Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

23 May at 6 PM 2019

Specialist beers and wines are favourites for expats in Asia

Whether it’s fish ‘n chips, Weetabix, Marmite or Guinness, British expats as well as their international compatriots crave a taste of home, especially if it’s almost unavailable. Home country foods and beverages are an occasional must have for expats all over the world, especially if they’re a taste of childhood in a far simpler universe than the present version. This incontrovertible fact of expat life has prompted expat entrepreneurs to start businesses bringing in all-time favourites to hordes of waiting expatriates in...
21 May at 6 PM 2019

UK expat retirees hit hard by sterling volatility

British expat retirees in Europe have lost 14 per cent of their pensions’ purchasing power since the Brexit referendum. A report from a technology service handling more than 6,000 regular monthly payments to UK pensioners living in EU member states has revealed British expat retirees’ costs of living have risen by 14 per cent due to currency volatility. In comparison, the rate of inflation in the UK over the same time period is seven per cent. In addition to sterling’s Brexit-induced instability, the USA’s trade war with China...
15 May at 6 PM 2019

Reasons why VPNs are must-haves for expats

One important aspect of becoming an expat is to ensure your online security is in place. Moving overseas can be a chore, as there are so many aspects to consider in order to live a stress-free life in the new country of residence. Ensuring online security is often not considered an immediate priority but, for homesick new arrivals, a break in your service for whatever reason can prevent contact with friends and family back home. Logging on unprotected can also result in viruses, the hacking of bank details and passwords or...
15 May at 6 PM 2019

What do UK expats from Yorkshire miss the most?

Depending on their original location in the UK, British expats miss certain home comforts more than most other nationalities seem to. The lure of living overseas in a permanently hot climate is strong for many Brits who’re simply fed up with rain, extended cold winters and parliamentary chaos. Waking up every morning for the rest of their lives to sunshine, birdsong, a gently breeze and a view over the ocean can be had, but once the gloss of new arrival has melted away, missing certain home comforts can become problematic. In...
9 May at 6 PM 2019

Doha expats celebrate opening of city metro line south

Doha’s brand new Metro Red Line South opened yesterday to the sound of cheering and clapping from crowds of expats and locals awaiting their first ride. Qatar’s capital is becoming clogged with road traffic, especially during rush hours, with the new metro service more than welcome as it saves time and the hassle of finding parking spaces in the central area. To celebrate the new service, Mowasalat had announced the provision of feeder buses for commuters along with special discount deals for passengers using their Karwa taxi...
3 May at 6 PM 2019

Fake electricians hitting on Brit expat pensioners in Marbella

It seems Brit expats’ favourite retirement hub in Spain is reverting to its old title, the Costa del Crime! Yet another report of criminal activity along the Costa del Sol is hitting the English language press, increasing the fears of local British expat retirees about the safety of their chosen bolt-hole. A recent media report indicates local villains’ favourite rip-off techniques are back in favour, as yet another phony electrician is arrested by local police after robbing at least five homes in Marbella. Carefully choosing...
3 May at 6 PM 2019

Expats and business travellers warned over possible SA general election street protests

Expats and business travellers to South Africa are being warned to avoid the streets on the 8th May 2019 general election day. Employers are being advised to be aware of possible risks to their expat employees from street demonstrations and protests, as these have a chance of becoming violent. A good number of UK companies have their regional headquarters in the country’s major cities, with political demonstrations known to occasionally end in street fighting or worse. Although South Africa is regarded as a popular expat...
2 May at 6 PM 2019

Expats in Vietnam urged to back drive to eliminate plastics usage

Expats living and working in Vietnam are being urged to limit their plastics usage as more facts emerge about the effects of the scourge on the planet and its species. The throwaway society which gave rise to the overuse of plastics isn’t just confined to the West, as its effects are being felt across the whole of Asia including Vietnam. Litter is now an environmental hazard for humans as well as being a danger to water and land dwelling species alike. The populations of developing countries in Southeast Asia are serious and serial...
30 Apr at 6 PM 2019

UAE Meet the Locals group breaks down cultural barriers

Although the UAE is an all-time expat favourite for career development and high salaries, getting to know local people as friends is an unenviable task. The lack of interaction between expats and Emiratis is based on many aspects, including language, culture and an inability on the part of incomers to understand and appreciate an unfamiliar way of life. The unequal ten to one demographic balance between foreign nationals and local people is another reason, as are the all but segregated housing complexes popular with expats with...
29 Apr at 6 PM 2019

Dubai eases off liquor license law requirements

Dubai expats are welcoming far easier liquor licence requirements. Expat residents in Dubai will now be able to get the mandatory licence to buy, drink and store alcoholic beverages in the home without having to satisfy the former tough requirements. Previously, expats who wished to avail themselves of the official liquor license had to produce a letter from their employer or, if not employed and female, from their husband or father as well as a tenancy contract and a certificate showing earnings in excess of Dhs3,000 monthly. Under...