Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

21 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Fears grow for expat insurances and pension as passporting rights issue ignored

The threat of losing access to pension payments and insurance coverage for UK expats in Europe is creeping ever closer as the crucial issue of ‘passporting rights’ continues to be ignored by the UK negotiating team. British expats resident in European member state countries have long been aware of the possible personal financial consequences of a hard Brexit, but as March 2019 creeps closer it’s obvious that Brits in the home country may also be affected. A number of insurers have already transferred their operations from the UK...
19 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Portuguese Golden Visa suspected as money laundering tool

Portugal’s Golden Visa programme is being condemned as a vehicle for money laundering via real estate purchases. NGO Transparency International is taking up on last year’s warning by Portuguese government allies by declaring the country’s Golden Visa scheme is simply a form of money laundering.The programme, introduced six years ago, grants Portuguese passports and citizenship as well as EU passports and member state privileges to wealthy individuals in exchange for hefty cash investments, usually through the purchase of upscale...
18 Jun at 6 PM 2018

How to survive as an expat in China

Undoubtedly, China is becoming more Westernised year by year, but even for expats in it for the long-haul, there’s much about their lifestyle that’s simply bizarre. Even simple tasks such as stocking up on Western favourites from your nearest supermarket can be fraught with disappointment once you see empty shelves where there were cans of cream of tomato soup and other absolute necessities. Coming back next week doesn’t help, as this and many other non-Chinese taste products simply disappear, never to be seen again. Stranger...
31 May at 6 PM 2018

Brit expat parents plead with Oz government to deport their son

A British couple living in retirement in Australia are urging the government to deport their wayward son back to the UK after he’d stolen their savings and forced them to sell their home to cover his debts. Russell Lewis, now 43 years old, stole his parents’ credit card, emptied their bank account and ended up £27,000 in debt after spending his parents’ money on top of the range TVs, portable air conditioners, a 4x4 truck and a good number of other luxury items. Parents Jill and Tony Lewis emigrated to Australia from the UK...
29 May at 6 PM 2018

British expat retiree in Spain almost killed by axe wielding squatter

A British retiree living in a small Spanish town in Sevilla province almost lost his life when he was attacked by an axe-wielding squatter during an argument. The British expat community living in the Sierra Sur area are shocked by the attack on 75-year old Michael Devitt, although they’re not surprised as squatters have illegally taken over a number of homes on local private developments in Aguadulce over the last five years. The incident which developed into the attack began when two female squatters ordered Devitt to move his car...
24 May at 6 PM 2018

Expats love South African life but fear for their safety

In general, the majority of expats in South Africa are happy with their lives, but they don’t feel safe. The results of a recent survey reveal expats arriving from the USA, Britain and Germany are happy with their choice of destination, but day-to-day safety remains an issue for the vast majority. On the plus side, there’s a vast choice of places to spend the large chunk of cash they’re earning. The results calculated from respondents in the expat community saw the country high on the list for its ease of settling in and family...
21 May at 6 PM 2018

Brit expat arrested in Spain for holiday rental fraud

A British expat accused of scamming a number of UK holidaymakers via a fake holiday rental site has been arrested in Northern Spain. Paula Louise Neale disappeared from her Costa del Sol home last year amidst accusations she’d cheated British holidaymakers by placing a large number of fake holiday rental advertisements on Facebook using an alias and taking advance payments through PayPal. One alleged victim of the scam told the media she’d lost $750 in a rental which didn’t exist. The fraudster’s modus operandum involved...
7 May at 6 PM 2018

Malta tops expat favourites for the sunshine life

The historic island of Malta isn’t just a sunny Mediterranean hotspot for British retirees, it’s also a fascinating glimpse into a time long past. Malta’s latest triumph is its place as one of the top world countries for the sunshine life, displacing Costa Rica, Mexico and Bahrain and joining with Taiwan, and Ecuador as a favourite for the ‘pura vida’ – pure life. Placed seventh in the world in the latest poll, Malta was reported as having the best weather by nine out of ten expatriates living on the island. Increasingly,...
1 May at 6 PM 2018

Top expat talent now reluctant to relocate to the UK

Continuing uncertainty about the direction Brexit will finally take is affecting the numbers of expat professionals applying for relocation to the UK. According to recently released research, with just under a year left before Brexit finally kicks in, human resources professionals and recruitment agencies are complaining their hiring strategies are having to be regularly revised. Some 50 per cent of firms which took part in the study envision an even more devastating effect is on the way. The research, carried out by LinkedIn,...
1 May at 6 PM 2018

Kuwait planning to axe three thousand expat public sector jobs

According to recent reports, Kuwait is planning to axe 3,108 expat public sector jobs between now and March next year. The high number of expected expat redundancies is in line with similar new laws in other UAE states, all of which target expat jobs in an effort to deal with local unemployment. In Kuwait, the purge of foreign workers in the public sector was first outlined by ministers in January this year and is now ready to go ahead. Terminations will start in July, with the aim of all public sector jobs being taken by Kuwaiti...