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The dangers of not completing tax emigration after you leave South Africa

Suppose you’re planning an international relocation from South Africa or you’re already living abroad. In that case, it’s time to ...

The ultimate guide to downsizing before moving abroad

Moving internationally is an exciting yet challenging endeavor that often requires significant lifestyle adjustments. One of the most crucial steps ...

Financial planning steps to include in your relocation to-do list before moving abroad

Moving abroad is an exciting yet daunting prospect, especially considering the financial implications. For South Africans contemplating things to do ...

It’s complicated – South African expats face double tax relief hurdles with SARS

Tax matters for expats are getting increasingly complicated. This is because the South African Revenue Service (SARS) has taken a ...

A dash of South Africa: homemade fruit chutney recipe

South Africa's culinary landscape is as diverse and vibrant as its culture. A highlight of this rich cuisine is the ...

Is it advisable to invest in annuities in South Africa if living abroad?

It’s a question we hear frequently, whether from long-time expats or would-be emigrants: What should we do with our South ...

Beyond borders, not budget – managing your South African taxes while living abroad

Living and working abroad can be exciting, with many new opportunities opening up for digital nomads and skilled workers. Still, ...

Clearing the confusion – a handy guide to obtaining your SARS tax clearance

Did you know the South African Revenue Service (SARS) no longer issue paper-based tax clearance certificates? It’s true! In 2015, ...

Inheritances and distributions from deceased estates and testamentary trusts: essential Exchange Control insights

Death, while something we strive to avoid, is an inevitable part of life. Dealing with the complexities of a deceased ...

Leaving South Africa: Moving abroad and thriving as an Expat

Moving to a new country carries both excitement and challenges, especially when you're leaving behind the vibrant culture and friendly ...

A unique waffle recipe from South Africa: Pap waffles

The South African Pap recipe is a beloved staple, but have you ever tried Pap Waffles? This unique waffle recipe ...

Masala rump steak: a South African Gatsby delight

If you’re familiar with South African cuisine, you’ve likely heard of the iconic Gatsby sandwich. This hearty, flavorful meal has ...

The cost of coming home – tax implications of returning to South Africa after emigration

For some South Africans living abroad, the call of home eventually becomes too strong to ignore. Many regret leaving South ...

Golden years, global money moves – an offshore remittance guide for SA retirees

For many South African retirees, the dream is clear: balmy weather, breathtaking scenery, and a relaxed pace of life abroad ...

South African Milk Tart Recipe: a creamy delight with condensed milk

The traditional South African milk tart recipe, known locally as "Melktert," is a beloved dessert that carries a rich heritage ...

Taxes in South Africa: when, how, and why you need a SARS tax number

Whether you're a South African expat living abroad or a newcomer to South Africa, understanding the tax system and obtaining ...

Retirement annuities and pension income – what South African expats need to know

For many South Africans, the dream of relocating to a new country becomes a real possibility around retirement age. With ...

Cheapest English speaking countries to retire: a guide

Retirement is a time to enjoy the fruits of your labor, immerse yourself in new cultures, and perhaps even stretch ...

The FYI on the tax implications of selling a house inherited from a deceased estate

When loved ones pass, they often take care to bestow a legacy on those they left behind. Being bequeathed a ...

What South African retirees abroad need to know about living annuities and double taxation agreements

Are you considering retiring under sunny skies abroad while receiving income from your South African living annuity? Sounds idyllic! But ...

Umfino Pap with cabbage and spinach: a delightful South African dish

Umfino is a traditional South African dish that beautifully combines pap (a type of porridge made from maize meal) with ...