Info & Lifestyle
The categories in this section covers the most common aspects of planning, preparing, investing and/or moving to the province. They are designed to be informative in a simple and straightforward manner. We cannot stress enough the need to appreciate the implications, logistics and cultural issues when  trying to fulfill your dream. While much of the information is based on requirement some of the guidance and detail has come from our own experience.Companies included are reputable and promoted mainly based on our own experience.

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    Utilities / Services / Dam Levels Description

    Utilities in South Africa are, generally speaking cheaper than the UK. However, your Municipality monthly account (council Bill) will vary from district to district,certainly now the new(2007) property valuations have been carried out, which forms the basis of your rates. The new rating calculations came into effect on the 1st July 2007, many of the larger, new properties have found themselves paying proportionally more rates. When purchasing any property ensure you know what your ratable liabilities will be.
    You can pay your monthly accounts by bank / debit order or debit card or cash at most supermarkets.

    Charged based on consumption. South Africa uses 220 /230 volts and has the large round pin plugs, so anyone moving out here will have to change their appliance plugs. Any electrical product purchased in the UK will work in South Africa. Many SA appliances have 2 pin plugs and you will find yourself buying adaptors. Many homes appear not to have enough wall sockets and extension leads are the order of the day !

    Some electricity meters are read and the ammount is charged on your Municipality monthly account. Other, more recently installed meters are a 'Pay As You Go"type and you buy your electricity at selected local outlets ie - supermarkets or selected local petrol stations even online at selected websites.
    POWERTIME --- For the most 'up to date' online way to purchase pre paid electricity, please visit - : . Or via any smartphone with POWERTIME application for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Nokia Ovi.

    ESKOM is the countries power supply company and around 90% of electricity comes from many coal fired power stations. Most of the rest comes from Koberg nuclear reactor located around 40 km's north of Cape Town. There is very little re newable energy in South Africa. Recent rising demand has meant there are a few planned and unplanned power cuts. Ensure you have torches and candles in your home !
    For further information on Eskom please visit the website -


    An extremely precious commodity in South Africa and everyone is very aware of the need to be 'Water Wise'.
    Water can in most cases be drunk straight from the tap.
    Water is generally charged (monthly on your municipality account ) on a sliding scale based on usage. It can be quite expensive if your consumption is high.Most if not all houses with larger usage have Smart Meters fitted.
    As Cape Town is now considered a 'Drought City' the municipality now charge a nominal amount on your monthly account which is intended to fund 'other' water projects

    FACT - South Africa's average annual rainfall is only 497mm.

    BY LAW - You are NOT ALLOWED to water your gardens with a hose pipe ( or use a watering system ) using POTABLE WATER.

    Water is an extremely precious commodity in South Africa !

    Please click - HERE for a weekly update.

    There is no natural gas supply in South Africa. However gas appliances are available such as fires, hobs and BBQ's which all run on LPG, gas bottles are available from many local stores and petrol service stations.

    Normally collected once a week and limited to household waste. The cost is charged on your monthly municipality account.

    Linked to your water use and charged to your monthly Municipality account.