Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

14 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Former Italian expat textile mill workers’ guaranteed stays now overturne

Italian former textile mill workers who arrived in Bradford in the 1950s are now facing having to apply to stay post-Brexit. The remainder of the large number of Italian women who were invited to the UK to work in Bradford’s cotton mills after the end of WWII now consider themselves as being English although they don’t have British passports. When they arrived, they were given certificates of registration, similar to a work permit, which were regularly updated until 1961, when they were told hey could live freely in the UK....
14 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Brit expat shock as Ikea New Zealand may opt for smaller stores

Several months after the announcement that the IKEA brand was about to embrace conventional New Zealand, it seems there might not be enough customers to justify its massive store footprints! The news that Ikea was finally coming to the New Zealand outpost for disenchanted expat Brits struck fear into the hearts of husbands who’d hated the UK’s massive stores at least as much as their wives adored the chain’s iconic style and great prices. Nowadays, it seems only two locations, South Auckland and Westgate, may be able to justify...
9 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Cold calling pension scammers now banned from operating in the UK

Cold-calling pension fraudsters in the UK are now banned from targeting vulnerable elderly pensioners. Would-be expat retirees with private or work-related pensions should now be protected from pension fraudsters by a new law. Pension scammers who cold-call vulnerable pensioners offering free pension reviews are now banned from operating in the UK and face fines of £500,000 should they continue. The clampdown is long overdue, and is expected to end the practice of cold-calling by unscrupulous so-called IFAs. As many as eight scams...
8 Jan at 6 PM 2019

Huge increase in Brits applying for EU passports

2018 has broken all records for the number of Brits applying for EU passports. It’s no surprise that the number of British citizens applying for European Union passports soared in 2018, and the rush is now on for the remainder of Brit expats desperate to keep their right to free movement after 29 March this year. The Republic of Ireland was the focus of the majority of new applicants, eligible if their parents or grandparents were born there. In 2017, numbers applying rose by 24 per cent over 2016, and last year’s rise over the...
1 Jan at 6 PM 2019

US Ambassador to UK slams massive bilateral post-Brexit trade deal

UK expats hoping against hope the PM’s deal will be rejected resulting in a new referendum and the end of Brexit may have the USA on their side, but not in the expected manner. At the time of the Brexit vote, great hopes of a major bipartisan trade deal with the USA were mooted, but the US Ambassador seems to have indicated it won’t happen. According to national media, Woody Johnson believes that, although Trump would like to see a deal, May’s negotiated EU agreement would prevent the USA from offering a bilateral deal as it’s...
26 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Protecting your financial freedom as a relocating expat

Expats on relocation or reassignment may well be the brightest and best as regards their jobs, but money management is another matter. yourself in a strange city along with a career boost and salary you’ve long dreamed about can be an exciting experience, but if you’re financially illiterate the glow soon wears off. Expats must make many changes in order to achieve success in their chosen sectors, but many find their money-related habits very hard to adjust. Our spending is subconsciously controlled by our behavioural patterns and...
21 Dec at 6 PM 2018

‘Eco-protest’ Gatwick drones wreck family Christmases for UK expats

British families as well as expatriates going home for Christmas are all stranded at Gatwick and Spanish airports due to the ongoing drone drama. As of now, all flights from Britain’s second busiest airport are either cancelled or suspended as there’s still one mystery drone circling over the runway in the European flight hub’s airspace. Arrivals carrying British expats home for the festive season are also affected as the runway is now closed, and there’s no information as to when it will reopen. Many passengers had booked...
18 Dec at 6 PM 2018

Malaysia still cheap for expats in spite of cost of living increases

The latest cost of living survey aimed at expats shows Malaysia is still an inexpensive country for expats in spite of its cost of living hikes. Unsurprisingly, Kuala Lumpur is Malaysia’s costliest expat hub, rising 24 places in the survey to 188 in the world city rankings, with Penang and Johor Bahru also seeing significant rises. KL is now more expensive for expatriates than Mumbai, New Delhi and Manila. In spite of the bad press as a result of the survey, KL is still one of Asia’s cheapest locations for expatriates relocating...
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...