Author Archives: Lisa Aspeling

51 Things You’ll Regret Not Taking Overseas With You When You Emigrate

Moving to a brand new country you’ve never lived in before can be tough. From finding a new job to setting up and furnishing a new home, it’s difficult to know what you won’t be able to live without when you get to the UK, or what you’ll wish you brought over. While everybody is […]

11 of Modern History’s Best SA-UK Mash Ups

South Africa and the United Kingdom have a lot of shared history.  A lot.  It’s no surprise, then, that some of the world’s greatest modern history makers have both South African and British blood coursing through their veins.  While both nations would love to take all the glory for themselves, here are some magnificent ‘mash […]

Is Moving to the UK Worth it? We Interview an Expat

Making the decision to emigrate and move your family to a brand new country and culture is huge.  Winding up life in SA and starting fresh in every area of your life at the same time is probably one of the most stressful life events you can experience, so it’s important to do all your […]

The Top 10 Most Powerful Passports

A brief scroll through Instagram reveals that exotic leisure travel has become a life goal of hipsters, millennials and, heck – pretty much everyone else.  If you’re a travelholic, it’s time to investigate getting your hands on one of the most powerful passports in the world. While Australia, the United Kingdom, USA, Canada and New […]

SA Drops Contentious Birth Certificate Rule – but only for South Africans

After damage to the tourism sector since the implementation of the controversial birth certificate rule, the South African government has abandoned the regulation – but only for SA passport holders. The rule concerned any adult arriving or departing from South Africa travelling with children under the age of 18, requiring them to show an unabridged […]

Harry, Meghan and Archie Arrive in Cape Town

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex began their royal tour of South Africa with a visit to the Nyanga township in the Cape, kicking things off with separate speeches condemning the scourge of violence against women. Former Suits actress and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, spoke to a crowd in South Africa’s ‘murder capital’ of […]

These 30+ Jobs Will Help South Africans Move to the UK

Brexit has brought some seismic shifts to the United Kingdom’s (UK) immigration policies.  One of the changes the UK government will be implementing shortly is an expansion of the Shortage Occupation List (SOL), which means that South Africans whose career paths match the SOL jobs, may find it easier to qualify to live and work […]

Move Up MD Challenges Controversial UK Visa Stats

The managing director of Move Up, a locally based immigration agency specialising in UK visas, has challenged the recent visa refusal statistics released by the Home Office in the UK. In an interview with John Maytham on popular radio station Cape Talk earlier this month, Nic Cheeseman – the University of Birmingham’s Professor of Democracy […]