Money Transfer to South Africa

A money transfer to South Africa may seem simple enough, after all most people reading this article will never have come across the impact of exchange control regulations before. These can have a profound effect on your ability to effect a repatriation of your funds later on (transferring money back out of South Africa that you had previously transferred in).

If you are not aware of the exchange control regulations you should click on the link above and we also discuss their impact in brief below. But first let’s first look at the basics.

Money Transfer to South Africa Options

For clients seeking a money transfer to South Africa (to buy South African Rand) there are really only 2 options:

1. Using your local bank.

As you have reached us you are probably very aware of the advantages that a money transfer company can offer you over a bank. As a brief reminder:

  • Better exchange rates.
  • No service fees.
  • Personalised service.
  • Expert advice.

2. Using a money transfer company

Clients may well have a selection of money transfer companies to choose from and sifting through the options to find the best one may seem daunting. There is after all a growing number of currency brokerages to choose from and many seem to offer the same benefit’s:

  • No service fees for money transfers to South Africa.
  • Excellent exchange rates.
  • Personalised and quality service.

So how do Incompass distinguish themselves from other money transfer companies?

Our rates our excellent of course and there are no service fees fr transfer over ZAR 50,000. So for course we save you money on your money transfers.

We pride ourselves on our service levels and ensuring that we exceed our client’s expectations.

In addition there are a couple of other areas that make us the ideal partner for your money transfer requirements to South Africa – and that set us apart from other money transfer companies:

1.  Our knowledge of South African Exchange Control regulations.

Many non South Africans will never have come across the concept of exchange control regulations before and due to this will not consider the impact of them when making a money transfer to South Africa. Others who maybe have some knowledge of exchange control, may think that exchange control regulations really only apply when transferring money out of South Africa.

Exchange control regulations are applicable to all movement of money – both in and out of South Africa. Importantly the ‘how’ you transfer your money to South Africa can have serious repercussions on ‘how’ and ‘if’ you can transfer your money back out.

It is doubtful that most non South African based currency companies will have knowledge of South African exchange control regulations and will therefore be unable to advise you accordingly.

A failure to follow the correct processes and procedures can result in a 10% ‘fee’ on currency transfers out of South Africa. In fact in extreme cases it could mean repatriation of your funds is not possible. As an example individuals wishing to transfer money out of South Africa in the future might have to show that they have declared their foreign assets and liabilities to the Financial Surveillance Department.

2.  We walk the talk

Whilst deciding on who to trust for your money transfer to South Africa you may well come across some amazing Money transfer to South Africa with ISO accreditationwebsites and talk to some excellent company representatives. But it’s easy to boast of what you will do. The proof, as they say, is in the delivery and there lies the conundrum. How do you know how good someone is until you try them? Luckily there is an International body that provides you with an answer – the International Standards Organisation (ISO).

Companies who are serious about delivery of service and security can subject themselves to applying for accreditation of and one or more ISO standards. The process is expensive and time consuming for companies, but it shows their utter commitment to their clients.  Incompass hold both ISO 9001 and 27001 and you can read more about what this means to you here.


No fees, excellent exchange rates, first class service and the peace of mind of knowing you are dealing with experts in exchange control regulations – all with the backing of ISO 9001 and 27001. With no registration costs and no obligation, try Incompass for your money transfer to South Africa.

Contact Incompass

To find out more about how we can help you with your money transfer to South Africa call us on any of the numbers below or send us an e-mail.

Ph: Cape Town +27 (0) 21 424 2936
Ph: Johannesburg +27 (0) 11 234 4275

For South African expats with a need to transfer back home see here for more details.