If you’re moving to Pietermaritzburg soon, or if you’re just thinking about it, our guide to living and working in Pietermaritzburg will help you know what to expect.
Moving is one of life’s most stressful events. Relocating is extra daunting if you don’t know your way around.
Pietermaritzburg is the capital of KwaZulu-Natal and the second largest city. It has a population of about 620,000. The most widely spoken languages are Zulu and English.
The drive from Pietermaritzburg to Durban takes about an hour. Pietermaritzburg Airport has direct flights to Johannesburg but not Cape Town.
Pietermaritzburg salaries and cost of living
According to Payscale, the average salary in Pietermaritzburg is R15,000 per month. This is lower than in Durban, which is R16,800 per month.
Pietermaritzburg’s consumer prices are 16% lower than Johannesburg, not including rent. Rent is lower in general, though this depends on the suburb. A search on Property24 shows that a two-bedroom apartment costs about R6,000 per month.
Finding work in Pietermaritzburg
Coworking and office space in Pietermaritzburg
The Workspace offers professionally appointed, affordable serviced offices and coworking space in Pietermaritzburg.
Our Pietermaritzburg branch is located on the park-like Victoria Country Club Estate in Montrose, a 15-minute drive from the city centre.
Along with stunning views and stylish décor, members of this branch enjoy a range of on-site business services, high-speed fibre internet and covered parking. To find out more about the branch, call 0861 250 259 or visit the branch page.
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Crime in Pietermaritzburg
High crime is an unfortunate reality across most of South Africa. It tends to be concentrated in highly populated areas.
According to Numbeo, Pietermaritzburg has a slightly lower crime index than Johannesburg or Durban.
As always, this depends on where you live. In late 2020, reported crime was down at most police stations in Pietermaritzburg, year on year.
The main government hospital in Pietermaritzburg is Grey’s Hospital in the Athlone area. Feedback on the hospital is mixed, but it offers a large range of health services. There are many smaller clinics serving the area.
Public transport in Pietermaritzburg
Unfortunately, public transport is minimal in Pietermaritzburg. Metrorail doesn’t run a train service and there’s no government-run bus service. Minibus taxis are available on major routes.
Plans for an Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network (IRPTN) in Pietermaritzburg have been on the cards for years, but the project remains in limbo.
Things to do in Pietermaritzburg
Apart from being the start or end of the Comrades Marathon (depending on whether it’s an “up” or “down” year), Pietermaritzburg has a number of attractions for locals and visitors.
The Midlands Meander runs from Pietermaritzburg to Mooi River. It features art galleries, crafts, coffee shops, breweries, adventures, forests, waterfalls and meandering drives.
Gardens and parks
Being the “Garden City”, Pietermaritzburg has a number of parks and gardens for weekend picnics and outings, including the KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden, Alexandra Park, Rosehurst Garden, Wylie Park and Queen Elizabeth Nature Reserve.
Pietermaritzburg has plenty of restaurants. A few that are consistently popular?: Rosehurst Garden Café, Sagewood Café, Olive & Oil and Tandoor Kitchen.
Pietermaritzburg emergency numbers
A full list of emergency numbers for the Msunduzi Municipality that covers Pietermaritzburg and the surroundings can be found here. Important numbers include:
- Fire and Rescue Emergency: 080 003 3911 or 033 845 5911
- Safe City (SAPS): 033 845 2420
- Public Safety (Traffic and Security): 033 392 2900
- Electricity, Water, Sanitation and Roads: 080 000 1868
- Disaster Management (After Hours): 033 392 2032 or 033 845 5960.
At The Workspace, we offer affordable, fully serviced offices and coworking, and all our members have access to meeting rooms, boardrooms and a range of business services. For more information or to book office or coworking space at one of our branches, call us on 0861 250 259 or contact us online.