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Where Are South Africans Immigrating To and Why?

Where Are South Africans Immigrating To and Why?

Emigration from South Africa is now part of our daily reality. If it feels to you like we’ve entered an era of emigration and the tropic is on everyone’s lips, is because we have. South Africans are talking about emigration for sound reasons: we’re worried about the...

South African Bobotie is King!

South African Bobotie is King!

For 65 years the South African Bobotie recipe has reigned supreme in many homes. It was in 1954 when Bobotie first became a South African household name. The dish bobotie was derived from the Indonesian dish named Bobotok. It first appeared in a Dutch cookbook many...

The South African’s Guide To: Relocating to the UK

The South African’s Guide To: Relocating to the UK

The UK has increasingly strict guidelines around granting citizenship to non-EU residents but as long as you’ve done your homework, gathered your ducks in a row and fulfilled all the necessary UK visa application paperwork and eligibility requirements, a new life in...

You asked about Expat Tax, SARS answered.

You asked about Expat Tax, SARS answered.

SARS tax for expats has been a hot subject over the last year. There has been an ongoing debate on how to go about SARS tax for expats. We’ve puzzled over these questions, often times not knowing which ones we need to put through the wringer.  Finally, SARS...

Financial emigration for South African Entrepreneurs

Financial emigration for South African Entrepreneurs

South Africans are a special breed of humans. With our tough, resilient spirit, we are uniquely equipped for entrepreneurship. It is sheer determination, grit and zero fear for hard work that has seen the rise of the startup culture mentality in the private sector,...

How much does it cost to financially emigrate from South Africa?

How much does it cost to financially emigrate from South Africa?

For South Africans living abroad or contemplating an international move, financial emigration is something you’re likely to consider at some point. While at first it may seem to be a costly and daunting undertaking, there are several important advantages which expats...

Crazy for Koeksisters

Crazy for Koeksisters

Can there be a more traditional South African treat than a Koeksister? These delicious twisted pieces of pastry soaked in syrup are a favourite teatime treat and every family has their prized koeksister recipe handed down from generation to generation.   The...

2019 Rugby World Cup: Canada vs South Africa – It’s ON!

2019 Rugby World Cup: Canada vs South Africa – It’s ON!

The 2019 World Cup Rugby fever is in full swing, and nothing brings South Africans across the globe closer together like a big rugby match. Braaing and shouting at the referees on television with beers in hand is a national pastime, and this World Cup offers six weeks...

The cost of living in the USA

The cost of living in the USA

If you are planning to move to the USA – it’s important you know how much a Big Mac and a slice of apple pie are going to cost you. The cost of living in the USA is a lot higher than South Africa, so if you have been offered a position in the USA, it’s essential you...

Tax Emigration versus Financial Emigration: What’s the Difference?

Tax Emigration versus Financial Emigration: What’s the Difference?

There’s been a huge buzz about financial emigration for South Africans, ahead of tax legislation amendments that come into play in March 2020.  With a residence-based tax system, until now, South African tax residents working abroad for more than 183 days (60...

Buttermilk rusks – perfect for dunking!

Buttermilk rusks – perfect for dunking!

Buttermilk rusks are a traditional South African treat and they can be enjoyed at any time of the day, whether it’s with a cup of coffee or a cup of tea – just go ahead and dunk! South Africans living abroad all need a traditional buttermilk rusk recipe as rusks are...

Find your biltong, braai meat PLUS more in New Zealand

Find your biltong, braai meat PLUS more in New Zealand

Are you living in New Zealand and craving the flavours of South Africa? Are you wondering, “Where can I buy biltong” without having to fly back to SA? Well fear not, even if you are living in the most remote point of this beautiful country you can order everything you...

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