HTLC Network | South Africa
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WELCOME TO SOUTH AFRICA

Following the abolition of apartheid, South Africa is slowly transforming, developing economic, cultural and social policies that were obstacled by years of social injustice.

 

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The English and the Dutch colonised South Africa in the seventeenth century. As a consequence of British dominion over Dutch descendants, known as Boers (referred to as Afrikaners beginning in the twentieth century), the latter established colonies in the region of the Cape of Good Hope. Great Britain gained control of the Cape Region in 1814, following the Napoleonic Wars.

 

The Dutch were paid £6 million for the Cape Colony and for other settlements in South America. British missionaries and thousands of British settlers flocked to South Africa. English was soon proclaimed the official language and slavery was abolished in 1833. Boers residing in the Cape bitterly resented these and other decisions so that between the 1830s and 1840s, thousands of them migrated to the east and northeast in what became known as the Great Trek.

 

The Union of South Africa was founded in 1910 with the consolidation of the British colonies and the various Boer Republics. This union led to the creation of the Republic of South Africa in 1961. With the introduction of Apartheid in 1948, South Africans were classified into one of three categories: white, black (African) or coloured (mixed race). In 1951, the Bantu Authorities Act gave rise to the creation of “homelands,” which were considered independent states. The government assigned Africans to specific homelands on the basis of their origins and voting for such individuals was restricted to these areas.

 

Nine million South Africans lost citizenship of their country between 1976 and 1981 as a result of this Act.

 

The apartheid system was abolished following a referendum in 1992, with a 68% majority of votes; however, it will take time before South Africa manages to find a balance in its social, economic, educational and political systems.

 

Nelson Mandela was elected President on May 10, 1994, following South Africa’s first non-racial elections. The country was thus governed under an interim constitution, through a Government of National Unity (GNU) – encompassing the ANC, the NP, and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) – until February 1997, when Nelson Mandela signed a new constitution into law. During his five-year term in office, President Mandela reformed social issues, such as unemployment, crime and housing, and he introduced the country to a global economy. He also began to forge a new national identity for his country. Thabo Mbeki took over the presidency, serving two terms. South Africa now has a parliamentary democracy which is comprised of various parties through which power is divided between the president and Parliament.

 

Years of racial discrimination and strife leave scars that cannot be healed easily or quickly. South Africa has made tremendous leaps in improving its social welfare while business and educational opportunities are constantly expanding. Economic disparities persist, however, and this is one of the country’s greatest challenges. Political leaders and the nation’s citizenry must collaborate in order to move forward and continue the creation of new society.

South Africa is very popular for its national parks and diamond mines but is also the continent’s principal economic market.

 

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Since Apartheid was abolished in the early 1990s, South Africa has experienced strong economic growth. It has a two-tiered economy; on the one hand it competes at an international level and on another, it manifests characteristics typical of emerging countries.

 

Despite an abundant supply of natural reserves, mining continues to be the country’s principal economic resource. The communications, energy, and transport industries are reliable and functional while legal and financial systems are well-developed.

 

Johannesburg has a successful and growing stock exchange (the JSE), founded in 1886 and a modern system of infrastructures supports a well-organised distribution system throughout the nation.

 

South Africa also has a noteworthy reputation in the field of science and its scientists are known for their excellent qualifications. This country is in fact a pioneer in heart transplants, attesting to its advanced and developed medical profession as well as its experimental sciences industry.

 

Almost half of South Africa’s total foreign trade is with Europe. Following a recent trade agreement between the EU and South Africa, 90% of all trade barriers are ti be removed over the next 10 years. The UK is one of the country’s most important trading partners, along with Germany, France and Italy.

 

Unlike most other African countries, South Africa has a structured economic system akin to that of the United States and Western Europe. With a vast manufacturing industry that produces a large variety of consumer goods, South Africa is especially strong in the automotive sector, exporting cars worldwide.

 

With a population of over 47 million, South Africa is a nation characterised by a diverse ethnic makeup. About 79.5% of citizens are African (though not homogenous in terms of language or culture), 9.2% are white, 8.9% are coloured and 2.5% are Indian/Asian. Nine of the country’s eleven official languages are African. Africans citizens encompass the Nguni people (Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele and Swazi); the Sotho-Tswana people (Southern, Northern and Western Sotho); the Tsonga; and the Venda. Instead, South Africa’s white population is mostly made up of descendants of the Dutch, German, French Huguenot and British colonial immigrants of the late 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.In terms of religion, about two-thirds of South Africans are Christians (mainly Protestants) and there are churches that blend traditional African and Christian beliefs. Islam, Hinduism and Judaism are also present.

 

With its incredible beauty, South Africa is an exceptional tourist destination. It offers an abundance of natural settings and a variety of attractions that range from sporting arenas to theatres, discos, casinos, cinemas and nice restaurants. Modern banking and medical facilities contribute to making a vacation in South Africa ultimately enjoyable.

Prepare and Plan Visit
In this initial contact the Relocation Coordinator will brief the Transferee, introducing destination services commissioned, and provide access codes to HTLC Network on-line City-Specific Resource Guides. In addition, the Relocation Coordinator will help the Transferee assess personal and family’s housing needs, as well as their hopes and plans for the sojourn in your new destination. The Transferee will be asked to fill out a Personal Needs Analysis Form, which will enable customized service delivery. After gaining a sense of the Transferee’s needs, the Relocation Coordinator will arrange appointments with schools and real estate agents, an appointment will be set up with one of the Local Counsellors for a city briefing and a programme will be finalised for accompanied property and school viewings.

 

Airport Pickup and Greeting The Transferee and family will be met at the airport by a Local Counsellor and accompanied to designated hotel.

 

Destination Country and City Information
The Transferee will be given a briefing on the local city and life in your new destination in general, and will be encouraged to ask any questions. An Information Pack on the destination city will be provided. This Pack includes an information sheet with the HTLC Network office and Local Counsellor contact information and emergency telephone numbers. Further, it includes a city and transport map as well as a hard copy of HTLC Network own City-Specific Resource Guide, which contains a wealth of information such as telephone access codes, English-speaking doctors and expatriate clubs. When available, a copy of the English Yellow Pages, local English language periodicals and other relevant information will also be included in the Information Pack.

 

auto-europe-driving-informationCity by Zone Tour
The purpose of this tour is to familiarise the Transferee with selected areas of the city and type of housing and amenities available, in order to be better prepared to select the neighbourhood most suitable for personal and family needs. The City By Zone Tour is often delivered in conjunction with a house hunting programme.

 

International Schooling The Transferee will be briefed on educational opportunities in the area. The Relocation Coordinator will schedule appointments at the selected schools, and the Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged appointments although the appointments will be privately held between the Transferee and school administrators. Where possible, the Relocation Coordinator will organise enrolment procedure and arrange for company invoicing.

 

Full-Day Househunting Programme Following an in-depth briefing by the Relocation Coordinator a programme of property viewings will be arranged. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged viewings of up to eight properties.

 

Two-Day Househunting Programme Following an in-depth briefing by the Relocation Coordinator a programme of property viewings will be arranged. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged viewings of up to fifteen properties.

 

Lease Negotiation After the Transferee has selected a property, the Relocation Coordinator will negotiate lease conditions with the real estate agency or landlord according to The national destination law. HTLC Network coordinator will prepare a contract that ensures legal protection for the client. Particular attention is given to include a break clause, as international assignments often change in duration and the aim is to give maximum flexibility within the limits of the national destination law.

 

bigstock-Real-Estate-Home-Inspection-Re-20778977Property Inspection and Inventory Once the lease has been signed, a thorough property inspection is taken in the presence of the Transferee. This includes an inventory of any furnishings, general condition of the property, and meter readings for utility contracts.

 

Utility Connections, Phone Line and Bank Account The Relocation Coordinator will arrange all utility and telephone connections, and a Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to open a bank account in the selected area.

 

Settling-In Assistance The Local Counsellor will spend time with the Transferee and family, assisting with requested elements of the relocation process, such as arranging language training, obtaining a satellite decoder or internet service provider, shopping for furniture or securing house contents insurance. Duration of this service depends on various company authorizations.

 

Car Purchase or Lease The Relocation Coordinator will brief the Transferee on the logistics of making an automobile purchase and will research reputable dealers in the area. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to dealers and act as a translator. Once the Transferee has made the selection, HTLC Network will take care of necessary documentation including insurance cover. For long-term rental HTLC Network will advise local availability of this service.

 

Local Registration
If the Transferee requests, and is eligible, the Local Counsellor will assist with National Health Registration. City hall registration is a separate service and if authorizied, HTLC Network will assist with the whole bureaucratic procedure at the relative cityhall.

 

Closeup of a call center employee with headset at workplaceOngoing Phone Support The HTLC Network support Helpline is available to all Transferees for 90 days from date of property contract signing. Extensions to this Helpline can be added in periods of three months.

 

Car Importation Importation of car to your new destination, including full document assistance and re-registration with Vehicle registry.

 

Full Assignment Tracking Full tracking of all deadlines throughout duration of the Transferees international assignment, notification given of all scheduled renewal dates, such as housing contracts, Permit of Stay and Work Permits. Ad Hoc Services Service rendered both from back and front office is available on an hourly and daily basis.

Immigration procedures and requirements vary greatly from country to country. Documents requested from applicants depend on the citizenship of the individual applying and the status he wishes to obtain in the destination country, be it authorisation to work, authorisation for accompanying family members, tourist or study visas, temporary or permanent residency status.

 

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• HTLC Network has been selected by many International Law and Immigration Firms as well as Global Relocation Companies to represent them exclusively for immigration

• We work closely with the relevant governmental and police authorities in each country

• Our Immigration Team are experts in immigration laws and keep abreast of changing requirements and procedures

• We prepare all documentation for HR, all you have to do is print out and sign

• We inform the Transferee which specific documents are required , which translations must be obtained and if these must be legalised

• We provide HR and Transferees with information on the process flow, timing and specific legal requirements of each destination

• We update all parties involved regularly as to the status of the application

• Whenever possible, we act with a Power of Attorney on behalf of the company and the Transferee; when the Transferee’s presence is required, he will be accompanied to the relevant office in the destination city

• Our Local Counsellors, residents and locals of the destination city, are able to present the all prepared documentation to the relevant offices in person; thus speeding up the process and ensuring an efficient service

 

For more info about our immigration services in South Africa please contact our marketing department at: info@htlcnetwork.com

JohannesburgJohannesburg also known as Jozi, Jo’burg, Joni, eGoli or Joeys, is the largest city in South Africa, by population. Johannesburg is the provincial capital of Gauteng, the wealthiest province in South Africa, having the largest economy of any metropolitan region in Sub-Saharan Africa.

 

The city is one of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the world, and is also the world’s largest city not situated on a river, lake, or coastline. It claims to be the lightning capital of the world, though this title is also claimed by others. While Johannesburg is not one of South Africa’s three capital cities, it is the seat of the Constitutional Court, which has the final word on interpretation of South Africa’s constitution. The city is the source of a large-scale gold and diamond trade, due to its location on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills.

SOUTH AFRICA - Housing
What can I expect to find in an unfurnished, a semi-furnished or a furnished property?

An unfurnished property may include wardrobes, basic kitchen furnishings and bathroom fixtures and furnishings.

A semi-furnished property will include a kitchen stove and furnishings, bathroom fixtures and furnishings, bed(s), wardrobes, curtains, lamps and/or any other equipment agreed upon.

Furnished properties are quite common, and can include anything from the basics such as kitchen furniture, table, chairs, beds, and bathroom furniture to everything you could possibly require in a property. Soft furnishings are frequently included. A fully furnished property frequently includes dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer, smaller/supplementary furniture, decorations, garden equipment, satellite TV, phone lines, alarm systems.

Your Relocation Coordinator will confirm whether or not the property has these facilities..

What sort of flexibility will I have to negotiate rent or furnishings?

It is always worth trying to offer a slightly lower figure than the asking price or request to have other furniture installed or work done on
the property. Generally, if the requests of a prospective tenant are high and costly, the landlord will agree to do the works requested with an increase in the rent. It is not likely that a landlord will agree to undertake work on the property, install extra furniture and lower the price..

How many properties will I be shown?

This depends on the Relocation Package you have selected: HTLC Network Basic Package includes 8 properties and the Extended Package includes 15 properties. You will be told at the outset how many properties you will be shown or how much time you have available to do the house hunting. The properties provided will be as close to your ‘Needs Analysis’ description as possible according to what is available on the market at the time.

How can I secure a property that I choose?

A holding deposit is not typical and most landlords would not hold a property if another tenant would want to rent the property.

What costs are involved in renting a property?

– Real Estate agency fee: usually 14% of the rent and is paid by landlord and/or tenant.
– Security deposit: usually 1-2 month rental value
– Rent is usually paid monthly
– Registration of the lease: registration taxes and fee that vary according to the value of the property and amount of rent.

What other expenses should I expect to pay?

The expenses of usage or the utility fees (such as: heating, electricity, water, sewage, telephone) are almost always to be paid alongside the rental fee. Exceptions may occur in those residences in apartment buildings (apartment), where the utility fees, such as garbage disposal, cleaning,security, swimming pool and garage usage, heating are part of the condominium fee. This may very in each individual case.

What is the process flow to rent a property?

Once a property is selected, HTLC Network will negotiate on your behalf. When an agreement has been reached, a legally valid contract is prepared. An appointment is arranged for the tenant (or company representative) and landlord to sign the contract. The contract is read through and the HTLC Network’s Local Counsellor will translate as necessary.

All the copies of the contract should then be signed. As soon as you enter the apartment, we will arrange a thorough inventory/property inspection together with the landlord and your Local Counsellor.

What chance do I have of receiving my full deposit back when I leave the property?

Provided that the property and any furnishings are returned in the state in which they were initially rented (HTLC Network will ensure a thorough inventory is taken of the property and furnishings upon entry) and the correct notice period is served to the landlord, HTLC Network will be able to negotiate a full deposit return when you vacate the property.

What responsibility do I have as a tenant towards maintenance of the property?

Generally outdoor maintenance (paintwork, railings etc.) is the responsibility of the landlord. Indoor maintenance of a general nature is the
responsibility of the tenant.

Can I make any alterations to the property?

Only with written permission from the landlord.
Small changes (e.g. hanging of towel rails in the bathroom) may be made but the property is to be handed back in exactly the same state it was consigned. Therefore, any holes made in the walls must be filled and painted over before leaving the property, unless a different agreement is made with the landlord.

In case alterations have been made to improve the property without the written permission of the landlord, the landlord has the right not to
reimburse any expenses the tenant has had in relation to the work. In cases where the landlord does not approve o the changes made, he/she has the right to require the tenant to put the property back into its original condition.

What if I need to terminate the lease early?

HTLC Network will ensure that the property rental contract includes a diplomatic break clause for the protection of the Tenant. Unless such
an eventuality is stipulated in the contract, the time of which the contract is agreed upon, must be respected.
If a contract is breached, full payment is due according to the duration of the contract.

SOUTH AFRICA - Utilities
What utility expenses will I have to pay?

Utility payments are never included in the rent. A tax that consists of the subscription to the South African national media broadcasting service (TV licence) is also mandatory.

Will I be able to get Satellite TV?

Yes. Most city areas, especially in the bigger cities of South Africa, are linked to satellite TV.

What documents do I need to install a Telephone Line?

Telephone lines are already available in most properties. In cases where there is no line, a document and proof or residency are necessary in order to install a line.

How long will I have to wait for my telephone?

Normally it will be installed in 4-5 weeks.

How will I be billed?

Bills will arrive monthly

What about Internet connection?

You can have the connection through the normal phone line or with the ADSL line.

SOUTH AFRICA - Safety
Is it advisable to have 24-hour guard service?

Yes, this is required. If not included with a rental property, it can be sourced through a reputable security company.
It is highly reccomended a large company be used as they are able to provide adequate cover as well as emergency cover in case of guards
been sick or on vacation.

Are there any precautions a foreigner must take?

Security of residential and commercial premesis is essential.
There are certain areas of cities that a foreigner should avoid entering, your Local Counsellor will advise of specifics.
It is advisable always to move with caution and to keep a low-key profile so as not to draw undue attention.

SOUTH AFRICA - Driving
What is it like to drive in South Africa?

In South Africa, traffic moves on the left side of the road. The road infrastructure is good, but the accident rate is high and motorists should exercise caution and practice defensive driving at all times.

Is my licence valid in South Africa?

If your drivers license is in any of South Africa’s 11 official languages (i.e. English) and it contains a photo and your signature integrated into the license document, then it is legally acceptable as a valid drivers license in South Africa. However, some car rental and insurance companies may still insist that you provide an International Driver’s Permit.

It is generally best practice to acquire an International Driver’s Permit in your country of origin, prior to starting your journey, regardless of
whether your license is legally acceptable or not.

For how long can I drive my own car in South Africa?

No provision exists for persons who take up temporary employment in the Republic to import a motor vehicle without payment of duty. Should you decide to import your vehicle, a deposit of approximately 80% will have to be lodged with Customs at the port of entry which will be refunded to you once the vehicle is re-exported under Customs supervision within a prescribed period. The maximum period of a temporary importation is usually two years.

Can i buy a car?

Yes.

SOUTH AFRICA - Health
Do I have to be vaccinated before arriving to South Africa?

Yellow Fever vaccination is required.
Check with your own Embassy for any other specific requirements at time of travel.

Do I have to be vaccinated before arriving to South Africa?

Yellow Fever vaccination is required.
Check with your own Embassy for any other specific requirements at time of travel.

What Health Care facilities are available?

There are numerous private health care facilities available in the main cities as well as specialists.

SOUTH AFRICA - About HTLC Network
Why should I choose HTLC Network?

– Extensive rapidly growing client list.
– Exclusive partner/representative of many Global Relocation Service Providers.
– Exclusive representative of many International Law and Immigration Firms.
– Quality control guarantee: Head Office directs all relocations and immigrations in every destination.
– All staff required to attend on-going training sessions and workshops to keep updated as to global mobility needs.
– No language barriers – Assistance provided in all major European languages and many others.
– Corporate consultation with HTLC Netowork’s’ Representatives at location of choice.
– HTLC Network own ‘Resource Guides’ providing a wealth of everyday information for expatlife in destination city.
– Comprehensive FAQs for each country serviced.
– Red Alert List to prepare for the specific challenges of each destination.
– Extra ‘Safety’ section in Resource Guides for countries posing specific security threats.
– 24-hour Emergency Helpline for Transferees throughout the duration of the relocation.
– Complimentary 3-month Helpline.

SOUTH AFRICA - For Corporate
How does HTLC Network assist with Immigration?

HTLC Network will prepare all the necessary paperwork, email it to the Company and direct as to how the various documents are to be printed out and signed. We will send one of our Local Counsellors with Power of Attorney  to act on behalf of the individual and company.

When the Transferee has to be present to apply for a document, he will be accompanied by our Local Counsellor.

What time scale should be allowed to process Work Permit applications?

When all paper work has been prepared, approved and signed by the relevant companies, it can take 6-8 weeks during which time Italian law states that the expatriate must not be in Italy.

How can we determine a realistic Housing Budget for Transferees?

During HTLC Network’ initial teleconference with the client we go through an in-depth ‘Needs Analysis’ which can include Housing Budget variables for the Destination City. HTLC Network will work with the Company to ensure the workforce locate properties of a suitable standard within the parameters set by corporate policy.

Can the contract be signed in the name of a foreign company?

Legally, yes, as long as it can be proved that the individual who signs the contract has the legal right to sign as a representative of the Company. Many landlords however, will not accept this as it is harder to take a foreign Company to court should there be any missing rent payments or problems. As landlord’s rarely accept a foreign Company signing the lease, it is usually signed by the local company that is VAT registered locally.

HTLC Network will prepare the contract in the name of a legal representative of the Company. We require full data of the individual, a photocopy of his/her passport ID pages and a photocopy of the Company’ s document demonstrating position within the Company.

The prepared contract will be emailed to the appropriate Company contact and instructions will be given on how it is to be printed out and signed. Once signed, one of HTLC Network’ Local Counsellors will collect the contract and deliver it to the real estate agent for the signature of the landlord. A signed copy will be returned to the Company whilst the three copies of the contract are being registered, thereafter a registered copy will be delivered.

Arrangements will be made to take a thorough inventory in the presence of the tenant and landlord.

Is it necessary for the Transferee to be present to apply for documents?

For the presentation of document application, it varies from city to city. Wherever possible HTLC Network will prepare power of attorney  in order for a Local Counsellor to act on behalf of the Transferee and family.

To release the obtained documents, the Transferee and other members of the family must be present as an original signature is required.

How can we guarantee all Transferees will receive the same standard of service? (staff relocating to main cities versus more rural areas)

All Local Counsellors are really ‘local’ to the area where they assist Transferees. They are selected for their good knowledge of their city area.

All Local Counsellors are trained by HTLC Network to follow our set pattern of delivering services using an in-house ‘Training and Operations Manual’.

All Local Counsellors are closely directed by Office Coordinators, ensuring a consistent standard of service is delivered.

How does HTLC Network handle Group Moves?

All relocations are handled by the same system of centralisation. When required, we arrange for a member of our office team to go to the location of a group move to be an in-house Coordinator, working from the Client Company’s premises as a point of reference for HR, Transferees and their families.

In main centres we have several Local Counsellors.

What ongoing support is provided for Transferees and families?

HTLC Network aims to equip your workforce to settle into their new environment as soon as possible. Upon arrival they are presented with a local Information Pack. They are given access to our on-line City Specific Resource Guides that provide general local information as well as specific local information once a suitable property has been located.

We have a 24hour emergency helpline throughout the duration of the relocation. We provide a 90 day complimentary phone line that can be extended throughout the duration of the assignment.

Our aim is to teach the Transferee how to live in his new city and to equip him to be as independent as possible.

Geography

Area: 1,219,912 sq km
Time Zone: GMT+2
Capital city: Pretoria
Bordering countries: Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe
Climate: mostly semiarid; subtropical along east coast; sunny days, cool nights

Government

Stateform: Republic
Legislative Branch: bicameral Parliament
National Holiday: rand (ZAR)

Population

Population: Approximately 44 million inhabitants
Religion: Christian, Muslim
Languages: South Africa has 11 official languages: Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga
Ethnic groups: black African majority, white, coloured, and Indian/Asian