Expat South Africa News
Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa
25 Oct at 6 PM 2013
Following the suspension of the Brandeaux range of property funds in late July and October’s news that the Mansion Student Accommodation fund is also suspended, expats with investments in the sector are bracing for the worst.
Questions are now being asked as to whether the property sector is an appropriate investment, especially for expat retirees. Earlier this year, Harlequin Properties, which marketed its off-plan Caribbean luxury villas as SIPPS investments, called in the administrators and, more recently, the Australia-based LM...
15 Oct at 6 PM 2013
Visa for irrigation professionals are now being fast-tracked by New Zealand’s Immigration Department, following a severe storm last month which wrecked irrigators in South Island’s rural areas.
The deadly nor’wester hit hard across South Island’s farming region, causing millions of NZ$’s-worth of damage including rendering around 800 irrigation systems inoperable. Dairy farmers fear that, if the typical dry spring and summer follows, milk production will be severely reduced and less revenue will be brought into the isolated...
10 Oct at 6 PM 2013
A new take on business networking by British expats has spread to 12 world countries via very expensive ponies, kit and exclusive polo clubs.
Exclusivity in the expat business world has taken on a new format due to British Polo Day, the brainchild of a premium brand promotion specialist. Ed Olver, CEO of the relatively new company, saw his innovative idea go global in 2012 with polo matches being held in 12 countries including the USA, Singapore, France and China.
According to Olver, the lobby of a five-star luxury hotel has lost...
2 Oct at 6 PM 2013
Advice cards on what to wear when shopping in Dubai’s malls are being handed out to expats and tourists considered by security guards to be dressed inappropriately.
The latest crackdown on visitors and expats who may be unaware of the UAE’s strict dress code is taking place at the Dubai Marina Mall, where security guards are busy handing out cards ordering shoppers to dress respectfully when on a visit. Placards with the same information were earlier placed at the entrance to the mall, but are apparently being ignored.
27 Sep at 6 PM 2013
In an immigration drama similar to the internationally publicised tale of the Fat Chef, a New Zealand minister has allowed another unfortunate expat to avoid deportation.
Martyn Payne, a garage owner living and working in Kapiro, arrived in New Zealand from the UK almost 10 years ago and soon became a pillar of his rural community for his motor repair shop and service station. Two years ago, well settled and with his children and grandchildren also living in the country, he applied for citizenship and was rejected as a potential...
16 Sep at 6 PM 2013
Thousands of Brits emigrate to warmer, more laid-back climes every year, but might just be better off staying in their home country, according to a recent survey.
The study, commissioned by the Post Office’s Expats Payment Index, revealed that the cost of living in a number of popular expat destinations has risen by up to 10 per cent in the last year. Meals out, the cost of motoring and household bills saw the largest increases.
Almost 40 per cent of those surveyed estimated their total living costs had spiked at over 10 per cent...
11 Sep at 6 PM 2013
The bizarre tale of South African Albert Buitenhuis, who spent years as a chef in New Zealand before being threatened with deportation for being too fat, has finally ended via a 23 month reprieve.
The obese chef and his wife Marthie arrived in Christchurch six years ago and were granted visas without problems, although at that time Buitenhuis weighed 160 kilos, a not unusual weight for a chef who loves his food. Until 2013, his work permit and long-stay visa was renewed without trouble, much to the relief of his restaurant-owner...
29 Jul at 6 PM 2013
The Spanish government’s new requirement that homes for sale or being rented must be rated for energy efficiency has opened the doors for a brand new scam.
The new regulations state that a qualified assessor must rate any property built before 2007 for energy efficiency and issue a certificate. Homes built after that date should have been rated at the time of construction, but industry experts are now warning about scams on several issues.
Firstly, Spain is rife with unregistered assessors presenting themselves to property owners...
22 Jul at 6 PM 2013
The Caribbean country of Belize is attracting increasing numbers of expats with its combination of a retirement incentive programme and the fact that English is widely spoken.
Just a few years ago, the Belize expat population was numbered in dozens. Nowadays, there’s an expanding, vibrant community of residents from mainland Europe, the USA and the UK, all attracted by the country’s recently unveiled Retired Persons Incentive Programme.
Location and lifestyle are other attractions, with the country’s coastline backing the...
19 Jul at 6 PM 2013
A cousin of the great-granddaughter of Suffragette leader Emily Pankhurst is taking up the cudgel on behalf of Brit expats who lose the right to vote after 15 years overseas.
Almost 100 years after the Suffragette movement, led by Emily Pankhurst, won the right to vote for all British women, Margaret Hales, a distant relative of the great woman, is fighting for the expat right to vote. As the present law stands, expats who’ve spent over 15 years overseas are summarily disenfranchised.
Ms Hales moved to Spain with her husband after...