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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...

The cost of living in Canada

The cost of living in Canada

If you are planning to move to Canada, you are no doubt wondering about its cost of living and how it compares to South Africa. Your quality of life in Canada or any country is closely linked to its cost of living, so it’s essential you know how far your new salary...

South African Inheritances and Tax: What’s the Deal?

South African Inheritances and Tax: What’s the Deal?

Right now you’re probably just a South African living abroad but because death is inevitable, you know that there’s the possibility of an inheritance back home in your future.  Another fact of life that is as inevitable as death? Taxes. So whether you’ve just...

Hertzoggies – the perfect anytime treat

Hertzoggies – the perfect anytime treat

Hertzoggies are one of the most delicious South African treats and a South African recipe for these scrumptious desserts is something you should definitely have in your recipe repertoire. They can be enjoyed at teatime and in school lunchboxes – or whenever you want...

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