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Pumpkin – the South African way

Pumpkin – the South African way

Close your eyes and remember those lazy Sunday afternoons seated around the kitchen table. What's the first thing you remember? Pampoen tert? Or perhaps pampoen koekies? There's nothing quite like these delicious sweet treats, which oddly are made from a fruit. And...

The truth about cashing in your retirement annuities in South Africa

The truth about cashing in your retirement annuities in South Africa

Exchange control changes announced by the National Treasury in 2021 resulted in the phasing out of formal emigration through the South African Reserve Bank. There was some concern about this move, as formal emigration was used as a means for South Africans who had...

Introducing: The chicken potjie

Introducing: The chicken potjie

The potjie symbolizes traditional South African food. While the braai has its place in the accolades of all things South African, the potjie truly encapsulates our culture and heritage. Potjiekos (small pot food) is traditionally cooked in a large potjie pot (cast...

Dowwe Dolla

Dowwe Dolla

Dowwe Dolla - who is this blonde bombshell? Well, for those of you who have missed the last two decades, this is one of South Africa's favourite comedians. While some know her as the “dumb blonde,” she is far from dumb and quite possibly one of the smartest cookies in...

Five things you might not know about living annuities

Five things you might not know about living annuities

If you have a retirement annuity or pension fund, you’re going to need to know about living annuities at some point in the future. This is because when you retire, it is compulsory to spend at least two thirds of your retirement savings on an annuity if your fund...

South African inspired festive snacks

South African inspired festive snacks

It's time to haul out the Christmas shopping list and start planning for the main event of the year. Truth be told, you should have this started months ago! For those of you super prepared Christmas ninjas, the Christmas cake is probably already in the pantry being...

Babylonstoren

Babylonstoren

Have you ever visited Babylonstoren South Africa? If not, this should be your next holiday or short break destination. Deep in the wine valleys of Franshoek sits the majestic Cape Dutch farm, Babylonstoren. The farm languishes in the shadow of Simonsberg and is...

Staying connected during the holidays & trying times

Staying connected during the holidays & trying times

The definition of 'family' is broadly described as a group or unit of people living together. However, as South Africans, we know that 'family is so much more than that. A traditional South African family consists of the following: required set of parents, children...

Can South African retirement annuities still be cashed in by emigrants?

Can South African retirement annuities still be cashed in by emigrants?

Not all change is bad, however, as these legislative amendments were intended to simplify processes that had become unnecessarily complicated. Here’s what you need to know about early retirement annuity withdrawals in South Africa in 2021, and what the rule changes...

South African lamb shoulder roast

South African lamb shoulder roast

Traditionally, South African Sunday lunch with family means a succulent lamb shoulder roast. Of course, this means you need all the trimmings, too. We’re talking about sumptuous roast potatoes and onions, fresh green beans or peas, and gem squash halves. What could be...

Potbrood recipe

Potbrood recipe

Potbrood or 'Pot bread' is a bread synonymous with South African food. You can't get more South African than potbrood unless you consider the braai. However, they both go so well together it is a veritable South African super-feast when you combine the two! South...

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