Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

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...
15 Feb at 6 PM 2018

Dubai dogs get home cooked dinners thanks to expat dog owner

A Dubai-based expat dog-lover is now supplying freshly home-cooked, nutritious meals to local dog owners. Egyptian expat Nael Basily’s pet dog provided the inspiration for his master’s development of healthy dog food recipes when he fell sick with cancer late last year. The local vet attributed the illness to an unhealthy diet and lifestyle, prompting Nael to research into commercially available, processed dog food. Before he came to Dubai, he’d cooked food every day for his Golden Retriever, Twixy, but hadn’t had time since...
13 Feb at 6 PM 2018

American dual nationals in France urge government help on unfair tax practices

A group of American/French citizens are seeking French government support to end US dual taxation. The group is the latest of several attempts by dual nationality American expats to get help to end the US taxman’s grip on their finances. The plan so far is to collect enough signatures on a petition in order to have a motion tabled in the French National Assembly, according to Fabien Lehagre, leader of the French/American group Accidental American Association. The association has 320 members at the present time, but is growing fast as...
8 Feb at 6 PM 2018

Expats retreating from Cape Town real estate market

The purchase of real estate in Cape Town by expats and foreign investors is slowing down, with some believing the city’s unusual drought conditions are responsible. Formerly a popular choice for expats and investors from overseas, Cape Town and its surroundings are now a no-go area as regards property purchase. The cooling of interest over the past two years is now being seen in lower prices as a measure to increase still slowing sales figures. Many believe the ongoing drought situation in the Western Cape region is to blame as...
8 Feb at 6 PM 2018

Unusually severe winter weather hits French nationals and expats alike

Expats in France are experiencing record levels of snowfall causing chaos on roads around the entire country as well as paralysing other means of transportation. Since Tuesday, record levels of snowfall not seen since 1987 have caused major disruption to road, rail and air transport, and motorists are being urged not to use their cars. According to transport officials, the situation is complicated and exceptional due to very low temperatures and snow piling up in both rural areas and cities. On Tuesday night, some 2,000 drivers...
5 Feb at 6 PM 2018

Life gets tougher for expat motorists in France

New French laws against mobile phone usage as well as increased motorway tolls are making motoring expats' life harder. Following a Court of Appeal ruling this week, it’s now illegal to use your smartphone in your car at any time, even if your vehicle is stationary, pulled over at the side of the road with the engine switched off and its hazard lights on. Motorists with professionally-fitted hands-free set are exempt from the ruling, as are drivers who’re parked in a designated area, an official car park or their own driveway....
30 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Eleven day camel trek gives expats clues to Emirati culture

Fifteen expats of various nationalities recently experienced a challenging 11-day camel trek aimed at learning about the traditional Emirati desert culture. Beginning January 11 in Abu Dhabi’s Empty Quarter, the 15 expats from nine countries rode their camels across the UAE’s deserts and through harsh weather for around 500 kilometres. Every day, they trekked for around nine hours without a break, sleeping off their exhaustion before doing it all over again the following day. Challenges came as standard and included a massive...
26 Jan at 6 PM 2018

UAE now expat hub for thousands of millionaires

Due to the arrival as expats of a huge number of millionaires, the UAE is now amongst the top residential destinations for the super-rich. As of last year, the United Arab Emirates was placed in the top ten world countries with the largest number of millionaire residents. High net worth individuals flocked to the emirates, buying up luxury homes and living the famous Gulf State lifestyles. An estimated 5,000 of the planet’s mega-rich holding at least a million dollars migrated to the UAE, the third-highest total amongst the countries...
24 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Downtown living in Dubai now a hot property location

Realtors in Dubai are now marketing the city as a ‘residential destination’. Gone are the days when Dubai was a growing city providing expat professionals with rewarding jobs and a unique, developing environment, with real estate agencies now describing it as a ‘destination’. The rebranding is the result of the city’s changing environment from a massive, modernising oasis set between the desert and the ocean to a ‘des.res’ location for the world’s ultra-wealthy and famous. According to one estate agency, most...
22 Jan at 6 PM 2018

Needs not wants now the post-VAT priority for expats in UAE

Just three weeks after the introduction in Abu Dhabi of VAT, shoppers are cutting back on impulse buying. Both expats and locals in Abu Dhabi are reducing their spending on luxuries and cutting back on impulse purchases in an attempt to balance their household budgets since the introduction of VAT at five per cent. A Gulf News survey of shoppers in hypermarkets and malls has revealed a change in shopping habits across the board, with many expats saying they’d cut down their weekly spend by at least a third since the beginning of the...