Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

18 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Spanish Banco Sabadell refuses storm damage insurance payment to Brit pensioner

A British pensioner living in Malaga’s Alhaurin el Grande has been refused an insurance payment for her storm-damaged gate. British expats moving to Mediterranean retirement hubs are often concerned about the reputations of European insurance companies, whether for health, home coverage or life insurance. There’s the language problem to be dealt with, and making a claim is often a nightmare for elderly expats. Even using insurers linked to or recommended by a local bank can go wrong, as 80-year old Sylvia Rush found when her gates...
13 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Brit ambassador faces furious expats at Paris Brexit meet

Angry British expats based in Paris gave British Ambassador Edward Llewellyn a hard time during a scheduled Brexit meetup. The meeting was intended as an update on the progress of Brexit negotiations as regards UK expats’ rights, but an audience of furious British citizens had other ideas. In the 18th century British Embassy building, chaos reigned for a full two hours as Brits had their say, shouted and heckled over the content of the Ambassador’s carefully-prepared speech emphasising ‘considerable progress’ in the...
10 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Thermal drone finds lost rescue dog in the desert outside Dubai

A South African couple in Dubai feared the loss of their almost blind rescue dog until a friend offered assistance with his thermal drone. Stevie, a four-year old German Shepherd dog, was adopted from a local dog rescue shelter by South African expat Michael Rudolph and his family almost four years ago as a four-month old puppy, after being severely beaten and starved by his former owner. His injuries were so severe that he suffered brain damage causing epilepsy and was almost blind, needing constant care and love from his new owners....
4 Apr at 6 PM 2018

Southeast Asian beaches not yet wrecked by tourism

Many retirees’ dream destinations involve living within walking distance of a peaceful, sandy beach lapped by azure wavelets and untroubled by hordes of tourists. Dreams of retirement as an expat often focus on beach life as well as warm weather and an affordable cost of living, but mass tourism has wrecked the dream in many countries, with Southeast Asia suffering more than most. Once the famous movie ‘The Beach’, went on general release, the trend began and hasn’t stopped yet, as seen in the temporary closure by the Thai...
3 Apr at 6 PM 2018

New Vietnamese ride hailing app set to outpace Grab

Just a few days after Uber pulled out of Southeast Asia after its sale to Grab, a Vietnamese company has launched its own ride-hailing service via a massive investment. Ride-hailing in Southeast Asia is popular with expats and tourists as well as locals for its inexpensive fixed prices and sheer convenience set against more traditional rides such as the tuk-tuks and songthaews reputedly run by local mafias. Since its set-up in neighbouring Thailand, Uber has faced challenges from locals as well as from lawmakers, and was still branded...
30 Mar at 6 PM 2018

IamExpat fair offers one stop shop for all expat needs

Expats in Amsterdam can access all they need at the annual April 7 IamExpat Fair. Voted the best of its type anywhere in the expat world, Amsterdam’s IamExat Fair is the answer to all expatriate needs in this increasingly attractive destination country. It’s the fourth outing for the event, which is now a much-appreciated feature on expat calendars across Europe. Its original aim was to link newly-arrived expats in the Netherlands with everything from service providers through accommodation to job offers, but nowadays it’s also...
22 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Best international cities for elite luxury rentals

For the mega-rich looking for a luxury home, New York, London and Tokyo have the best choice. For those with millions or even trillions stashed offshore, the world’s their oyster, with the pearls as regards luxury properties found in Tokyo, London and New York City. As well as boasting premier luxury developments, the attractions, events, facilities and luxury brand shops in these three destinations give those with real money to spend a taste of heaven, even although property prices have soared over the past several years. Costs...
19 Mar at 6 PM 2018

Taxation without representation for long term British expats overseas

According to British lawmakers in favour of the private members’ bill, long-stay UK expats are now the ‘great disenfranchised’. Expats from any world country except the UK who’ve settled down elsewhere on the planet bring with them the right to vote in elections and referendums back home, and the majority still have family and friends with whom they stay in touch. Expat Brits, however strong their attachment to the UK may be, are disallowed from making their voices heard after they’ve been away for 15 years. Anger over the...
27 Feb at 6 PM 2018

Kuwatization takes a tiny step forward via Al Hashim proposal

Expat scourge Safa al Hashim’s latest anti-expatriate proposal has been partially approved by Kuwait’s Interior and Defense Affairs Committee. After studying her proposal and taking into account its importance as regards the emirate’s lopsided demographics, the committee agreed to adopt some but not all of her proposals. Contractors will now be forced to deport their expat workers once the projects on which they’re working are completed, and the e-government system used to estimate companies’ actual manpower needs is to be...
16 Feb at 6 PM 2018

Brit expats on short trips back home warned over Ryanair and Swissport

UK expats in Spain travelling via Ryanair for short visits to family in southern England are being warned over the airline and airport's appalling treatment of a British grandmother. British expat and artist Pamela Lipman, now resident in Granada, had been paying a pre-Christmas visit to her family in the UK, flying with Ryanair between Malaga and Bournemouth’s international airport. On her outbound trip, everything went as expected, with her luggage checked in and her cabin baggage confirmed at Malaga as being within the permitted...