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July 2014: The smart way to move your personal wealth abroad

By April 19, 2015October 9th, 2023Newsletter

July 2014: The smart way to move your personal wealth abroad

April 19, 2015

For our forefathers to have moved their assets around there was no mountain high enough…they loaded the ox wagons, gathered the herds, braved storms, rivers and the unpredictable only to end up someplace they never knew existed.

In later years the adventures would be more challenging when they’d load their possessions on a ship to brave the seven seas in search of another life.

One thing was for sure – there were no guarantees – they were out on a limb!

Over time, however, expat South Africans have become Global Citizens of the World with more than an estimated million of our countrymen living across 7 continents. We are indeed a curious, adventurous and interesting nation…

Thanks largely to the Internet the financial migration playing field of the 21st century has levelled to the point where people have every bit of information, about everything and everywhere, at their fingertips – making it a piece of old tacky when considering moving to another continent.

While upping and offing to go live in another jurisdiction has become a great deal easier, the exercise holds challenges all of its own. Financial emigration – as described by the South African Reserve Bank when you intend moving your investments and other financial assets abroad – is not designed with the pragmatic DIY South African in mind.

Financial migration planning is a process, which when properly executed provides South Africans the opportunity to financially exit from the country with the South African Reserve Bank’s approval.

However – where there’s money and taxation involved; national insurance and pension companies; local and international banks; tax clearances and allowances; foreign exchange rates and personal profit and loss – an aspiring emigrant inevitably gets reduced to just being a number. Understandably so…

The financial systems, processes, legislation, administration and bureaucracy ones family is required to navigate is challenging, frustrating, costly and time consuming.

We found out the hard way – Impossible is Nothing. Anything is Possible.

“Five years ago my expat brother asked me to lend a helping hand to transfer his retirement annuity proceeds to Australia – his new hometown. The rest, I’m pleased to say, is history.

It took three of us, Steve Porter, Brennan Davis and myself, thousands of man-hours to develop the online financial migration planning system. Today, four years later, we have offices in Australia and the UK and our head office still in Hermanus where there are numerous professionals…specialising in every aspect of the financial emigration process – the stuff the everyday migrant cannot be blamed for not knowing about!

When it comes to offshore funds and assets transfer we would like to believe we’ve perfected the shortest distance between two points to be a straight line. It has taken time and hard yards. Given the changing and competitive world we’re living in we constantly have to deal with the new challenges the South African migrant has to face!

We’re proud of what we’ve achieved in the last four years and know that our service offering will continue to evolve to ensure every South African migrant – whether leaving or returning – will enjoy the service experience.

We have successfully assisted thousands of clients to transfer their retirement and other financial assets abroad. A rough calculation makes it three financial migrations a day. From what was once known as a village by the sea that’s not bad doing!” Ryno Viljoen, CEO,

To enquire about moving your wealth from South Africa, get you free personal financial reportand get an idea of how much money you can transfer abroad.