Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

16 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Seoul expats on fears of nuclear war

Whilst the increasing instability of tensions between the USA and North Korea is causing concern across the planet, what are the feeling of expats in South Korea who’re in the direct firing line? Expats living in Seoul’s international Itaewon district have everything to lose should even a non-nuclear conflict be the result of Trump’s and Kim’s threatening rhetoric. As has been made very clear in numerous press reports, North Korea’s conventional weapons on its border with the south could flatten the city in short order....
16 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Qatar fights back with 80 country visa free scheme

As the Gulf State diplomatic boycott of Qatar drags on with no apparent solution, the wealthy little emirate is fighting back. Qatar’s latest weapon against the economic damage being caused by the June 5 boycott is a new law granting visa-free entry to citizens of no less than 80 world countries. According to the head of Qatar’s Tourism Authority Hassan al Ibrahim, the scheme will place Qatar as the region’s most open country for visitors. The move, approved by citizens and expats alike, is part of an effort to build up trade...
11 Aug at 6 PM 2017

British expats in Europe rush for dual citizenship

Ever-increasing numbers of Britons living in Europe are rushing to obtain dual citizenship as hope fades for a good Brexit result. Media reports tell of as many as a million Britishers choosing to take dual citizenship if possible rather than having to return to a post-Brexit Britain. The rush is heating up as no good news about their rights to stay in their chosen countries is forthcoming. Many are blaming the UK government’s lack of action and understanding of their situation, saying it’s only concerned about fair treatment for...
8 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Pension scams still a major concern for elderly expats

A new report reveals some five million older Britons have been approached by pension scammers, with one in every six handing over money. The shocking report, based on a survey issued by AgeUK, refers to UK-resident victims of fraudulent IFAs and so-called pension advisors, but its findings are equally relevant for UK expats living outside Britain. For almost two decades, stories of huge losses caused by mis-selling or deliberate financial fraud have surfaced wherever there’s a sizeable UK expat community. The culprits use the same...
31 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Brexit can be cancelled if enough Brits and expats agree

As the Brexit negotiations stumble from pillar to post, France and Germany offer to cancel Britain’s EU divorce if it’s a majority decision. The two leading EU nations stressed recently the historic relationship between the UK and the EU is in everyone’s best interest, hinting Brexit could become null and void if enough Britons desired such an outcome. At present, any progress seems to be dependent on Britain’s acceptance of a massive divorce payment calculated as more than the originally quoted £50 billion, with leaked...
31 Jul at 6 PM 2017

British expat pensioner gets jail time for investment fraud

Last Wednesday, a sentence of nine years in jail for conspiracy, wire fraud and money laundering was handed down to a British expat by a San Jose judge. Laurence Miles, 76, had admitted one count each of money laundering, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and the fraud itself, and was in court along with his four co-defendents. The fraudster, who’d been living in the USA since 1998, had scammed unsophisticated investors into believing he was a trustee for a high-value estate at present under a secret probate and owned by an heiress...
28 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Tax domicile confusion causes problems for UK expats

International tax laws are now so complicated that even well-meaning Britons living long-term overseas can be caught in an expensive trap. A report by a financial services and insurance provider has highlighted a potential problem of which many long-stay UK expatriates may not even be aware – that of domicile of choice as against domicile of origin. One recent UK tax tribunal case brought by HMRC illustrates the point, in that the family was attempting to save their late father’s estate from being subject to tax...
11 Jul at 6 PM 2017

Young British expat in Costa del Sol attacked by serial sex offender

A serial sex offender has attacked a young British expat after hiding in her car after teling her she wouldn’t be the first woman he’d killed. A manhunt for the serial sex attacker is now under way across the Costa del Sol region after a victim was forced under threat of death to perform sex acts on him. Fuengirola is best known as one of the Spanish region’s favourite holiday and retirement hub for British families and pensioners, and is normally considered to be one of the safer spots in Europe as regards violent attacks of...
30 Jun at 6 PM 2017

Kuwait plans new city to house 20,000 expats

The Kuwaiti government is to invite bids for the construction of a brand new city to house expats. To be known as the ‘Southwest Al Jahra Labour City‘, the massive conurbation will provide homes for foreigners working in the emirate and will be located in the Northern Al Jhara region. According to the Arabic language newspaper Al Bahar, the project will be a joint private/public sector venture and is expected to be ready for occupation by 2021. No details as yet have been given as to the requirements necessary for expats to live...
30 Jun at 6 PM 2017

UK expat breakfasts in New Zealand wrecked over Weetabix scandal

300 boxes of the much-loved British breakfast cereal Weetabix are languishing on a pallet in Kiwi customs due to a complaint from a rival Australian cereal manufacturer. A container load of British favourites arrived in New Zealand last week, including a pallet of Weetabix destined to be delivered to a grocery serving UK expats. The store, quaintly entitled ‘A Little Bit of Britain’ and run by Lisa Wilson, stocks hundreds of favourite foodstuffs from the home country and is hugely popular with Christchurch’s British expat...