How close-knit is the expat community in this area? How do I get involved with it?
In Cape Town, we have various expat communities. There is a Portuguese-speaking community of more than 500,000, which experienced a boost in population by the collapse of Portugal's colonies in Angola and Mozambique. There are also immigrants from many European countries, including Holland, Germany, France, and Belgium to name just a few. The Chinese have become a small group of growing importance and a prominent Jewish community has made an impact on all spheres of South African life. Cape Town has the second-largest Jewish center and has a Jewish population of 21,000 as compared with Johannesburg’s 59,000. Cape Town also has the fifth-largest community of Irish extractions outside of Ireland.
Beside expat groups, what is the best way to make social connections outside of work?
There are many associations and groups that you can join for those interested in water sports, darts, and vintage vehicles. However, there are many other types of groups for all kinds of interests. Also, volunteering your time to an organization or charity event are other great ways to meet people. You can also meet people by visiting the city's various spas, nightclubs, bars and restaurants.
Where can I meet other singles in this city?
The local newspapers and magazines always have listings of the city's clubs, hot spots and upcoming events. Another popular place to meet singles are at gyms or health spas.
Are there any unique networking opportunities for accompanying partners?
Partners can also meet people by joining a group or volunteering their time to a local organization and/or charity. This is a great way to get out there, be involved and meet new people.
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