Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

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...
31 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Amsterdam conman targets more expats whilst awaiting trial for same offence

A property rental scammer on bail in Amsterdam whilst awaiting trial was arrested again last week for conning four more victims. The conman’s modus operandum was to target newly-arrived expats in the city via Facebook and other social media outlets by posing as a bona fide letting agent. He was first arrested at the end of last year after scamming a number of prospective expat renters, the majority of whom were expats. After viewing the properties, victims were offered rentals on payment of a deposit, a month’s rent and a...
29 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Bangkok expat community up in arms over unlawful street searches by police

Expats in Thailand’s capital are protesting over the use of illegal street searches they say are aimed at the foreign community. The stop and search procedures are taking place on Sukhumvit Road between Phrom Pong and the Asoke intersection and include late-night detentions at Thonglor police station as well as demands for on-street urine tests and threats of jail time, heavy fines and even deportation. Many expats who’ve made complaints have told local English language media they were intimidated into paying bribes of up to...
26 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Concerned expats and locals attempt to save massive salt-water lagoon from pollution

The Mar Menor is a Spanish coastal saltwater lagoon world-famous for its beauty, wetlands, marine life and ecological diversity, but it’s now dying due to lack of action as regards pollution. ' A group of passionate and dedicated local and expat environmentalists are now pressuring the local council to save the lagoon by making essential adjustments to its drainage and flood water systems. They’re also urging those who value this unique natural wonder to sign their ‘Save the Mar Menor’ petition on www.change.org. The petition...
19 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Asia now a hub for expats pursuing crypto dreams

Asia is now the world’s favourite hub for expats’ crypto careers. Expats from the West are now congregating in Asian countries in the hope of furthering their crypto careers. According to those on the scene, hopefuls from the USA, the UK, Australia and Europe are arriving in far greater numbers than ever before, all working to grab a slice of the amazing opportunities on offer, with Crypto companies springing up like mushrooms to boost this emerging market. Unlike in other world Crypto communities, the Asian version seems to...
17 Jul at 6 PM 2019

Is saving for an expat retirement justifiable?

Is retiring overseas the right decision? For the past decade or so, waves of would-be expat retirees have saved, planned and dreamed about retiring to a sun-kissed overseas paradise, with a good proportion heading back home after a few years, wiser but poorer for the experience. Saving hard for a life in the sun seems to be de rigueur nowadays, but the truth is that becoming an expat isn’t for everyone, and self-knowledge on this issue can be very expensive to acquire. It’s easier now to compare the costs of living in a dozen...