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South Africans love violence…

South Africans love violence…

To the point we set our alarm clocks to crazy early hours to haul wife and kids out of bed … to watch the Bokke fearlessly take on the Wallabies, Kiwis, Lions, Dragons and other two-legged teams with four-legged animal names! All for the love of rugby! Or is it for...

thank you

thank you

Thank you – To pat oneself on the back is no recommendation. It is humbling, however, when a satisfied client expresses and shares his gratitude. Thank you Mr. Taverna.   Attention: Mr. Ryno Viljoen, Mr. Steve Porter and Ms. Mariette Janse van Rensburg Dear All,...

SA Expats: Geld wat stom is maak reg wat krom is…

SA Expats: Geld wat stom is maak reg wat krom is…

Daar’s derduisende Afrikaanssprekende Suid-Afrikaners wat deesdae in die buiteland woon – heel gelukkig met baie dinge in gemeen. Soos? Hulle ondersteun die Springbokke, hou van Afrikaanse musiek en fliek, gek oor braai en sit almal met ‘n hoop stom geld in...

SA Expats: The good news – you too can afford to retire early!

SA Expats: The good news – you too can afford to retire early!

Retirement is a day in time we’re all looking forward to – the luxury to stop working and to start taking it easy … However, given the era in which we’re living – the temptations, the pace and the opportunities – very few of us can afford to hang up our gloves at age...

SA Expats: There’s no time like the present.

SA Expats: There’s no time like the present.

When’s a good time for South Africans living outside the country to get their financial affairs in order, to cash-in their unclaimed policies and retirement annuities and to think of the day after tomorrow? Most of us keep a to do list to help remember not to forget...

SA Expats: There’s cash in unclaimed policies and NO SMALL PRINT

SA Expats: There’s cash in unclaimed policies and NO SMALL PRINT

The generic skepticism about what one can and cannot expect when wanting to cash-in a policy because of “small print” issues does not apply when it comes to cashing-in an unclaimed policy - the going is easy because the policyholder will inadvertently be doing the...

SA Expats: Unclaimed policies and counting chickens

SA Expats: Unclaimed policies and counting chickens

People typically start buying policies in their late 20’s and early 30’s. At this life stage the premiums are affordable and the projected returns at retirement age almost incomprehensible. Offering a handsome future to look forward to while at the same time giving...

Expats losing out on unclaimed policies in South Africa

Expats losing out on unclaimed policies in South Africa

By Ryno Viljoen Did you pay policy premiums prior to leaving South Africa? If so, you could be in for a surprise as there may well be money in South Africa that is rightfully owed to you! The value in unclaimed South African policies amounts to more than R1 Billion!...

SA Expats: Emigration Fear Factor vs. Dual Citizenship

SA Expats: Emigration Fear Factor vs. Dual Citizenship

Believe it or not: the most common angst associated with emigrating from South Africa? Do I lose my South African citizenship? The short answer is NO! No you don’t and no you won’t – unless you choose to. Who would make such a choice? Another common misunderstanding...

SA Expats: When to take the pension gap?

SA Expats: When to take the pension gap?

Is the question we’ll all be asking ourselves sooner or later...South Africans, living and working abroad, who rely on their policies back home should sooner question what effect time will have on their pension affordability. Relentless increase in cost of living...

Cash in and transfer your South African retirement annuity yourself…?

Cash in and transfer your South African retirement annuity yourself…?

By Mariette Janse van Rensburg I spoke to a lady on the phone yesterday, desperate for help. The past 18 months she’s been trying to cash in her retirement annuity in South Africa, without success. Although she said she knew what is required to complete the process...

Don’t delay! Avoid retirement investment decay!

Don’t delay! Avoid retirement investment decay!

Many South African expats left their pensions, policies and other financial assets behind when they upped and offed to go live and work abroad - for ‘good’ reason. There was a time when you had no option but to leave your family’s retirement investments behind. You...

Don’t lose grip of your family’s wealth in South Africa!

Don’t lose grip of your family’s wealth in South Africa!

Imagine if you will. You're a South African family living in Sydney, Texas, London, Ontario or Auckland. Mom, Dad and kids - all happily settled in new home, new schools with new friends. Life is great! You’re now an international family but may well be holding...

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