Pros And Cons Of Immigrating To South Africa

As exciting as it is to move abroad, it can be equally challenging. Giving up everything that's familiar and settling in a new country is harder than you might think. That's why it's crucial to choose a country based on thorough research and also on personal preference.


Immigrating to South Africa is no different. Even though our country has much to offer there are also downsides to moving here. Let's look at the pros and cons of moving to South Africa.

Pros of Immigrating to South Africa

Climate and Scenery

It's called sunny South Africa for a reason - you can expect abundant sunshine year-round. In winter temperatures hardly ever dip below 0°C, Spring and Autumn's temperatures are comfortable and summertime brings plenty of hot days to enjoy out in nature.


South Africa is one of the most diverse countries when it comes to scenery. Mountains, beaches, forests, bushveld, Winelands, deserts - you name it, we have it! 

Affordable Cost of Living

Property is reasonably priced and you can expect it to be spacious with plenty of room to move around. Other costs such as food, petrol, and electricity are also relatively cheap and dining out is a common occurrence in South Africa.

Diverse Culture

Nowhere in the world will you find a more diverse culture than in South Africa. With 11 official languages and a history like no other, you will never be bored with the stories there are to share.


Cons of Immigrating to South Africa


Crime Rate

The crime rate in South Africa is higher than the likes of Europe and America and while serious crimes are committed every day, there are precautions you can take to avoid being a victim of these crimes. Use your common sense and don't walk alone outside after dark. Don't show off valuables and always lock your car and home.

Unemployment Rate

Currently, the unemployment rate sits at 26.6% mainly due to the lack of a decent public education system. Work creation, however, is a top priority and there are high hopes for a rapid decrease in the near future.


If you are considering immigrating to South Africa, why not speak to an expert in the field. Get in touch with Black Pen Immigration for a free assessment to see whether you qualify for a visa.