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Can I Have a Bank Account in South Africa When I Financially Emigrate?

Can I Have a Bank Account in South Africa When I Financially Emigrate?

If you are thinking about leaving the country, you might want to know if you are allowed to keep your South African bank account open in South Africa when the emigration is formalized. People have many reasons for wanting to keep their bank account open which range...

SDA and FIA funds transfer deadline: 24 December 2020

SDA and FIA funds transfer deadline: 24 December 2020

Calling all expats who rely on their Single Discretionary Allowance (SDA) and Foreign Investment Allowance (FIA) in South Africa! Here’s an official heads-up for you! If you haven’t applied for your Single Discretionary Allowance in South Africa yet – the time is now!...

I&J Golden Smackeroos

I&J Golden Smackeroos

What’s for dinner kids? We all know that one of the first answers that come to mind in the average SA family home is I&J Golden Smackeroos! I&J Golden Smackeroos are not the first I&J fish product to become a firm favourite for South African families. In...

Annuities in South Africa: Living Annuity vs Life Annuity

Annuities in South Africa: Living Annuity vs Life Annuity

What is a living annuity? What is a life annuity? Is there a difference between the two, and when would you need to purchase and use these annuities? Life and living annuities are both financial vehicles designed to fund your golden years of retirement. Let’s get...

South African Carrot Cake

South African Carrot Cake

Let’s talk cake; carrot cake to be precise. The origins of carrot cake are largely disputed. Some say it came from England while others are under the distinct impression that it is a German delicacy. One thing is for sure, it’s popular in many nations! Recipes for it...

Money Matters: How to Invest Offshore from South Africa

Money Matters: How to Invest Offshore from South Africa

Investing offshore doesn’t have to be as complicated as it sounds. If you’re a South African, you’re over the age of 18 and you’re in good standing with the tax authority, you’re entitled to move R11 million offshore every year. R1 million of this allowance - also...

Chenin Blanc (South Africa)

Chenin Blanc (South Africa)

When you hear the words “Chenin Blanc”, what comes to mind? Most people think of a crisp white wine, served chilled in an elegant wine glass on a summery day in South Africa. In South Africa, Chenin Blanc is just as popular as in the Loire Valley in France, where it...

The Lowdown on Inheritance Tax in South Africa

The Lowdown on Inheritance Tax in South Africa

If you’re a South African living abroad and you’ve got parents or close family back home, there’s a chance that you will be named as a beneficiary in someone’s Will some day in the future. If this is you right now and you’ve just been informed that you’re due an...

Best Buttermilk Recipe

Best Buttermilk Recipe

Oh no! Your bags are packed, you’re in your seat and you’re about to jet off to a foreign country to start whole new life, and you just realize that Ouma Rusks are a South African thing. It’s true! Other countries don’t really know what “rusks” are…except in the UK...

Costs to Consider When Leaving South Africa

Costs to Consider When Leaving South Africa

If you are thinking of leaving South Africa, you’re probably already obsessing about the costs involved. The currency conversion already puts anyone emigrating from South Africa on the back foot, but what if you think you have all the expenses catered to and suddenly...

Expat Tax Matters: How Does The New Expat Tax Law Affect Couples?

Expat Tax Matters: How Does The New Expat Tax Law Affect Couples?

It’s not the most romantic topic for couples to discuss, but it’s one of those big adult things that needs to be addressed in every relationship: money. Specifically income, and income tax. It’s a discussion worth having, especially if you’re a couple living abroad...

Soetpatats

Soetpatats

Everyone has a favourite ‘patat resep’ in South Africa! Soetpatats (or sweet potatoes as they are called in English) are a staple in the Saffa household and for two very good reasons: they are highly nutritious and they are absolutely delicious too! With so many ways...

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