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Moving to Pretoria: A Guide to Living and Working in Pretoria

Moving to Pretoria: A Guide to Living and Working in Pretoria
July 24, 2020 gnuworld
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Time your move to the Jacaranda City for late spring and you’ll be welcomed by the purple panorama of trees that Pretoria/Tshwane is famous for.

If you’re thinking of making the move or have recently relocated there, here’s a roundup of what you need to know about living and working in our administrative capital.

Near but not too near

Pretoria is Johannesburg’s laid-back cousin.

It offers a less frenetic pace than is found 70 km south down the road in our largest metropole.

The warm, windless climate and extensive open spaces make it a great choice for families and professionals, many of whom commute daily to Johannesburg.

Two airports – OR Tambo and Lanseria International – are less than 40 minutes by road and the Midrand, Sandton and Johannesburg CBD are easily accessed via the Gautrain or by car.

Increasingly, people work remotely and choose to travel to the bigger city two to three times a week.

What to expect

Pretoria is sprawled across a secluded valley in the foothills of the Magaliesberg in the northern reaches of Gauteng.

Of course, being our administrative capital, it’s home to ambassadorial and consular staff, a vibrant student and academic community (it’s home to the University of Pretoria and UNISA), as well as families and professionals.

It has a strong local economy, a mix of housing and all the amenities a large city offers – schools, gyms, colleges, shopping malls, parks, healthcare facilities and a pulsating nightlife.

Cost of living

It may come as a surprise, but Pretoria is the most expensive city in South Africa with the highest cost of living based on transport, rent, salaries, utilities and entertainment.

The average living costs for a family of four are R37,000 per month.

Take a look at https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living/pretoria for a more detailed breakdown of living costs.

Earning potential

What can you expect to earn in Pretoria?

On the upside, around R140,000 to R150,000 per month. However, the average monthly salary is approximately R33,000.

Key employers in Pretoria

The key drivers of Pretoria’s economy are tourism, education and industry.

Rosslyn, just outside Pretoria, is an automotive manufacturing and assembly hub.

Several large companies are based in the city, including Aerosud, BMW South Africa, Exxaro, Momentum Metropolitan and OUTsurance.

Finding a job in Pretoria

There are multiple job opportunities in Pretoria suitable for a wide range of skill sets and educational levels.

UNISA and the University of Pretoria offer careers in higher education.

Alternatively, there are a number of online job sites listing available positions, such as:

Attractions and leisure activities

You’ll never be short of things to see and do in and around Pretoria. You’ll enjoy:

Shopping and eating in Pretoria

If you enjoy shopping and eating out, don’t think you need to head to Sandton.

Pretoria has more than its fair share of great malls and places to dine, including Menlyn Park, the biggest shopping mall in the country.

There’s also Brooklyn Mall and The Grove Mall. Look here for more malls and shopping outlets.

Don’t miss a Saturday morning at the Hazel Food Market in Menlo Park if you want to eat what you buy.

You never need to leave Pretoria if eating out is a priority. Look to Tripadvisor for the most popular places to eat out in the city.

Pretoria emergency numbers

For help in an emergency, dial 10177 (the same emergency number as for anywhere in South Africa) or dial 112 from a cellphone.

Other useful numbers for the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality include:

  • general enquiries 012-358-9999
  • Metro Police 012-358-7095/6
  • fire/rescue/emergency services 10177, 012-310-6300/6400
  • ambulance/Metro Control Room 10177
  • electricity failures 012-358-9999.

Business connections

If you’re setting up or joining a business, these contacts might be useful:

Looking for a new office?

Commercial rental rates in Pretoria fluctuate according to area.

You can expect to pay upwards of R175 per square metre in prime areas like Menlyn, Lynnwood, Hatfield and Waterkloof Glen.

Flexible coworking space

A more affordable option, tailored for freelancers, entrepreneurs and startups, can be found in shared offices and coworking space located in Hazelwood, an area known as the “trendy hangout” of Pretoria.

The Pretoria branch of The Workspace features 39 serviced offices of varying sizes, together with an open-plan coworking space.

Office rental rates and coworking packages are flexible and cost-effective. There are several value-added perks to complement an array of business support services.

Are you looking for elegant shared business premises in a high-end location in Pretoria? The Club, Pretoria is the answer. Call The Workspace on 0861 250 259 or request a quote online… you definitely won’t regret it!

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