Things change, but to my knowledge, this is the general process:
In order to be able to register a vehicle in your name you must apply for a Traffic Registration Number (TRN) at the Traffic Department in the area you are going to buy a vehicle. After acquiring your TRN you can buy a vehicle.
Once you have purchased the vehicle, return to the Traffic Department with the old registration paper and a new one will be issued in your name.
Applying for a TRN
Go to a Traffic Department. You will need:
1. Application form – acquired at the traffic department.
2. 2 passport photos
3. Copy of passport
4. Copy of driver's license
5. Sworn police affidavit regarding your employment. unemployed is ok for this purpose and will save a bit of hassle. Go to the nearest police station and ask for an affidavit
6. PROOF OF RESIDENCY (LEASE AGREEMENT) + PROOF OF PAYMENT(paid invoice)
You can always throw one together yourself. Don't use of a hostel, hotel, or B&B as your residence.
7. VISA / STAMP
Visa in the passport is best.
Once you get a TRN, that is the end of doing this again.
3rd party insurance is automatic and paid when you buy fuel. Few foreigners are able to crack the issue of acquiring additional South African insurance.
At the end of the safari, price the vehicle as cheaply as your mind will let you. Sticking around in SA for a few thousand $$ makes no sense. I know many people that have ended up losing a lot over that very issue. I have always priced mine at extremely cheap prices and as luck would have it, sold in one day of advertising.
Edited by luangwablondes, 01 July 2016 - 10:13 PM.