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I am trying to follow the standard QGIS tutorial for Swellendam based on QGIS version 2. Specifically the chapter which address coordinate systems

If I go to a layer and try to re-project it from WGS 84 to WGS 84 / UTM zone 34 S it shows that my data (purple square) is somewhere south of North Africa in the sea. Obviously if I set the CRS all my measurements gets messed up.

How do I proceed or do I only set the project CRS? Please try and explain the reasoning behind this.

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Using Version 3.2 Windows 10

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    You are attempting to define a layer's projection rather than projecting it. To change your layer crs, you can 'Save Vector Layer as' and choose the new crs there. – FSimardGIS Oct 12 '18 at 21:35