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SAA Shutdown – Nostalgia

SAA Shutdown – Nostalgia

As South African Airways’ liquidation looms and thousands of hard-working South Africans are about to lose their jobs, there is a certain air of nostalgia doing the rounds. But that’s not all. There is disappointment, there is anger, and there is a lot of desperation...

South African Shop In Ireland: South African Food In Ireland

South African Shop In Ireland: South African Food In Ireland

“It’s the luck of the Irish” or is it? Perhaps it’s the luck of the South Africans too, especially if you’re an expat living in Ireland and have quick and easy access to everyone’s favourite SA shop! As it turns out, there’s a South African shop in Ireland near you...

The Expat’s Guide: Transferring Your South African Pension to the UK

The Expat’s Guide: Transferring Your South African Pension to the UK

It’s a question that around 246 000 South Africans expats living in the UK will face at some point: is it possible to transfer a pension from South Africa to the UK? If you’ve been living abroad for a number of years and you no longer have any intention of retiring in...

How to Emigrate from South Africa to Canada

How to Emigrate from South Africa to Canada

Why would South Africans want to move to Canada? That’s not even a question! The question should be: why wouldn’t South Africans want to move to Canada? It’s a great place for immigrants to settle and start a new life. In fact, Canada has one of the highest...

Broodpoeding! Who Can Resist?

Broodpoeding! Who Can Resist?

Broodpoeding… the dish that has stolen the heart of all South Africans and has been around for so long that we think it was our idea first. But was it really? Who really came up with Broodpoeding and where does it really come from? If you look at the history of Bread...

Old South African Kids TV Shows

Old South African Kids TV Shows

“Wielie-wielie-walie, die aap sit op die balie. Tjoef-tjaf val hy af. Wielie-wielie-walie” – these are the words that swirled around in every South African kid’s head in the 80s. And how could they not?! It’s so catchy and oh-so South African! It all really began in...

Betsy’s South African Deli in Canada

Betsy’s South African Deli in Canada

SA expats abroad are always looking for ways to get their hands on their favourite South African treats. Luckily South African shops make it possible to feel more at home in a foreign land. In Canada, the expat landscape is no different. While completely wowed by a...

How Much Money Can You Take Out When Leaving South Africa?

How Much Money Can You Take Out When Leaving South Africa?

If you’re emigrating and leaving South Africa, chances are you’re going to want to take your money with you. So how do you go about repatriating funds to your new home country destination? How do you take money out of South Africa and how much can you take? It’s a...

Expat Travel Tips – How to Weather the Long-Trip

Expat Travel Tips – How to Weather the Long-Trip

The paperwork has been handled, the jobs have been secured, the schools have been chosen, and the air tickets have been bought. You’re well on your way to leaving South Africa in search of a new life, greener pastures, and all the excitement of a completely new...

Mosbolletjies: Truly a South African Dessert

Mosbolletjies: Truly a South African Dessert

Is it just us, or does Mosbolletjies also come to mind when you think about a traditional Afrikaans home in South Africa? This unique South African bread is the epitome of Afrikaaner culture and tradition. It is the “sharing tearing” bread. It’s best enjoyed with a...

Famous Poems about South Africa

Famous Poems about South Africa

Over the years, South Africa has played host to a plethora of creative artists who have deemed the country fit to pour their hearts and souls out onto paper about. Yip, you probably guessed it; we’re talking about our very own home-grown poets today, and of course,...

The Expat’s Guide To: The Best Countries For Raising Children

The Expat’s Guide To: The Best Countries For Raising Children

Ask any parent and they’ll confirm: having children changes your priorities. Their needs come first, and your hopes and dreams centre around building the ideal future for them. If you’ve found yourself questioning whether South Africa is a good place to raise...

Finding A Fresh Perspective In Moving to New Zealand from South Africa

Finding A Fresh Perspective In Moving to New Zealand from South Africa

With a current population of around 4 822 233 citizens, of which 14 881 are migrants, it’s safe to say that the Kiwis are a diverse and welcoming people. What makes New Zealand such an attractive immigration destination for South Africans? Could it be the temperate...

Easter 2020

Easter 2020

Easter is just around the corner and with it comes the promise of fun Easter egg hunts, munching Beacon marshmallow eggs, and feasting on buttery Hot Cross buns and tea. Ah, all of the things that make a South African Easter a favourite time of year. But what if you...

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