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Did you know 2020 is a leap year?

Did you know 2020 is a leap year?

If you have been scrolling through your diary and noticed that in February, 29 days await you instead of the usual 28, you might have caught yourself wondering; “is 2020 a leap year?” The answer of course, is a great resounding yes! Leap years aren’t a typical thing....

Public Holidays in Australia for South African Expats to Enjoy

Public Holidays in Australia for South African Expats to Enjoy

What have AUS public holidays got in store for you? 2020 has got off to a good start and like most expats living and working in Australia; you have probably hit the ground running. Another thing that has already taken off at high speed is the days that are ticking off...

Moving to Canada with pets: Here’s what to know

Moving to Canada with pets: Here’s what to know

Thinking about moving to Canada? If you’re a pet parent, this is going to be an important consideration for you: how to plan your move to Canada with pets. While the idea of moving your beloved pets abroad can be daunting, it’s not impossible. Especially because...

Who Is That Guy, Jan Braai?

Who Is That Guy, Jan Braai?

He doesn’t believe gas is for braaiing. In his mind, chicken is a vegetable and steak is a food group all on its own. Who is he? He’s Jan Braai, master of all things chargrilled, and he’s on a mission to unite all South Africans around a fire. Let’s take a closer look...

World Migration Statistics. How It Evolved Over The Years

World Migration Statistics. How It Evolved Over The Years

Migrating is an integral part of world history as we know it. World immigration statistics show that people began migrating since the dawn of time. It is believed that people originally migrated from Africa. By the time it was AD 1, there were approximately 172...

Can I Transfer My South African Pension to the UK? Let’s find out

Can I Transfer My South African Pension to the UK? Let’s find out

If you’ve moved to the UK or a move is in the cards for you, one of the things you’re going to have to think about when planning your future and your finances revolves around deciding where and how you’re going to retire. Whether your retirement destination is the UK,...

Can I Withdraw My Old Mutual Retirement Annuity? What Are The Rules?

Can I Withdraw My Old Mutual Retirement Annuity? What Are The Rules?

Chances are that you’ve just been plugging away at your retirement annuity savings without much thought since you signed up for that retirement policy with Old Mutual when you first started working many, many years ago. Why is this so? The whole point of these savings...

Easiest Countries to Immigrate to from South Africa

Easiest Countries to Immigrate to from South Africa

Life is complicated enough without trying to get into countries that aren’t all about those easy immigration requirements. Making the decision to leave South Africa is a tough one so if you’re leaving the land of your birth behind, you might as well make the...

Terrific Tipsy Tart: A Recipe You Can Count On

Terrific Tipsy Tart: A Recipe You Can Count On

South Africans love their brandy. South Africans also love their tarts. It only makes sense that our ancestors decided to put these two together and thus the Tipsy tart came to life during the 18th century. We all know and love this delectable dessert, whether you...

What Do South Africans Living Abroad Miss Most About Home?

What Do South Africans Living Abroad Miss Most About Home?

No matter where South Africans end up living abroad, there’s no place like the one they left behind. The clichés are clichéd because they’re so incredibly true: there really is no place like home. So, what do South Africans miss when they’re far from the land of their...

Do I have to pay Capital Gains Tax on my financial emigration?

Do I have to pay Capital Gains Tax on my financial emigration?

With impending changes to the Income Tax Act for South Africans living and working abroad (#ExpatTax2020), many are considering their options in the face of being taxed up to 45% on their worldwide income, after the first R1.25 million exemption. If you’re a South...

Can Pensioners Emigrate to Australia?

Can Pensioners Emigrate to Australia?

Australia might seem like an attractive retirement destination for would-be South African pensioners, but there’s a lot to think about before you pack up your life here and move down under. Emigrating to Australia over 45 might be challenging, but not impossible!...

Immigrating to Canada from South Africa: A Guide for South Africans

Immigrating to Canada from South Africa: A Guide for South Africans

It is estimated that there are around 50 000 South Africans living in Canada, with more than 5,765 people immigrating to Canada from South Africa between 2011 and 2016 alone. What makes Canada such an attractive destination for South Africans? Is it maple bacon,...

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