South Africa, the southern diamond

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Every time we do some shipping to South Africa (or from this amazing country), at the tip of the African continent, many of its astonishing surprises come to our mind. This country offers a lot of jobs, it has 3 capitals and an impressive cultural variety. 

South Africa is a country of variety.  With its beautiful and different landscapes, tribes and colonial cultures … That variety is even obvious when you discover that it has 3 capitals: its executive capital is Pretoria, Bloemfontein the judicial and Cape Town the legislative. The latter is the most visited by tourists and is also the one that welcomes the most of the foreign workers. Anyway, the most curious thing of all, is that none of these 3 cities is the most populated, that one is Johannesburg.

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As a tourist, when you think of Africa you get a lot of clichés: “Lion King”, savannah, flat and arid landscapes … South Africa of course also offers them. Undoubtedly one of the greatest attractions of the country is Kruger National Park, one of the most beautiful in the world, where you can enjoy observing the fauna free in its habitat.

The best example of the influences of being a colony, both English and Dutch, is the food. Mixes of autochthonous and global food make South Africa diet a littlebit  of everything: Sosaties, that are like kebabs in skewers with spicy sauce of curry; Bobotie, similar to the moussaka; Bunny chow: bread stuffed with curry, and most importantly, barbecues or braai. And for dessert, koeksuster, a sweet similar to that of a donut coated with syrup and made in the form of a braid. Its name comes from the Dutch word koekje, which means cookie.

Languages of South Africa

As with food South Africa has a great variety of languages. As much as it has 11 recognized official languages. The main ones are English (majority in all of South Africa) and Afrikaans (derived from Dutch). The other official languages are Ndebele, Sesotho, Northern Sotho, Tswana, Swazi, Tsonga, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu.

Working in South Africa

However, to work in South Africa you don’t need to learn all the eleven languages. In fact, you could work there speaking only spanish, german or french as there are many Call Centers. Most of the job offers in the country are related to this positions and others also related to telecommunications. Most of the companies are subcontracted by major airline or Internet brands. The work is actually well paid in relation to the local cost of living.

Business in South Africa

South Africa trades mainly with the United States, Japan and the European Union. The majority of its exports are precious metals and minerals, as well as equipment, chemical and oil and food products.

Thanks to its free trade agreements the country is opened to many European products. This is a great opportunity to get your business further into a medium-high income market that has been continuously growing for decades.

Infrastructures, some of South Africa jewels

In contrast to the majority of the countries surrounding it, South Africa has a great and wide infrastructures net. Its one of the regions of the whole continent with better road and train connections. This great network ensures an efficient road transportation. In addition, the country has several airports, including Cape Town and Johannesburg, that have been expanded. And of course, as a country with a great coastline, it has large port infrastructures. Actually, it holds the largest, busiest and most efficient harbour in all the African continent: Durban.

Shipping to South Africa with us

Wether you travel to South Africa because it is your next destination or you want to import or export goods from your business, you can count in our experience. Pay special attention to the articles you send, ensuring that they do not appear on the list of prohibited and restricted items.

Our services to and from South Africa are:

Take care of your shipments and be ready for us to pick it up. We offer you courier, parcel delivery and freight services to and from South Africa. Our clients are satisfied with our services and rate us with a 9,4 out of 10 at ekomi. Shipping to South Africa? Send us a mail to info@laluna.coop or call us.

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