Banking & Sending Money Home

Opening a bank account in the UK can be very difficult as, as in SA you will need proof of residential address by producing utility bills with your name on. That is in theory.

Sometimes the agency that you are with will help you open a bank account with their bank. I have been told by carer, that Lloyds has been helpful in opening new accounts. 1stContact offer a Kickstart Package which includes helping you open a bank account. They will help with obtaining your National Insurance number, and registering with HMC&R for tax purposes.

The most efficient and cost effective way I have found to send money home is, to use 1stContact. This is an internet service. If you have a debit card, this is the best way to operate this service. I have found them extremely helpful, efficient and their service is fast. And it is really good to hear the familiar South African accent at the end of the telephone line!