Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

14 Aug at 6 PM 2015

Expat mum conquers Alps with nine-year-old son

A British mum living in France has achieved her dream of becoming a ski instructor and scaling the Alps with her young son. Single mum Tori Collins, 27, grew up in Buckinghamshire and always wanted to be a ski instructor, so four years ago decided to move to the French Alps. Now living in the resort time of Tignes with her nine-year-old son, Ossie, she has achieved that dream, teaching people of all ages and abilities. And last week, Tori and Ollie conquered Aiguille de la Grande Sassiee, a 3,751-metre mountain just outside Tignes....
13 Aug at 6 PM 2015

British expat drowns in French lake

A British expat has drowned in a lake at a campsite in Marandan in the Isere region of southeast France. The man, 57, who is thought to have lived in the nearby town of Saint Jean en Royons, had been on an afternoon swim when he got into trouble. The lake has an area that it supervised for bathing, but campsite worker Yannick Meheust said that the victim, Roger, had been swimming outside the area. It remains unknown what the exact cause of the drowning was, but Meheust said he could have suffered from a heart attack while swimming...
11 Aug at 6 PM 2015

UAE best destination for expat executives

The UAE has been named as the best place in the world for leading executives to relocate to, according to global research by professional online network LinkedIn. LinkedIn found the oil-rich state attracted more young talent than anywhere else in the world, with 1.89 per cent of its total workforce being added to member profiles in 2014. The study revealed that the leading source of professional talent arriving in the UAE was from India (28 per cent), while the UK, Pakistan, the US and Qatar completed the top five. Other Gulf states...
11 Aug at 6 PM 2015

Expats in Andalucia angered by Chinese lanterns

Expats in southern Spain have been angered after around 50 Chinese lanterns landed in the countryside around Manilva following a Full Moon Party at Sabinillas. Revellers ignored the Manilva town hall’s pleas to refrain from using the lanterns, with the council even banning them on the grounds that they were a fire hazard. As the picturesque lanterns floated off into the night sky, though, it became apparent that most were unconcerned by the warning, and placed their enjoyment ahead of the apparent safety risk. However, some locals...
5 Aug at 2 PM 2015

Teenage girl suspected of Brit’s murder in South Africa may escape trial

A teenage girl suspected of stabbing a British expat to death in South Africa may not have to stand trial after being committed to a psychiatric hospital. Scottish pensioner Sandra Malcolm, 74, was stabbed to death in her Cape Town residence in April. Her grandson found her body. Malcolm, originally from Dundee, had been due to return home just a few weeks after her death to visit family. Eighteen-year-old Sheree Prince from a northern Cape Town suburb was arrested following a manhunt, but later committed to a psychiatric hospital...
24 Jul at 12 PM 2015

Expat millionaires’ date ends in legal dispute

A French oil expert and a former Japanese model have become embroiled in a legal spat after meeting on a millionaires’ dating website. Charles Miriel, 67, and Nan Itakura, 44, met on millionairematch.com and met in person for the first time in the Spanish town of Sotogrande in March. Things were all rosy at the beginning and Itakura and her 11-year-old son moved into the Frenchman’s home in the Andalusian resort town shortly after. However, just three months later the relationship has turned so sour that both have filed police...
23 Jun at 6 PM 2015

Ex-tennis star Andrew Castle enticing British expats to Almeria

Former UK tennis ace Andrew Castle is luring expat Brits to southern Spain after taking on an ambassador role with Spanish property developer TM Real Estate Group. Castle, who was British number one in 1986 and climbed to a career high of number 80 in the world in 1988, owns a holiday home in the southeastern Spanish town of Murcia and is often seen on the courts of the renowned La Manga Club. He will now also spend some of his time promoting newly-constructed properties in Almeria. The BBC pundit, 51, said that the villas and...
12 Jun at 9 AM 2015

Petition launched to prevent expats South Africans losing citizenship

An online petition in South Africa is asking lawmakers to change the rule that states when South Africans gain citizenship to a second country they lose the one for their homeland. The petition, which can be found on change.org, notes that many South Africans are stripped of their citizenship when they become naturalised to a nation they have relocated to, including the UK and the US. The initiative - which supports the South African Dual Citizenship Campaign that is fighting for thousands of South Africans who have had their...
29 May at 9 AM 2015

Expats lose £850m worth of pensions

Roughly 250,000 British expat pensioners have lost out on pensions benefits worth in the region of £850m due to the fact that UK pension scheme trustees have lost trace of them since they emigrated. The estimate arrives after data gathered by FindMyLostPension.com showed that expats in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Australia, South Africa, the Middle East and other regions across the world have pension pots that remain unclaimed. The average pensioner is owed anything between £2,000 and £30,000 per year, while tax-free...
22 Apr at 2 PM 2015

Elderly expat Scot murdered in South Africa

A Scottish grandmother who moved to South Africa 35 years ago has been murdered in her Cape Town home. Sandra Malcolm, 74, was due to fly back to Scotland in May to visit friends and relatives but her grandson discovered her hacked to death in her home on Sunday morning. Police have launched a manhunt for the killers. The killing of Ms Malcolm, who was originally from Angus, occurred in Marina da Gama, roughly 30 minutes’ drive from Cape Town’s city centre and near the scenic False Bay. Authorities are still unsure about how her...