Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

17 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Raging wildfires in Portugal and northern Spain threaten expat lives and properties

Massive wildfires raging in northern Spain and Portugal may have been started by human intervention, according to investigators. Up to 40 people are believed to have died in the blazes, with dozens more injured and hundreds losing their homes. Over 140 separate fires are being fought in Portugal, with firefighters struggling against high winds caused by Hurricane Ophelia fanning the flames. In the northern Spain region of Galicia, blazes are approaching heavily inhabited districts and thousands of residents are being evacuated....
16 Oct at 6 PM 2017

Expats left with nothing after upscale Pattaya condo project goes bust

Over a hundred expat and Thai investors are still waiting for their money after the luxury Centara Grand Residence project was declared bankrupt. Basil Development Co’s advertorial for the high-rise condo development ensnared over 100 buyers by focusing on upscale living, resulting in all of them buying off-plan. Several months ago, all building work was stopped as the construction company’s massive debts emerged, with reports of over 911 million baht owing to suppliers. Court orders on behalf of the purchasers were issued, but...
29 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Costa Blanca police arrest violent teenaged gang following a spate of burglaries

Police in the popular Spanish expat hub of the Costa Blanca are warning British expats to take care following a surge in violent robberies by street gangs. Costa Blanca police have arrested a gang of teenaged burglars targeting expats after a pensioner was badly beaten whilst confronting the intruders. The young robbers’ modus operandum was to wait until expats left their homes for an evening meal at a local restaurant before breaking in and stealing watches, jewelry, mobile phones and cash. Their last victim proved to be their...
18 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Kuwaiti MPs urge last minute delay for expat health fees

With just days to go before the planned introduction of Kuwait’s unpopular expat health fees law, local MPs are urging its delay or postponement. As large numbers of less well-off expats pack their belongings and leave, it’s now clear to a number of Kuwait’s parliamentarians that the majority of expat labour in the emirate will have difficulty making the payments. The rule was introduced in August, and was the first attempt to increase fees for healthcare in more than two decades. Expatriates themselves, a group of Kuwaiti...
16 Sep at 6 PM 2017

OZ expats shaken by latest terrorist attack in London

Expats from Australia living and working in London have grave concerns after the latest in a series of terror attacks in the capital. Reactions of Australian expats to the latest London terrorist attack are ranging between fear and a wish to return to their home country. The explosion and fire of the improvised bomb on a peak-hour commuter train at Parsons Green station is the fifth such attack since the beginning of 2017 and is causing emotions ranging from increased anxiety to a desire to leave the UK as fast as possible. One...
14 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Stranded British expat on BVI reports anarchy and violence

A British marine engineer stranded in the British Virgin Islands is telling the situation as it is, stressing no-one is on the streets without a weapon. Leo Whitting’s partner Claudia Knight left the couple’s family home in Tortola for the UK before the hurricane struck, mostly to ensure their two-year old daughter’s safety. After seeing the appalling photos of the region and hearing about the storm’s awesome power, she was convinced Leo was dead, and was vastly relieved when he managed to contact her briefly by phone. He told...
5 Sep at 6 PM 2017

Expats in South Korea believe nuclear threat is smoke and mirrors

As international tension caused by the war of words between Trump and Kim Jong Un escalates, expats in South Korea are still refusing to panic. The vast majority of foreign residents in South Korea’s capital Seoul are staying calm as tensions between the North and the USA escalate, with most believing they’ve heard it all before. Most believe the chance of large scale military conflict is minimal, despite Trump’s rhetoric and Kim Jon Un’s replies. Even Sunday’s massive earthquake and aftershock, caused by a hydrogen bomb...
29 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Dog poisoners target pets in Ho Chi Minh City expat district

Expats living in District 2’s Thao Dien area in Vietnam’s capital city are losing their beloved dogs and cats to poison deliberately put down by an unknown killer. The Thao Dien area in Ho Chi Minh City is a favourite with expats living and working in the city, and many have taken rescued dogs into their homes and lives. The community is now threatened by a sick person whose aim seems to be using poison to get rid of expats’ beloved dogs and cats. The pet poisoning is deliberate, as the dogs who’ve died were kept in their...
29 Aug at 6 PM 2017

Oz expats in Houston caught up in devastating floods

Thousands of Australian expatriates living in Houston and its surrounding areas affected by the once-in-a-lifetime floods are hunkering down, hoping for rescue and praying the rain will stop. Houston’s connection with the oil industry and its position as the USA’s energy capital has attracted many Australian companies including Santos, Woodside and BHP Billiton, all of whom have a high proportion of expat professionals living and working in the city. When the devastating tropical storm hit the city with non-stop torrential rain,...
29 Aug at 6 PM 2017

New Zealand tops Australia as Brit expat favourite

A recent report has confirmed British expats’ long-time favourite New Zealand is now number one again, beating out Australia for the top spot. Enquiries from Britons wishing to emigrate to New Zealand have increased by a massive 83 per cent during the first six months of 2017, whilst enquiries about Australia have fallen by five per cent. It’s not just the British who are queuing up to move to the country made famous by the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, it’s American citizens fleeing the country since Donald Trump become its...