Cape Town - Proteas all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius will join Northamptonshire for their T20 Blast.
According to the English county's website, the 30-year-old will form part of the Steelbacks' squad for the T20 tournament which gets underway in mid-July.
Pretorius may also be available for selection for the County Championship match against Worcestershire in August.
Pretorius, who has 19 ODIs and 4 T20Is to his name, was named in the Proteas 15-man squad for the forthcoming Cricket World Cup tournament in England and Wales.
"I am really stoked to be joining Northamptonshire for the T20 Blast and for some red ball cricket," he said.
"I have always wanted to play county cricket - personally it's a dream come true and I can't wait for the opportunity. I will be doing everything I can to help the Steelbacks lift the cup and I'm thankful for the opportunity to be part of the team
"I'm excited to meet the rest of the side and to take on some of the best cricketers in the world."
In his T20 career to date, Pretorius has scored 1 378 runs with a strike rate of 140.46 - including 77 not out off just 42 balls against the Sri Lankan attack at Johannesburg back in March - and has taken 72 wickets with an 8.18 economy rate
"It's great to have Dwaine joining us for the T20 campaign," said Northamptonshire's head coach David Ripley.
"He is very hungry for his opportunity and gives is another hard-hitting all-rounder in our line up, which in this format is always great to have."
Pretorius will join Northamptonshire subject to a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) being granted by Cricket South Africa.