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I am 49 years old from Chandigarh in India. Planning to move to Midrand in a fortnight. Some people have told me that there is lot of crime in Midrand and it is not possible to go out after 5.30 PM. The markets also close by this time. Pl guide, is it reality or just myth?
 

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I don't live in Midrand but I live close by - this is really a myth. The crime in SA can be bad but it's not as bad as the media makes it out, and I've never heard of Midrand having a crime problem - yes there are certain areas to avoid but most residential areas are ok.

A lot of shops do close at 5:30 - 6pm but a lot stay open later - all depends on what you're after. Also I'm sure you'll make friends who will be able to point you in the right direction.
 

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If you work in Midrand, it does not mean you have to live there. There are some very nice areas within commuting distance. You will need a car, as public transport leaves much to be desired, so travelling to work can be congested, but with a car, is not a problem.
More of a problem might be getting a work permit.
 

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I lived in Midrand for 24 years before leaving because of crime, I still own property there, yes, there is crime there, as there is in any middle to upper income suburb.
It tends to go in stages.
I dont suggest anyone goes for a walk at nights in any area other than within a secure Estate.

There is a very large Indian Community in Midrand particularly Noordwyk Area.
as to crime, this is the Midrand Community Policing Forums FB page which has up to date information regarding crime.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Midrand-Community-Police-Forum/311355525552134
 

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I don't live in Midrand but I live close by - this is really a myth. The crime in SA can be bad but it's not as bad as the media makes it out, and I've never heard of Midrand having a crime problem - yes there are certain areas to avoid but most residential areas are ok.

A lot of shops do close at 5:30 - 6pm but a lot stay open later - all depends on what you're after. Also I'm sure you'll make friends who will be able to point you in the right direction.
I'm afraid you are mistaken, the CPF crime stats for "Good" Residential areas say it might not be as bad as 2003 , but the media dont even bother to report crime that does not involve blood.
I lived there, still own property there and have an office in Noordwyk that I speak to on a weekly basis.
 
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