Pam Golding Properties Group Newsletter
PGP logoDate: August 2012

Hospitality Property

Claiming of Repatriation Fee Deposit - Deadline 28 February 2015

Advice for foreign nationals in claiming the repatriation fee deposit

View our selection of properties from South Africa. Click on the region below.

Somerset West - R19,5 million

A stylish and charming guest lodge in the heart of the Western Cape

Near Cape Town, situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain in Somerset West, is an ideal hotel for tourists and golf players. You will find the lodge for an eventful and relaxing holiday only 35 minutes from Cape Town, in the centre of the wine country and adjoining the Helderberg Nature Reserve. In the outstandingly decorated main house, you will find the reception, luxury spa, the bar and the restaurant. The Villa is also the ideal base for discovering the fantastic golf courses of the Cape. Some of the best courses for example, Erinvale Golf Estate, or the Stellenbosch Golf Club, are in a few minutes' reach. Thirteen rooms; divided over eight suites in the main house and four, self-catering cottages. Each cottage has their own sun patio facing the well maintained garden. There is also a luxury penthouse suite. There is also an upper braai deck, owners self-contained cottage and a managers en-suite room upstairs. The Villa lies on a park like estate of 7,500 m² with manicured gardens, extensive lawns and Cape Pines, with wonderful mountain vistas all around. There is a large swimming pool, with stunning views of the Helderberg. Bar area, Breakfast room (also used for lunches/dinners on request). Kitchen, Romantic outside terrace with great views, Ample parking space, Excellent returns and occupancy, Gated, controlled access.

Peter Bruil
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M: +27 (0) 83 384 0584

Somerset West - R22 million

3 Star Cape Dutch Guesthouse plus owners accommodation, revamped and modernised

Nestled in the Somerset West wine region, in a tranquil garden setting with a swimming pool, this renovated and refurbished guesthouse consists of 5 plots, totalling approx 6000m2. There are a total of 20 guest rooms plus an owners apartment. Guest rooms comprize 10 spacious garden units, which are semi self-catering with a TV, safe, and private patios, 6 guest rooms in the manor house and another 4 rooms in a separate wing. There is ample, secure parking for guests. Long standing track record, loyal clientelle with many repeat customers. The business owns 3 corporate memberships of Erinvale Golf Course, a unique selling point that benefits the guests. Room to develop the property / business further. Benefit of considerable economies of scale, a lucrative return plus capital appreciation.

Peter Bruil
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M: +27 (0) 83 384 0584

Grabouw - POA

Beautiful 3 star hotel for sale

This property is a beautiful 3 star hotel with a gracious combination of old charm and modern conveniences and comfort. Today, gracious old oaks, flanked by towering poplars and one of the largest blue gum trees in South Africa, spread their sheltering branches over the historic Inn It has the oldest liquor license in South Africa (1834) and some of its buildings date back from the late 1700's. The size of the land is 7.4 hectares. The size of the buildings is 5700m2 including verandas but excluding staff accommodation. It includes two duck ponds (with ducks), a river with a bridge, three boreholes, its own sewage plant and a generator that is able to supply the whole property. The hotel comprises of 49 beautifully appointed rooms with 120 beds, sleeping a total of 179 guests per night. All rooms offer en-suite bathrooms, TV's), telephone and most have a fireplace and balcony. The Restaurant has one main kitchen and two satellite kitchens, which service the function rooms. The restaurant serves a la carte lunches, dinners and a full English breakfast daily. It also serves a very popular country home cooking Sunday Lunch carvery buffet.

Peter Bruil
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M: +27 (0) 83 384 0584

Worcester - POA

This hotel is located in the charming Boland town of Worcester

The hotel boasts 55 newly renovated guest rooms which include 6 Studio rooms, 24 Standard rooms, 24 Deluxe rooms and one Presidential Suite. The restaurant, which can seat up to 200 people, is situated around the pool, has a self-service breakfast, an a la carte lunch and a buffet dinner in the evenings. A cocktail bar and a public bar are available for all guests and ideal for friendly sundowners or cocktails. The Hotel's five conference rooms, with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, seat from 40 to 350 delegates in a range of styles. It is ideal for weddings, functions, seminars, training, banquets, and even dinner parties. All function rooms are air-conditioned and sound proofed. There is a leisure centre at the hotel with a fully equipped gym, pool, spa, sauna and a steam bath. It also has a tennis court and a glass-backed squash court. For outdoor sport enthusiasts, facilities for yachting, bowls, angling and virtually all other sports are available nearby, as well as a magnificent golf course designed by Gary Player. The travelling from Cape Town International airport is approximately 1 hour. The hotel provides on-site parking for all guests.

Peter Bruil
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M: +27 (0) 83 384 0584

Home Loans

Claiming of Repatriation Fee Deposit - Deadline 28 February 2015

Peter Bruil, MD of Pam Golding Lodges and Guesthouses (“PGLAG”), in discussion with Andreas Krensel and Dirk Meissner of IBN Business and Immigration Solutions. IBN is one of the partners of Pam Golding Hospitality Partners that is further made up of Grant Thornton audit and tax advisors, Jan Schliemann attorneys and BnB sure insurance providers for the hospitality industry.

As PGLAG sells a fair share to foreign nationals, the legalities regarding immigration are important to monitor as the regulations change from time to time.  As part of the requirements to be permitted to reside in SA, immigrant applicants are required to put down a repatriation fee deposit, ceded to Home Affairs. There is now a change in legislation regarding the claiming back of this deposit. Andreas Krensel explains and advises applicants hereunder:

All immigrants/foreigners who prior to the implementation of the Immigration Amendment Act, 2011 on 26 May 2014, are requested by the Director-General of South African Department of Home Affairs to allege their claim of their repatriation fee before the declaration day 28 February 2015 to receive their funding back. The claims for refunds can be processed if the applicants comply with the defined requirements. Please take note: Those who have overstayed their permit are not entitled for a refund because of the violation of the terms and conditions of their temporary residence permit.

Therefore, the Department of Home Affairs South Africa will assume, that if your repatriation deposit is unclaimed by the deadline of 28 February 2015, that you agree with the consequence that you will lose these funds.

Please take a note of the following, if you have paid a repatriation deposit at any time in the past due to your temporary application in South Africa and did not demand to regain it yet:

  • All granted South African PR-holders (permanent residence) are authorized and need to submit their claim before the cut-off date to avoid losing it!
  • The deadline also concerns those who have changed their visa status in South Africa, e.g. foreigners who entered on a visitor’s visa and then changed it to a study, work or business Visa
  • Foreign students can claim their funds from the Embassy it was lodged when their visa expires at the end of their studies.
  • Foreigners who have been granted a Critical Skills, Work or other Visa, and if they are granted Permanent Residence can submit their claim from within South Africa.
  • Those who have been granted a retirement visa are able to claim back from their country of origin where the deposit was originally lodged. When their visa has expired or when they have applied and obtained PR they can claim it in South Africa.
  • The Deadline is not applicable for immigrants/foreigners that have returned to their country of origin, they are able to collect their deposits at the South African Embassy where the deposit was lodged. So if you have already received Permanent Residency you should apply for your repatriation deposit to be refunded to you. But if you have applied and received a Temporary Residency Visa and paid a repatriation fee you are not able to apply for the refund in South Africa unless you have changed your status prior to May 26th 2014. If you did this in South Africa this could have been a change of status and you may claim your refund in South Africa.

If your repatriation deposit has been lodged in South Africa you have to claim your funds by 28 February 2015 within South Africa. The other claimants may be made at the Embassy from where it was originally lodged.

The following documents are required for the claimant:

  • Application for refund of repatriation deposit form (available at South African Foreign Missions or Department of Home Affairs Local Offices)
  • original Passport
  • original receipt of the deposit (non-negotiable)
  • banking details / warrant vouchers/ cheques reason for the refund Proof of final departure from RSA on/before expiry date of the temporary residence permit or: Proof of permanent residence
Monterey, 12-14 Klaassens Road, Bishopscourt, Cape Town, 7708, South Africa