Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

13 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Dubai to build two hospitals for expats on basic insurance deal

In a welcome nod to the majority of Dubai’s expat community, the Asten DM Healthcare group is to build two new hospitals catering exclusively for those on the basic insurance package. Some 70 per cent of Dubai’s resident expat community are unable to afford the more expensive options under the mandatory health coverage available, leaving them in a difficult position when illness strikes. Asten’s initiative will deliver affordable healthcare in two brand new medical facilities, one in Muhaisnah and the other in Al...
12 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Luxembourg Home from Home is foodie heaven for homesick British expats

A pair of former City of London brokers in Luxembourg are cashing in on the expected influx of moneyed financiers by provided the best of Britain’s favourite comfort foods. John Hefferman and his business partner Mark Hollis saw a gap in the Luxembourg food market and filled it fast with a specialist store selling British favourites to homesick expat professionals relocating as a result of Brexit. The pair even named their shop ‘Home from Home’, and stocked it with traditional British favourites such as Yorkshire Tea, Marmite...
5 Dec at 6 PM 2017

Amsterdam locals angry over influx of expat professionals

Amsterdam media outlets are reporting local residents' anger over the influx of expat professionals arriving as a result of Brexit. Dutch lawmakers were over the moon last month when Amsterdam became the destination of choice for the relocation from the UK of the European Medicines Agency, Amsterdam residents, however, were far less than pleased with the reality of yet another influx of foreign professionals into their already crowded city. Dutch media and Dutch citizens are sick to death of expats arriving, forcing up already soaring...
4 Dec at 6 PM 2017

UK to tell EU it needs to stay in aviation safety body

In a slightly desperate move to keep UK-based airlines in the sky post-Brexit, UK negotiators have told the EU Britain needs to stay in the EU aviation safety body. The message will be given to EU negotiators Monday, and follows intense pressure from both European and UK-based airlines as well as from the US Federal Aviation Authority. The FAA recently informed Britain it only has a few weeks during which to provide a legal structure for aviation safety acceptable to US inspectors’ checks. Reassurances have been given to aeronautical...
24 Nov at 6 PM 2017

British Embassy urges UK expats and visitors to take care in Dubai

Dubai’s British embassy is warning all UK citizens in the emirate to take more care when outdoors. Between the annual increase of British visitors and UK expats taking advantage of the cooler winter weather, the streets and malls in Dubai are far more crowded than during the rest of the year. Scheduled events during the cool season such as this weekend’s Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix and the Dubai Rugby Sevens at the end of this month also attract a huge number of visitors. In order to ensure UK citizens’ safety, the British...
10 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Expats in Bangkok mourn loss of street food stalls to creeping gentrification

Bangkok is a favourite expat destination for those looking for a unique experience both at work and at play, but the city is changing its focus in a frantic rush to modernise and Westernise. Bangkok has been a hub for expats seeking a totally unique experience combining comfort with tradition and a comparatively low cost of living. The city’s street food is world famous, but may not be on the menu for very much longer as traditional food markets are being closed by the government or relocated a distance from their clients. It’s...
9 Nov at 6 PM 2017

British pensioner knocked unconscious defending Costa bar owner from attack

A 77 –year old British pensioner was declared a heroine after she was knocked unconscious defending a Costa del Sol bar owner from an attacker brandishing a broken beer glass. Glaswegian grandmother Elizabeth Trueman was visiting her expat daughter in Fuengirola when the attack happened as a result of arguments over a drinks bill at the Bar Mortoni. Bar owners Hayley and Paolo praised her courage for wading into the fight without thought for her own safety. Trouble had been on the agenda since a group of men working on an adjacent...
6 Nov at 6 PM 2017

Expats and tourists in Vietnam evacuated during deadly typhoon

Typhoon Darney, the fiercest typhoon to hit Vietnam’s coastline in 16 years, is causing chaos for residents, tourists and expats in the affected areas. The typhoon's landfall along the southern Vietnamese coastline has killed at least 27 people, destroyed many hundreds of homes and caused evacuations from coastal towns popular with expats as well as tourists. It’s estimated a further 40,000 homes have been damaged, with Nha Trang and its surrounding communities the worst hit. Power is down in many districts and the threat of...
1 Nov at 6 PM 2017

New reports show airborne plague epidemic now threatening Africa

A new report on the plague outbreak in Madagascar notes nine African countries now in danger from the deadly bacterium. According to a World Health Organisation report, over 1,300 cases of plague have now been confirmed, with some 66 per cent being the deadliest pneumonic form, spread in the air by sneezing and coughing. The disease can kill within one full day after infection, and African nations near the affected island are now under high alert. The infection is caused by the same bacteria as its bubonic form, in which it killed some...
31 Oct at 6 PM 2017

UK Autumn Budget raids on retirement savings predicted

Would-be expats looking to their personal pensions to find retirement overseas may lose out in the upcoming UK Autumn Budget. Raiding pensions is an habitual activity for British chancellors when the economy is slightly shaky, and it seems this year’s UK Autumn Budget isn’t likely to be an exception to the rule. An article in a well-known investment magazine purports the government may well be up to its old tricks again now the British economy is slowing. Over the past several decades, the annual attack on retirement nest eggs...