Friday, May 19, 2017

International money transfer from Australia to South Africa

Wow,

I recently needed to send a bunch of money from my NAB bank account in Australia to my ABSA account in South Africa.

NAB has a nice international transfer section on its mobile app. "NICE" - I thought.

being diligent and all - I compared the money they were offering compared to CurrencyFair and found that NAB were ripping me OFF big time.

Over 7000 Rand difference between NAB and currency fair. NAB were charging almost 5% of the transaction!!!!

A big thumbs up for CurrencyFair - I signed up in about 20 minutes and once verified the transaction took less than 24hours. I think the they are backed by Macquarie bank.

You can find the CurrencyFair website here (click)


Cheers


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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Looking for a good web developer in Sydney and Greater Australia?

Hi,

thought I would give one of my mates a plus one on the web today. He is a young web developer and networking guy as well who has been fixing websites and network since he was a young teenager for pocket money.

If you are looking for a good web developer  in Sydney and Johannesburg that you can trust not to rip you off and to do a good job,  I can recommend Jodi.  

I recently referred him to someone we know who owns a tattoo shop in Sydney and he had the site up within three days.

Apparently the site has a art gallery, a shop and a online booking system. To top it off it came in at 20% of the cost of the big web agencies.. e-nuff said! Oh! hosting was thrown in for free for a year.

Jodi apparently moves around a lot as his family moves around for work purposes. I asked him how that works out. He said he can control websites anywhere in the world as its all online. With a combo of skype and his laptop he says it makes no difference whether he is 2km or 20000km away from his clients.

You can see the web-site he developed here - jodi's web dev project

If you want to pass him some work just email him here jodi@web-guy.net





Web designer in Sydney

Web designer in Johannesburg





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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Indians are the highest immigrant source to Australia

India has recently become the dominant source of immigrants in past years. Although there has been a lowering of Indian migrant numbers since 2012-13.

Recent statistics found on Australia’s migration Orogram, which is published by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, indicate Australia received 189,097 immigrants in 2014-15.
These immigrant totals are inclusive of people who were allowed under the family, skill and special eligibility streams.

This figure excludes refugees from the total.

The current immigrant sources to Australia are as follows.


Here we can see India is the highest, with China, UK and the Philippines also high sources of immigrants to Australia.



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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Get your Australia citizenship fast or face Deportation nightmares.

Well I am a bit shocked and dismayed to be honest.

There seems to be an axe hanging over any permanent resident in Australia.

I read a recent story (amongst a lot of others) about a man who is being deported after living in Australia for 16 years.

He is a permanent resident but not a citizen of Australia. He has been here in Australia since 7 years old and has all his family here, including kids of his own.

Granted, he is not a great citizen (oh wait..) having drug related offences etc and having spent time in prison, which meant the Australians decided to revoke his visa and chuck him out.

I don't think this is fair nor humane, if you let someone stay in your country that long you don't have the right to exile them to get rid of your problems. This is an abuse of power.

Don't get me wrong, I know migrants to Australia are on probation until citizenship. Fair enough, but there needs to be a cut off point where you cannot exile/deport someone.

They guy has no ties to his home country at all.

I am shocked to have read this.

Sure, if he arrived within the last few years and did this, do your thing Australia, kick him out, but to do this to someone who is effectively an Australian - shocking.

This behavior leads other permanent residents to lose respect and care for Australia. Do Australians really want disenchanted people living here?

There are whole pockets of people in Australia who are just living under the axe, slip up and you are out!

Shame.


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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Is Sydney's house market about to crash?

Personally, I think the Sydney house prices are about to crash, and are already crashing.

Having lived in the UK and seen how expensive house prices got and then watched as house prices levelled (because it was unsustainable) and then eventually dived, its like living in de je vu.

It took 5 years to sell a house for the same price you bought it.

A cheap 4 bedroom house is well over a million dollars now in Sydney, the payments on a million dollars per month is over $7000  per month. most people cannot afford that.

I have seen multiple auctions in my area where nothing gets sold.

On top of this the interest rate has just been increased by the banks as they are aware of this growing risk.

On top of this the bigger banks are insisting on 20% deposits - which means they are scared. A storm is coming.

Sydney's house prices are so far out of reach that my mate who sits next to me, who is 35 years old, has a senior job in IT, has told me he has no hope of buying a house for his family. He has literally given up.

If guys with good six figure incomes are no longer able to buy houses, something is about to crack.

The housing market is going to fall and fall bad.

Purchases have slowed down, sellers are starting to struggle to get buyers.

Once the buying market get wind of this the market will fail.

Add to this the falling Australian dollar... watch the carnage folks!!!

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Monday, June 8, 2015

The best way to transfer money internationally

Hi,

having moved internationally a few times these last five years, I have had to send money around the world a bit. I thought I would give a big thumbs up to my mate Chris who works at a currency exchange type business called CurrencyFair who has helped me get money between countries at the best rate possible. They even beat HSBC, with whom I have a premier account.

If you ever need to transfer money internationally, please try them out, they have an easy to use website and best rates out there. They can be found he  here. Just sign up and start transferring.

They have this useful guide if you need an abc's in transferring money between countries.


Thanks

let me know if you find this useful! and good luck with your move!




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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Immigrating to Sydney: South Africans in Sydney

Immigrating to Sydney: South Africans in Sydney: Hi everyone, as I am a South African who has moved to Sydney(and has a blog about living in Sydney), I thought I would try and do some...