Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

24 Jul at 12 PM 2015

Expat millionaires’ date ends in legal dispute

A French oil expert and a former Japanese model have become embroiled in a legal spat after meeting on a millionaires’ dating website. Charles Miriel, 67, and Nan Itakura, 44, met on millionairematch.com and met in person for the first time in the Spanish town of Sotogrande in March. Things were all rosy at the beginning and Itakura and her 11-year-old son moved into the Frenchman’s home in the Andalusian resort town shortly after. However, just three months later the relationship has turned so sour that both have filed police...
23 Jun at 6 PM 2015

Ex-tennis star Andrew Castle enticing British expats to Almeria

Former UK tennis ace Andrew Castle is luring expat Brits to southern Spain after taking on an ambassador role with Spanish property developer TM Real Estate Group. Castle, who was British number one in 1986 and climbed to a career high of number 80 in the world in 1988, owns a holiday home in the southeastern Spanish town of Murcia and is often seen on the courts of the renowned La Manga Club. He will now also spend some of his time promoting newly-constructed properties in Almeria. The BBC pundit, 51, said that the villas and...
12 Jun at 9 AM 2015

Petition launched to prevent expats South Africans losing citizenship

An online petition in South Africa is asking lawmakers to change the rule that states when South Africans gain citizenship to a second country they lose the one for their homeland. The petition, which can be found on change.org, notes that many South Africans are stripped of their citizenship when they become naturalised to a nation they have relocated to, including the UK and the US. The initiative - which supports the South African Dual Citizenship Campaign that is fighting for thousands of South Africans who have had their...
29 May at 9 AM 2015

Expats lose £850m worth of pensions

Roughly 250,000 British expat pensioners have lost out on pensions benefits worth in the region of £850m due to the fact that UK pension scheme trustees have lost trace of them since they emigrated. The estimate arrives after data gathered by FindMyLostPension.com showed that expats in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Australia, South Africa, the Middle East and other regions across the world have pension pots that remain unclaimed. The average pensioner is owed anything between £2,000 and £30,000 per year, while tax-free...
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...