Hi all. I am at the final stages of an interview process for a senior role in South Africa...based in Johannesburg (Centurion/Midrand area).
In advance of negotiations on package, I am looking for some assistance on a couple of matters:
1. Accommodation - I have found a number of high-end properties for the family market, but I am seeking a premium apartment (ideally in a serviced complex with gym, pool etc. or with it's own facilities). Does this sort of thing exist in J'Burg within reasonable distance of Centurion? (I'm assuming that Sandton > Centurion is commutable?). What sort of budget should I have in mind for something? Is furnished rental an option? Most of the apartments I have seen are at the cheaper end of the market (Im seeking penthouse / loft style). Places like Dainfern estate have been mentioned, but they look very much like 'family' places...I would rather have a high end bachelor pad.
2. Any tips/recommendations on hiring a driver? I will be working long hours and considering hiring a permanent personal chauffeur. Do these services in J'Burg include the car? What is the typical cost of a driver etc.
Any help much appreciated.
Most expats in Johannesburg choose to stay in houses in security complexes because of their relative safety, and the abundance of space means that there is not as much high-rise living such as in other big cities in the world. That said, there are some executive-style properties available on sites like Property 24, or you can always contact estate agents.
If you're not planning on driving yourself, there are several chauffeur services in Joburg. They vary from minibuses to executive sedans and a quick google search will give you many options. Is the position long-term? Have you considered renting/buying a car?
Hope this helps,
Did you find the accommodation that you are looking for?