Thursday, July 10, 2003

Just found out that we are going to South Africa on Saturday (leaving at 6am - urrgh) to get our work permits sorted out. For some bizarre reason it is easier to do this at the Mozambican consulate in Nelspruit just across the border than in Maputo itself. Anyway it will also be a chance to buy cheap goods to kit out our flat. The only problem is that each person is only allowed to import $50 of personal goods across the border per trip. If they catch you with any more than that you have to pay 40% duties on the excess.

Despite the tax setup, so many people, including many Mozambican individuals and wholesalers, do their shopping across the border that Nelspruit is apparently one of the fastest growing areas in South Africa.

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