The living situation depends entirely on the kind of money you’ll be earning. Some people live in very poor communities, while some are able to afford life in luxury gated communities. The crime rate is still very high, and while you are still a stranger to the place you should consult local friends about areas to avoid, just like in any Western city.
Cape Town is extremely beautiful, but after years living in Taipei I find it a bit too slow for my taste. I think it is a great place to go and retire in. The beaches are fantastic, and the people are very laid-back. Just don’t go live in any of the suburbs. It’s soul-destroying suburbia to the nth degree…bleak, grim. Stay in that bloody awesome city!
Sorry for a bunch of photos that will probably be useless to you, but I just want a chance to show off me hooommmeee.
South African security
Cape Town Waterfront
The photos were taken in Cape Town and surrounding areas.
Here’s a tourism site with cool pics.