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Heritage Day South Africa

Heritage Day South Africa

Heritage Day aka Braai Day is tomorrow (24 September) and it couldn’t come at a better time for South Africa. The meaning of Heritage Day should have deeper meaning for the country’s people this year. What is Heritage Day all about? Well, it’s about symbolism. It’s...

The Expat’s Guide To: Claiming Your Inheritance Money in South Africa

The Expat’s Guide To: Claiming Your Inheritance Money in South Africa

If you’ve recently had a loved one pass away, there’s a chance that there’s an inheritance waiting for you back in South Africa. Death isn’t something that people like to talk about, but it’s important to know exactly what to expect when it comes to dealing with...

A Simple South African Braai Side: Stuffed Mushrooms

A Simple South African Braai Side: Stuffed Mushrooms

Ah, the good old fashioned braai mushroom! We’ve all have a taste of one of these at some point in our South African lives, but how do we recreate the same mouthwatering taste, time and again? Many might say that a braai mushroom can be “hit and miss”. Sometimes they...

Living in Ireland vs South Africa

Living in Ireland vs South Africa

Ireland has never really been a frontrunner when it comes to top places to emigrate (and financially emigrate) to from South Africa, but that seems to be changing. Over the years, hordes of South Africans have headed for the shores and greener grasses of England, New...

Living Annuity 101: Here’s What You Need to Know

Living Annuity 101: Here’s What You Need to Know

Preparing adequately for your retirement is a worthy goal, the importance of which cannot be underestimated. There are a variety of ways to ensure that you’re financially equipped for life after your career, such as pension funds, retirement annuities, living...

Amarula Cheesecake

Amarula Cheesecake

Do you want to experience a truly sensational taste of Africa simply melt in your mouth? Amarula cheesecake is the way to go. In fact, millions of South Africans call this type of cheesecake their absolute favourite treat!  If you’re already living and working...

South African Expat Tax: Are You Liable or Exempt?

South African Expat Tax: Are You Liable or Exempt?

Recent changes to South Africa’s tax laws have caused a bit of panic and confusion in the expat community. Previously expats were able to claim exemption from paying tax on their international employment income if certain requirements were met. This legislative...

BBQ Chakalaka Chicken

BBQ Chakalaka Chicken

What’s the perfect accompaniment to meat, bread, pap, potatoes, and stew? Chakalaka, of course! Every South African knows all about Chakalaka. We’ve all got our favourite Chakalaka dish, which can be served extra spicy or mild and enjoyed hot or cold! Chakalaka is a...

How many South Africans live in Australia?

How many South Africans live in Australia?

As it turns out, psychology is very much at play when moving to a new country… Psychology tells us that as humans, we have an inbuilt need to belong. It’s not enough for us just to belong to this huge clan of “humans”, we actually want to have individualised...

MP 336(b) Form: What It Is & Why You Need It

MP 336(b) Form: What It Is & Why You Need It

When it comes to the South African Reserve Bank, there’s a form for everything, and for everything a form. That is to say: our central bank loves paperwork! So what exactly is the MP 336(b) form, and when would you need to use it? The answer to that is pretty simple....

Milk Tart Pancakes

Milk Tart Pancakes

Milk Tart and pancakes, both a large part of South African culture, are each delicious on their own and even better when put together. What makes both of these treats even more delectable (if that’s even possible) is a generous sprinkling of sugar and cinnamon powder....

Book lovers’ day!

Book lovers’ day!

You know that fresh paper-smell of a brand new book? Or the musty whiff of a rare first edition found tucked away at an antique book store? These smells and thoughts can evoke memories of our youth, when we read our favourite books or at least had more time to read....

Emigrating from South Africa to UK

Emigrating from South Africa to UK

It’s really no secret that a large chunk of South Africans leaving the country each year head to the UK. Living in the UK holds much draw for the average South African, for a number of reasons. In fact, the UK is not just alluring to the South African expat, but to...

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