Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

20 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Online racist group in Kuwait causing Amnesty International condemnation

Amnesty International is hitting out at a Kuwaiti online group attempting to foster hatred and cause disputes between nationals and expats. The group, at present calling itself ‘Kuwait Movement against the Marginalisation of Competent Kuwaitis’, is being strongly criticised by Khalil al-Shamroukh, Amnesty International’s member councillor in the emirate, who believes the movement is unpatriotic as its actions are distorting Kuwait’s international reputation. He’s also branding its recent name change from ‘Kuwait Movement...
7 Aug at 6 PM 2019

Kuwait brings in new prohibitions affecting expats’ lifestyles

Three new prohibitions aimed at expats living and working in Kuwait could be the beginning of the end for the popular relocation hub. Kuwait’s luxury lifestyle has long attracted expat professionals looking to further their careers, many of whom have brought their families along for the ride. One much-valued convenience, especially for trailing spouses, is being able to afford domestic helpers and child minders, but a recently announced new law now prohibits expats from hiring help in the home. The given reason behind the decision...
31 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Amsterdam conman targets more expats whilst awaiting trial for same offence

A property rental scammer on bail in Amsterdam whilst awaiting trial was arrested again last week for conning four more victims. The conman’s modus operandum was to target newly-arrived expats in the city via Facebook and other social media outlets by posing as a bona fide letting agent. He was first arrested at the end of last year after scamming a number of prospective expat renters, the majority of whom were expats. After viewing the properties, victims were offered rentals on payment of a deposit, a month’s rent and a...
29 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Bangkok expat community up in arms over unlawful street searches by police

Expats in Thailand’s capital are protesting over the use of illegal street searches they say are aimed at the foreign community. The stop and search procedures are taking place on Sukhumvit Road between Phrom Pong and the Asoke intersection and include late-night detentions at Thonglor police station as well as demands for on-street urine tests and threats of jail time, heavy fines and even deportation. Many expats who’ve made complaints have told local English language media they were intimidated into paying bribes of up to...
26 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Concerned expats and locals attempt to save massive salt-water lagoon from pollution

The Mar Menor is a Spanish coastal saltwater lagoon world-famous for its beauty, wetlands, marine life and ecological diversity, but it’s now dying due to lack of action as regards pollution. ' A group of passionate and dedicated local and expat environmentalists are now pressuring the local council to save the lagoon by making essential adjustments to its drainage and flood water systems. They’re also urging those who value this unique natural wonder to sign their ‘Save the Mar Menor’ petition on www.change.org. The petition...
19 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Asia now a hub for expats pursuing crypto dreams

Asia is now the world’s favourite hub for expats’ crypto careers. Expats from the West are now congregating in Asian countries in the hope of furthering their crypto careers. According to those on the scene, hopefuls from the USA, the UK, Australia and Europe are arriving in far greater numbers than ever before, all working to grab a slice of the amazing opportunities on offer, with Crypto companies springing up like mushrooms to boost this emerging market. Unlike in other world Crypto communities, the Asian version seems to...
17 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Is saving for an expat retirement justifiable?

Is retiring overseas the right decision? For the past decade or so, waves of would-be expat retirees have saved, planned and dreamed about retiring to a sun-kissed overseas paradise, with a good proportion heading back home after a few years, wiser but poorer for the experience. Saving hard for a life in the sun seems to be de rigueur nowadays, but the truth is that becoming an expat isn’t for everyone, and self-knowledge on this issue can be very expensive to acquire. It’s easier now to compare the costs of living in a dozen...
10 Jul at 6 PM 2019

UK expat foodies on assignment to New York needn’t worry about supplies

For British expats wondering how they’ll stay healthy on typical American foodstuffs, the answer is right there in New York. Famous both with American anglophiles and New York’s sizeable British expat community, the city’s long-established Myers of Keswick grocery store is the answer to UK foodie homesickness in a big way. A reassuring glace at the store’s traditionally British-styled frontage and a step into the interior reveals just about every British culinary favourite you can imagine, from Weetabix through Bird’s...
2 Jul at 6 PM 2019

French minister describes British expat presence as enriching France

France’s Europe minister has described the British expat presence as enriching the country. In yet another attempt by an EU member state government official to reassure British expats about their rights post-Brexit, France’s Europe minister has described the expat community as ‘enriching France’. The complimentary comment was made by Amelie de Montchalin during a meeting of Paris’s Anglo-American Press Association, with the young politician adding her country isn’t attempting to take revenge for Brexit. She added the hard...
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...