Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

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...
22 Aug at 6 PM 2018

New Zealand based South African expats fear civil war over land grabs

South African expats settled in New Zealand are urging their home country’s government to think again over land grabs. Concern ramped up when rumours hit the international media about the South African government’s undertaking of illegal land expropriation, with the bitter memory of the same action in Zimbabwe, then known as Rhodesia, stirring up residents and expats alike. As a result, South African expatriates living and working in New Zealand are urging all world countries to stand up for landowners’ rights. The gist of the...
21 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Should expats in Dubai renegotiate their rentals

As Dubai’s sky-high rentals take a dive, should expats living and working in the emirate try to get a better deal? During the second quarter of 2018, Dubai rents fell by five per cent and are expected to stay on a downward path during the rest of the year. For expats whose present contracts are close to ending, the advice from the professionals is that renegotiation is a good idea. How much you aim for is down to present rental charges and the area in which the property is located, but a reduction of at least 10 per cent seems fair...
17 Aug at 6 PM 2018

Expats in UAE struggle to save in spite of high salaries

In spite of paying no income tax and earning inflated salaries, expats working in the UAE are struggling to save. During the average five years an expat spends working in the UAE on a non-taxed high salary, it would seem it’s possible to save a reasonable amount for the future. However, the majority are believed to have saved nothing and many say they’re struggling to support their luxury lifestyles, with little left over to save or invest. Others, of course, neglect the need to save and simply go on enjoying upscale expatriate...
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...