Expat South Africa News
Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa
6 May at 6 PM 2013
Expats who took part in the International Labour Day celebrations in Qatar were given gifts and praised for their efforts by officers from the emirate’s Ministry of Labour.
Spokespeople from the Labour Ministry stressed expat workers’ vital contribution to the country’s dynamic development, and focused on the necessity of providing a secure, safe environment for all the emirate’s workers. Expat employees from a number of communities took part in the celebrations and were gifted with souvenirs, packed meals and other signs of...
15 Apr at 6 PM 2013
Massive salary cuts of up to 60 per cent imposed on British and European expat lecturers at three top Italian universities have been branded as racist by leading politicians.
The lecturers subject to the cuts, including David Petrie, president of the Association of Foreign Lecturers in Italy (ALLSI), were already working for lower salaries and with fewer benefits than their Italian
counterparts, with the scale of the cuts meaning many are unable to cover rent and food expenses. According to Petrie, foreign lecturers are also being...
7 Apr at 6 PM 2013
Australian financial advisory firm LM Investment Management’s spectacular crash has left thousands of expat savers without their nest eggs and FAs without their commission.
Following the 2008 financial meltdown, various Ponzi schemes, the dramatic fall in offshore savings rates, the Cyprus savings grab, non-performing insurance-wrapped funds, and the receivership of Queensland's LM Investment Management, expat savers have little choice as to who to trust with their money. The latest crash wasn’t exactly unexpected, with negative...
3 Apr at 6 PM 2013
The brand new guide produced for immigrants to Canada will focus on the country’s relationship with Queen Elizabeth, the Canadian armed forces and their role in defending the county and acceptable marriage customs. '
The tome, entitled Welcome to Canada, is twice the size of the previous guide and contains 146 pages. Personal experiences as migrants and lots of colour photographs enliven the guide’s pages and give it a welcoming tone, totally unlike the 2007 version, and it’s available as an e-book, at Canada’s major arrivals...
27 Mar at 6 PM 2013
The troubled UK Border Agency is to be broken up into two separate units after years of serious failures, scandals and a massive backlog.
UK Home Secretary Theresa May announced today that Britain’s immigration authority will be split into two separate sections, one dealing with visas and the other with immigration law enforcement. Reports state that the immigration backlog will take an incredible 24 years to clear.
May stated that the agency, set up during the 12 years of Labour government, operates a closed, defensive and...
27 Mar at 6 PM 2013
According to Canada’s immigration minister Jason Kenney, the Parent and Grandparent Super Visa is growing in popularity.
Statistics suggest that more and more parents and grandparents are choosing to spend longer visits to their loved ones in Canada, with approval rates for applicants now at 86 per cent. At present, over 1,000 of the special visas are being issued every month.
The Super Visa is in essence a multi-entry 10-year visa, allowing parents and grandparents to remain in the country for stays of up to two years at a...
21 Mar at 6 PM 2013
The UK Border Agency has made its perhaps most embarrassing mistake ever when it forbade a British citizen leave to bring his new Canadian wife to the UK as ‘her husband is not a British citizen’.
Craig Colville is one of a pair of twins born in North Wales. His identical twin brother, Scott, has never had a problem with proving his British nationality, but Craig’s more adventurous life found him working on a cruise ship where he met and fell in love with a Canadian girl called
The happy couple married in Llangollen,...
8 Mar at 4 PM 2013
Expats getting over the shock of unknowingly eating horsemeat in Portuguese supermarket ready meals now have another issue to worry about.
French supermarket Auchan’s Portuguese outlets have been selling burgers and meatballs not only containing horsemeat but also showing traces of the drug phenylbutazone. The painkilling drug, known to be harmful to humans, was found in infinitesimal quantities in prepared meat dishes in Auchan supermarkets.
According to Portugal’s consumer watchdog, DECO, the animal anti-inflammatory drug,...
5 Mar at 6 PM 2013
The controversial Saudi Arabia financial penalty levy on firms employing more expats than local workers appears to be here to stay.
The generally unpopular tax was introduced in November 2012, and has been the subject of controversy and meetings between government ministries ever since. Introduced as part of the kingdom’s move towards Saudization of the workforce, the levy amounts to $640 per year per foreign worker in a country of which 90 per cent of employees are from overseas.
After almost four months of heated discussion in...
30 Jan at 6 PM 2013
In an attempt to stem the flow of immigrants into Britain, government ministers are mooting a campaign of negative advertisements aimed at would-be migrants from Bulgaria and Romania.
As the 2014 deadline for opening the UK’s borders to migrants from countries about to become full EU members approaches, the UK government is planning a series of negative advertisements aimed at discouraging those who still see Britain’s streets as paved with gold.
Romania and Bulgaria in particular will be targeted with negative images of life...