Retention of citizenship

South African citizens who are over the age of 18 years and who wish to acquire dual citizenship by some formal and voluntary act other than marriage, must prior to acquiring foreign nationality, apply to and receive from the Department of Home Affairs the right to retain his/her South African citizenship notwithstanding the acquisition of the additional citizenship status.

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