Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

6 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Multiple Golden Visas now essential for the ultra-wealthy

Is global citizenship now a must-have for wealthy expatriates? Paying anything from a reasonable amount to a small fortune for a second passport, residency and citizenship in a country you’ve never even visited now seems to be the must-have accessory for expats as well as wealthy nationals of slightly politically unstable world countries. So much so that multiple Golden Visa passports are more desirable than just one as they brand the owner as worldly, interconnected and a contact to be cherished by those less fortunate. Practically...
5 Dec at 6 PM 2018

New expat arrivals urged to beware of Amsterdam property rental scams

Expatriates in the Netherlands are being warned about property scams after the arrest for fraud of an estate agent dealing in rental properties. Owner of the Fam Makelaardij and Accurakey rental housing agents Farhan Malik was arrested last month for defrauding a number of expat workers out of their deposits and advance rents paid to secure rental homes. Legal action against the fraudster is now being taken by the Amsterdam-based housing advice foundation Stiching Woon in order to help the recovery of house-hunting expats’ deposits...
3 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Gulf States infrastructure suffering from lack of expat expertise

Recent articles in the GCC Arab media suggest a reaction against getting rid of expatriate talent in the region. In spite of the various Omanization, Kuwatization, Saudization and other such programmes intended to rid the emirates of expatriates and give their jobs to locals, it seems an increasing number of nationals believe government, institutional and other performances are in decline as a result. Arab newspapers are full of tales of woe and scandals related to the programmes, and infrastructure is failing across the region due to...
20 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Is Shenzhen or Hong Kong best for expat entrepreneurs?

Shenzhen is the fastest growing city in the world, but how does it compare with neighbouring Hong Kong? Expats have flocked to Hong Kong to make their fortunes in an exotic environment for decades, but the mainland Chinese city of Shenzhen has overtaken the former British colony by concentrating on the tech boom. Nowadays, it’s known worldwide as Asia’s Silicon Valley and is breaking the accepted Chinese mould of copying - some say stealing - Western ideas by becoming a hub for innovation on a grand scale. The other, important for...
19 Nov at 6 PM 2018

Life gets tougher for expatriate professionals in Dubai

The recent and continuing expatriate exodus is hitting Dubai where it hurts – in the pocket. Once top of the expat wish list for huge tax-free salaries, a glittering lifestyle and every possible amenity, Dubai isn’t what it used to be. The famed city in the desert is fading fast as the expatriate exodus expands, although its massive retail and commercial construction projects continue apace. No-one in charge is asking who’s going to buy the executive mansions or lease the acres of retail and office spaces as expats and their...
26 Oct at 6 PM 2018

Flood-hit Spanish animal shelter makes desperate plea for funds

An Estepona-based cat sanctuary is desperate for funds to rebuild their shelter, destroyed by torrential floods caused by huge storms. The non-profit Gatos y Amigos cat rescue shelter was flooded and almost completely wrecked during the massive thunderstorms which hit Estepona last weekend. Nine cats were drowned and many others managed to escape and have not yet been found, but the rest are in desperate need of a safe haven. The shelter’s volunteer organisers are appealing to locals and expats alike for funds to rebuild the...
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...