles split into two countries: Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, and Ireland, sometimes referred to as the Republic of Ireland, which is an independent nation. Spanning roughly 70,273 km2, the independent country is divided into 26 counties and much larger than its northern counterpart.
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Five ways to save for your travel fund

Luckily for you, there are several ways you can save for your travel fund to ensure you have the holiday of a lifetime. Whether you’re heading to South Africa, or another far-flung destination, there’s plenty of things to consider when building your travel fund. Budgeting for everything from food and accommodation, to activities and travel […]
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Home Affairs to phase out green ID books – but rubbishes March deadline claim

The Department of Home Affairs has reiterated that it has no immediate plans to discontinue green bar-coded identity books. Speaking at the Centurion Home Affairs office on Wednesday, director-general of Home Affairs, Mkuseli Apleni, said that the department was deeply concerned about false reports on the lifespan of the old ID books. “These reports, which […]
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The 30 UK job markets that are almost ‘restriction-free’ for South Africans

If you’re an expert in one of these fields, you can work in the UK with barely any limitations. If you watch a certain reality show, then you’ll already know that South Africa’s Got Talent. However, an exceptional set of skills can do more than impress a set of judges these days. It can earn […]
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Discover the magic of spectacular Zermatt in the Swiss Alps

We feel the train engage the cogs as it rattles its way up the steep incline. Outside the wide windows, we pass rocky canyons, pine-covered mountain slopes and wildflower-covered meadows. My wife and I are comfortable and warm but outside the snowy white peaks are wrapped with cloud. The train crawls through tunnels and across […]
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Travelling? Here’s a list of visas you may need before you go

In order to ensure you can enter a country without any issues, here’s a breakdown of visas around the world which you may need at some point during your travels. Depending on where in the world you plan to travel, you may need a visa. If that isn’t complicated enough, the visa you require varies […]
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Tax on property, money and shares you inherit in the UK

This is because any Inheritance Tax (IHT) due should be paid out of the deceased’s estate before any cash or assets are distributed to the heirs. However, the recipient is liable to income tax on any profit earned after the inheritance, such as dividends from shares and to capital gains tax on the increase in […]
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Namibians call on the Ministry of Home Affairs to refuse Steve Hofmeyr entry into Namibia

Namibians have called on the ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration to refuse Hofmeyr entry into the country. In an online petition started on Monday, the call is on government to show zero tolerance for racist and any divisive acts. Home Affairs spokesperson Salome Kambala, however, says they accorded the singer the work visa because […]
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Email from abroad: Adventures in Japan

My name is Michelle Krüger. I am 24 years old and live in Shirakawa-shi, Fukushima-ken, Japan. I moved to Japan in July 2017 after I was accepted for the JET-programme. To give a little background: JET stands for Japanese Exchange and Training. It is a programme celebrating its thirtieth year this year and South Africa […]
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Where South Africans abroad feel at home

Worldwide, an initiative of the civil rights organisation AfriForum, has for the past five years already been an online home for South Africans who have settled in other countries. This initiative is the ideal platform for every South African who lives in another country, but who still wants to stay in real touch with his […]
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