An asylum seeker is a person who has fled their country of origin and is looking for recognition and protection as a refugee in South Africa. As an asylum seeker, your application is still under consideration.
A refugee is a person who has been granted asylum status and protection in terms of the Refugee Act of 1998. The refugee permit is valid for two years. You can apply for a permanent residence permit if you have lived in South Africa for more than five years on a refugee status permit.