Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

26 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Brit expats in Cyprus urged to register their residency

British expats living in Cyprus are being urged to register with the island’s Immigration Department in order to ensure the best chance of being able to stay after Britain leaves the EU. The advice is being offered to all British nationals living, working or owning businesses in Cyprus, pending an online information campaign being run locally to keep expats up to date with developments. The online notification site was started to keep worried expats in the loop as regards Brexit negotiations concerning expats’ status on the...
18 Aug at 6 PM 2016

UK expats lose a billion in fraudulent investment scam

In spite of multiple warnings from the UK Financial Conduct Agency and other concerned financial experts, pension liberation has proved to be a pot of gold for scammers. Expat advocacy group Pension Life has announced that increasing numbers of FCA-regulated financial advisers are endorsing pension liberation products which are clearly scams. British expats living in Dubai and Spain are estimated to have lost a total of at least one billion pounds sterling to fraudulent investment schemes. Yet another FCA warning issued in early...
3 Aug at 6 PM 2016

Survey reveals top ten countries with great weather

One of the main reasons for emigrating from colder northern climes is the weather, with decisions spurred on by visions of endless sunshine and luxuriously warm temperatures. The latest expat survey is bound to be of interest to those looking for the perfect outdoor life in the sun, as it identifies the top 10 countries offering the best of the world’s weather. Respondents numbered 14,000, and 195 countries were covered, as well as the relevance of great weather in the choice of destination. Unsurprisingly, 45 per cent of...
28 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Brit expat sports fans well served in Spain

If you’re set on living in Spain as an expat, you’ll be happy to hear there’s no need to cut back on watching or participating in your favourite sports. Expat life in a different culture can be trying as regards finding new pursuits to follow and leisure activities to enjoy. If your dream retirement or working location is Spain and you’re a sports fan or enthusiast, there’s no need to worry, the Spanish are fixated on the beautiful game and many other sports. Since 1950 or thereabouts, football has dominated the Spanish...
26 Jul at 6 PM 2016

First Brexit legal challenge destined for Supreme Court

Government legal teams fighting a legal challenge concerning the Brexit process have suggested the case may go all the way to the Supreme Court. The seven private actions arguing the prime minister has no powers to trigger Article 50 without the full approval of the British parliament have caused lawyers for the government to concede that appeals are likely to continue right up to a Supreme Court hearing some time in the future. However, leading counsel for the government Jason Coppel QC admitted there was a degree of urgency in the...
26 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Unconventional destinations for adventurous British expats

If the usual expat destinations have lost their appeal for the more adventurous British would-be emigrant, these five countries are well worth considering. Over 5.5 million Britons are believed to be living, working or retiring overseas, with the most popular destinations being Spain, Australia, Ireland, Canada and the USA. Great weather and cultural similarities are attractions in themselves, but for those who don’t want to be encased in a Little Britain scenario, there are other interesting choices out there. Provided the...
25 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Expats in Turkey may be evacuated amid fears of second coup

Fears that Turkish rebels may stage a second military coup have led to SAS troops preparing for the possible evacuation of British expat residents and tourists. Rumours of a second military coup in troubled Turkey have resulted in evacuation plans involving many thousands of British residents as well as tourists. Should the government fall due to a second coup, civil war in the country is inevitable, according to defence chiefs. SAS troop units are now established on Cyprus in order to rescue stranded Brits should the need arise....
18 Jul at 6 PM 2016

Thailand sex industry under attack by tourism minister

Thailand’s female tourism minister announced recently she’s determined to put a stop to one of the Land of Smiles’s most lucrative and popular attractions – prostitution. Since the death or glory days of the Vietnam War, one of Thailand’s best known draws is the comparative ease with which lone male tourists and expats can deal with their need for more than just female companionship. Traditional and culturally acceptable amongst Thai men, sex for sale stems from the custom of the ‘mia noi’ or mistress, without whom the...
15 Jul at 6 PM 2016

UK insurers pull out of expat health and life insurance

A recently-released survey of UK insurance companies has revealed that only 16 per cent now offer expat life insurance and only 8 per cent offer critical illness cover. The annual Expatriate Insurance Survey’s results make it plain that high-street insurers such as Friends Life, Aviva and Legal and General now have no interest in servicing expat life and health insurance needs. According to authors of the survey, Unusual Risks, there are a number of British expats’ groups with UK property, tax interests or outstanding mortgages...
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...