South African thespian, Pieter-Dirk Uys performs in London this May and June

Since 1985 satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys has performed in London (mainly at the Tricycle Theatre, sometimes at the old Donmar Warehouse and now at the Soho Theatre) around twenty times with his one-man shows; sometimes with his plays. It’s a city that knows him well and he returns to London in June, this time without his usual armour of false eyelashes, extreme characters and their sketches which helped to deflect the poison arrows of government censorship and political correctness throughout the years of apartheid and even now in the present kleptocracy of the Rainbow Nation. Now in his 72nd year, he no longer glances back at the successes and failures that have strengthened his belief in a constant improvement of his work, but at those small signposts that throughout his life subconsciously have pointed him in a right and original direction – growing up in a white South Africa with his Afrikaner father and his German-Jewish mother, confronting diverse influences on him from gran…
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A re-invented, revived version of SA’s best-loved shoe is now available in the UK and Europe

South Africans abroad – this good news is for you! - Actually, it’s good news for anybody who wants to own a pair of SA’s most loved and well-known shoes – the humble (and highly sought after) VELDSKOEN™ are now available online. A bit more about the shoe The company has revived and re-invented the classic brown leather shoe by adding soles and laces in eight bright colours. Now you can get yourself a pair delivered straight to your door all over Europe and the UK! The shoes – which come in red, green, blue, pink, yellow, orange, and the more traditional black and grey – launched in South Africa exactly a year ago, in April 2017, and will now be leaving tracks all over Europe after the official UK and European launch in London, at the end of April 2018. How the shoe was reborn Company founders, Nick Dreyer and Ross Zondagh decided to make their own, updated version of the South African classic in August 2016, while watching the Olympic Games. They saw that the South A…
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SA rugbyspeler vir hoë Engelse toekening benoem

ʼn Speler wat vir Suid-Afrika se naasbestes uitgedraf het, voor hy sy rugbyheil in Engeland gaan soek het, is vir ʼn hoë Engelse toekenning benoem. Ruan Ackermann (22), die seun van die Springbok Johann Ackermann, is een van vyf spelers op die lys waaruit die toekenning vir die Premierliga se vonds van die jaar gedoen sal word. Hy speel vir die klub Gloucester, wat deur sy pa afgerig word. Ackermann jr., wat deur sommige as ʼn toekomstige Engelse toetsspeler beskou word, is glo een van die gunstelinge om die toekenning te wen. Hy het reeds vier wedstryde vir die Barbarians gespeel – onder meer teen die Springbokke (2016) en die All Blacks (2017) – en het verlede jaar twee wedstryde vir Suid-Afrika A gespeel.
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Are you eligible for a British passport?

Fast facts about British nationality for South Africans - You could be eligible for British passport if you were: Born to a parent (father or mother) who was born in the UK before 1983. Born before 1983 to a parent who was born after 1949 – as long as that parent Was a British citizen, or Had a parent born in the UK Born in South Africa after 31 May 1962 but before 1983, and you have a UK-born grandparent Born after 1948, and your parents were married before 1949 and your paternal grandfather (your father’s father) was born in the UK Born between 2 March 1970 and 18 April 1980 in (Southern) Rhodesia, and you have a grandfather born in the UK.
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South Africans and the National Insurance Number

South Africans who are relocating to the United Kingdom sometimes get strangled in the paperwork and red-tape involved with their relocation. One of the topics on which the consultants at Breytenbachs Immigration Consultants often get questions is the National Insurance Number. We have compiled a short article for South Africans relocating to the UK, on the issue of the National Insurance number. The National Insurance Number The National Insurance (NI) number is unique for every person. You will keep your NI number for life, and the number will only be used for one person. It consists of numbers and letters and is allocated by the Department for Works and Pensions. The NI number is used by the HM Revenue & Customs and the Department for Works and Pensions to identify persons. The number also ensures that NI and tax contributions are recorded against the record of the correct person and that the correct amount of tax and NI are paid by every person. The National Insur…
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Moving to the UK? Don’t leave South Africa without tying up these loose-ends

For South Africans, the road to the UK can be a challenging one, but once you get there it’s worth it. To help you navigate through all the requirements and to ensure that your move goes off as smoothly as possible, we’ve compiled some essential advice and information based on what other Saffas have learned while making the big move. Transfer your money the easy way When transferring your money out of South Africa, you want to get as many Pounds for your Rands as you can. Banks are notorious for giving shoddy exchange rates and it’s far better to use a specialist forex agency. Forex agents build key relationships with banks from all around the world and they process all their transfers in bulk. That’s how they’re able to give you the best rates at lower fees. So forget about using your bank, shop around online and find a broker with local expertise that can help you get the most out of your money transfers. To financially emigrate, or not to financially emigrate? Financial e…
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Matilda Theater Show in London – at Cambridge Theatre

Watch Roald Dahl’s child genius Matilda brought to life on stage with a ticket to the Matilda musical at Cambridge Theatre in London! The popular family theater show features all the much-loved characters from the namesake book, from sweet Miss Honey to chubby Bruce and the treacherous Miss Trunchbull. Laugh along to stories about Matilda’s intellectual powers and enjoy a medley of songs by British musician and comedian Tim Minchin. Book Now Highlights Choice of seating available See a show on London's West End Follow the fictional story of Roald Dahl’s Matilda Wormwood, the extraordinary child brought to life in the author’s 1988 children’s novel. Brought up by cruel parents and faced with the formidable Miss Trunchbull at school, Matilda rebels and uses her telekinetic abilities to help her friend Miss Honey and change her own destiny. Watch the antics of the beloved characters played out on stage against a medley of songs by Tim Minchin, themed around key scenes …
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Walking tour Princess Diana the Legacy of the Royals – learn history and the life of Princess Diana

This is a walking tour, where you will learn history and the life of Princess Diana. Book Now As we walk up Exhibition Road to the Albert Memorial we hear about the huge legacy of another royal consort Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, who died in 1861. Then we walk into beautiful Kensington Gardens to see the Princess Diana Memorial fountain and then the beautiful landscaping done in the early 18th century for Queen Caroline, wife of King George II. Now we walk over to Kensington Palace to view its various wings and to identify the sections where three of the Queens’ cousins live and where Princess Diana lived with Prince Charles, later on her own, and also where the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret lived until her death in 2002. We’ll see the gates and the avenue where thousands of bouquets of flowers were left in Princess Diana’s memory after her untimely death in 1997. Then we’ll head to Kensington to the Church of St. Mary, where Princess Di regularly a…
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Wicked the Musical Theater Show at Apollo Victoria Theatre in London

Get your tickets to Wicked the Musical Theater Show at Apollo Victoria Theatre in London. It tells the untold story of the legendary witches from Frank L Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. When Dorothy famously triumphed in Oz, only one side if the story was told. Now, Wicked brings to life the captivating and surprising story of how misunderstood, green girl named Elphaba became the Wicked Witch of the West. Book  Now Highlights All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included Choice of seating available All entrance fees included Based on Gregory Maguire's best selling novel, Wicked transports audiences to a fantasy land of wizardry and witchcraft, with Grammy award winning music, Tony award winning sets and costumes, and stunning special effects. Experience this magical adventure and discover the whole story about the land of Oz. You have the choice of two seating options for the performance. Standard priced seats offer a good view of the stage and are us…
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National Gallery of London Guided Tour for children and families with kids friendly guide – We have designed a tour that the kids will love

Visit one of the world's richest painting galleries with your family on a memorable tour led by a specialist guide. She will tailor the tour on your kids engaging them with fun and informative activities, games, photo contexts, visual aids and parents will learn a lot too. Book Now You will visit the highlights of the National Gallery including masterpieces by Botticelli, Dürer, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt, Degas, Cézanne, Monet, Van Gogh and many more. The tour will last approximately 2.5 hour and you can customize it on your wishes and need. Some children are averse to being indoors, staying quiet and being told “don’t touch that”. So, whilst you would love to go to the National Gallery when visiting London you are not sure the kids will enjoy it. Well….think again! We have designed a tour that the kids will love. On this great tour you will have the services of a specialist guide who is a real “wow” with the ki…
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