To fly SA registered aircraft, foreign pilot licence holders must have their FAA licence validated in accordance with SACAA regulations.
Regarding the validation of foreign PPL for VFR, the SACAA proposes that all applicants should meet the following requirements:
“For private day VFR operations only, provided the holder first successfully completes an appropriate South African Air Law examination and a flight test at an approved ATO, with a Grade 1 or Grade 2 flight Instructor.
Foreign PPL holders seeking validation for hour building purposes will be required to comply with the normal requirements that include writing the South African Air Law examination and performing a flight test prior to the issuance of the validation.
You must have your logbook and other documentation with you in South Africa. Your log must contain an endorsement to fly the specific type of aircraft you intend to fly in southern Africa. Without this endorsement, validation is not possible.
For the latest and up to date information, visit the official website of the South African Civil Aviation Authority.