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Serge Boscher, Expatriate in South Africa from 2014 to 2016
What’s the pace of life like in South Africa?

The pace of life in the cities is very simple: you get up early.
They live in the present, so they live with the sun.
They get up early and they work early.
Over there, people are at work at 7am, but they leave work early at 4.30 or 5pm.
Night life finishes early.
The restaurants close from 10pm and there’s nothing after that.
People go to bed early, so it’s a very different lifestyle to what we know.
In Johannesburg, which is a big city of over 6 million people, you do have a number of international and multicultural districts that are a bit different.
The restaurants and shops are open a bit later.
Generally speaking, life in the country is somewhat focused on the elements, the sunshine and the daytime, so people don’t go out much at night.
I was also talking about security issues: they play a role too, and people try to avoid travelling long distances at night.
It’s another factor that gives you the impression that the city is a peaceful place.


Video content: Serge Boscher, Expatriate in South Africa from 2014 to 2016
What’s the pace of life like in South Africa?

The pace of life in the cities is very simple: you get up early.
They live in the present, so they live with the sun.
They get up early and they work early.
Over there, people are at work at 7am, but they leave work early at 4.30 or 5pm.
Night life finishes early.
The restaurants close from 10pm and there’s nothing after that.
People go to bed early, so it’s a very different lifestyle to what we know.
In Johannesburg, which is a big city of over 6 million people, you do have a number of international and multicultural districts that are a bit different.
The restaurants and shops are open a bit later.
Generally speaking, life in the country is somewhat focused on the elements, the sunshine and the daytime, so people don’t go out much at night.
I was also talking about security issues: they play a role too, and people try to avoid travelling long distances at night.
It’s another factor that gives you the impression that the city is a peaceful place.

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