Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

13 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Expat buy to let mortgage demand still strong

In spite of new restrictions introduced by the government in March’s budget, the expat buy to let mortgage market is seeing increased demand for its products. Expats wishing to maintain a foothold in the British property market are now being offered a wider choice of buy to let mortgages. UK property prices are still climbing faster than the 2015 global average, making buy to let not only a source of regular income but also a good bet for capital increases. In order to increase their market share, new guys in the game Skipton...
11 Apr at 6 PM 2016

Wealthy UK expat bankrolls defunct Scottish League football team

A wealthy Scottish expat living in Canada is determined to ensure his childhood favourite football club hits the big time again after decades in the doldrums. Players at Glasgow’s Third Lanark Football Club were John Sweeney’s boyhood heroes whilst he was growing up close by their Cathkin Park stadium. Sadly, the club became bankrupt in 1967, mostly due to a long period of mismanagement. John’s never forgotten the players and is determined to get the club up and running again. As a young man, John emigrated to Canada and...
31 Mar at 6 PM 2016

Expats living like locals enjoy the real Singapore

In spite of its reputation as a haven reserved for the wealthy, the cost of living in this famous city can simply depend on each individual expat’s chosen lifestyle. Luxury cars, glamorous, brand-new, high-rise apartments, high-end dining and top private schools can all make a serious dent in even the biggest salaries or retirement packages. However, the attractions of the city-state appeal just as strongly to many expatriates with far more modest means. Living as the locals do makes dreams come true, even on a small monthly budget....
30 Mar at 6 PM 2016

Currency exchange roller coaster hitting Brit expats in Europe

British pensioners who’ve moved to other EU member states over the past ten years have seen currency rates shave 11 per cent off their income. Fluctuating exchange rates since 2006 have reduced the actual value in euros of British pensions by 11 per cent, according to pension provider companies. Combined with a rise in the cost of living across the Eurozone and a major fall in property values, it’s bad news for expats who planned a comfortable retirement overseas. The latest fall in the value of the British pound is the result...
21 Mar at 6 PM 2016

Thailand dreaming turns to expat nightmares

Expatriate life in Thailand, once a dream destination for Westerners, is becoming more and more difficult as out of date laws are revived and new visa hurdles erected. For almost five decades, the beach towns and historic cities of Thailand attracted disenchanted expats from the UK, USA and Europe. Drawn by the endless warm weather, laid-back lifestyle and cheap cost of living, expats arrived to work, retire or simply explore the country and meet its people. The country and its buzzing capital city are still favourites with young...
17 Mar at 6 PM 2016

Historic colonial bungalows favourites with UK expats in Singapore

House-hunting expats who’ve recently arrived in Singapore are falling in love with the city-state’s historic ‘black and white’ colonial bungalows. Reminiscent of Singapore’s colonial history and the British Raj, the spacious, quirky single-storey homes were designed and built in the 1930s in the Tudorbethan style favoured by Victorian home-buyers. Whitewashed walls highlighted with black-stained timbers hide original features designed to make the most of the colony’s warm, tropical climate. Wide eaves, high ceilings and...
14 Aug at 6 PM 2015

Expat mum conquers Alps with nine-year-old son

A British mum living in France has achieved her dream of becoming a ski instructor and scaling the Alps with her young son. Single mum Tori Collins, 27, grew up in Buckinghamshire and always wanted to be a ski instructor, so four years ago decided to move to the French Alps. Now living in the resort time of Tignes with her nine-year-old son, Ossie, she has achieved that dream, teaching people of all ages and abilities. And last week, Tori and Ollie conquered Aiguille de la Grande Sassiee, a 3,751-metre mountain just outside Tignes....
13 Aug at 6 PM 2015

British expat drowns in French lake

A British expat has drowned in a lake at a campsite in Marandan in the Isere region of southeast France. The man, 57, who is thought to have lived in the nearby town of Saint Jean en Royons, had been on an afternoon swim when he got into trouble. The lake has an area that it supervised for bathing, but campsite worker Yannick Meheust said that the victim, Roger, had been swimming outside the area. It remains unknown what the exact cause of the drowning was, but Meheust said he could have suffered from a heart attack while swimming...
11 Aug at 6 PM 2015

UAE best destination for expat executives

The UAE has been named as the best place in the world for leading executives to relocate to, according to global research by professional online network LinkedIn. LinkedIn found the oil-rich state attracted more young talent than anywhere else in the world, with 1.89 per cent of its total workforce being added to member profiles in 2014. The study revealed that the leading source of professional talent arriving in the UAE was from India (28 per cent), while the UK, Pakistan, the US and Qatar completed the top five. Other Gulf states...
11 Aug at 6 PM 2015

Expats in Andalucia angered by Chinese lanterns

Expats in southern Spain have been angered after around 50 Chinese lanterns landed in the countryside around Manilva following a Full Moon Party at Sabinillas. Revellers ignored the Manilva town hall’s pleas to refrain from using the lanterns, with the council even banning them on the grounds that they were a fire hazard. As the picturesque lanterns floated off into the night sky, though, it became apparent that most were unconcerned by the warning, and placed their enjoyment ahead of the apparent safety risk. However, some locals...