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South Africans in Germany

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30.04.2021. This page is still a work in progress. We are getting information from our Facebook members as well as doing our own research

Raising a family in Germany is in some aspects not that different from in South Africa, but there are some differences you need to be aware of.

It is also important to understand the legal, financial and emotional issues when you bring your family to Germany.

On this page we would like to discuss and give information about the following topics:

Having a baby in Germany.

We have a dedicated page about doctor’s visits, pre-natal classes, hospitals, midwives and registering a child

You can also find information here:

Going back to work

How long is maternity leave, how do you secure a place in a Kita or Kindergarten.  What support can you expect from the state


What is Elterngeld and are you entitled to it?


How does the German school system works and will my child adapt to it

Ready to spread their wings

What are the citizen options for my child who grew up in Germany with South African parents

Legal issues

Where to find information about parental rights


You can find the vaccination schedule here.
Measles vaccinations in Germany are now required to register in schools. Parents can be fined thousands of euros if they violate the law.