Moving abroad: Five steps to making your move simpler

Picking the right removal company will be one of the most important decisions you make when moving abroad.

Once you have decided you are moving abroad, it is vital that one of the first steps you take towards making your move as plain-sailing as possible is to choose the right removal company.

We chatted to the experts at Stuttaford Van Lines and found out the best way to approach a big move.
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Onderwyseres van Alberton vir 16 dae in ’n Chinese tronk aangehou oor Visum

Hul droomervaring het in ’n nagmerrie ontaard, vertel Madri van den Heever, ’n onderwyseres van Alberton wat 16 dae in ’n Chinese tronk aangehou is.

As straf omdat sy onwettig gewerk het, sou Madri net tien dae in ’n aanhoudingsentrum deurbring, maar sy is uiteindelik 16 dae aangehou.

Sy vertel hoe sy ’n sel met sekswerkers en dwelmgebruikers moes deel en elke dag gestoomde brood “so swaar soos klippe” en waterige groente moes eet wat uit dromme geskep is. Sy is herhaaldelik ondervra, een keer terwyl haar voete aan ’n staalstoel vasgeboei is.

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A man paid R1,500 to bring his own laptop back into South Africa: SARS outlines strict customs rules

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has issued a new statement on what items you have to declare when leaving and returning to South Africa.

The statement follows a BusinessDay article in which a South African businessman reported that he was forced to pay R1,500 to bring his own laptop back into the country.

“In terms of customs legislation, South African residents travelling abroad are not required to declare their personal effects when leaving the country, nor upon return,” it said.
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South-Africa is one of the poorest performing regions on the Henley Passport Index

While South Africa remains an under-performer‚ Japan is the best passport to have and the Emirati are capitalising on tourism to diversify their economies‚ according to an index of global travel access. President Cyril Ramaphosa is targeting travel within Africa to improve SA’s future scenario.

Since reaching its highest rank of 35th globally in both the 2008 and 2009 Henley Passport Index listings‚ South Africa has dropped 15 places‚ now occupying 50th place overall‚ offering 102 destinations with visa-free access.
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Visas for South Africans: Do you need a visa to travel to Australia and what does it cost?

Australia is a popular travel destination for South Africans, whether for vacationing or on a more permanent basis.

The political uncertainty of recent years saw a bit of a spike in the country’s citizens seeking to settle elsewhere, with the land Down Under getting a decent chunk of Saffers moving to its shores.

Most recently, one of former President Jacob Zuma’s bloodiest cabinet reshuffles saw Australian visa requests from South African surge by up to three times, following the axing of Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan from his previous post as Finance Minister.
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South Africa to tighten Visa Requirements For Israeli Citizens After Gaza Attack

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has condemned Monday’s carnage in the Gaza Strip as ‘an act of provocation and a violation of international law’.

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says he will raise, in Cabinet, the possibility of tighter visa requirements for Israeli citizens and the question of South Africans with dual citizenship who “fight in wars that South Africa regards as unjust”.
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SA plans to ease visa admin for holders of valid US, UK or Canadian visas

When it comes to making it easier for key markets to visit South Africa as well as concluding key travel business deals, the “proof is in the doing”, says Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom.

Speaking to Traveller24 over the weekend after Indaba 2018 took place in Durban, Hanekom says he remains positive about tourism’s potential.

“Indaba was really excellent, having spent four days there and meeting with eight African ministers and one deputy, it was packed with a good turnout.”
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German Tourists Robbed By AK 47 Wielding Suspects: Umdloti – KZN

Three German tourists in their eighties were robbed by AK 47 wielding suspects while on route to King Shaka International Airport – KZN to catch a flight back home a short while ago.

Members of Reaction Unit South Africa were called out to the scene after receiving a call from a passing motorist reporting an armed robbery in progress on the N2 at the Umdloti Beach offramp.
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British Airways introduces direct flights between London and Durban

A decision by British Airways to introduce a direct, non-stop flight between London’s Heathrow Airport and Durban’s King Shaka International Airport is a game changer for KwaZulu-Natal as it will be instrumental in contributing to an increase in international arrivals from the United Kingdom and North America.

British Airways announced the introduction of the route to a global audience today (Tuesday, May the 8th 2018), while at the same time the MEC of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mr Sihle Zikalala, announced the long awaited decision to delegates attending Africa’s Travel INDABA in Durban.
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Norwegian student disappears on Garden Route

A search is under way for a 21-year-old student on holiday from Norway who disappeared while walking on the beach in Sedgefield on the Garden Route.

Marie Ostbo‚ who is studying in France‚ arrived in the town with a group of international student tourists on Wednesday. She was last seen just 100 metres away from a backpacker’s lodge where they were staying.
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