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Vis en Tjips – Hake and Chips

Vis en Tjips – Hake and Chips

If you thought that hake and chips is the meal of the Brits, think again. South Africans absolutely love their “vis en tjips” and it’s been that way for many years. While fish and chips have never been a staple in South Africa, every SA home has a great battered fish...

Fabulous Fynbos: Why Is It So Special?

Fabulous Fynbos: Why Is It So Special?

So much more than just pretty blooms, fynbos is a pretty big deal, environmentally speaking. Did you know that South Africa’s Western Cape is more botanically diverse than the richest tropical rainforest in South America? That’s right. Even more diverse than the...

Why You Would Want to Move to Canada

Why You Would Want to Move to Canada

Does it really come as a surprise that Canada is claiming South African expats as part of their community? Not really; when you consider that the Canada immigration requirements are minimal. If you would like to immigrate to Canada from South Africa, you probably...

Investment: Get a Golden Visa Into Greece

Investment: Get a Golden Visa Into Greece

If you’re considering your relocation options, and you’re planning on getting into another country on a golden visa ticket, Greece is the ideal emigration destination for many South Africans. Considered an affordable route into Europe and all the benefits that come...

South African Lamb Roast: The Perfect Companion to a Sunday Lunch

South African Lamb Roast: The Perfect Companion to a Sunday Lunch

From the typical Sunday get-together to the Christmas, weddings, birthdays, and every other conceivable celebration in between; one thing is for certain – and that’s the presence of lamb roast on the South African dining table. South African lamb roast has been a...

South African Postal Codes

South African Postal Codes

Let’s all give a big round of applause to COVID-19 for bringing world travel to a standstill please! Nothing before, besides war, has put international travel on the back burner like the pesky Coronavirus has! The inconvenience of it all does not go unnoticed,...

Why You Would Want to Move to New Zealand

Why You Would Want to Move to New Zealand

If it sounds like every second person is immigrating to New Zealand from South Africa, it’s because it’s true. Data released by Statistics New Zealand show that between July 2018 and July 2019, 9200 South African migrants touched down in NZ. Over the years, the New...

How to Deregister with SARS: Ending the Entanglement via Tax Emigration

How to Deregister with SARS: Ending the Entanglement via Tax Emigration

If you’re a South African living and working abroad, changes to the Income Tax Act might see you liable to pay income tax to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) on your worldwide earnings where they exceed R1.25million. Legislative amendments closed the foreign...

Cost of Living in Ireland as a South African

Cost of Living in Ireland as a South African

If you’re a South African considering greener pastures, there’s no place greener than Ireland, right? Sure. It’s not called the Emerald Isle for nothing. But before you start practicing your Guinness-drinking skills, looking for lucky leprechauns or picturing yourself...

Ultramel Custard Recipes

Ultramel Custard Recipes

What would a jiggly jelly dessert or warm malva pudding be, without a generous dollop or smothering of Ultramel custard? It wouldn’t quite be the same, would it? In South Africa, Ultramel custard is a staple dessert treat. In fact, most of our childhood memories...

The Expat’s Guide: Pet Immigration to the UK

The Expat’s Guide: Pet Immigration to the UK

You’re considering relocating to the United Kingdom and you’re planning on taking the family. The whole family, including your furkids of course. While the whole international move can be costly, if planned properly and timeously your pet transport from South Africa...

Money Talks: What Are FinGlobal’s Fees Like?

Money Talks: What Are FinGlobal’s Fees Like?

When selecting a cross-border financial services partner, aside from considering convenience, credibility, and expertise - fees must not be overlooked. It’s important for South Africans to examine and evaluate exactly how they’re going to be charged for the services...

Tax 101: Here’s What You Need to Know About South African Expat Tax

Tax 101: Here’s What You Need to Know About South African Expat Tax

Before changes were made to the Income Tax Act earlier this year to introduce expat tax, South Africans working abroad could claim tax exemption on foreign earnings. This meant that the South African Revenue Service (SARS) couldn’t take a paycheque cut if it was...

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