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Afrikaners abroad

Afrikaners abroad

Calling all Afrikaners abroad! We’d like to know; how often do you speak Afrikaans, and do you still expose your children to the Afrikaans language? Do you have Afrikaans friends living around you, and if not, do any of your foreign friends have any interest in...

What is the complexity of ceasing my tax residency in South Africa?

What is the complexity of ceasing my tax residency in South Africa?

This is the first tax season that South Africans living and working abroad will be expected to pay tax on their foreign income back home, where they qualify as a resident for tax purposes. This shouldn’t be news to you however, as these tax law changes have been...

Mielietert recipe

Mielietert recipe

If you’re for sweetcorn as much as we are, then you’re bound to have chowed down on a big tray of mielietert in the past! Mietert is a firm favourite in the South African home. It adorns the “sides” table at the weekend braai, features on the Christmas festive spread...

Dual citizenship for South Africans abroad

Dual citizenship for South Africans abroad

The term “second passport” seems to be on everyone’s lips these days. If you’re not walking around with a second passport, you’re doing it wrong – at least that’s what the general impression is. Getting a second passport seems to be becoming the norm for the average...

South African chef masterclass

South African chef masterclass

Let’s talk about somewhat of an institution in South Africa: Checkers! Of course, checkers has come a long way over the years. It’s no longer only the go-to for affordable groceries; it’s now the go-to for fine cheese and wine, too – and absolutely everything in...

Top tips for getting your South African inheritance offshore

Top tips for getting your South African inheritance offshore

Death of our loved ones isn’t something we like to think about, especially in the middle of a pandemic. We have to be realists, however, and accept that as South Africans living abroad with family back home there is a chance that we will feature in a loved one’s last...

Canadian immigration requests spike after recent unrest

Canadian immigration requests spike after recent unrest

The recent unrest in July this year saw a spike in immigration requests from local business owners in the KZN and Gauteng areas. South Africa has seen small waves of unrest in the past, but none such as was seen in July this year. The looting and burning of countless...

Gourmet braai recipe (a whole spread)

Gourmet braai recipe (a whole spread)

Hello there, is it time for yet another braai? Whether you live in sunny South Africa or on foreign shores, South Africans never need a reason to fire up the coals. Anytime is the right braai-time in our books! However, if we have the added benefit of a genuine excuse...

Second residency options for people who want out of SA

Second residency options for people who want out of SA

Are you looking for a safety net as a Saffa, just in case you one day in the future (or even soon) want to get out of the country? What are your second residency options and costs? If the answers to these questions are, “yes” and “I don’t know,” then you are not...

How to make rusks

How to make rusks

The Danes call them 'Tvebak', the French call them 'biscotte', but we're sure you'll agree that there's nothing quite like a South African rusk! Other brands exist, but Ouma is to rusks what Colgate is to toothpaste: it's the benchmark and a staple in many South...

Expat Talk: What happens if I don’t emigrate for tax purposes?

Expat Talk: What happens if I don’t emigrate for tax purposes?

If you’re a South African living and working abroad, it’s likely that you’re weighing up your options when it comes to tax emigration after the changes brought into effect by the Taxation Laws Amendment Act in March 2020. According to these changes, South Africans...

South African crayfish

South African crayfish

South African crayfish, also called the spiny lobster, rock lobster, or kreef in Afrikaans, are known for their spiny shells and long antennae.  Their natural habitat is along the east and west coasts of South Africa, where they can be found hiding under rocky...

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