New Governmental Changes to Fighting Immigration Fraud

New Governmental Changes to Fighting Immigration Fraud

There is an increasing number of people worldwide that want to immigrate or work in Canada. Unfortunately, these people are often forced to pay a large sum of money to immigration consultants to promise employment or permanent residency in Canada, only to discover that they have been lied to.

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All about snoring and a big lion

All about snoring and a big lion

The last episode was about the lion at Harties. While I was writing that, I also remembered another event where a lion took centre stage. It took place at a time when we were working at Arusha, in Tanzania. Steve was flying our King Air E-90 and I was in the right-hand seat. After we took off and set course for Hemingways at Watamu, Kenya, I could relax and check my telex messages. (No e-mail in those days).

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The Lion of Harties

The Lion of Harties

After moving to Canada, we often get somewhat strange questions about life in ‘Africa.’ Recently, we were at a barbeque in our Port Moody neighborhood. The conversation reminded me of how foreigners see Africa and South Africa. That was when I remembered an incident one evening some years ago.

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The Who’s Who in Buying a Home

The Who’s Who in Buying a Home

When it comes to buying a new home, the task can feel overwhelming for many; not to mention if you’re an immigrant brand new to Canada and its real estate process. There’s a mountain of paperwork to be done, and you’ll be coordinating them with a number of different people. These people will all play a distinct role in finalizing the rewarding experience of buying a home.

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Registered Retirement Savings Plan in Canada

Registered Retirement Savings Plan in Canada

When we think of a savings plan for retirement, we imagine packing away quarters and dollar bills into a glass piggy bank until we are 65 years old. Little do most people know, there are several ways you can plan and save for your retirement. One of those is Registered Retirement Savings Plan.

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The Red English Sports Car in Tourtour

The Red English Sports Car in Tourtour

Heaven knows what airport security is going to be like post-Covid!
With the tantalizing prospect of traveling again, we had to remind ourselves about the long-lost art of exploring new and strange places other than the nearest chemist and our local supermarket.

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The Cost of Living In Canada

The Cost of Living In Canada

It’s not hard to see why people consider moving to Canada with the socially progressive government, Universal healthcare, and the abundance of beautiful scenery year-round. If you have decided to make this journey, one of the first things to know is the expectations are in terms of the cost of living.

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Choosing a Neighbourhood in Canada

Choosing a Neighbourhood in Canada

As an immigrant new to Canada, it’s important to locate the right neighbourhood for you by considering factors like proximity to schools, medical care, work, shopping, and many others!

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How to make your own biltong

How to make your own biltong

Here is a quick and easy recipe to make your own biltong. For those who know about it, those who don’t and for anyone just curious what it is. Once you’ve tasted real biltong there’s no going back to jerky! Vic shares his favorite recipe with us.

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How I Landed a Job Within My First Week In Canada-Michaels Experience

How I Landed a Job Within My First Week In Canada-Michaels Experience

A very important aspect of immigrating to Canada is landing a job once you arrive. It is not an easy task for most depending on the level of demand and the province you are moving to. Everyone goes through this process one way or another and it takes time, dedication, and focus. We interviewed a gentleman who had to search for and land a job and was able to accomplish this tedious task.

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Family Day in Canada 2021

Family Day in Canada 2021

This holiday celebrates the importance of families and family life to people and their communities. Seems like, after 2020, we need our families more than ever. So why not take a day to spend valuable time with our loved ones?

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From Bloemfontein to Bargème

From Bloemfontein to Bargème

When people in Canada ask me where I come from, the answer is easy; Bloemfontein. Born there and raised in the Free State. A very flat part of the world and if you stand on a chair you can see quite far. Now I am among these steep hills, a long way away from the Free State, revisiting a part of the long road I have traveled from Bloemfontein to Bargème.

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Top Tips For Your First Winter Driving Experience

Top Tips For Your First Winter Driving Experience

We all get excited after that first sheet of fluffy snow covers the ground leaving you with bright and crisp scenery. If this is your first time experiencing a non-South African winter especially in Canada, there can be added excitement (or not if you don’t particularly care for it, and that’s ok). However, it can also be dangerous to drive in if not properly prepared. Fear not Saffa friends, there are things you can do to be ready!

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Last Christmas on the farm

Last Christmas on the farm

Kobus recalls his Christmas memories of days spent on the family farm in the Free State…”The smaller cousins took off, playing with their gifts and the adults sat back in their chairs. The heavy meal tugging on their eyelids. I sat on the floor in front of Ouma’s chair and looked at our Christmas tree. There were no lights on it as there was no electricity on the farm, but through the big window behind the tree’s gnarled branches, I could see countless stars blinking in the vast black African sky.”

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