Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

1 Dec at 6 PM 2016

UK expats shock at worldwide Marks and Spencer closures

Following the UK company’s decision to close its stores in China due to lack of demand, the quintessentially British retailer has now announced it will close100 stores in Europe. Known as a link with home for Brit expat shoppers, M&S has seemingly overreached itself with its huge expansion in Europe as well as its 10 stores in China. Once famed for its good quality, reasonably priced fashions and home décor goods, its UK sales figures and profits have been declining during recent years, although its website accounts for around...
15 Nov at 4 PM 2016

Spain may be US expat answer to Trump haters

As the reality of the Trump dump hits in amongst disgruntled Americans, expat media worldwide is rushing to provide info on the best ways to escape. Canada and New Zealand were the first countries to see a massive increase in hits on their immigration sites, but Spain’s expat publications weren’t far behind in giving all-you-need-to-know articles on how to become Spanish. It’s not just the Brits who’ve already discovered the charms of Spanish life, as many Americans are already settled in the Costas and Spain’s larger...
14 Nov at 6 PM 2016

New phishing scam hits New Zealand during Fraud Awareness Week

In spite of endless warnings about online and offline financial fraud, it’s still a major problem across the world, with expats particularly vulnerable. Financial crime is still the most likely crime to hit ordinary people across all first-world countries, in spite of countless efforts by the media, financial authorities and police worldwide. It seems that as the warnings get louder, the crooks get smarter and more people find they’ve lost their savings. Expats, especially retirees, are at risk due to the fact they often have...
8 Nov at 6 PM 2016

American expats fear violence during and after election

As the polls open across the USA, American expats in Canada fear the day will end in violence no matter who wins. The world is watching in trepidation for any indication that sanity will be the winner in the race for the White House, with US expats in Canada bracing themselves for a violent outcome. Misinformation, disinformation and downright lies are being discussed by US expats in Canadian cities as Americans line up outside polling stations across the divided nation. One former Texas resident fears the worst, citing Trump’s...
31 Oct at 6 PM 2016

Brit expats in Spain lose holiday villa in secret auction

A holiday villa in Spain was sold to a neighbour in a private auction after she had complained her house was damp. A British couple have just 30 days to give up the keys to their dream retirement holiday home after the local authority sold the property in a private auction without giving the owners notice of the pending sale. Adrian and Margo Campbell bought the two-bedroomed villa in Tozar, Granada, many years ago when their children were young, and spent Christmases and holidays there. The unbelievable loss of the Campbell’s...
21 Oct at 6 PM 2016

Is property purchase a good idea for expats in China

Although apartments in China’s main cities are becoming more expensive, some expats are taking a chance on capital gains by purchasing now. The Chinese government has recently eased laws governing expat property purchase, encouraging more long-stay expats to take the plunge and buy a home. Although owning an apartment gives a feeling of security, the first rule of property choice and purchase – position, position, position - still applies. One couple who’ve been living in Beijing for a while began flat-hunting in 2014,...
17 Oct at 6 PM 2016

Expats in Thailand mourn the death of King Bhumibol

The death last Thursday of the Thai King has plunged the nation into mourning, with many expats suffering along with their Thai friends and colleagues. Some expats are in pain because they admired and appreciated everything the King was to his subjects and his love for them, and others are unhappy as they see their Thai friends and colleagues crying for the loss of a beloved monarch. This monumental world event has shaken the kingdom to its roots, even although the inevitable had been expected for a while. One expat living and...
5 Oct at 6 PM 2016

Spanish demand for expats to pay for heathcare sparks retaliation

Yesterday’s announcement by a Spanish minister that the UK should be forced to pay for expats’ post-Brexit heathcare is about to spark a bitter political wrangle between the two countries. Madrid’s statement made it clear that Theresa May’s tough Brexit would result in hardship for expats at present residing in Spain. Of the 800,000 Brits living in Mediterranean costal resorts, well over half are elderly and chose Spain in order to make the most of their British state pensions. Should the UK government refuse, self-funding of...
4 Oct at 6 PM 2016

Expats and parents horrified at morbid Madeleine McCann tour

A so-called Luz Challenge tour visiting sites connecting with the disappearance of Maddy McCann is enraging local expats and causing pain to the still-missing little girl’s parents. Expats in the Portuguese resort where Madeleine McCann was kidnapped are up in arms over a morbid tourist attraction involving the apartment where she was kidnapped and other such landmarks. The parents of the still-missing three-year old are said to be very distressed that such a tour could be taking place. The macabre guided tour was set up by a UK...
26 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Unlicensed expat real estate brokers in Qatar to face deportation

As part of Qatar’s newly introduced real estate brokerage laws, any non-Qatari, unlicensed real estate salespersons will be arrested and will face immediate deportation. The new penalties for non-licensed expat estate agents have now been confirmed by Qatari Minster of Justice Hassan bin Lahdan Mohannadi, with the legal draft itself now forwarded to the emirate’s Shura Council for its approval. The minister explained the new regulations for real estate brokerages have been clearly laid out, and include real estate valuations,...