Expat South Africa News
Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa
21 Oct at 6 PM 2016
Although apartments in China’s main cities are becoming more expensive, some expats are taking a chance on capital gains by purchasing now.
The Chinese government has recently eased laws governing expat property purchase, encouraging more long-stay expats to take the plunge and buy a home. Although owning an apartment gives a feeling of security, the first rule of property choice and purchase – position, position, position - still applies.
One couple who’ve been living in Beijing for a while began flat-hunting in 2014,...
17 Oct at 6 PM 2016
The death last Thursday of the Thai King has plunged the nation into mourning, with many expats suffering along with their Thai friends and colleagues.
Some expats are in pain because they admired and appreciated everything the King was to his subjects and his love for them, and others are unhappy as they see their Thai friends and colleagues crying for the loss of a beloved monarch. This monumental world event has shaken the kingdom to its roots, even although the inevitable had been expected for a while.
One expat living and...
5 Oct at 6 PM 2016
Yesterday’s announcement by a Spanish minister that the UK should be forced to pay for expats’ post-Brexit heathcare is about to spark a bitter political wrangle between the two countries.
Madrid’s statement made it clear that Theresa May’s tough Brexit would result in hardship for expats at present residing in Spain. Of the 800,000 Brits living in Mediterranean costal resorts, well over half are elderly and chose Spain in order to make the most of their British state pensions. Should the UK government refuse, self-funding of...
4 Oct at 6 PM 2016
A so-called Luz Challenge tour visiting sites connecting with the disappearance of Maddy McCann is enraging local expats and causing pain to the still-missing little girl’s parents.
Expats in the Portuguese resort where Madeleine McCann was kidnapped are up in arms over a morbid tourist attraction involving the apartment where she was kidnapped and other such landmarks. The parents of the still-missing three-year old are said to be very distressed that such a tour could be taking place.
The macabre guided tour was set up by a UK...
26 Sep at 6 PM 2016
As part of Qatar’s newly introduced real estate brokerage laws, any non-Qatari, unlicensed real estate salespersons will be arrested and will face immediate deportation.
The new penalties for non-licensed expat estate agents have now been confirmed by Qatari Minster of Justice Hassan bin Lahdan Mohannadi, with the legal draft itself now forwarded to the emirate’s Shura Council for its approval. The minister explained the new regulations for real estate brokerages have been clearly laid out, and include real estate valuations,...
21 Sep at 6 PM 2016
Whether you’re a retiree, an expat professional, a backpacker or just looking for a permanent change of scenery, it’s wise to look out for common illnesses and their causes in your chosen destination.
No-one expects to move to a new country and find themselves in an unfamiliar hospital being treated for a local bug, but it does happen and should be taken seriously. Private health insurance is the best option but, especially for those who can’t afford the ever-increasing annual premiums, prevention is always better than cure....
30 Aug at 6 PM 2016
The recent devaluation of sterling has proved a bonanza for expats, with online UK shopping sites seeing a huge increase in turnover.
Following the rush from overseas for UK properties since sterling fell dramatically on the news that the Brexit referendum’s Leave campaign had won, online British sales websites have seen a similar rush to buy. The plunging pound has brought unprecedented demand from overseas buyers for all kinds of UK goods from clothing to favourite foodstuffs.
One online favourite, Waitrose, now offering its...
26 Aug at 6 PM 2016
British expats living in Cyprus are being urged to register with the island’s Immigration Department in order to ensure the best chance of being able to stay after Britain leaves the EU.
The advice is being offered to all British nationals living, working or owning businesses in Cyprus, pending an online information campaign being run locally to keep expats up to date with developments. The online notification site was started to keep worried expats in the loop as regards Brexit negotiations concerning expats’ status on the...
18 Aug at 6 PM 2016
In spite of multiple warnings from the UK Financial Conduct Agency and other concerned financial experts, pension liberation has proved to be a pot of gold for scammers.
Expat advocacy group Pension Life has announced that increasing numbers of FCA-regulated financial advisers are endorsing pension liberation products which are clearly scams. British expats living in Dubai and Spain are estimated to have lost a total of at least one billion pounds sterling to fraudulent investment schemes.
Yet another FCA warning issued in early...
3 Aug at 6 PM 2016
One of the main reasons for emigrating from colder northern climes is the weather, with decisions spurred on by visions of endless sunshine and luxuriously warm temperatures.
The latest expat survey is bound to be of interest to those looking for the perfect outdoor life in the sun, as it identifies the top 10 countries offering the best of the world’s weather. Respondents numbered 14,000, and 195 countries were covered, as well as the relevance of great weather in the choice of destination.
Unsurprisingly, 45 per cent of...