Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

14 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expat-run horse rescue centre in Spain now dried out but running short of feed

The expat-run Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre based in Rojales is now dry, but is facing a chronic shortage of feed for 140 horses, ponies and other rescued livestock .During the bibilical floods caused by the gota fria weather phenomenon, the centre escaped the worst of the waters although the struggle to deal with the torrential rainfall went on for days. Expats and locals feared the worst when the Segura River overflowed its banks but, by a miracle, it didn’t flood the centre. Hundreds of animals including horses, donkeys, ponies,...
25 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Does the ongoing Brexit chaos affect Brit expats in Thailand?

Without a doubt, Brexit has become a disaster for British expats living anywhere in the EU, but how is it affecting those who chose Southeast Asia as their destination? The political turmoil caused by what was sold to the general public as a non-binding advisory referendum hasn’t just resulted in expat dreams being shattered all across Europe, it’s also hurt UK nationals living, retiring or working in the rest of the world including Southeast Asia. During the past three years, the value of sterling has fallen dramatically,...
20 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Shopaholic expats have a great choice in Singapore

For expat professionals to whom shopping till they drop is one of life’s essential pleasures, a reassignment or even a short visit to Singapore is a dream come true. The amazing city-state is a shopaholic’s dream destination, with everything from trendy bargains to upscale haute couture on offer for those earning enough to support their addiction. Singapore is one of those destinations which really does have something for everyone, and proves it through its ever increasing popularity with expats and its rising number of tourists....
20 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Costa Blanca flood victims to receive emergency grants and aid from local government

In the aftermath of the catastrophic Costa Blanca floods, the Valencian government is preparing to grant financial aid to victims who’ve lost everything. The freak storms, now considered the worst in living memory, flooded a huge swathe of the Vega Baja from Los Alcazares to Orihuela, devastating 300,000 acres of farmland, destroying homes and businesses and claiming seven lives. The cleanup is expected to cost 1.5 billion euros and there are no estimates at present as to how long it will take. The first grants will be given to...
18 Sep at 9 AM 2019

Worst storms in living memory hit expats and Spanish nationals alike

Expats in Spain are starting the big cleanup after the biblical storms.. Last week’s terrifying storms and torrential rains hit all of Spain’s south-eastern region including popular expat and tourism destinations, with the death toll now standing at five. According to long-term residents, the annual weather phenomenon was the worst in living memory and has destroyed or damaged property, cars and even entire rural neighbourhoods. One victim died trapped in his car whilst driving through a tunnel in Almeria which became filled with...
13 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Shanghai receive awards for contributions to the city’s growth

Expat professionals in Shanghai have received coveted awards for their contribution to the Chinese city’s growth. Magnolia Silver Awards were given to 58 expats from 18 world countries in recognition for their contributions to the city’s development as a world trade hub. Recipients included scientists, educators, artists and senior managers at foreign companies such as L’Oreal China, Adidas and the Schaeffler Group. Also included was a football coach. The award winners were praised for their efforts to build bridges between the...
5 Sep at 6 PM 2019

Expats warned after a spate of dog poisonings on favourite Spanish beaches

Expats in Marbella are being warned to make sure their dogs are safe when on the beaches as a poisoner strikes again. To date, one dog has died and four others are seriously ill after ingesting poison whilst being walked on La Cabana beach. Local vets are raising the alarm, saying the poisonings are similar to last year’s 15 dog deaths in Nueva Andalusia. The poison used has not yet been identified, but vets are warning families with small children to avoid the area until after the rains come and wash away the contaminant. The...
23 Aug at 6 PM 2019

British expat scammed out of life savings by fake Benidorm bar owner

Expat would-be entrepreneurs in Benidorm are being warned over property scams. After a British expat lost her life savings to a fraudster, expats interested in buying a bar or restaurant are being warned to be on their guard. British expat Karen Wadrop came to Benidorm in order to make her dream of owning a bar in the popular Spanish beachside resort come true. In June this year, she was approached by a man who introduced himself as Ali and said he was looking to rent out his pub in the Rincon de Loix district. She agreed to take over...
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...