‘Nowhere else I’d rather be’

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A RELAXED lifestyle and a change of scenery is what Johannesburg-born Dean Si­vak had in mind when he moved to Dur­ban with his wife and son 10 months ago.

Now liv­ing in South­gate, Phoenix, the road sign sales con­sul­tant said that, while mak­ing money was much harder in Dur­ban, it was the best de­ci­sion he had ever made.

“Money is eas­ier in Jozi. Peo­ple are more re­spon­sive and pro­duc­tive on a pro­fes­sional level and have a fan­tas­tic work ethic, but life passes you by.

“There’s just work, work and more work. There’s just no at­mos­phere. It’s not a fit for ev­ery­one.

“I guess it de­pends on what you want out of life. Joburg is a very fast-paced city.”

But Dur­ban, says Si­vak, is awe­some and there’s nowhere he’d rather be.

Married to Yvette, a telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions ac­counts man­ager, Si­vak, 33, said a lit­tle goes a long way in Dur­ban as op­posed to Joburg, where every­thing costs a lot more.

“Rent­ing in a com­plex in Joburg, you would have to pay close to R9 000 a month, whereas in Dur­ban you would get a place dou­ble the size for al­most half that amount,” he said.

He added that in Dur­ban he was able to take his fam­ily out of­ten, with their favourite out­ing be­ing a trip to the beach.

The only up­side to Joburg is that the nightlife is much safer. “Joburg has a fan­tas­tic so­cial scene. It is a drink­ing, par­ty­ing kind of city. It comes to life at night, but it is very safe. Everywhere is well lit and se­cure.”

If given the op­por­tu­nity, Si­vak said he would move back to Joburg only to im­prove his fam­ily’s stan­dard of liv­ing.

“But for now, I am quite con­tent where I am. Dur­ban has my heart and I don’t plan on go­ing any­where any time soon.”

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