Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

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...
20 Apr at 6 PM 2015

Finnish expat in Spain loses lengthy loft conversion battle

A Finnish expat living in the Spanish town of Estepona has lost a six-year legal fight to keep her loft conversion after being told it had to be demolished. Terttu Balson, 70, was instructed to begin work on removing the loft, despite the fact her neighbour has one. Furthermore, the grandmother has also been handed a 24,300 euro fine for building the extension a number of years ago without first obtaining planning permission from the local council. As if to rub salt into her wounds, her neighbour, as well as many other people in...
25 Mar at 4 PM 2015

Singaporeans living in the UK join their nation’s mourning of Lee Kuan Yew

Soon after the doors of the Singaporean High Commission opened, expats from all over the UK gathered to pay their respects. Singaporeans, who are one of the larger expat communities in the UK, took this opportunity to remember Singapore’s first Prime Minister Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. A steady stream of diplomats and Singaporeans visited the High Commission to write down their memories of the man who made Singapore into the country it is today. There were high emotions regarding Singapore’s first Prime Minister from the Embassy staff and...
23 Mar at 6 PM 2015

Korean students tortured with detergent by expat teacher

An English Teacher from South Africa was fired from her job at an elementary school in South Korea after it was discovered that she had punished the children for speaking Korean during class by forcing them to drink detergent. According to Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education officials, the teacher was made to leave her job after parents of her six-grade students informed the school that on the 12th March, she forced five students to drink either anti nail-biting liquid or dishwashing liquid as a punishment. According to the teacher,...
12 Feb at 3 PM 2015

Brit arrested for killing suspected paedophile in Spain

A British expat has been arrested in Spain suspected of killing a German man he caught filming his daughter with a single punch. Witnesses in the restaurant in the upmarket resort of Sotogrande where the incident occurred, said the man was 40-year-old Kainth Davinder. They claimed he grabbed an iPad out of Sandro Rottman’s hand and discovered pictures of his daughter on it before punching him. Rottman, 43, was rushed to hospital but died soon after. Police said that he had been arrested in January for possessing child pornography....
10 Feb at 9 AM 2015

Starbucks launches in trendy Bucharest expat neighbourhood

US coffee shop chain Starbucks is aiming to attract expats living in the Romanian capital Bucharest by launching one of its high-end outlets in the city’s Pipera district. Starbucks Reserve Strip Mall is to open its first shop under the brand in the Eastern European city on 12 February, confirmed the company, as it continues to expand into the former communist country. The Starbucks Reserve Strip Mall, which will be the 13th Starbucks in Romania, comes shortly after one was opened in the touristic Old Town. It will be situated on...
27 Jan at 3 PM 2015

Former Sky worker turned fighting for her life in Caribbean

Ex-Sky TV worker Kate Clayton is fighting for her life after being involved in a car crash on the island of Grand Cayman in the Caribbean. Thirty-year-old Clayton, who moved to the Caymans in December 2013 to become a diving instructor, has been left in a coma after suffering severe injuries when she lost control of her 4x4 Jeep Wrangler when driving home at night time, swerving off the road at a tight corner and crashing headfirst into a tree. She broke her neck and her pelvis in the accident and has also been left with serious back...
26 Jan at 2 PM 2015

Copenhagen and Bern lead the way in expat liveability index

Copenhagen and Bern are the easiest places for Europeans to relocate to, according to a new index by ECA International. The organisation, which advises firms on posting workers on foreign assignments, evaluated more than 450 locations across the world. Among the things it evaluated were: the lifestyle on offer in a city; the availability and cost of housing and utilities; the availability of health services; the climate; political tensions; the quality of air; personal safety; and infrastructure. ECA noted that that factors such as...
31 Dec at 10 AM 2014

Illegal expats in Oman to be offered amnesty

Expatriates in the Gulf state of Oman who have overstayed their working visas and are now in the country illegally are to be offered amnesty, a government spokesperson has revealed. The Ministry of Manpower’s head of media Talib Al Dhabari explained that the country wanted to regulate its labour market so was preparing to offer amnesty to overstaying expats or individuals who had been stuck in the Sultanate indefinitely in the near future. Al Dhabari noted that amnesty - which is expected to help thousands of workers from India,...
8 Dec at 6 PM 2014

Abu Dhabi expat murder not linked to terrorist group

The Emirati women facing charges for murdering US kindergarten teacher Ibolya Ryan in Abu Dhabi last week has no connections to any terrorist groups, an official security source has said. The woman, believed to be in her late thirties, is suspected of brutally murdering the nursery school teacher in the ladies toilets in the Boutik Mall on Reem Island. She is also suspected of leaving a homemade bomb outside the residence of an Egyptian-American doctor which police managed to defuse before it went off. However, Abu Dhabi state news...