South Africa is a country in transition and, like all changes, there are the inevitable consequences. One of the major concerns in our young democracy is safety and security, an area that has received a major blow in recent years.
Unemployment is one of the main catalysts for crime
The major urban metropolises of Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town have witnessed an incredible population increase in recent years, with more and more rural residents flocking to the city to find work. Many of these sought-after jobs have not materialized, causing unemployment to remain high. Unfortunately, crime is not the enviable result of rapidly growing unemployment.
Refugees create extra pressure
With states like Zimbabwe and Congo facing an economic and social crisis, refugees have no choice but to look for the sun elsewhere. The Rainbow Nation, with all its chances, has become the preferred destination of these desperate victims of war and greed, putting even more pressure on the vulnerable local economy.
Avoid no-go areas in urban centers
As with the vast majority of cities around the world, in most South African cities there are no ‘no-go’ areas, but each of them is still a relatively safe place to live as long as you are vigilant and the takes usual precautions. These are five places that we think are some of the safest places to live in South Africa.
Cape Town – In addition to being a leading international tourist mecca, Cape Town is an exciting, modern, culturally diverse city with some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. The inner city has undergone a recent makeover, with an enormous amount of international money and influence being spent on urban renewal. Businesses, along with city leaders, have made concerted efforts to keep the city safe and clean, and the center of Cape Town has become one of the safest places to live and do business.
The Garden Route – this spectacular area between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth on the east coast of Africa is, without doubt, one of the nation’s jewels. Aside from its pure lifestyle, many of the towns along the Garden Route are some of the safest places to raise your family. There are golf courses with superior security measures in this pristine wilderness area, and some of the premier golf courses can be found in George and Knysna.
Port St John’s – The Transkei Wild Coast is one of the last remaining, untouched areas of incomparable beauty. Formerly a Bantustan, or black homeland, during the days of the apartheid regime, the Transkei has been largely forgotten by future powers. Located on the coast of the Indian Ocean, Port St John’s offers a sleepy, sublime lifestyle for the growing family. Schooling can be a problem later, but there are excellent high schools in nearby Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth, and Durban. Regional poverty remains a challenge, so petty crime is taking place, but community programs have done a lot to uplift local people and there is now much better understanding among all members of the PSJ community.
Cape St. Francis – This seaside town close to Port Elizabeth offers a quiet commercial retreat out of season. During the holidays it is a popular destination for local tourists and gets extremely busy. There are plenty of business options, and top-notch secondary and tertiary education is available in nearby PE. This is an ideal place for young and old.
The West Coast – The west coast of South Africa is sparsely populated, largely because it is the arid and arid part of the nation. Several small towns on the west coast are both delicious and safe. Yzerfontein, Churchhaven and St. Helena Bay are probably the cream of the crop, but they all offer a relaxed and safe way of life.