Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

27 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Postal voting scandal ignites worldwide expat fury

Following a report in the Independent newspaper last Thursday, an increasing number of British expats involved in the postal votes scandal are calling for a second referendum. Expats living in EU member states, the USA, Australia and across the world now have the most to lose due to the Leave campaign’s success in the ballot. The majority of those affected did not receive their postal voting forms after they’d registered, with others receiving them as late as 23 June. Full numbers affected are as yet not known, but the...
17 Jun at 6 PM 2016

UAE expats wising up on dodgy investment scams

As with most other expat locations worldwide, the UAE expatriate community is no stranger to the devastating effects of unregulated IFAs and their toxic products. For many years, expat communities have suffered vast financial losses via dodgy purveyors of long-term investment schemes as well as outright fraud and mis-selling. The chief suspects as regards financial products are those offered to expat workers as long-term savings plans. Many UAE expat professionals tell identical stories of loss to those told by retirees and expat...
15 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Top Hong Kong survival tips for new expat finance professionals

For expat professionals in the world of finance, Hong Kong is one of the planet’s most exciting, challenging, rewarding and hard to manage assignments. Relocation to Hong Kong is one of the most sought-after goals for adventurous finance professionals desperate to make a name for themselves in a fiercely competitive environment. For even the most confident new arrivals, getting the first few months right is key to success in the dream job and all it offers. No-one ever found relocating to China easy, especially if family came...
6 Jun at 6 PM 2016

Tax free pensions law sees property price rises in Portugal

A change in Portugal’s tax laws has resulted in rising house prices not seen since 2008. Always a favourite for British retirees, Portugal’s Algarve region has been something of a disappointment for the last eight years as regards capital gains on house prices. However, since a new law was enacted, property values have shown a steady increase, with last year’s averages 6.9 per cent higher than in 2014. One reason for the increased interest is the government’s new law exempting non-resident house owners from paying tax on...
28 May at 10 AM 2016

Staying safe in your new expat haven

Emigrating can be an exciting lifestyle challenge for expats, but it pays to check out hidden hazards before you arrive. Whether you’re moving overseas as part of a long-held retirement plan or taking on a new job in a challenging location, it’s best to research what’s out there as regards threats to your future or even your life. Wherever you’re going, hidden hazards unmentioned in the tourism literature can wreck even the most carefully-constructed relocation plan. Perhaps the most important aspect of researching a new...
13 May at 6 PM 2016

UK expats in Spain to get Tescos Best of British

The news that British favourite Tesco is to start supplying British foodie delights via a Spanish supermarket chain is sure to boost morale across Andalusia’s expat community. A double deal with Spanish retailer El Corte Ingles will see 50 typical British favourites featured across the Spanish supermarket’s chain, with shoppers in Tesco’s UK stores across the country treated to Spanish products such as extra virgin olive oil, sherry vinegar and sliced Spanish meat products. Tesco brand cereals, traditional British biscuits,...
10 May at 6 PM 2016

Is the expat lifestyle dream fading for Brits

Results of a recent survey hint that the long-held retirement dream of living in warmer climes is becoming a nightmare for many who are planning to return to the UK. The survey, conducted on behalf of NatWest International, reported that 97 per cent of expat respondents are unhappy with aspects of their lives, with most citing the increased cost of living as the main reason. One third of those surveyed told of their plans to return to the UK. Almost all of those surveyed said that a deciding factor for a return to the home country...
5 May at 6 PM 2016

Banged up Abroad a horrific reality for UK expat grandfather

A British grandfather living in Thailand is claiming he was beaten and abused whilst in jail following a motorcycle collision. Manchester-born Dave Campbell, 68, was driving home one night when his motorcycle collided with another bike. The Thai driver had failed to put his lights on and was carrying a French couple and a Thai man as passengers. None were wearing helmets. Mr Campbell sustained broken ribs and severe cuts and was unconscious when the ambulance arrived at the hospital. Since the accident, he’s suffered acute memory...
5 May at 6 PM 2016

White Rolls Royce plays part in Dubai expat luxury car purchase scam

The Dubai car purchase scammer and his VIP Rolls Royce have found yet another victim. Known as a serial car thief, the fraudster’s convincing modus operandi has caught yet another expat looking to sell his luxury car. An unsuspecting foreign executive who offered his 2013 BMW-6 series sedan on a classified ads website is the latest to fall for the clever crook. The fraudster called the car owner pretending to be a bona fide buyer, and arranged to view the BMW immediately. He gave his wife’s immediate need for a car whilst he...
3 May at 6 PM 2016

Is corruption a disincentive to potential expats

Adjusting to a new culture is one of the trickiest tasks facing newly arrived expats although, in the long term, corruption may be the hardest issue to tackle. The vast majority of expats from the West are aware of corruption in the public sector but tolerate it as it doesn’t affect them directly. However, their opinions may change once they’ve settled overseas, dependent on the country they’ve chosen. It might take a while, but eventually the real world emerges from the dream of great weather, friendly locals and a more...