Saffers see the upside of a downsize to a midscale city

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Saffers see the upside of a downsize to a midscale city

Families searching for a better quality of life are finding their holy grail in second-tier cities

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Phumulani Hlatshwayo lived his life “fast and furiously" in the City of Gold until he decided it was time for a change of pace and lifestyle.

Hlatshwayo’s move from Johannesburg to Port Elizabeth has allowed him to upsize to a luxurious pad and save thousands of rand in petrol.

The father of two, who heads the commercial division of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, is one of many South Africans who are beginning to fuel the rise of second-tier cities such as Port Elizabeth, Kimberley and Bloemfontein. They are tipped to grow for several reasons, including lower living costs and less rushed lives, especially now that Covid-19 has boosted remote working, say property experts.  ..

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