South African Citizenship provides many benefits to foreign nationals who want to live permanently in the country while enjoying all the civic and legal rights and responsibilities of being a national citizen.
As an South African Citizen you will have the right to vote in the country, obtain a passport which allows you visa-free access to many travel destinations in Africa, and the natural right to live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
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 however brought in updated requirements regarding Naturalisation.
Fortunately, for foreign nationals there are no stringent additional requirements regarding cultural tests that need to be taken in order to qualify for Citizenship through Nationalisation, except for an English language proficiency requirement. This makes South African Citizenship through Naturalisation a simpler process for foreign national applicants who have held Permanent Residency in the country for the prescribed period of time.