Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

17 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Expats in Oman get bargain rentals due to oversupply and falling demand

The rental market in Oman, reeling due to Omanization, the shrinking economy and expat departures, is now the scene of manipulation by wily expats looking to save on rental charges. The plot is simple and involves swapping their accommodation for a similar but cheaper home in the same enclave or street. According to a major real estate consultancy, expatriate tenants looking for residential or commercial properties now have the upper hand as regards negotiating the terms and costs of leases, and local estate agents are in complete...
12 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Freak accident while gardening kills British expat in Phuket

A 53 year-old British expat living on Thailand’s Phuket island was declared dead at a local hospital after being electrocuted whilst pruning bushes close to an electricity supply box. Paul Wilkinson was cutting back the fast-growing bushes outside his Phuket villa when he paused for a rest and leaned against his concrete garden wall, still damp from heavy rains. His daughter was inside the house and rushed out when she heard her father scream in pain, only to find him collapsed on the ground with his metal garden clippers resting on...
7 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Republican lawmakers to file bill calling for FATCA repeal

Two republican lawmakers are about to present a bill calling for the unpopular FATCA tax reporting law’s repeal. USA lawmakers have scheduled a first hearing on April 26 for a bill requesting the repeal of the controversial and much-disliked FATCA legislation. Republican anti-FATCA campaigners Senator Rand Paul and Representative Mark Meadows are determined to end the chaos caused to USA expats and overseas financial institutions since the unpopular legislation was introduced. Should the house vote for repeal, the FATCA...
4 Apr at 6 PM 2017

Finding the best Brussels district for your expat lifestyle

Brussels has been a hub for expat professionals for decades, with the majority of expats in Belgium living and working in the historic city. As much as 27 per cent of Belgium’s entire population is made up of foreigners attracted to the country by its position at the heart of the European Union, with Brussels the centre for international, cultural and political activities. The cosmopolitan city is fascinating for its historic architecture, famous for its universities and much loved for its cuisine, beer, waffles, frites, great...
22 Mar at 6 PM 2017

21st century technology helps expat retirees stay in touch with family

Most retired expatriates take the huge step of moving overseas in order to live in a location which is more affordable, more relaxed, warmer and more fun than their home country. After years of being stuck in one, however pleasant, place due to the demands of career and family, the freedom to emigrate gives the heady possibility of a perfect lifestyle in a perfect location. As long as there are few financial constraints, the entire world is open to expat retirees at the end of their conventional careers. Less than generous monthly...
16 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Expat owner of Dubai rogue relocation shipper now arrested and charged

Expatriate victims of a rogue packing and shipping company operating out of Dubai have been promised their belongings back by Dubai police. Following the arrest of Lionel Davis, owner of Expat Relocations, expatriate families who fell victim to the rogue removal company have been reassured by police their household goods will be returned. Davis is now facing seven separate criminal charges related to embezzlement and issuing false cheques in 2015 and 2016. Expat Relocations is now known to have been an offshoot of Relogulf, closed...
15 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Brit expats in China devastated as M&S pulls out

At first glance, China would seem to be the perfect place for Marks and Sparks, as the company’s affectionately known in the UK, but today’s announcement comes less than a year after the brand lunched its tenth store. The surprising news may well come as a blow to the high number of British expats living and working in China’s huge cities, as there’s a limited choice of high quality imported foodstuffs anywhere else in the retail sector. In a contrast to expat reactions, local Chinese shoppers in Beijing were more than happy...
10 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Best Aussie enclaves in expat destinations

The Australian diaspora is one of the expat world’s most impressive, with at least a million Aussies living and working outside the home country at any given time. Adventurous as Oz expats undoubtedly are, there’s still the human need to be with like-minded souls, thus creating enclaves of Australian nationals in diverse locations across the world. Just under 50 per cent of wandering Aussies head for Europe, and some 24 per cent of those already overseas are gravitating towards Asia as their next stop on the expat trail. For...
7 Mar at 6 PM 2017

Worlds worst countries for expatriate life

Quality of life is one of the most important aspects explored by would-be expats before life-changing decisions are made, but some countries are best avoided. Annual surveys of expat hubs all over the world are a great way to ensure a happy, safe and remunerative relocation, but there are a number of countries which should be avoided like the proverbial plague. Health, safety and security are the keywords, especially if the prospective move abroad includes your family, with a recent InterNations survey telling it like it is as regards...
20 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Singapore scores as favourite UK expat professional destination

The city-state of Singapore is again hitting the headlines as the best destination for relocating expat professionals. Singapore has long been a hub for UK expatriates seeking high salaries, first-world amenities and opportunities to develop their careers, and is a high scorer in related surveys as a result. The latest survey by an international removals specialist company rated the city-state as number one of 18 destinations, triumphing over Canada and Australia in second and third places. Chart-topping reasons for Singapore’s...