Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

22 Apr at 6 PM 2019

USA and UK expats killed in Sri Lanka bombings

USA and UK embassies in Colombo have urged expats and tourists to follow local authorities’ instructions on keeping safe after the deadly Easter Sunday bombing attacks which killed up to 300 people. The eight bombs set in upscale hotels and churches were the deadliest violent attacks since the end of the country’s civil was in 2009, with the death toll at present exceeding 290 and over 500 injured. At the present time, it’s still not clear which group or person set the bombs, although 24 Sri Lankan citizens have been arrested....
20 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Drinking during office hours now acceptable in Prague

If lunch isn’t lunch without a few beers or glasses of wine, the Czech Republic is the perfect destination for that new expat job. Although Czech employers have the right to fire employees who’re intoxicated in the workplace without even a written warning, in practice this drastic solution to the problem very rarely happens. The reason is that firing an employee involves finding a suitable replacement, something of a tricky task in these times of record low unemployment figures. It seems a significant shortage of suitable...
17 Apr at 6 PM 2019

French expats worldwide grieve for Notre Dame

French expatriates mourning the effects on Notre Dame of this week’s devastating fire have been joined by expats and citizens worldwide. Grief caused by the loss of so much of the world-famous medieval cathedral and its treasures is now being minimally tempered by the news that many precious artefacts and relics have been saved. The remainder of the structure seems to be holding up after the flames and the many tons of water needed to prevent total destruction of the much-loved French heart of the Catholic church. Messages of grief...
15 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Mega financial scammer IFA boss fails to attend Spanish court hearing

The boss of a failed financial advisory company in Alicante is in hiding, having failed to attend a Spanish court hearing. Darren Kirby’s Alicante-based Continental Wealth Management financial advisory company folded in 2017, leaving hundreds of investors out of pocket to the tune of millions. Continental Wealth Management’s Denia office in the Marriott Hotel was an upscale setup aimed at impressing future clients, with the company also managing up to 10 telesales staff dealing with expat clients across Europe. Its modus operandum...
10 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Brit government urges expats to check passport validity

The British government is warning UK expats to check their passports prior to travelling post-Brexit. The official passport warning to British expats living in EU member states also mentions healthcare may not be available using an EHIC card, but the at least six-month post-travel validity of the British passport in the case of a no-deal Brexit is essential. It now seems that, for those who renewed their passports before the due date, the extra months credited in addition to the 10-year validity may no longer be recognised by European...
8 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Kuwait to limit expats’ contracts to five years

Kuwait lawmakers are recomming five year maximum stay for expats. As part of the emirate’s Kuwaitization programme, a committee dealing with Kuwait’s unbalanced demographic structure has recommended a maximum stay for expats of just five years. After the law takes effect, all new expat arrivals will be subject to the new rule with no exceptions, but those already in residence at the time the rule becomes law will be ‘grandfathered’. Of all the restrictions placed on expats in Kuwait over the past few years, this new law if...
4 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Brexit ban on export and import of meat products to hit Brit expats

A shock horror customs scenario will hit cross-border expat shoppers post-Brexit. British expats used to popping back to the UK for supplies of pork pies, ham, sausages, cheddar cheeses and even Bovril are due to be branded smugglers by customs officers once the UK’s left the EU. UK expat residents in the EU will be checked by customs officers for any animal-based products and could be arrested and charged with dinging in illegal produce. The ridiculous scenario will begin the day after the UK leaves the bloc without a...
3 Apr at 6 PM 2019

April Fools Day prank scares expat talent in China

Reports of scary changes to China’s visa rules were just an April Fools Day prank, but social media responses illustrate the insecurity of being an expat nowadays. China is one of a numbeChina, expats in China, April Fools Day prank, changes to Chinese visa requirement, WeChat, New Immigration Requirements, racial prejudice, PDF, thinly-disguised prejudice, visa policies, r of countries whose governments have recognised the value of expat professionals to the economy and are actively encouraging interest from entrepreneurs,...
29 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Expats in New Zealand react to the terrorist attack

Expats in New Zealand are grieving for their society after the tragic terrorist attack. For decades, New Zealand has been seen as a safe haven away from an increasingly troubled world, but the March 15 terrorist attack shattered the dreams of expatriates and citizens alike. The general opinion was that, due to its distance from the rest of the inhabited parts of the planet, the cold, hard reality of 21st century life would be kept at bay. Now, New Zealanders and expats alike can hardly believe the atrocity actually happened....
27 Mar at 6 PM 2019

Kuwait health authorities to ban expats with listed illnesses or conditions

Kuwait’s new public health regulations will ban expats with diseases listed by the emirate’s Ministry of Health. New measures aimed at cutting healthcare expenses and preventing the spread of disease include a long list of medical conditions which will disqualify expat arrivals from entry into the country. Expats already living and working in the emirate who are found to have one of the illnesses or conditions will be allowed to stay unless they have TB, HIV/AIDS or hepatitis B or C, in which case they will be deported. Given...