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How to buy Bitcoin in South Africa

Is BTC a good investment in South Africa?

Bitcoin has been a popular name over the last decade. The growth in Bitcoin’s popularity has made it a globally acknowledged currency and a valuable asset. In July 2010, Bitcoin began trading at US$0.0008. By mid-April of 2021, Bitcoin prices reached new all-time highs of over $60,000 but by the summer of that same year prices were down by 50%. Bitcoin later reached its all-time high above $68,000 in November 2021. In 2022, Bitcoin's price continued to gradually decline but this is a natural process, as we have seen it happen before. You should keep in mind that in the world of cryptocurrencies, every high has a low and after every low, there will be a high sometime. So, it is important to get the timings right. Understanding the nature of the market and analyzing the movements of Bitcoin can be a guide for investors. That is why people’s attention and interest in Bitcoin remains high yet cautious, regardless of its price. As a result, some crypto market experts have even predicted that Bitcoin’s price could reach around $79,000 by the year 2025. In simple terms, it is hard to reach a definite answer when it comes to crypto investments. But if you have a good crypto market outlook to some extent and Bitcoin fits within your risk tolerance prospects, then it could be a satisfactory investment on the long-term perspective. 

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What is Bitcoin ?

Bitcoin is a digital currency or a form of digital asset, which is of high market value. It is ranked 1st in the crypto market. Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency that no one controls and anyone can use it in order to transfer monetary units of the network. Bitcoin has made it possible to send money to any part of the world easily and regardless of geographical borders and banking networks.

A very important function of Bitcoin is to maintain value. Because as we know, governments and central banks have the power to print money indefinitely and thereby reduce the value of their national currencies. In the Bitcoin network, although everyone can participate in the creation of new currency units, the total number of coins that can be created can be a maximum of 21 million units. The limited number of Bitcoin coins and the impossibility of creating more Bitcoins than what miners are allowed to mine are from the rules of the Bitcoin network which protect its value. This is one of the reasons that distinguishes Bitcoin as a long-term investment.

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Is Bitcoin legal to buy in South Africa?

Yes, it is legal to buy cryptocurrencies in South Africa. A position paper on crypto assets’
regulation necessity was published by the Intergovernmental Fintech Working Group (IFWG)
with the supervision of the South African Reserve Bank. The position paper's objective is to
offer detailed advice on how to create a regulatory framework for digital assets, along with
recommendations on how to carry out the necessary regulatory changes. According to the same
paper mentioned above, “A crypto asset is a digital representation of value that is not issued by
a central bank, but is capable of being traded, transferred or stored electronically by regular
individuals and legal persons for the purpose of payment, investment and other forms of utility;
applies cryptographic techniques and uses distributed ledger technology.” The proposed
regulations and a policy on the practices associated with crypto assets are also being
developed further, using that same position paper as inspiration.

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Is Bitcoin taxed in South Africa

Yes. According to the Explanatory Memorandum on the Taxation Laws Amendment Bill
provided by the South African Revenue Service (SARS), based on the taxation of
cryptocurrencies in countries such as the United States and India, South Africa appears to tax
cryptocurrencies in line with internationals trends. According to the above-mentioned
Amendment Bill, the treatment of capital gains from investment assets, such as property or
cryptocurrency. If an individual derives a gain or loss from the sale of a property held for
investment purposes, the gain or loss will be taxed as part of the individual's taxable income.
Similarly, if an individual disposes of a cryptocurrency, any gain arising from the disposal will be
subject to tax under the provisions of capital gains tax.
Moreover, in accordance with the same mentioned Bill, if a taxpayer is found to be frequently
engaged in cryptocurrency transactions, they could be considered a cryptocurrency trader. In
such a case, the income generated from the cryptocurrency trade will be included in the
taxpayer's taxable income and will be subject to taxation. This means that all the profits made
from buying and selling cryptocurrencies will be considered taxable income and the taxpayer will
be responsible for paying taxes on it.

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After you've bought Bitcoin in South Africa

Bitcoin is a kind of electronic money by which you can send money to any part of the world or sometimes use it to buy goods and services. Bitcoin's two main features of decentralization and freedom from printing more currency units are significant achievements over today's money. These Bitcoin features are paving the way for a new form of economic system in the future. You can consider Bitcoin as a payment token, use it to make currency transfers, and even order from online stores. But looking at the use of Bitcoin in today's world, it can be seen that most people buy Bitcoin as an investment. For this reason, another point of view has emerged according to which Bitcoin can be used as an asset in addition to being able to play the role of money; An asset that can maintain its value over time. 

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Who can buy Bitcoin in South Africa?

In South Africa, there is no restriction on who can buy cryptocurrency. Any individual or entity,
regardless of their age, residency, or nationality, can purchase cryptocurrencies as long as they
have access to the necessary technology and financial resources. It is advisable for crypto
buyers to purchase their desired cryptocurrency assets through exchanges. On this note, our
exchange is a reliable and secure option for individuals looking to purchase cryptocurrencies in
South Africa. Our platform is fully compliant with the law and provides a range of payment
methods for customers to choose from, including Apple Pay, Google Pay, credit card, debit
card, bank transfer, and PayPal. Importantly, our exchange does not charge any transaction
fees for buying or selling cryptocurrencies, making it an affordable and accessible option for
those looking to invest in this asset class. Whether you're a seasoned crypto investor or just
starting out, our exchange provides a convenient and secure way to buy and sell
cryptocurrencies in South Africa.

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FAQ

Frequently asked questions

If we consider Bitcoin to have intrinsic value due to some of its features such as limitedness and unforgeability and use it as a tool that preserves value over time, perhaps it is an asset worth buying. Bitcoin can be presented as a type of investment that preserves the value of your savings in the long term. However, we recommend that before purchasing Bitcoin, study the ins and outs of the Bitcoin market and consult with professionals.

According to the Explanatory Memorandum on the Taxation Laws Amendment Bill provided by
the SARS, a calculation of income tax or capital gains tax (CGT) with respect to cryptocurrency
transactions will be the same as for any other revenue or CGT calculation because
cryptocurrency transactions are subject to the general principles of South African tax law,
depending on whether the cryptocurrency is held on a revenue or capital account. Also,
according to SARS, a taxpayer may deduct costs related to cryptocurrencies (such as bitcoin
trading tax) so long as they comply with all of the act’s requirements.

Yes, you can sell cryptocurrency in South Africa. The quickest and most secure method to sell
your crypto assets in South Africa would be through cryptocurrency exchanges. Our exchange
helps you with this matter in a fast, convenient and cost-effective way as it is user-friendly and
charges no fees for buying and trading your cryptocurrency.

You can purchase a small amount of Bitcoin, unlike stocks. The least amount of Bitcoin that you can likely purchase is equivalent to 1 Satoshi, or 0.00000001 Bitcoins, depending on its price of the day.

The number of people in South Africa who own cryptocurrency is difficult to determine with
certainty. However, it is estimated that around 4-5% of the population owns some form of
cryptocurrency. This number is expected to grow as awareness and adoption of
cryptocurrencies increases in the country.

Due to theft, computer malfunction, loss of access keys, and other reasons, users may lose Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency tokens. Although hot wallets are still practical for some users, cold storage (also known as offline wallets) is one of the safest ways to store Bitcoin because it cannot be accessed online. Consider using a hardware wallet for all of your long-term Bitcoin and cryptocurrency storage if you’re looking for the safest storage option.  For short-term investments, you can also keep your Bitcoins on our exchange wallet in order to trade more easily.If you want to hold Bitcoin long-term, although you can still keep your cryptocurrency in this wallet, it is better to not keep it in the exchange wallet nor the software one. The safest option would be a hardware wallet.

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