Our expert says:
A can no longer get the right batteries for my crystal ball, so I am unable to tell you whether your children WILL cope in London. However, I see no reason why they should NOT be able to cope. Much depends on whether they have already been enabled to become fluent in English,. London has its problems, but is always safer than just about anywhere in SA.
The weather can be gloomy for long periods, and that either makes it unbearable for you, or you learn to appreciate and enjoy the fine weather when it comes. And Global Warming may help !
Isn' there an organization, with some presence on the web. of South Africans Abroad, even SA's in the UK ? If so, they could advise more directly, and might be worth searching for online.
I think Tams is right about rather taking a reasonably long holiday there first --- and NOT in mid-summer, but during some of their more miserable weather, to see how you handle it.
Frusty should be helpful, too --- though I'm cross that she's now on Mantalk and no longer here !
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