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5 Tips for Helping with Employee Relocation

Getting the news of an international assignment will be exciting for any of your employees. 

There are a few things you can do as the employer to help an employee manage their stress.

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How to get a South African Passport

In September, the Department of Home Affairs announced how they are changing how to get a South African passport. It is an ambitious undertaking but it will enable South Africans to apply for passports at one of our local banks.

The Department have teamed up with most of South Africa’s major banks already. This month, the project was rolled out at selected Nedbank branches. It is expected that other banks will follow by 2016.

This plan expands Home Affairs’ footprint and will hopefully minimise queues at Home Affairs branches.

Read more here: http://goo.gl/ecKcZ4

How to get a South African Passport

In September, the Department of Home Affairs announced how they are changing how to get a South African passport. It is an ambitious undertaking but it will enable South Africans to apply for passports at one of our local banks.

The Department have teamed up with most of South Africa’s major banks already. This month, the project was rolled out at selected Nedbank branches. It is expected that other banks will follow by 2016.


This plan expands Home Affairs’ footprint and will hopefully minimise queues at Home Affairs branches.

Read more here: http://goo.gl/ecKcZ4

Huge relief as SA relaxes visa rules

Cape Town - Cabinet's approval of the recommendations to relax South Africa's new visa regulations have been widely applauded by industry role players.

Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom on Friday announced that cabinet has approved recommendations from the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) tasked with reviewing South Africa’s immigration regulations.

Read more: http://goo.gl/J7JNQ7

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Who can apply for a business visa

A business visa in South Africa can be applied for by those seeking temporary and /or permanent residency in the Republic who wish to set up and run their own business. The business can be a start up, a purchased company or a partnership.

Please note if you are a corporate seeking to expand your operations into South Africa, a business visa is probably not the correct route. Rather you should view our information here on setting up an external company or branch.

Read more here: https://goo.gl/hlU38Q

Tax Treatment of Non Residents South Africa

Income Tax

South Africa personal taxation is calculated on a residency based system. This means that no matter where the income comes from residents must pay tax.

That said, the tax system does allow for some exemptions for certain types of income and double taxation agreements are in place with many countries allowing credit for foreign taxes paid.

If the person is a Non South African resident, tax is only payable on their South African income.

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General Work Visa South Africa

A General Work Visa South Africa, is one of 5 types of work visa categories that you can make a work visa application under.

Unlike the others types of work visa, the general work visa requires that the employer has made every attempt to try to fill their vacant position with either a South African Citizen or permanent resident.

Read more here: https://goo.gl/ASeokW

Currency Transfer To South Africa

Most foreign banks and currency specialists have little or no understanding of South Africa foreign exchange, understandably so as they are not South African based. So whilst their rate may seem attractive and their fees low this lack of knowledge could cause irreparable harm in later years.

Faced with these added complications and a desire to pay the least fees with the best currency exchange rate there are a few golden rules you should follow when sending money to South Africa:

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South African Citizenship

Achieving South African citizenship, when immigrating to South Africa, is often a ‘three step’ process. An immigrant cannot simply apply for citizenship straight away but must first hold permanent residency.

As permanent residency can take up to 30 months (in some cases longer) to achieve, immigrants mainly first apply for temporary residency, whilst waiting for their permanent residency to be approved.

Read more here: https://goo.gl/dYPxE3

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Property Finance options for South Africa

Obtaining the best advice and rates for property finance is a key element when purchasing property.

Just one small challenge for foreign purchasers is the differing descriptive terms such as a bond or mortgage, prime and access bonds. The main criteria for our foreign purchaser however remains obtaining the right advice, best interest rates and terms and conditions.

Read more here: https://goo.gl/YNzAA7
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