We’ve all heard the horror stories of financial companies that said one thing and did another, usually promising too much and under-delivering. These stories encourage us to be more careful when putting financial trust in a company, especially debt review companies.  

That’s why we’re diving into the things you should be aware of when choosing to work with debt review companies. First, let’s remind ourselves what debt review is. 

Debt Review, Explained 

Debt review is a formal debt restructuring process for South Africans struggling to meet month-end financial demands. It was created under the National Credit Act 34 of 2005 (‘NCA’) and was the government’s answer to the rising problem of consumer debt and the chronic over-indebtedness that plagues many South Africans.  

Debt review was built with you, the consumer, in mind. It’s highly regulated and can only be conducted by an NCR-qualified Debt Counsellor. The process allows a debt counsellor to renegotiate and restructure your debt to a monthly amount you can afford.

How to Find Trustworthy Debt Review Companies 

When you’re considering going under debt review with a company in South Africa, there are quite a few key elements to keep in mind when deciding which company to work with. Some helpful initial questions to ask can include: 

These questions are a good starting point, but let’s look a bit deeper at a few critical things to keep in mind when you’re on the hunt for a trustworthy debt review company. 

Look for Debt Counsellors Who Are Registered with the NCR 

The National Credit Regulator is responsible for registering and regulating any and every debt counsellor in South Africa. If your debt counsellor is registered with the NCR, you know you’re working with a professional who’s under the rule of the National Credit Act, and meeting the standards set by the NCR. 

Do Your Research 

Going under debt review is an important process that requires a lot of trust, both from you and from the company you work with. That means it’s crucial to do your homework on the company you’re looking at. Read reviews that people have given, ask your friends for recommendations, and check the company’s credentials.  

You’ll be grateful that you did. After all, you’re giving all your financial affairs to this company, so you want to be 100% sure that you’re in good hands! 

Make an Informed Decision 

When all is said and done, the right debt review companies are the ones that align with your needs, communicate well, and have a good reputation.  

No tricks, no false assurances—only reliable, sound, and professional guidance. You deserve a debt review company that supports you, working alongside you to attain financial stability and a future free of debt.  

Keep in mind that this is your opportunity to manage your finances well, and the appropriate debt review company is your partner throughout this journey. 

Why Debt Review with National Debt Counsellors is a Good Idea 

The debt review process has a lot of benefits, the most significant is that it allows you to repay your debt in a structured and sustainable way. Your debt counsellor assesses your budget, considers essential expenditures such as groceries, housing, education, and transport, and then works out how much you can afford to pay going forward. 

Here are some of the other main reasons you should consider working with us to help clear your debt through this process: 

No More High Amounts 

At National Debt Counsellors, reduce your monthly repayments to an amount you can afford, which helps you slowly but surely step out of debt and into financial freedom. 

We Cover You (and your goods) 

We provide immediate protection to you and your assets (including your house and car), so there’s no need to worry when you’re under the debt review process.  

We’re the Ultimate Middleman 

We negotiate with your credit providers directly, so you don’t receive any more harassing phone calls.  

More Peace, Less Stress 

We negotiate lower interest rates on your behalf, and we extend your repayment terms. This means you get a bit more breathing room as you begin moving towards more financial stability.  

We’re Comprehensive from Start to Finish 

Once you’ve cleared your debt, we apply to clear your credit report. So, all you must do throughout the process is make your payments. We do everything else on your behalf!  

The ultimate reason to apply for debt review is simply to get on a better financial wicket overall. To live debt-free is the goal, and with debt review it becomes possible. 

How the Process Works 

The process is much simpler than you might expect. It is summarised in a few easy steps:  

Step 1: Request a Free Consultation from National Debt Counsellors 

One of our professional consultants at National Debt Counsellors contacts you and takes you through a free no no-obligation financial assessment. This is to determine whether you qualify to go under debt review. Don’t worry, this process is completely confidential! 

Step 2: Complete Your Application Form 

If you qualify for the debt review process, we send you an application form (Form 16) to complete and sign. 

Step 3: We Notify Your Creditors 

We then notify your creditors that you’ve applied to go under debt review. From here, you and your assets are immediately protected under the National Credit Act. 

Step 4: We Negotiate a New Payment Plan for You 

This is where the magic happens! We negotiate your loan agreements with your credit providers and restructure your repayments to an amount that’s affordable for you. This means you’ll no longer struggle to make payments each month! 

Step 5: Pay a Single, Affordable Monthly Instalment 

Once we’ve handled the above steps for you, you begin paying one easy monthly instalment via an accredited PDA (Payment Distribution Authority). This PDA distributes the funds to your credit providers. 

Step 6: We Make the Approved Plan an Order of the Court 

Our panel of Attorneys apply to the Magistrates Court on your behalf to make your restructured repayment plan an official order of the court. This ensures you remain protected during the process. 

Step 7: Your Debt is Paid Off and Your Credit Record is Clear! 

Slowly but surely, you’ll pay off your debt. Hooray! Once it’s repaid, we issue you a clearance certificate and notify the credit bureaus to clear your credit record. You are now able to live in financial freedom! Cue the budget-friendly celebration. 

Why Choose National Debt Counsellors? 

We’re a team of leading debt review consultants who believe that debt doesn’t mean disaster. We assist everyday South Africans who find themselves struggling to meet their monthly financial obligations. Our team of Debt Counsellors are registered with the National Credit Regulator and offers you a no-obligation free assessment of your financial situation. 

Our reputation for providing exceptional service is only enhanced by the great relationships we’ve cultivated with all the major credit providers in South Africa. This gives us confidence to negotiate the best payment plan to suit your financial needs and ensures that we protect you and your assets. 

We’re available from Monday to Saturday to assist you with any queries or questions you may have.