South African communities abroad

Feeling a bit out of it? Want to connect with some people who know where you’re coming from? Get some community away from home? Check out our directory of websites, clubs, societies, newsletters and e-magazines for South Africans living abroad.

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There is always a community of South Africans, no matter where you may find yourself in the world. (Image: Brand South Africa)

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The South African High Commission in London, England. This consulate offers a variety of services for South African abroad, including remote voting services and travel information. (Image: Wikipedia)

WORLDWIDE

  • GlobalBuzz SAffers provides information, and a way to connect via forums and live chat, for anyone with an interest in South Africa, regardless of their nationality or country of residence.
  • Homecoming Revolution is a non-profit organisation aimed at encouraging and helping South Africans living abroad to return home.
  • RainbowNation.com is the international South African’s online community.
  • RSA-Overseas is a portal for South Africans living overseas.
  • SA Promo Magazine is aimed at South Africans abroad.
  • SA Reunited is a South African site for tracking down your long-lost school and varsity friends – both those at home and overseas.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

  • African Hut has the largest online selection of South African foods and groceries in the United States. They ship to anywhere in the country.
  • AmaBoston is for South Africans in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Braai News is a social club in Tampa, Florida, that offers braai get-togethers and a regular newsletter.
  • Madiba Restaurant and Shebeen is in Forte Greene, Brooklyn. The menus and wine list are all about South Africa. A percentage of the proceeds is given to, among others, the Ubuntu Education Fund, Ethembeni School of the Blind and Achilles.
  • New York New Jersey Springbok Club meets twice a month and hosts three braais a year. Check out their schedule on the website.
  • South Africans in Seattle operates out of Seattle, Washington and serves ex-patriates in the Pacific Northwest. Its activities include social (picnics, braais, and wine tasting), information (lectures and speakers), and sponsorship (hosting Southern African visitors, dignitaries, and sports people).
  • SA Colorado serves fellow and ex-South Africans, whether living in or only visiting Colorado.
  • SAUSA Forums is a forum for South Africans in the USA with lots of useful information relating to a wide variety of subjects. Well worth a visit.
  • South African Chamber of Commerce in America is a not-for-proft organisation dedicated to the encouragement, facilitation and expansion of business, trade, tourism and investments opportunties between South Africa and the Americas, and to promote sustainable economic growth and job creation.
  • South Africans Dallas Fort Worth is a site to inform those that live in the Dallas, Fort Worth metroplex and beyond for networking, socializing and support for Southern Africans.
  • South Africans in Austin arranges social events for South Africans living in the Austin area.
  • South Africans in Charlotte – Club that brings together South Africans living in both North and South Carolina
  • South African Expat Social Club, San Diego, California arranges events and activities such as winery tours, sports activities, social nights, braais, getaway tours, comedy, parties, live music and restaurant outings.
  • SpringDucks is the online home of the South African Club in Portland, Oregon.
  • The Texaspotjie Festival is a well-established weekend of fun for all the family, South African style. Naturally food is an important part of the festival and competitions include The Best in Texas Boerewors contest, as well as the Texas Potjie Cook-off. There is even a church service on Sunday morning…in Afrikaans!
The annual Texas Potjie brings South Africans from across Texas together for a weekend of food and kuier. (Image: Texas Potjie)

CANADA

AUSTRALIA

  • Afrikaanse Klub Australia includes a newsletter and an events calendar.
  • SAAustralia Forums is a discussion forum for prospective and existing South African Immigrants to Australia.
  • SAbona is a magazine for South Africans in Australia.
  • South Africans in Adelaide is a group of friends who have a common interest in South Africa. They have either lived in South Africa or have some passion for the country.

NEW ZEALAND

  • Afrikaanse Klub in Nieu- Seeland offers, among other things, offers Southern African immigrants support, including social networks, cultural activities, and business networks.
  • South Africans in New Zealand offers new immigrants from Southern Africa an opportunity to organise groups and activities that will improve their social and professional life in New Zealand.
  • Sinzasa – South Island New Zealand Association of Southern Africans

UNITED KINGDOM & IRELAND

  • Royal African Society – Everything African in the UK. News, entertainment, business, networking, discussion forums, listings of African organisations and service providers based in the UK.
  • Community Heart – Manchester-based charity focused on health, education and reconstruction projects in South Africa, needing volunteers.
  • London South Africa Rugby Football Club
  • SA Business Club – Allows South Africans and those with South African connections to network and pool resources.
  • Sanza – A site for Sanzas (South Africans, Kiwis and Aussies) living in the UK.
  • SA PROMO Magazine – SA Promo’s magazine for South Africans abroad.
  • South Africans in Ireland – provides some SA links useful for those living in the Emerald Isle.
  • The Africa Centre – The heart of Africa in the heart of London
  • The South African – Another free newspaper, read by an estimated 80 000 South Africans throughout the UK and Europe.
  • WORKgateways – Helps organise engineering, town planning, construction, nursing and other jobs in the UK for travellers from South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

EUROPE

  • The Bavarian Springbok Club is for South Africans and friends living in and around Bavaria, Germany. It was established in 1992 and meetings take place about every six weeks. Check in on the newsletter, what’s on, report backs on the last event, and find useful links.
  • Doringboom – Afrikaanstalige skakel in Berlyn, Duitsland (also in English).
  • South African’s in Finland works brings together the small South African population living in Finland.
  • Friends of South Africa – Austria functions as a sounding board and a mouthpiece for all aspects of South African culture and promotes South African interests in Austria. Conversely, FoSA provides information about Austria to South Africans, both within Austria and abroad.
  • Luso- SouthAfricans.com – Brings together the Portuguese and South African communities living in South Africa and Portugal.
  • Southern Africa – Netherlands – Chamber of Commerce is the key intermediary agency for companies, organisations and entrepreneurs doing or seeking to do business between the Netherlands, South Africa and the Southern African region.
  • South African Club, the Netherlands, brings South Africans and people interested in South Africa together during various events which are organized by the SA Club committee.
  • South Africans in Portugal first started in the end of 2009 as a “voice” to South African expats living in Portugal. Its main goal is to help South African expats reach out and connect with each other.
  • South African Social Club in Denmark – a place for people from anywhere to meet other South Africans, Danes, Swedes and any other South African-afflicted or -affiliated person.
  • South Africans in Austria – for all those South Africans who find themselves in the Austrian Alps or nearby.
  • The South Africa House, the Netherlands, includes four institutions striving to keep the Dutch interest in South Africa alive: the Netherlands-South African Society (NZAV), the South African Institute (SAI), the Study Fund Foundation for South African Students and the Maandblad Zuid-Afrika.
  • The South African Society in Norway is a voluntary forum for the cultural and social interests of its members and other individuals or groups affiliated with South Africa in any way.
  • The South African Society in Sweden aims to bring together people who hold a common interest in South Africa, its people, its development, its natural environment and its food and wine.
  • SA Braai Switzerland organises an annual braai.
  • South African International Association of the Riviera – Based in the south of France.

ASIA & MIDDLE EAST

SOUTH AMERICA

  • Die Roepstem is for ex-pats from the Netherlands and Suriname and South African Afrikaners in Argentina.

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