Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

26 Sep at 6 PM 2016

Unlicensed expat real estate brokers in Qatar to face deportation

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

Hints on healthy living in your expat paradise

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

Online expat shoppers bingeing on bargains due to sterling slump

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

Brit expats in Cyprus urged to register their residency

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

UK expats lose a billion in fraudulent investment scam

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

Survey reveals top ten countries with great weather

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...
28 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Brit expat sports fans well served in Spain

If you’re set on living in Spain as an expat, you’ll be happy to hear there’s no need to cut back on watching or participating in your favourite sports. Expat life in a different culture can be trying as regards finding new pursuits to follow and leisure activities to enjoy. If your dream retirement or working location is Spain and you’re a sports fan or enthusiast, there’s no need to worry, the Spanish are fixated on the beautiful game and many other sports. Since 1950 or thereabouts, football has dominated the Spanish...
26 Jul at 6 PM 2016

First Brexit legal challenge destined for Supreme Court

Government legal teams fighting a legal challenge concerning the Brexit process have suggested the case may go all the way to the Supreme Court. The seven private actions arguing the prime minister has no powers to trigger Article 50 without the full approval of the British parliament have caused lawyers for the government to concede that appeals are likely to continue right up to a Supreme Court hearing some time in the future. However, leading counsel for the government Jason Coppel QC admitted there was a degree of urgency in the...
26 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Unconventional destinations for adventurous British expats

If the usual expat destinations have lost their appeal for the more adventurous British would-be emigrant, these five countries are well worth considering. Over 5.5 million Britons are believed to be living, working or retiring overseas, with the most popular destinations being Spain, Australia, Ireland, Canada and the USA. Great weather and cultural similarities are attractions in themselves, but for those who don’t want to be encased in a Little Britain scenario, there are other interesting choices out there. Provided the...
25 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Expats in Turkey may be evacuated amid fears of second coup

Fears that Turkish rebels may stage a second military coup have led to SAS troops preparing for the possible evacuation of British expat residents and tourists. Rumours of a second military coup in troubled Turkey have resulted in evacuation plans involving many thousands of British residents as well as tourists. Should the government fall due to a second coup, civil war in the country is inevitable, according to defence chiefs. SAS troop units are now established on Cyprus in order to rescue stranded Brits should the need arise....