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Explained: Tax relief vs tax refunds in South Africa

As a South African living and working abroad, it’s a good idea to know exactly what your tax status is so that you can be clear on your tax obligations and rights back home. This is because changes made to tax law through the Taxation Law Amendment Act in 2020 mean...

South African athletes and Tokyo games

Let us set the scene: the world's greatest athletes have been training for this moment their whole lives. They're set to compete against each other for glory and eternal bragging rights when suddenly the entire world comes to a halt. With the Covid-19 pandemic, life...

Kook & Geniet

Who and what is Kook en Geniet? The English translation is Cook and Enjoy. Originally an Afrikaans cookbook filled with South African dishes, it was published by S.J.A (Ina de Villiers) in 1951. South African publishers at the time did not think it was worth their...

De Vette Mossel

If you are looking for a traditional seafood restaurant, then De Vette Mossel is not for you. Traditional seafood restaurants come with fancy cutlery and tableware, unpronounceable wine lists, and heavy price tags. Often they are situated kilometers away from the sea,...

Expat matters: Emigrated from South Africa? What is your tax status?

If you thought you’d be able to leave the taxman behind in South Africa when you emigrated, you’re sadly mistaken. The South African Revenue Service still has an interest in South Africans around the world, with a particular focus on their worldwide earnings. South...

Rooibos tea poached pears

Are you ready for another look at some delectable South African food?  Let’s talk about fruit. A little too healthy for you? Okay, let’s talk about fruit as a dessert! Poached pears are at the top of many South African’s favourite foods list, and for good...

Shaleen Surtie-Richards

The 7th of June was a sad day for many South Africans hearing the news of Shaleen Surtie Richards’ death from unknown causes. Shaleen, who had an absolute zest for life, left a hole in the hearts of South Africans, young and old. Passing on at the age of 66, Shaleen...

The South African braaipie reimagined

Can you smell that? It’s a braai on the go! Or perhaps if you’re overseas, it’s a case of wishful thinking. One of the things many expats miss about home when they relocate is the typical South African braai. But just because you’re no longer in SA, it doesn’t mean...

Louis Oosthuizen

All South African’s eyes were glued to their screens watching Louis Oosthuizen in action in May 2021. After Louis Oosthuizen’s success on the golf course, he needs no real introduction to the average South African – or golfing enthusiasts across the globe, for that...

Tiramisu cheesecake – South African style

Calling all South Africans who happen to be cheesecake lovers too - this one is for you! If you love to spoil yourself with creamy treats, Tiramisu cheesecake is a perfect choice. Before we present you with our mouthwatering recipe, let’s briefly look at the origins...

FYI: Tax refunds for South African expats

As a South African living and working overseas, you may not be aware of the fact that you could qualify for a tax refund from the South African Revenue Service (SARS) which will allow you to claim back on tax you paid in South Africa. That’s right. You can get back...

Awesome animals: The great white shark

South Africa is home to many weird and wonderful creatures and the great white shark is one of our finest. Carcharodon carcharias is also known as the "white pointer" and it’s a type of large mackerel shark found in all major oceans, most notably in the waters off the...

Braaibroodjie with a twist: The braaiboat

Sitting around the braai, everyone assumes that the meat is the main event when in reality, it's the braaibroodjies. Not many people will admit it, but the braaibroodjies are secretly what they're there for at some braais. You know it's true! We've all hankered after...

Top undeniable benefits of living and working overseas

Have you ever found yourself daydreaming about packing up and getting out of SA? Do you often sigh dreamily when thinking about a different life with a world of opportunity at your feet? “Getting out” is a term that many South Africans use in reference to leaving the...

Lorraine Loots

How many South African artists can you name without having to use Google for assistance? It’s an unfortunate fact that not many South Africans get to know who the country’s local shining creative stars are. It’s safe to say that South African artists don’t get enough...

How to make good old fashioned South African asynpoeding

Dying for a taste of home? If you teach your new friends and colleagues anything about your previous home country when you arrive on foreign shores, let it be a tasty South African dessert recipe. Let it be a good old fashioned South African Asynpoeding resep!...

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