Photo of a plane

South Africans working abroad: New data on emigration

New data has surfaced, sounding a cautionary note about South Africa’s escalating drain of professional skills. CareerJunction’s latest employment insights report for December 2023 reveals a growing willingness among highly experienced and qualified professionals to relocate beyond the nation’s borders. In this post, we take a look at South Africans working abroad and the growing…

DIRCO apostille seal and stamp

Department of International Relations and Cooperation: Everything you need to know about DIRCO

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) is a government department responsible for the country’s foreign policy and diplomatic relations with other nations and international organizations. The department was established in 1994 after the end of apartheid and the transition to democracy in South Africa. DIRCO’s mission is to promote and protect South Africa’s…

Apostilles for old documents

Apostilles for old documents: How old can my documents be to receive an apostille stamp?

An apostille certificate is a specialised certificate attached to your original documents to verify their legitimacy and authenticity so they can be used for legal purposes in member countries of the Hague Convention (nicknamed the Apostille Convention for our purposes). Often, our clients request apostilles for old documents, but documents older than twenty (or even…

Apostille South Africa (DIRCO)

These documents are not accepted by DIRCO for legalisation

The Legalisation Section of DIRCO, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, is responsible for apostilling South African documents. Apostilles are extra certificates attached to original documents and serve as an authenticator that the stamp and seal on a South African document are verified and accurate. South Africans traveling abroad are often required to legalise…