Expat South Africa News
Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa
28 Jul at 6 PM 2016
If you’re set on living in Spain as an expat, you’ll be happy to hear there’s no need to cut back on watching or participating in your favourite sports.
Expat life in a different culture can be trying as regards finding new pursuits to follow and leisure activities to enjoy. If your dream retirement or working location is Spain and you’re a sports fan or enthusiast, there’s no need to worry, the Spanish are fixated on the beautiful game and many other sports.
Since 1950 or thereabouts, football has dominated the Spanish...
26 Jul at 6 PM 2016
Government legal teams fighting a legal challenge concerning the Brexit process have suggested the case may go all the way to the Supreme Court.
The seven private actions arguing the prime minister has no powers to trigger Article 50 without the full approval of the British parliament have caused lawyers for the government to concede that appeals are likely to continue right up to a Supreme Court hearing some time in the future. However, leading counsel for the government Jason Coppel QC admitted there was a degree of urgency in the...
26 Jul at 6 PM 2016
If the usual expat destinations have lost their appeal for the more adventurous British would-be emigrant, these five countries are well worth considering.
Over 5.5 million Britons are believed to be living, working or retiring overseas, with the most popular destinations being Spain, Australia, Ireland, Canada and the USA. Great weather and cultural similarities are attractions in themselves, but for those who don’t want to be encased in a Little Britain scenario, there are other interesting choices out there.
25 Jul at 6 PM 2016
Fears that Turkish rebels may stage a second military coup have led to SAS troops preparing for the possible evacuation of British expat residents and tourists.
Rumours of a second military coup in troubled Turkey have resulted in evacuation plans involving many thousands of British residents as well as tourists. Should the government fall due to a second coup, civil war in the country is inevitable, according to defence chiefs.
SAS troop units are now established on Cyprus in order to rescue stranded Brits should the need arise....
18 Jul at 6 PM 2016
Thailand’s female tourism minister announced recently she’s determined to put a stop to one of the Land of Smiles’s most lucrative and popular attractions – prostitution.
Since the death or glory days of the Vietnam War, one of Thailand’s best known draws is the comparative ease with which lone male tourists and expats can deal with their need for more than just female companionship. Traditional and culturally acceptable amongst Thai men, sex for sale stems from the custom of the ‘mia noi’ or mistress, without whom the...
15 Jul at 6 PM 2016
A recently-released survey of UK insurance companies has revealed that only 16 per cent now offer expat life insurance and only 8 per cent offer critical illness cover.
The annual Expatriate Insurance Survey’s results make it plain that high-street insurers such as Friends Life, Aviva and Legal and General now have no interest in servicing expat life and health insurance needs. According to authors of the survey, Unusual Risks, there are a number of British expats’ groups with UK property, tax interests or outstanding mortgages...
27 Jun at 6 PM 2016
Following a report in the Independent newspaper last Thursday, an increasing number of British expats involved in the postal votes scandal are calling for a second referendum.
Expats living in EU member states, the USA, Australia and across the world now have the most to lose due to the Leave campaign’s success in the ballot. The majority of those affected did not receive their postal voting forms after they’d registered, with others receiving them as late as 23 June.
Full numbers affected are as yet not known, but the...
17 Jun at 6 PM 2016
As with most other expat locations worldwide, the UAE expatriate community is no stranger to the devastating effects of unregulated IFAs and their toxic products.
For many years, expat communities have suffered vast financial losses via dodgy purveyors of long-term investment schemes as well as outright fraud and mis-selling. The chief suspects as regards financial products are those offered to expat workers as long-term savings plans. Many UAE expat professionals tell identical stories of loss to those told by retirees and expat...
15 Jun at 6 PM 2016
For expat professionals in the world of finance, Hong Kong is one of the planet’s most exciting, challenging, rewarding and hard to manage assignments.
Relocation to Hong Kong is one of the most sought-after goals for adventurous finance professionals desperate to make a name for themselves in a fiercely competitive environment. For even the most confident new arrivals, getting the first few months right is key to success in the dream job and all it offers.
No-one ever found relocating to China easy, especially if family came...
6 Jun at 6 PM 2016
A change in Portugal’s tax laws has resulted in rising house prices not seen since 2008.
Always a favourite for British retirees, Portugal’s Algarve region has been something of a disappointment for the last eight years as regards capital gains on house prices. However, since a new law was enacted, property values have shown a steady increase, with last year’s averages 6.9 per cent higher than in 2014.
One reason for the increased interest is the government’s new law exempting non-resident house owners from paying tax on...