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retirement-annuity-withdrawal-rules-south-africa

What to know before transferring policy proceeds and cash from South Africa

When planning your emigration, it’s understandable that you’ll spend a lot of time researching your destination country to make sure ...
exchange-control-regulations

Expat Talk: Important things to know about South African exchange control regulations when living abroad

Packing your belongings for a new chapter abroad? How exciting! When you emigrate, it can feel like an extra hurdle ...
soetkoekies

Soetkoekies with sweet wine and almonds

South Africa, a country with a rich and diverse history and culture, is renowned for its mouthwatering traditional cookies that ...
sibling-separation

The impact of emigration and sibling separation: understanding the complexities

When a sibling chooses to immigrate, it can elicit a mix of emotions. On one hand, there may be feelings ...
ubuntu-i-am-because-we-are

The one tribe philosophy of Ubuntu: “I am because we are”

The "I am because we are proverb" is a philosophy that has been deeply ingrained in the African culture for ...
returning-to-south africa-after-financial-emigration

The question of return: Can you move home to South Africa after emigrating?

While they likely left South Africa in the pursuit of better opportunities, many expats eventually discover that the grass on ...
international-money-transfer-south-africa

Avoiding common pitfalls when transferring funds abroad from South Africa

If you’re planning your financial transition out of South Africa, there are a number of important things you need to ...
made-in-south-africa

Brands that aren’t originally “made in South Africa” but feel like they should be

From biltong to rusks, there are plenty of iconic products that are unmistakably South African and hold a special place ...
immigration-to-isle-of-man-from-south-africa

What South Africans should consider when immigrating to the Isle of Man

In 2019, the Isle of Man was voted the best place to live in the British Isles, and 12th best ...
how-to-open-an-offshore-bank-account-from-south-africa

How to open an offshore bank account to transfer funds abroad from South Africa

Theoretically, South African residents can transfer up to R11 million per individual, per year out of the country using their ...
south-african-street-food

Iconic South African street food

South African street food is a delightful fusion of traditional South African food and fast food options. These South African ...
south-africa-emigration-statistics

The impact of emigration out of South Africa: Analysing skills shortage in South Africa

In recent years, South Africa has been grappling with a growing exodus of skilled professionals—often referred to colloquially as a ...
transferring-money-overseas-from-south-africa

Breaking down the tax implications of sending money overseas from South Africa

Transferring money overseas from South Africa isn’t as complicated now as it once was. Exchange control rules and regulations used ...
malva-pudding-cake

Malva pudding cake recipe with a twist

Craving waffles? Searching for unique waffle cake ideas? Look no further than the delectable Malva Pudding Waffle Cake. This unique ...
value-added-tax-in-south-africa

Tracing taxes in real time – SARS is working toward a new VAT return strategy

At the end of 2023, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) made public its plans to modernise the administrative framework ...
financial-emigration-south-africa

Ticking the non-resident box was not enough, expats must confirm tax status with SARS urgently

Tax residency in South Africa is no straightforward matter. Although you might have lived abroad for a number of years ...
financial-emigration-south-africa

What if I only cease tax residency in South Africa after retirement?

For many South Africans, retiring abroad has become an attractive lifestyle choice, with many destinations to choose from. Once the ...
loop-structures-south-africa_controlled-foreign-company-south-africa

Loop structures – what South Africans need to know

Historically loop structures were not permitted in terms of the South African exchange control regulations. In terms of Exchange Control ...
bobotie-frikadelle

Easy Bobotie Frikadelle Recipe: A Taste of South Africa

If you're a fan of traditional South African cuisine, chances are you've come across the Bobotie and Frikadelle recipe. Today, ...
long-distance-parenting

Long-Distance Parenting Tips: Keeping Connected with Your Expat Child

Moving abroad and leaving parents behind can have a significant impact on both the emigrant adult child and their parents ...
caitlin-rooskrantz-south-african-gymnast

Caitlin Rooskrantz: relishing the opportunity to represent South Africa at the Olympics

Caitlin Rooskrantz, a South African artistic gymnast, has been making waves in the international gymnastics scene. The young athlete from ...