Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

2 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Expats in Spain enduring travel chaos due to taxi strike

Local taxi demonstrations against ride-hailing apps such as Uber are now common across continents, with Spain the latest expat hub to be caught in the confusion. The Spanish version of anti-Uber protests started last Monday in Barcelona and had spread to Madrid by the weekend. Taxi drivers are demanding the government take action against ride-hailing apps as they unfairly threaten their livelihoods. Partial stoppages and actual withdrawal of traditional taxi services are now in place in Valencia, Bilbao, Zaragosa and Seville and are...
26 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Best dog friendly beaches in Southern Spain

Wherever there are expats, there are family dogs who like nothing better than to have fun with their owners. Many British expats in Spain will have brought their doggy best friends with them when they emigrated, with others adopting a dog from a local refuge once they’re settled in. As long as we’ve inhabited the planet, dogs have been there for us, sharing our lives and being part of the human family. Like us, most dogs adore a day on the beach, although a good few of Spain’s beaches still don’t welcome them, but more and...
20 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Expat owned dog shelter eviction puts abandoned dogs lives at risk

An expat-run dog shelter in Spain is desperate for help after being served an eviction notice by their landlord. The APA Nerja dog shelter was started three years ago by British expat Laura Downes, and has successfully rehomed 800 abandoned adult dogs and puppies to date. Soon after its inception it was overwhelmed by the number of abandoned pets and unable to concrete the land, causing concerns over hygiene which almost forced it to close. Downes refused to give up, and the Spanish shelter has been operating successfully ever since....
12 Jul at 6 PM 2018

Expats in France raise thousands for hospital garden charity

Five expat couples living and gardening in France have raised thousands for charity by opening their stunning gardens to the public. On just one day in June, the five green-fingered expat couples known locally as Le Quintette opened their prized gardens to the public, raising almost £5,000 for a local charity in just one day. Almost a thousand visitors arrived to view the spectacular horticultural displays and landscaping put together by the dedicated gardeners, with the amount raised adding up to twice the total received from their...
25 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Expats in Oman can now sponsor their families

Foreigners working in Omani government agencies can now sponsor expat work visa applicants. According to a media report, expatriates working for Omani government agencies are to be allowed to become sponsors of expat applicants for work visas in the Sultanate. In addition, foreigners who own certain properties will be granted visas without the necessity of a sponsor. The decree itself states licensed foreign investors and expatriate employees of government agencies can now be visa sponsors, according to a spokesperson for the Royal...
21 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Fears grow for expat insurances and pension as passporting rights issue ignored

The threat of losing access to pension payments and insurance coverage for UK expats in Europe is creeping ever closer as the crucial issue of ‘passporting rights’ continues to be ignored by the UK negotiating team. British expats resident in European member state countries have long been aware of the possible personal financial consequences of a hard Brexit, but as March 2019 creeps closer it’s obvious that Brits in the home country may also be affected. A number of insurers have already transferred their operations from the UK...
19 Jun at 6 PM 2018

Portuguese Golden Visa suspected as money laundering tool

Portugal’s Golden Visa programme is being condemned as a vehicle for money laundering via real estate purchases. NGO Transparency International is taking up on last year’s warning by Portuguese government allies by declaring the country’s Golden Visa scheme is simply a form of money laundering.The programme, introduced six years ago, grants Portuguese passports and citizenship as well as EU passports and member state privileges to wealthy individuals in exchange for hefty cash investments, usually through the purchase of upscale...
18 Jun at 6 PM 2018

How to survive as an expat in China

Undoubtedly, China is becoming more Westernised year by year, but even for expats in it for the long-haul, there’s much about their lifestyle that’s simply bizarre. Even simple tasks such as stocking up on Western favourites from your nearest supermarket can be fraught with disappointment once you see empty shelves where there were cans of cream of tomato soup and other absolute necessities. Coming back next week doesn’t help, as this and many other non-Chinese taste products simply disappear, never to be seen again. Stranger...
31 May at 6 PM 2018

Brit expat parents plead with Oz government to deport their son

A British couple living in retirement in Australia are urging the government to deport their wayward son back to the UK after he’d stolen their savings and forced them to sell their home to cover his debts. Russell Lewis, now 43 years old, stole his parents’ credit card, emptied their bank account and ended up £27,000 in debt after spending his parents’ money on top of the range TVs, portable air conditioners, a 4x4 truck and a good number of other luxury items. Parents Jill and Tony Lewis emigrated to Australia from the UK...
29 May at 6 PM 2018

British expat retiree in Spain almost killed by axe wielding squatter

A British retiree living in a small Spanish town in Sevilla province almost lost his life when he was attacked by an axe-wielding squatter during an argument. The British expat community living in the Sierra Sur area are shocked by the attack on 75-year old Michael Devitt, although they’re not surprised as squatters have illegally taken over a number of homes on local private developments in Aguadulce over the last five years. The incident which developed into the attack began when two female squatters ordered Devitt to move his car...