Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

19 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Cadiz car thieves steal Ford and take European tour

A British expat living in Cadiz got the shock of his life when attempting to sell his Ford Mondeo. When Elliot Higgins, now living in Cadiz’s Chiclana de Frontera, decided to sell his car, he couldn’t have imagined the consequences! After advertising the Ford Mondeo online, he received a reply from a couple requesting a test drive to ensure the car was as he’d described. Pleased with the swift response, he agreed and took the couple for a drive as requested. Having stopped to fill the tank, he couldn’t believe his eyes when...
19 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Dutch expat tax reprieve causes more confusion

Rather than being a solution to the Dutch government’s sudden changes to the 30 per cent expat tax relieve scheme, the recent changes are causing yet more confusion. Expat professionals attracted to the Netherlands by the government’s 30 per cent of salary tax free deal for eight years were horrified when lawmakers suddenly shortened the tax break’s timescale to five years without ‘grandfathering’ those already in the scheme. The move devastated the financial plans of thousands of expats, with those who’d taken on...
17 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Last South African QROPS removed from list by HMRC

The latest HMRC list has confirmed the removal of South Africa’s last QROPS. The list, published October 15, conforms the removal of the ABSA Group Pension Fund, with neither the group nor HMRC commenting on the removal to date. Normally, QROPS deletions take place for one of three reasons – either HMRC is investigating the scheme’s tax or administrative status, the last members has either transferred out or drawn down or the provider itself has closed down. South Africa has been a registered QROPS participant ever since the...
11 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Kuwait begins crackdown on expat uni degrees and old cars

Kuwait’s manpower agency is to ban work permit issuance to expat university graduates arriving to take up jobs in the private sector unless they have good grade point averages (GPA). The ban is expected to help resolve the emirate’s demographic imbalance as well as benefiting its restructuring of the local labour market, with further plans to accredit and endorse expats’ degrees as a precondition to residency visa renewals also in the pipeline. Sources suggest the new rules are intended to ensure only highly-skilled and...
11 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Portugal Golden Visa programme nets four billion euros

Portugal’s Golden Visa programme has now benefitted the country by around four billion euros since its 2012 inception. The term ’Golden Visa’ tends to raise blood pressures in Portugal’s everyday expat communities and invariably attract negative comments, but they’re a great way for a country to fill its coffers with cash, wherever the funds originate and however they arrived in the country. A total of 6,500 second passports and residency rights have been granted, and the cash investment required has been mainly used to...
8 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Expat boy invents new international Wolfenoot holiday

A South African expat mom’s seven-year old son has invented a brand new international holiday. South African author Jax Goss, now living with her seven-year old son in New Zealand, has cause to be extremely proud of her dog-loving boy as he’s invented a new international holiday. Wolfenoot is a one-day festival especially for dog-lovers the world over, and has gone viral since she posted his idea online. The holiday celebrates the ‘spirit of the wolf’ and is aimed at global dog owners and dog lovers. It’s already been...
3 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Half UAE total wealth owned by just one per cent of residents

As the super-rich in the UAE get even wealthier, a report has revealed they control over half the emirates’ total wealth. It’s well-known that the UAE acts as a magnet for multi-millionaires, with a recent report admitting that just one per cent of the entire population owns 51 per cent of the combined wealth of the emirates. The lucky few, known as High Net Worth Individuals, are the US dollar millionaires with investments, bank deposits, cash, properties and other tangible assets worth at least one million and usually far more....
27 Sep at 6 PM 2018

British expat living in Siberia forced to sleep rough in Russian airport

British pensioner Steve Beard was forced to sleep rough in a Russian airport after falling foul of Russian immigration on his way to London. Ten years ago, Steve met his Russian future wife online on a dating website, fell in love and abandoned his home country for a village in the wild wastes of Siberia. He married his schoolteacher turned business owner sweetheart and they now have an eight-year old son. His problems began when he decided to fly back to the UK to attempt to get his UK state pension sent to his Irkutsk region...
25 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Bodies of missing Scot expat and Thai wife found buried in their Phrae garden

After having been reported as missing five days ago, the bodies of Scot expat Alan Hogg and his Thai wife Nott have been found buried in the garden of their Thai mansion in Phrae. The couple were reported as missing by a friend who’d been unable to contact them via messaging and arrived at their villa to find blood on the walls of the swimming pool’s changing room. Local Thai police were called, and the couple’s brand new pick-up truck was also missing. Hogg’s wife’s brother was arrested after CCTV forage showed him stealing...
11 Sep at 6 PM 2018

Brits on the Rock tell Spain to back off

Gibraltar’s National Day was celebrated with British flag-waving and a demonstration which made it clear expat residents don’t want a Spanish takeover post-Brexit. National Day in Gibraltar celebrates the Rock’s sovereignty referendum in 1967 with its overwhelming vote to stay British. Given the thousands of protestors who gathered in Grand Casements Square, it would seem a strong and possibly slightly impolite message was sent to those in the Spanish government who’ve been attempting to claw back the peninsula from British...