Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

13 May at 6 PM 2016

UK expats in Spain to get Tescos Best of British

The news that British favourite Tesco is to start supplying British foodie delights via a Spanish supermarket chain is sure to boost morale across Andalusia’s expat community. A double deal with Spanish retailer El Corte Ingles will see 50 typical British favourites featured across the Spanish supermarket’s chain, with shoppers in Tesco’s UK stores across the country treated to Spanish products such as extra virgin olive oil, sherry vinegar and sliced Spanish meat products. Tesco brand cereals, traditional British biscuits,...
10 May at 6 PM 2016

Is the expat lifestyle dream fading for Brits

Results of a recent survey hint that the long-held retirement dream of living in warmer climes is becoming a nightmare for many who are planning to return to the UK. The survey, conducted on behalf of NatWest International, reported that 97 per cent of expat respondents are unhappy with aspects of their lives, with most citing the increased cost of living as the main reason. One third of those surveyed told of their plans to return to the UK. Almost all of those surveyed said that a deciding factor for a return to the home country...
5 May at 6 PM 2016

Banged up Abroad a horrific reality for UK expat grandfather

A British grandfather living in Thailand is claiming he was beaten and abused whilst in jail following a motorcycle collision. Manchester-born Dave Campbell, 68, was driving home one night when his motorcycle collided with another bike. The Thai driver had failed to put his lights on and was carrying a French couple and a Thai man as passengers. None were wearing helmets. Mr Campbell sustained broken ribs and severe cuts and was unconscious when the ambulance arrived at the hospital. Since the accident, he’s suffered acute memory...
5 May at 6 PM 2016

White Rolls Royce plays part in Dubai expat luxury car purchase scam

The Dubai car purchase scammer and his VIP Rolls Royce have found yet another victim. Known as a serial car thief, the fraudster’s convincing modus operandi has caught yet another expat looking to sell his luxury car. An unsuspecting foreign executive who offered his 2013 BMW-6 series sedan on a classified ads website is the latest to fall for the clever crook. The fraudster called the car owner pretending to be a bona fide buyer, and arranged to view the BMW immediately. He gave his wife’s immediate need for a car whilst he...
3 May at 6 PM 2016

Is corruption a disincentive to potential expats

Adjusting to a new culture is one of the trickiest tasks facing newly arrived expats although, in the long term, corruption may be the hardest issue to tackle. The vast majority of expats from the West are aware of corruption in the public sector but tolerate it as it doesn’t affect them directly. However, their opinions may change once they’ve settled overseas, dependent on the country they’ve chosen. It might take a while, but eventually the real world emerges from the dream of great weather, friendly locals and a more...
3 May at 6 PM 2016

Expat professionals in Africa becoming less attractive to employers

In spite of Africa’s continent-wide skills shortage and need for foreign expertise, the numbers of expats working for multinational companies is on the decrease. For international companies operating within Africa, finding the right candidates for upper-level jobs has always been a challenge. Under restrictive colonial rule until comparatively recently, African countries in general were bereft of good schools and universities in which home-grown talent could flourish. Following independence, oppressive dictatorships and local...
2 May at 6 PM 2016

UK expat family to lose home to compulsory purchase

A disabled British expat, his carer wife and her mother have just two months to leave their Spanish home before it’s knocked down to make room for a bypass. John Grey and his wife Deborah purchased their dream villa in Alhaurin el Grande in 2003 at a cost of €66,000 after moving from Hertfordshire. Sadly, in 2014 John suffered a stroke which left him with limited mobility, with necessary renovations and a mobility scooter costing another €30,000. Some time during 1994, long before the Greys bought their two-bedroomed,...
13 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Expat buy to let mortgage demand still strong

In spite of new restrictions introduced by the government in March’s budget, the expat buy to let mortgage market is seeing increased demand for its products. Expats wishing to maintain a foothold in the British property market are now being offered a wider choice of buy to let mortgages. UK property prices are still climbing faster than the 2015 global average, making buy to let not only a source of regular income but also a good bet for capital increases. In order to increase their market share, new guys in the game Skipton...
11 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Wealthy UK expat bankrolls defunct Scottish League football team

A wealthy Scottish expat living in Canada is determined to ensure his childhood favourite football club hits the big time again after decades in the doldrums. Players at Glasgow’s Third Lanark Football Club were John Sweeney’s boyhood heroes whilst he was growing up close by their Cathkin Park stadium. Sadly, the club became bankrupt in 1967, mostly due to a long period of mismanagement. John’s never forgotten the players and is determined to get the club up and running again. As a young man, John emigrated to Canada and...
31 Mar at 6 PM 2016

Expats living like locals enjoy the real Singapore

In spite of its reputation as a haven reserved for the wealthy, the cost of living in this famous city can simply depend on each individual expat’s chosen lifestyle. Luxury cars, glamorous, brand-new, high-rise apartments, high-end dining and top private schools can all make a serious dent in even the biggest salaries or retirement packages. However, the attractions of the city-state appeal just as strongly to many expatriates with far more modest means. Living as the locals do makes dreams come true, even on a small monthly budget....