Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

17 Feb at 6 PM 2017

UK expat frozen pensions still under fire in Australia

In spite of many legal and political knock-backs, the fight against the British government’s stance on frozen pensions is still alive and kicking in Australia. The disgrace of frozen pensions has continued over many years, with many thousands of elderly UK long-stay expats living overseas being forced into increasing poverty by the rule. Currency fluctuations make matters worse, as a heavy fall in sterling can mean the difference between just getting by and being unable to support even the most basic lifestyle. Often, UK pensioners...
16 Feb at 6 PM 2017

US citizens discover the advantages of moving abroad

With increasing numbers of disenchanted US citizens making the move to overseas locations, it’s no surprise that most find their lifestyles and living costs are far better than in the home country. Media reports of an increase in the number of Americans desperate to emigrate after the Trump inauguration are prompting stories of actual expat experiences across the globe. Canada is a favourite due to ease of access and the fact that English is the local lingo, although those heading for Quebec province will need to prove their ability...
14 Feb at 6 PM 2017

Best Chinese cities for expat alternatives to Beijing

Expats wishing to settle themselves in China but who don’t like the idea of Beijing’s smog, crowds and fast, expensive pace of living might like to consider a few smaller, more laid back Chinese cities. Whilst Beijing is China’s expat hub for foreign starts-ups and lifestyles, not every new arrival in this ancient land wants to experience its high cost of accommodation and living, the lack of pure air and the massive crowds. For those considering a move to China, Beijing isn’t the only option, and there are many advantages in...
6 Feb at 6 PM 2017

New FCA alert focuses on domestic and international investment irregularities

The British Financial Conduct Authority is planning to crack down on both domestic and international investments and pension transfers, in a move which may benefit expats in the UAE as well as in the rest of the world. Information on the long overdue move by the FCA comes in the form of an alert based on the growing number of expat investors being persuaded into unsuitable products or downright scams. Over the last decade, the worldwide Brit expat community, many of whom are retirees unused to investing, has been at risk from...
17 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Nationwide International closure narrows expats offshore bank choice

Nationwide International, the offshore branch of the well-known high street chain, will close some time in the summer. The closure of the offshore bank is certain to hit thousands of expats, as the brand is popular with retirees living overseas as well as expat workers. Shutting down of customer accounts is already in progress, giving account holders little time to find alternative offshore banking facilities. According to a spokesperson for the bank, a number of factors were taken into account, which left closure as the best...
13 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Can UK expats rely on state pension to cover bills

The UK state pension is one the most ungenerous in the developed world, forcing many British retirees to relocate in order to take advantage of lower costs of living elsewhere in Europe or Asia. Taking into account that UK pensions are frozen unless the relocation is to countries whose governments have an agreement with the UK, even those who move to cheaper EU destinations can find it hard to manage due to currency fluctuations. Even so, for many expats, the UK retirement pension forms the majority of their retirement...
9 Jan at 6 PM 2017

Expats and retirees paid in sterling feel exchange rate pinch

The shocking decline in the value of the pound sterling against major currencies is hitting UK expat pensioners as well as expats working overseas and being paid in sterling. The majority of UK expats are either retirees drawing pensions originating in the UK or professionals working on overseas contracts including sterling payments. Both groups are now being hard hit by the pound’s spectacular fall against a basket of major currencies. Overall, the currency has dropped 11 per cent over the last two years, but its fall post-Brexit...
28 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Costa floods contaminate expat water supplies

The recent once-in-a-lifetime floods in Spain’s Costa del Sol have left the expat community in danger due to sewage contamination of the water supply. Heavy rain battered the popular Alicante area for four straight days, with flooded rivers inundating residential districts and destroying many homes. As communities struggled to recover, the local water authorities discovered sewage contamination in the water supplies and banned the service. Around 22,000 residents in Alfaz, near Alicante, were told not to drink, cook with or wash...
22 Dec at 6 PM 2016

Dubai expat photographer holds Xmas charity pet photoshoot

Acting in the spirit of Christmas, an expat photographer working in Dubai is raising money for an animal welfare charity by photographing pets and their owners who attend a local veterinary clinic. Iranian expat Massih Shahbazi organised his first, free, Christmas photo call last year at the Lucky Veterinary Clinic for customers of the clinic and their pets. It was such a huge success he decided to repeat it this year and charge a token amount in order to help Animal Action, a local animal welfare charity. In 2015 he took around 200...
14 Dec at 6 PM 2016

US expats in Europe protest against Trumpland

American expats in Europe are getting together to protest Trump’s devastating victory in the recent presidential election. Concerned citizens all over the USA aren’t alone in planning protests and demonstrations to coincide with the Trump inauguration in January, with groups now forming in European expat destinations in order to make their feelings known. Protests have already been seen in Berlin, Paris and Madrid, all of which were organised via Facebook to give Americans overseas a chance to debate and discuss their feelings...