Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

17 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Prague to introduce new laws for expats’ favourite e-scooter transport

Lime e-scooters in Prague are to be subject to a raft of new laws based on zoning as well banning driving on pavements and speed restrictions. The convenient little electric scooters have become a favourite means of transport for expats as well as locals fed up with Prague’s massive traffic jams. The city fathers are concerned about the use of scooters on pavements as well as dangerous driving on the city’s notoriously crammed roads and the endangerment of pedestrians in narrow streets. Negotiations began late last year, and the...
11 Jun at 6 PM 2019

New SA expat tax law sparks expat professional exodus

South Africa’s new tax laws are forcing expats to cut financial ties with the home country. Reports that financial emigration has risen by 30 per cent in the past two years have confirmed the effect on high earning South African expats of the new tax rules about to be brought in. From March next year, South African expats working overseas will pay up to 45 per cent tax on annual earnings of over one million rand. The first announcements of the upcoming change started the financial exodus as South African expat professionals rushed...
4 Jun at 6 PM 2019

Melbourne developers fined almost AUS2 million for illegal demolition of historic Irish pub

Irish expatriates in Melbourne were devastated over the illegal demolition of a traditional Irish pub. The Corkman, Melbourne’s much-loved traditional Irish pub, was reduced to a pile of rubble following its illegal demolition in 2016 by a pair of developers. Built in 1858, it became an epicentre for Irish immigrants flooding to the new country as well as for their children, grand children and great-grandchildren over the years. Its traditional weekly Irish music nights were famous and much-loved, not just by the city’s Irish...
29 May at 6 PM 2019

Elderly expat in Mojacar hit four times by same muggers

Expats in Mojacar are being warned about a gang of muggers preying on older foreign men. One unfortunate British expat business owner has been targeted by the same gang of muggers four times. Owner of Sundance Spas Charles Alman told reporters his first encounter with the muggers took place outside his business, when a young woman approached him and asked whether he knew a person. She than wrapped herself around him and made sexual suggestions. Taken aback, he pushed her away and watched as she got in a car and sped off. Only then did...
27 May at 6 PM 2019

New visa requirements force elderly Mom with Alzheimer’s out of Thailand

The family of an elderly US expat in Thailand are being forced by immigration officials to relocate their Alzheimer-sufferer Mom to the Philippines. Although reports on expatriate forums may be considered by many as fake news, this sad case is clearly another example of how expat life in the country is being made difficult by local immigration offices. The perfect solution for the 77-year old’s family and the old lady herself has been thrown into disarray by the recently-introduced changes to the so-called retirement visa...
23 May at 6 PM 2019

Specialist beers and wines are favourites for expats in Asia

Whether it’s fish ‘n chips, Weetabix, Marmite or Guinness, British expats as well as their international compatriots crave a taste of home, especially if it’s almost unavailable. Home country foods and beverages are an occasional must have for expats all over the world, especially if they’re a taste of childhood in a far simpler universe than the present version. This incontrovertible fact of expat life has prompted expat entrepreneurs to start businesses bringing in all-time favourites to hordes of waiting expatriates in...
21 May at 6 PM 2019

UK expat retirees hit hard by sterling volatility

British expat retirees in Europe have lost 14 per cent of their pensions’ purchasing power since the Brexit referendum. A report from a technology service handling more than 6,000 regular monthly payments to UK pensioners living in EU member states has revealed British expat retirees’ costs of living have risen by 14 per cent due to currency volatility. In comparison, the rate of inflation in the UK over the same time period is seven per cent. In addition to sterling’s Brexit-induced instability, the USA’s trade war with China...
15 May at 6 PM 2019

Reasons why VPNs are must-haves for expats

One important aspect of becoming an expat is to ensure your online security is in place. Moving overseas can be a chore, as there are so many aspects to consider in order to live a stress-free life in the new country of residence. Ensuring online security is often not considered an immediate priority but, for homesick new arrivals, a break in your service for whatever reason can prevent contact with friends and family back home. Logging on unprotected can also result in viruses, the hacking of bank details and passwords or...
15 May at 6 PM 2019

What do UK expats from Yorkshire miss the most?

Depending on their original location in the UK, British expats miss certain home comforts more than most other nationalities seem to. The lure of living overseas in a permanently hot climate is strong for many Brits who’re simply fed up with rain, extended cold winters and parliamentary chaos. Waking up every morning for the rest of their lives to sunshine, birdsong, a gently breeze and a view over the ocean can be had, but once the gloss of new arrival has melted away, missing certain home comforts can become problematic. In...
9 May at 6 PM 2019

Doha expats celebrate opening of city metro line south

Doha’s brand new Metro Red Line South opened yesterday to the sound of cheering and clapping from crowds of expats and locals awaiting their first ride. Qatar’s capital is becoming clogged with road traffic, especially during rush hours, with the new metro service more than welcome as it saves time and the hassle of finding parking spaces in the central area. To celebrate the new service, Mowasalat had announced the provision of feeder buses for commuters along with special discount deals for passengers using their Karwa taxi...