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Can I Cash in My Retirement Annuity Early in South Africa?

Can I Cash in My Retirement Annuity Early in South Africa?

If you have been doing some research into how emigration impacts on retirement annuities in South Africa, you will probably have stumbled across the fact that most South Africans end up cashing in their retirement annuity (RA) when leaving the country. Most people...

Lamb Shanks with Mieliepap

Lamb Shanks with Mieliepap

If you have a hankering for a South African blast-from-the-past meal while living and working abroad; lamb shanks with mieliepap should be on the very top of your list. This firm favourite is comfort food, celebratory food, just plain delicious food! Of course no one...

South African Tax Matters: Capital Gains Tax Explained

South African Tax Matters: Capital Gains Tax Explained

If you’re not prepared for it, Capital Gains Tax (CGT) can be a nasty shock to the system. Let’s take a look at what Capital Gains Tax is, when you’d have to pay it and how the CGT calculation works in South Africa. Capital Gains Tax explained What is CGT in simple...

Unclaimed Pensions & Policies in South Africa

Unclaimed Pensions & Policies in South Africa

Everyone could use an unexpected windfall in the form of unclaimed money in South Africa. While this might sound unreal, there is a possibility that you could be one of millions of beneficiaries due a share of R42 billion in unclaimed pension fund money and life...

Hertzoggie recipe

Hertzoggie recipe

Let’s talk about cookies; Hertzoggies, to be exact! You have probably gobbled down a Hertzoggie before and never really given much thought to its history. For those who don’t know, a Hertzoggie is a tartlet that was created by Cape Malay women in the country, when...

Law of Succession in South Africa: Who Inherits When There is No Will?

Law of Succession in South Africa: Who Inherits When There is No Will?

It’s an uncomfortable conversation for most people, but a necessary one given that no one has yet discovered a fountain of youth and immortality. Although we don’t like to think of our loved ones passing away; we do need to think of our loved ones and plan for them...

Tamatiebredie

Tamatiebredie

Tomato Bredie is not just a delicious meal…it’s a dish that requires ceremony. It demands time, usually spent with loved ones, while it bubbles and boils its way to absolute perfection. Most South Africans are very fond of Tomato Bredie, but for those who don’t quite...

South African Bunny Chow

South African Bunny Chow

Bang the drums and turn the spotlights on…it’s time South Africa’s very own Bunny Chow was pushed right into the limelight! Bunny Chow, already growing in popularity in the United States, is a fast food meal born and bred in Durban, South Africa. Essentially, it is a...

The Expat’s Guide to: Buying Off Your Retirement Annuity

The Expat’s Guide to: Buying Off Your Retirement Annuity

South Africans currently living abroad have until 28 February 2021 to use formal emigration as an immediate means by which to access their retirement annuities early. Thereafter expats will have to show that they have ceased to be a tax resident for a period of three...

Malva Pudding

Malva Pudding

As far as truly original South African treats go, Malva pudding is at the very top of the list. Most Saffas who have sunk their teeth into a Malva pudding and marveled at it’s silky smooth delectable taste and texture, don’t even know that this particular dessert...

Virtual Safari South Africa

Virtual Safari South Africa

As a South African living abroad, one of the things you’re likely to miss most is the bushveld but if a sunrise safari was part of your travel plans this year, you don’t have to skip it just because it’s not advisable to travel internationally for the foreseeable...

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