Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

6 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Mauritius affordable golden visa lures expat investors

With worldwide property investment still a favourite for expat professionals, Mauritius’s recent rule relaxation should prove of interest to those with spare cash. Already well-received in the worldwide expat property investment community, Mauritius’s recent relaxation of several rules governing property and residency has resulted in a fairly dramatic surge in interest. As a result of the changes, the small Indian Ocean island and its 1.2 million population are now accessible to any expat with $500,000 to spare. For this amount,...
4 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Benalmadena expats horrified by psychopathic killings of animals in local park

British expats in Spain's popular Benalmadena are being warned about a possible psychopath killing animals in the town’s park. British expats are branding as a psychopath the unknown person responsible for decapitating rabbits and injuring other animals in the city’s popular Paloma Park. The city’s large expat community was horrified when a local resident shared online images of one decapitated rabbit as well as the news that she’d found more seriously injured rabbits in the park as well as several dead birds. Branding the...
24 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Expats urged to guard against fraudulent text messages

In this internet age, texting is a big part of most peoples’ daily lives, whether they’re living in their country of birth or overseas as an expat. There’s no doubt that texts are an aid to businesses as well as for those keeping in touch with their friends and families at home and away. Unfortunately, not all texts messages are what they seem, as they’re also a convenient tool for fraudsters looking to part the unwary from their money. One absolute favourite is a text seemingly from the UK’s HM Revenue and Customs informing...
21 Oct at 6 PM 2019

Controversy continues over effect of compulsory health insurance for expats in Thailand

Heartbreak looms for elderly expats in Thailand via compulsory private health insurance. Whilst it seems the present requirement is to be mandatory for expats arriving on the O-A so-called retirement visa, and also on its annual extensions, there’s still a great deal of confusion about expat retirees whose retirement visas are of the ‘O’ type. At present, the interpretation of official immigration announcements seems to exempt this class of visa from compulsory private health insurance, but Thailand is Thailand and things...
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...