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Western Force v Southern Kings Family Day – Giveaway


Western Force v Southern Kings


As South Africans, for many of us rugby is in our blood. With Super Rugby on the calendar each year I always check the fixtures to see when South African teams will be playing in Perth throughout the season.

On Sunday 9 April the Western Force will be taking on the Southern Kings, a South African team from the Eastern Cape which rejoined Super Rugby last year.

The match kicks off at 14:05 but as it’s family day, the gates will open at 12:35 with a curtain raiser between some junior rugby clubs.

To encourage attendance for their family day, for every adult Bronze or Blue Crew ticket you can bring 3 juniors for free. You do need to buy your tickets online and select your free junior tickets at time of purchase – these tickets won’t be available to buy on the door.


Western Force v Southern Kings 2017


The first 1000 juniors through the gates will also receive a free gift courtesy of the Western Force (available from gates 1, 3 and 4). There will be lots of free activities for the kids too – stop by the gate 1 precinct to check out the scrum machine, pass the ball, giveaway and the Mix 94.5 Road Runners. In the junior zone there will be face painting, a balloon artist and opportunities to meet some of the Western Force players.

If you want to get the chance to have a kick about on the field after the match, bring your rugby ball with and you’ll be allowed on the field to have a run around!

You’ll also get free transport on the Transperth network with your match day ticket for 3 hours before the event and 3 hours after it. Claisebrook train station is less than 400m from the NIB Stadium so leave the car at home and save on petrol and parking fees.

Supporting the Western Force is crucial if we want to continue to have Super Rugby hosted in Perth so head down on Sunday and keep Super Rugby in Perth! Find all the match day information you need and head over to Ticketmaster to buy your tickets now.

I’ll also be giving away a family pass so head over to my Facebook page to win some tickets!



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Down Under, Now What?

Down Under, Now What

Today I’m sharing a post from the heart from Gillian Nathan, a fellow South African who has made the move to Australia and has gone through all the emotions that you did or are currently going through. 

Thanks for sharing this Gillian!

Moving countries is one of the toughest hardest decisions you will ever make.  Leaving behind family, friends and everything that is familiar – I remember feeling so totally overwhelmed on my first grocery shopping experience.

I was feeling quite chuffed that I found the shopping centre, and then the local Coles within the centre, and man oh man, I even managed to find the cereal aisle. No Rice Krispies! No Pronutro. Seriously!!! What were my kids going to eat?! On the assumption that rice bubbles would do, I threw them in the trolley (at the same time desperately trying not to convert how much a box of unknown was costing), and headed off to find the Elizabeth Anne’s (I had a two year old (now 6) who’s hair is so curly she makes a poodle with its tail stuck in an electrical socket look straight, and leaving in Elizabeth Annes allowed me to brush her hair without decapitating her. Horror. No Elizabeth Annes. Right, move on – next. Tomato sauce (of course, tomato sauce is a vegetable in our house and my two will not touch anything unless smothered) and hey, guess what? No All Gold. I remember wanting to sit down right in middle of the aisle and sob.

It was a moment of clarity for me. It was the realisation at how high the mountain was that we needed to climb, and how unfamiliar everything was. I had under estimated the impact of overcoming the simple things of everyday life that you never think of, take so for granted and just expect.

And don’t get me started on how it felt to feel like I was on a first date every time when I went (OK, invited myself) to a playdate. It felt like I was always on my best behaviour and could never just relax and truly be me.

Moving over was a humbling experience career wise – from having a successful tax practice in South Africa for over 10 years, to coming over and not even being considered for a debtors or creditors position (“you are over-qualified, but don’t have Aussie experience, mate!”), to having to be supervised for over 2000 work hours, and having to complete 5 post graduate subjects (which cost me more than my entire under and post graduate degrees in South Africa and my first car combined!).

I remember celebrating the (small) wins of being able to drive somewhere without using my GPS, and finally being able to turn off the main road, and take back routes to avoid traffic. I’ll also never forget putting the kettle on in a friend’s place (without asking, and feeling totally natural) and the feeling of total euphoria of finally getting my own Tax Agent and my Certificate in Public Practice from the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Four years down the line, my first shopping experience and first dates with friends feel like very distant memories and I have total respect for the entry requirements into the Tax Practitioners Board.

Moral of this long sob story – I get your overwhelm. I am sure part of the overwhelm you are experiencing also consists of things like getting a Tax File Number, lodging a Tax Return in Australia and perhaps still needing to do a tax return in South Africa (your move may have crossed over tax years) or you may still have some assets in South Africa (property / money earning interest) and will need to do a tax return for future years in South Africa.

Let me take away some of that overwhelm for you … Get in touch. For your taxes, for a coffee and a moan about how much you miss your help (sometimes more than my mother – kidding!)… I would love to help.


Gillian Nathan owns Simple Accounting Solutions and is a Registered Tax Agent in Australia, and a Registered Tax Practitioner in South Africa. She is able to lodge both your South African and Australian tax returns to ensure compliance in both jurisdictions, and ensure no double taxation occurs. Advice and guidance on residency can also be provided. Gillian is able to assist individuals, partnerships, corporates (small business to listed) and trusts.

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What’s New On Showmax

Springbok Nude Girls Documentary ShowMax

If you’re a South African living overseas you may well have already heard of Showmax. Think of it as the South African version of Netflix. You can watch some of your old favourites from South African TV as well as classic movies, but they also have award winning Afrikaans movies and documentaries.

There are some interesting new movies and documentaries available now and coming soon, and if you’re a fan of South African music from the 1990s and 2000s, you aren’t going to want to miss these. Continue Reading

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Starting A Business In Australia – Free Information Session In Perth

Starting a business in australia

Have you ever wanted to start your own business but you don’t know where to start?

Are you a newcomer to Australia and have a cool business idea?

The Town of Victoria Park, the City of Canning and the City of Belmont are combining their efforts and hosting a FREE information session on Thursday 23 March featuring the 8 steps to starting a business from the Small Business Development Corporation. Continue Reading

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Oor Die Water – A New South African Music Festival In Perth

Oor Die Water - South African Music Festival In Perth


A brand new South African music festival is coming to Australia – and its being held right here in Perth. Set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Swan Valley, Oor Die Water is going to showcase some of the best South African music and comedic talent.


The venue is the Belvoir Amphitheatre, which is on the Great Northern Highway and the festival is open to all ages, so if you want to bring the whole family you can.


Oor Die Water is being organised by a team including Juandre Bentley and there is no doubt that this is an adventurous project. While South African acts are no strangers to Australian shores, a concert on this scale has not been attempted before. The acts are big names including Francois Van Coke, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Nicholis Louw and Kurt Darren.


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8 Common Misconceptions About Moving To Australia

8 Common Misconceptions About Moving To Australia


When you start to plan your move to Australia, you’ll be looking up information about the country and what life here is really like, probably at every opportunity you can get.

These days it’s so easy with smart phones and social media – you can pretty much find anything you want whenever you want. This can sometimes lead to an information overload! So how do you know what’s accurate and what’s just made up gumpf?

Unfortunately, it’s not always as clear cut as someone being right or wrong. Everyone who goes through the migration process will have their own unique experience which is completely shaped by their immediate environment, attitudes, support systems and life experience.

Just because one person said they love it here and they settled in really easily, doesn’t mean that’s what everyone experiences. And that’s perfectly OK. I often see people asking questions like ‘Someone told me 8 out of 10 South African families who migrate to Australia end up moving back to SA, is that true?’ or ‘How long will it take for us to settle in?’ or ‘Should I wait until the end of the school year before we move our family over?’.

No one can give you the right answer to any of these questions (well maybe the first one, as that just sounds like nonsense to me!). Your migration experience is what you make of it. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s not the wrong way or the right way, it’s just your way.

So in an effort to help you dispel some preconceived ideas about moving to Australia, let’s look at some common misconceptions about moving to Australia.

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South African Acts At The Perth Fringe World Festival 2017

South African Acts At Fringe World Festival Perth 2017


This year’s Fringe World Festival is already well underway in Perth. With hundreds of acts ranging from comedy, music, theatre, arts and cabaret, there is so much to see and do this year, it’s actually hard to pick and choose what to see.

But did you know there are some fab South African acts performing this year Fringe World Festival in Perth? Continue Reading

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Cape To Cairo Woodvale – South African Shops in Perth

Cape To Cairo Woodvale


I was so excited when I discovered this new Cape To Cairo when it opened (a good few years ago now!). It wasn’t far from our house and it had a cute little coffee shop to boot! What more could you want – stocking up on your favourite South African snacks and treats, while enjoying a cup of coffee and some peppermint crisp tart!

I remember walking into it the first time and thinking how much it reminded me of a proper Woolworths food store in South Africa.


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Rose & Crown Guildford

Rose & Crown Hotel Guildford

We recently decided to have a day out in the Swan Valley with family who are visiting and popped into the Rose & Crown for lunch in Historic Guildford. It’s the oldest hotel in WA and the second oldest operating hotel in Australia so it’s a real historical little gem. We’d eaten there before in the Posh Convicts restaurant and thought the food and service was fabulous and were keen to return.

This time, we opted for a table outside in the garden with table service – there is a more casual section outside where you can order your food and drinks at the bar as well. We managed to grab one of the last tables of the day, having arrived just after 1pm without a booking and they managed to squeeze us in which was great. Continue Reading

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3Sheets Portside – Hillarys Boat Harbour

3Sheets Portside Hillarys

After wanting to check out 3Sheets at Hillarys Boat Harbour for ages, we decided to try out their new addition to their already mammoth restaurant – 3Sheets Portside.

Situated to the side of the main 3Sheets restaurant, Portside is casual yet welcoming and trendy. Their set up is great, with tables, high bar style tables and comfy sofas scattered around the place. The outlook over the beach at Hillarys is fab too. Continue Reading