About converting your foreign driving licence
If you have been granted South African permanent residence, you must convert your foreign driving licence to a South African one within a year of receiving your permanent residence permit.
If you fail to convert your licence within one year, it will be regarded as invalid.
You can also apply to convert your driving licence to a South African one if you hold a diplomatic permit but don’t have a permanent residence permit.
If your licence is not in one of the official languages of South Africa, you must get a letter of translation of the licence by a competent authority.
Your foreign driving licence will be converted if:
the licence is valid
translated into one of the official South African languages
the licence is accompanied by a letter of validity obtained from the relevant embassy and a translation if the licence is not in an official language of South Africa
the licence has your photo and signature.