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South African croquettes

South African croquettes

While we cannot claim that the croquette hails from our ‘truly’ South African heritage, nothing says South African food quite like taking a recipe and “South Africanising” it! The delicious croquette originates from France, and it’s thought to have been a way of...

Mother’s Day gift ideas 2021

Mother’s Day gift ideas 2021

What do you know, Mother’s Day in South Africa is just around the corner. Are you ready to spoil your mom with the best Mother’s Day gifts? If you are, well done! If not, don’t worry; we’ve got your back with a list of our favourite spoils – perfect for the South...

Top 5 countries attracting SA expats

Top 5 countries attracting SA expats

It seems as though more and more people are expanding their horizons and traveling abroad, but the question begs to be answered; why are South Africans emigrating? Roughly 23 000 people emigrate from South Africa each year – that’s a lot of people if you think about...

Iconic South African veggie sides

Iconic South African veggie sides

The smell of steak and sausages sizzling on the braai grid over hot coals is a memory most South Africans cherish. The hustle and bustle of the family in the kitchen preparing the vegetable side dishes while the ‘braai-kings’ hold fort over the fire and watch the meat...

Top 10 things SA expats miss about home

Top 10 things SA expats miss about home

South African expats heading for foreign shores often overlook what makes South Africa unique. Once there, it hits them like a ton of bricks: South Africa is unique and there’s a lot to miss about “back home”. Something that we often hear expats say is that they are...

How do I transfer my inheritance overseas from South Africa?

How do I transfer my inheritance overseas from South Africa?

If you’re a South African living abroad with family back home, it’s likely that you’ll be included in someone’s last will and testament at some point. Cross-border inheritance claims can get complicated quickly, so it’s worth ensuring you have a grasp of things you’ll...

A marriage of cultures: paella on the braai

A marriage of cultures: paella on the braai

Paella on the braai, a marriage doomed to fail?  The road to fine cuisine has been paved with doomed recipes causing the divorce of many a good chef and their pans! However, in this case, a paella braai can only mean one thing. Good food, succulent flavours and...

How to connect with an expat community when emigrating

How to connect with an expat community when emigrating

So, you’re a South African expat; now what?! Having spent a large majority of your life in the same country, growing up with - and spending time with - the same people, the concept of moving to an entirely new environment with no familiar faces might seem a little...

Repurposing Easter eggs

Repurposing Easter eggs

When Easter passes, and everyone has had their fill of Beacon marshmallow easter eggs, what do you do with all of the leftovers? You know what they say; “waste not, want not”, especially when it comes to chocolate treats! Instead of throwing your pile of uneaten...

Living annuities vs guaranteed life annuities: what is the difference?

Living annuities vs guaranteed life annuities: what is the difference?

At retirement, you’ll be faced with one of the most important decisions of your life, and it’s likely that you’ll have to have to choose between a living annuity and a guaranteed life annuity. Regardless of other investments you hold, if you belong to a retirement...

South African oxtail potjie

South African oxtail potjie

All hail the South African Oxtail Potjie! What could be better than sitting under the huge African sky,  the potjie pot bubbling on the open fire, surrounded by family and friends? Can you smell the smokey fire intertwined with the tantalising flavours of the...

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