Naturalisation is the legal process in which a foreigner may acquire South African citizenship. The foreigner would need to have held Permanent Residency in South Africa for a period of ten (10) years before they are able to qualify for Naturalisation.
The South African Citizenship Act, 1995 (Act 88 of 1995) was amended by the South African Citizenship Amendment Act, 2010 (Act No. 17 of 2010) which came into effect on the 1st January 2013. The latter brought in updated requirements regarding Naturalisation.
A foreigner who has held Permanent Residency in South Africa for 10 years or more may qualify for South African Citizenship.