When there is no will in South Africa, the distribution of assets is determined by the Intestate Succession Act (act 81 of 1987). The act outlines a standard distribution plan, prioritizing the surviving spouse and children. If there is no surviving spouse or children, the act defines rules for the distribution among other relatives, such as parents, siblings, and more distant relatives. It’s important to note that the specific distribution may vary based on the unique family circumstances and the provisions of the act.