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The expatriate community
South Africa is a very cosmopolitan country – many foreign nationals from all over the world have chosen to make South Africa either their holiday destination or home, in addition to many expatriates on international assignments.

Information for expatriates
Home country embassies and / or consular offices are a very useful information resource for their nationals. Other useful resources are:

  • American Citizens Abroad (ACA) is a non-profit association dedicated to serving and defending the interests of individual US citizens world-wide; members receive a regular publication, the ACA News Report,  www.aca.ch
  • The Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas (FAWCO) is a support network for American women expatriates. It is a non-profit international network of clubs, particularly active in the fields of US citizen’s concerns, education, environmental protection and women and children’s rights. www.fawco.org
  • The British Council is the UK’s international organization for educational and cultural relations and is a valuable source of information for English speaking expatriates. www.britcoun.org or email: enquiries. CapeTown@britishcouncil.org.za
  • The Goethe-Institute is a world-wide, non-profit organisation offering social and cultural activities for German-speaking expatriates and promoting German culture and language. www.goethe.de or email: il@jburg.goethe.org
  • Maison des Francais de l’Etranger is the department of the French foreign ministry providing services for French expatriates, publishes Le Livret du Francais a’ l’etranger and individual country studies. www.exptries.org

Expatriate networking sites