Why the Garden Route is so alluring for semi-migrants.
- February 24, 2022
- 7:19 am
In addition to reliable telecommunications and internet connectivity, semi-migrants are looking for locations where they can work remotely.
In addition to reliable telecommunications and internet connectivity, semi-migrants are looking for locations where they can work remotely. Furthermore, being located near an airport is crucial as many may need to travel regularly for work. Moreover, good educational institutions for children, proper healthcare, recreational opportunities, as well as a safe environment, are essential for semi-migrants. Coastal-and-platteland areas were formerly one-horse towns unable to offer all of the above, however, times are changing.
There have been waves of South Africans settling permanently in small, remote towns, which has led to substantial improvements in infrastructure, schooling, healthcare, and recreational facilities, thus making the towns more suitable for long-term residence.
According to Carl Coetzee, CEO of BetterBond, life quality, peace of mind, and falling under a municipality that functions efficiently are among the key considerations for investors. Thence, considering the Garden Route's beauty and the government's regulations, the rise in semi-migration is not surprising. According to western cape municipal data, the district murder rate (per 100,000 people) decreased from 35 in 2018/19 to 33 in 2019/20, while the provincial's murder rate (per 100,000 people) was significantly higher at 57 in 2019/20.
The Western Cape has established itself not only as a top international tourism destination but as an economically viable investment case for technology companies, green energy firms as well as South African and foreign families looking to re-establish themselves. The Western Cape government aims to ensure that both the city and province have adequate infrastructure and technology to support business growth and investments. As a result, the regional infrastructure is maintained while new projects are being rolled out, such as the current effort to reduce dependence on Eskom. Ken Rutherford, sales manager, explains that the Cape South Coast offers an unbeatable lifestyle that people from around the world are fast realising. Moreover, the coastal area remains uncrowded compared to international metropolises, adding to its allure.