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Oldest wine farms in South Africa

Oldest wine farms in South Africa

What do you know about the South African wine industry? The truth is that most South Africans don't know much about it. When quizzed on it, you might not even know what the oldest wine farm in South Africa is! Don't worry – you'd be forgiven! As you sit around the...

Creamy spinach recipe South Africa

Creamy spinach recipe South Africa

Head down to the local South African steakhouses, and you won't struggle to find plenty of stock of creamy spinach! But that's not the only place you'll find it! As it turns out, Saffas think spinach, especially the creamy kind, should feature in every kind of meal –...

What is a non-tax resident and how to receive this designation

What is a non-tax resident and how to receive this designation

According to South African Revenue Service (SARS), “if an individual is neither ordinarily resident, nor meets the requirements of the physical presence test, that individual will be regarded as a non-resident for tax purposes”. As simple as this definition sounds,...

Cape Malay pickled fish

Cape Malay pickled fish

While pickled fish can't be considered a staple part of South African food, it's still an important part of our culture as South Africans. Many would say that no Easter celebration is complete without it. It is a large part of what makes up our unique heritage....

Five fascinating facts about South Africa’s fynbos

Five fascinating facts about South Africa’s fynbos

What’s the big deal about fynbos? From a plant perspective, it’s an amazing phenomenon that makes South Africa so unique and biodiverse. The Fynbos Biome is found exclusively in the Cape Floral Kingdom and covers only about 6.7% of South Africa’s land surface (which...

The latest news on South African pension funds in 2022

The latest news on South African pension funds in 2022

While the legislative wheels of change turn to allow for early withdrawal of pension funds, National Treasury has requested patience from individuals who are eager to withdraw a portion of their retirement savings, to allow for the necessary public participation and...

Sosaties 3-ways

Sosaties 3-ways

When we think of a braai, many different things come to mind. Chicken in a sweet marinade, lamb chops cooked to crispy perfection and even braaibroodjies. But honestly, is any braai complete without sosaties?  Sosaties can be made with any meat of your choosing,...

South African slang – slang like no other

South African slang – slang like no other

You braai, you do things now-now, and you like to bask in the glory of the South African sun with a nice cold brewski in your hand – this is what it’s like to truly be a Saffa, but if you tried to explain this to someone else in a foreign country, would they...

The lowdown on South African living annuities in 2022

The lowdown on South African living annuities in 2022

What happens when you reach the official legislative retirement age of 55? If you’re ready to stop working and you’ve saved enough in a retirement annuity, pension, or provident fund, it’s time to formally retire from your fund. In order to provide an income for the...

Braaibroodjies

Braaibroodjies

Love them or hate them (but we know you love them, don’t worry!), braaibroodjies are an important and delicious part of any South African braai. Whether you prefer a simple cheese broodjie, or a mix of cheese, onion and tomato, the braaibroodjie is one of the most...

Put the kettle on, let’s drink rooibos tea for our health!

Put the kettle on, let’s drink rooibos tea for our health!

Is there anything more South African than a hot pot of freshly-brewed rooibos tea? Not only does it taste like home, but it comes with a host of health and medicinal benefits too. Aside from being caffeine-free, Rooibos is 100% natural with no added preservatives or...

The lowdown on South African provident funds in 2022

The lowdown on South African provident funds in 2022

While South Africa’s National Treasury is still contemplating updates to our retirement funding regime and following public consultation processes to determine the best way to enable early access to retirement savings, it’s important to know exactly what you can and...

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