The Proteas captain Faf du Plessis has revealed that in two years' time, he will call time on his global career after the 2020 World T20 in Australia.
Glenn Maxwell fought a defiant rearguard with 38 off 23 balls but Australia never looked like avoiding a fourth straight Twenty20 defeat and they finished their allotted 10 overs on 87/7.
Earlier he impressed in the field with 1-14 and two catches, including a brilliant juggling effort on the boundary rope to dismiss dangerman, captain Faf du Plessis (27).
Andile Phehlukwayo (2-21), Tabraiz Shamsi (1-12), Chris Morris (2-12) and Lungi Ngidi (2-16) were all among the wickets for the visitors.
In his first outing on tour, allrounder Morris made up for lost time by taking two wickets in three balls to have the hosts in trouble at 3-27 after three overs and the hosts didn't recover despite the big-hitting Maxwell.
The Proteas hit the ground running after a rain delay that dumped 18mm on the venue in two hours, rattling along at 43 for one off three overs.
Australia - Aaron Finch (capt), D'Arcy Short, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ben McDermott, Alex Carey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Andrew Tye, Jason Behrendorff, Billy Stanlake.
The battling Australian team had hoped to gain winning momentum ahead of a three-game T20 series against India and the summer Tests.
The fragility of Australia's batting had been exposed by South Africa's bowlers in the recent one-day series, which the Proteas won 2-1, and it was quickly evident again when the hosts went out to bat.
The Proteas prevailed 2-1 in the recent ODI series between the sides and were again celebrating after the first worldwide cricket match to be played at the Gold Coast's Metricon Stadium.