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Last update on August 11, 2020
Written by Lavana James

Similar to many cities around the world, there are no-go areas in most South African cities but many safe neighborhoods to live as well. Here’s a guide to some of the safest cities in South Africa.

South Africa is a nation in transition and, as with all change, there is inevitable fallout. One of the main concerns in South Africa is safety and security; this is an area that has taken a bit of a hit in recent years.
Unemployment is one of the major catalysts of crime

Cities like Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town have witnessed an unbelievable surge in population in recent years; more and more rural people making for the city in an effort to find jobs. Many of these sought-after jobs have not materialized, however, leaving unemployment rife. Unfortunately, the result of this growing unemployment is crime.

Refugees add pressure

With other countries in Africa facing economic and societal meltdowns, refugees have had no option but to seek asylum elsewhere. The Rainbow Nation, with all her opportunities, is a preferred destination of desperate victims of war and greed. This results in even more pressure on the fragile local economy.

Avoid no-go areas in urban centers

As with many cities around the world, there are no-go areas in most South African cities. However, every single one is still a relatively safe place to live in as long as you take the usual precautions.

Top five places that are some of the safest places to live in South Africa

Cape Town

Cape Town is an exciting, modern, and diverse city that boasts some of the best scenery on the planet. The inner city has seen a recent revamp, with a tremendous amount of money being spent on urban renewal. Businesses and civic leaders are making concerted efforts to keep the city both safe and clean. The center of Cape Town is now one of the safest places to live and do business in.

The Garden Route

This spectacular area between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth on the east coast of Africa is one of the nation’s jewels. Apart from the lifestyle, many of the towns along the Garden Route are some of the safest places in the region. Estates offer superior security measures in this pristine wilderness area. Some of the foremost golf real estate is in George and Knysna.

Port St John’s

The Transkei Wild Coast is one of the last remaining untouched regions of incomparable beauty. Formerly a Bantustan, or black homeland, during the days of the apartheid regime, the Transkei has largely been forgotten by the powers to be. Port St John’s is situated on the Indian Ocean coastline and offers a sleepy, sublime lifestyle for the growing family. Schooling may be an issue later on, but there are excellent high schools in nearby Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth and Durban. Regional poverty remains a challenge, so petty crime does take place but community programs have done a lot to uplift the locals and there is now a much better understanding between all members of the PSJ community.

Cape St. Francis

This seaside town is close to Port Elizabeth and offers a quiet commercial retreat out of season. During the holidays it is a popular destination for local tourists and becomes extremely busy. There are plenty of business options, and first-class secondary and tertiary education is available in nearby PE. This is an ideal place for both young and old.

The West Coast

The west coast of South Africa is sparsely populated, largely due to the fact that it is the dry and arid limb of the nation. There are several small towns all the way up the west coast that are both delightful and safe. Yzerfontein, Churchhaven and St. Helena Bay are probably the pick of the bunch but they all offer a relaxed and secure way of life.