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Things You Must Know Before Coming To South Africa - A Nairalander In SA by ucheokpara100(m): 10:02am On May 11, 2015
this thread will be question and answer thread, i will alwys make time to reply questions mind you iam not too good in english.
iam not here to connect people abroad or do visa for any one because iam not in position to do that.
iam not here to ask for money or any assistance.
iam here to answer and tell my people/nairalanders any thing they want to know, from the life our people are living in the street of south africa to the top, to the secret no one will tell u about south africa to the hustling and how everything look here to different between here and nigeria to the reason why u havn't seen many of your brothers who are here for years.
all depend on what u want to hear just ask anything. this thread is like asking a nairalander or a brother how things are here before you decide to come here.
i will only answer questions i wont tell any one anything on my own.
thread OPEN!

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Re: Things You Must Know Before Coming To South Africa - A Nairalander In SA by socialmediaman: 10:05am On May 11, 2015
Typing... Oooops I thought it was an opinion and discussion thread...

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Re: Things You Must Know Before Coming To South Africa - A Nairalander In SA by ucheokpara100(m): 10:18am On May 11, 2015
socialmediaman:
Typing... Oooops I thought it was an opinion and discussion thread...
Iam always online man.

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Re: Things You Must Know Before Coming To South Africa - A Nairalander In SA by smvinreal(f): 10:32am On May 11, 2015
Hmmmm
Re: Things You Must Know Before Coming To South Africa - A Nairalander In SA by boljamogun(m): 10:49am On May 11, 2015
Please set the ball rolling on your advice for the intending Nigerian emigrants abroad on things they need to know before taken the final decision to seek 'greener pasture' abroad. Please relate all your experiences particularly in S.A. and other countries (if any). Observing!

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Re: Things You Must Know Before Coming To South Africa - A Nairalander In SA by ucheokpara100(m): 10:53am On May 11, 2015
1.i will start with if you are a graduate and u want to migrate to south africa, it will be wise u learn how to do any other thing cos out of 200 people that come with their certificate only 4 may secure job with it, unless u have someone who will help you but if you dont certificate is not helping us here.
2.if u dont have any one to help you just be prepared to sleep on the street, suffer for like one year or 2 years before you will stabilize.
3.dont hope that any nigerian will help you cos majority of them even the once that have stayed up to 7 to 8 years will still want to take from u.
4.if you come here with with N100,000 it will last you highest 3 months to finish completely so how do you survive cos the least rent here is N21,000 per month and we pay monthly no one will allow you to spend one day in their flat when you dont have money

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Re: Things You Must Know Before Coming To South Africa - A Nairalander In SA by ucheokpara100(m): 10:54am On May 11, 2015
boljamogun:
Please set the ball rolling on your advice for the intending Nigerian emigrants abroad on things they need to know before taken the final decision to seek 'greener pasture' abroad. Please relate all your experiences particularly in S.A. and other countries (if any). Observing!
ok let me do that man.
Re: Things You Must Know Before Coming To South Africa - A Nairalander In SA by ucheokpara100(m): 11:08am On May 11, 2015
it all started when i was seeking visa, all the agents were telling me good things about south africa, no one told me the reality which is even one of the reason i created this thread to save many people from being scammed.
they just need your money.
fast forward i got visa, at the air port they will count how much u have b4 thy will stamp you, basic travelling allowance is N100,000 their about, then here in south africa b4 they will stamp you entry they will ask you what u are coming to do and where you are going to.
some of us who dnt have someone here only God knows what you will tell them.
fast forward when i got here i stayed in a hotel 3 days i asked one of the hotel attendant how i can rent a room he took me to where room to let notices are pasted cos people always move in and out here every month. we called people finally got a room for N32,000 equivalent in naira i moved in iam left with N78,000 out of the N100,000 i came with, now life started i dont know the place i dont know any one.
i moved out bought tea and bread till nxt day.

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Re: Things You Must Know Before Coming To South Africa - A Nairalander In SA by ucheokpara100(m): 11:22am On May 11, 2015
i was sleeping on bare floor, jst eating and paying rent till all my money finished and the flat owner asked me to move out, at this point i 've sold evrything i came with phone etc, i slept outside for 2 months untill i got a job to wash plate in a restaurant when i got my first pay i paid rent then back to flat again. mind u some sleep outside for close to 4 months before they come back including nigerian graduates unlike me, mine was 2 months outside, at the point of sleeping outside u will mix up with people who are addicted to drugs thats the point where some people start selling drugs or start taking it.
no one will help you including your fellow nigerian unless you are ready to push drugs for them.

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Re: Things You Must Know Before Coming To South Africa - A Nairalander In SA by ucheokpara100(m): 11:26am On May 11, 2015
i was washing cow towel and cow head every morning cook them and serve food for 7 months b4 i decided to sell my business at home bought a business here that's mine own story, what about people who dont have anything to sell at home or no help from home?

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Re: Things You Must Know Before Coming To South Africa - A Nairalander In SA by ucheokpara100(m): 11:29am On May 11, 2015
these are also reasons why u see people decide to sell drugs cos thy believ that the life they are living is equal death no need to fear death sentence.

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Re: Things You Must Know Before Coming To South Africa - A Nairalander In SA by ucheokpara100(m): 11:36am On May 11, 2015
THE TYPE OF JOBS WE DO MAINLY HERE ARE.
1. washing cars.
2. selling roots ( man power )
3. hawking jollof rice
4. selling sweets and chewing gum on a table in the street.
5. and u know the main one that's illegal
6. cutting hair
7. fixing nails
8. security
9. bouncer in a club
10. mechanic
11. paper agents
NOTE: their are still few working in big offices but 10 percent, another 10 persent own business here iam talking from up to down.

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Re: Things You Must Know Before Coming To South Africa - A Nairalander In SA by ucheokpara100(m): 11:40am On May 11, 2015
if you want to enjoy staying in south africa come with money buy business you will make it more than people at home, dont hope on your certificate that's number one problem, you will use your certificate later but now that early

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Re: Things You Must Know Before Coming To South Africa - A Nairalander In SA by ucheokpara100(m): 11:45am On May 11, 2015
i dont know the area u need answers from unless you ask me.

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Re: Things You Must Know Before Coming To South Africa - A Nairalander In SA by MRBrownJ: 11:49am On May 11, 2015
@OP
may i ask: did you expect a different life?! what did you expect exactly? did you think SA was a country where you could pluck money from the ground and get rich? and finally, is the life you live now in SA, washing plates while being surrounded by people who despise you, better than your life in 9ja?

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Re: Things You Must Know Before Coming To South Africa - A Nairalander In SA by ucheokpara100(m): 11:55am On May 11, 2015
MRBrownJ:
@OP
may i ask: did you expect a different life?! what did you expect exactly? did you think SA was a country where you could pluck money from the ground and get rich? and finally, is the life you live now in SA, washing plates while being surrounded by people who despise you, better than your life in 9ja?
i expected to come here start serving whites get paid convert my money to nigerian currency and be rich, when i was passing through these things i wrote here i regreted coming here but after i sold my business and bought the one iam managing here now iam happy i came here, the life iam living now is far betta than my life in nigeria.
iam considered one among lucky people here. sory for saying this the business i sold i nigeria was selling N36K daily with generator stress, fuel traffic, power, bad road etc, the one have here no such stress and i sell equivalent N83k daily.

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Re: Things You Must Know Before Coming To South Africa - A Nairalander In SA by MRBrownJ: 12:06pm On May 11, 2015
ucheokpara100:
i expected to come here start serving whites get paid convert my money to nigerian currency and be rich, when i was passing through these things i wrote here i regreted coming here but after i sold my business and bought the one iam managing here now iam happy i came here, the life iam living now is far betta than my life in nigeria.
iam considered one among lucky people here.

nice....with the situation that is happening in SA now, and which has been brewing for quite a while, would you advise anyone from 9ja to go to SA in this day and age?

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Re: Things You Must Know Before Coming To South Africa - A Nairalander In SA by ucheokpara100(m): 12:13pm On May 11, 2015
MRBrownJ:


nice....with the situation that is happening in SA now, and which has been brewing for quite a while, would you advise anyone from 9ja to go to SA in this day and age?
is like i cant advice any one to go to northern nigeria because of boko haram but i can advice you to go to lagos, p/h etc.

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Re: Things You Must Know Before Coming To South Africa - A Nairalander In SA by RareDiamonds: 12:13pm On May 11, 2015
what about schooling in South African University
Re: Things You Must Know Before Coming To South Africa - A Nairalander In SA by ucheokpara100(m): 12:21pm On May 11, 2015
RareDiamonds:
what about schooling in South African University
i will advice any one to school here alot of surports and when you finish their is job with their certificate, their school is organized and co-ordinated, u can still ask any question further about their school cos iam going close to them now to improve my english and certificate

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Re: Things You Must Know Before Coming To South Africa - A Nairalander In SA by RareDiamonds: 12:25pm On May 11, 2015
Do you know the range of their school fees in Naira ?

ucheokpara100:
i will advice any one to school here alot of surports and when you finish their is job with their certificate, their school is organized and co-ordinated, u can still ask any question further about their school cos iam going close to them now to improve my english and certificate
Re: Things You Must Know Before Coming To South Africa - A Nairalander In SA by stepo707: 12:28pm On May 11, 2015
This op is very funny.enjoyed every bit of your post.
PS I think this should be in travel section

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Re: Things You Must Know Before Coming To South Africa - A Nairalander In SA by ucheokpara100(m): 12:30pm On May 11, 2015
RareDiamonds:
Do you know the range of their school fees in Naira ?

UNISA is around N225,000 per year UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA is N720,000 per year.

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Re: Things You Must Know Before Coming To South Africa - A Nairalander In SA by ucheokpara100(m): 12:31pm On May 11, 2015
stepo707:
This op is very funny.enjoyed every bit of your post.
PS I think this should be in travel section
o yea...... iam sory didnt know.

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Re: Things You Must Know Before Coming To South Africa - A Nairalander In SA by ucheokpara100(m): 12:53pm On May 11, 2015
boljamogun:
Please set the ball rolling on your advice for the intending Nigerian emigrants abroad on things they need to know before taken the final decision to seek 'greener pasture' abroad. Please relate all your experiences particularly in S.A. and other countries (if any). Observing!
u 'll make more money in south africa than malaysia in malaysia when they see u they know u are from africa u 'll be descriminated, then another country i 've been to is Ghana, it's better u stay in nigeria than going to ghana.

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Re: Things You Must Know Before Coming To South Africa - A Nairalander In SA by clintino700(m): 12:54pm On May 11, 2015
Good piece....

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Re: Things You Must Know Before Coming To South Africa - A Nairalander In SA by ucheokpara100(m): 12:57pm On May 11, 2015
clintino700:
Good piece....
thanks bro iam waiting for questions from their infrastructure to technology to anything i will answer to the best of my knowledge.

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Re: Things You Must Know Before Coming To South Africa - A Nairalander In SA by ucheokpara100(m): 1:11pm On May 11, 2015
here we cant build in their town, and we are mostly staying in town so if you have someone who has stayed here for 8 years without sending anything home dont believ he is planning to come in a big way he is frustrated in the street no matter the person's status in nigeria, cos it's imposible 2 stay that long without doing anything at home so what is the person doing with the money cos u cant build here, only 5percent can do that ( i mean making well without doing anything at home) all of us want to proove oursefs at home.

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Re: Things You Must Know Before Coming To South Africa - A Nairalander In SA by fendorf(m): 1:12pm On May 11, 2015
What type of business are you into?

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Re: Things You Must Know Before Coming To South Africa - A Nairalander In SA by ucheokpara100(m): 1:21pm On May 11, 2015
fendorf:
What type of business are you into?
i was a manager in mr bigg's nigeria beffore i left nigeria, i had a fast food in nigeria also wich i sold b4 i bought this one now which is also a restaurant, so iam making well just because of my restaurant management experience. my business failed during that flood year in nigeria

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Re: Things You Must Know Before Coming To South Africa - A Nairalander In SA by oshyno(m): 2:32pm On May 11, 2015
About their university. How many years does it take to graduate from their universities for one that wud want to study Engineering. Also what about computer science and information technology.

Also why such huge disperity in their school fees. What is special about d pretoria university.
Re: Things You Must Know Before Coming To South Africa - A Nairalander In SA by ucheokpara100(m): 2:48pm On May 11, 2015
oshyno:
About their university. How many years does it take to graduate from their universities for one that wud want to study Engineering. Also what about computer science and information technology.

Also why such huge disperity in their school fees. What is special about d pretoria university.
about how many years thy hv short courses for one year, 6 months etc, then engineering 4 years just the same thing like nigeria, about their fees i guess their are schools that pay more fee than others in nigeria too, and someone who graduated from University of pretoria are respected and given job more than UNISA cos it's believed they are more serious than UNISA, another reason why the money is much is because of exchange rate that N720,000 is R45,000 here.

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