Expat South Africa News

Latest 10 news items tagged South Africa

17 Jan at 6 PM 2020

For wealthy expats, Moraira is Spanish heaven

For those with unlimited cash, this smaller, exclusive Costa Blanca municipality is the place to be. Spain is mostly rated amongst would-be British expats as a cheap-as-chips hideaway featuring inexpensive accommodation, British food and endless sunshine. For those who can easily afford to be more selective, the jewel in the Costa Blanca crown is the small conurbation of Moraira. This sun-baked little town now has the highest secondhand home property prices in the entire region at around €2,800 per square metre. For those...
17 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Oz expats make waves in smaller Chinese cities

China is still a favourite destination for expats from across the world, but some of the more adventurous are ignoring the lure of the massive cities and starting up businesses in smaller towns. For almost a decade, China’s mystery, amazingly long history and unique culture has drawn expats from the West to its capital and other major cities. Would-be entrepreneurs in the tech sector, English teachers and digital nomads have flocked to the formerly closed land and, in the main, have found themselves more than welcome. However, for...
15 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Spain playing fair with its British expat population

Is the recent message to Brit expats from the UK Ambassador in Spain yet another example of ‘too little, too late’ after Spain’s promises? Over the years since the Brexit referendum, British expats in European Union member states have either been totally ignored or received confusing mixed messages from their relevant diplomatic authorities. Expatriates living, working and retiring in Spain have accused the UK of treating them as bargaining chips in bizarre negotiations which never seemed to result in any solid information on...
7 Jan at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Rome rejuvenating its former glories

One of the world’s most famous, most historic and reputedly most romantic cities is now under fire for being one of the worst destinations for expats. According to a recent survey, it’s chaotic, expensive, dirty, prejudiced against expats, its political factions are pushing an anti-expat stance and salaries are too low to cover costs. According to local English language media, it’s not just one study which is slamming Rome as an expat destination, as other surveys are producing the same result as well as failing to recommend the...
27 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Spanish police warn lone expat females over online romance scam

British expat women living in Spain are being warned over an online social network scam. Spanish National Police are warning women expats in the country about a scam targeting Facebook users. Over the past few months, police have become aware of multiple cases of an online-based scam aimed at single female expats as well as local women. To date, thousands of euros have been lost to the same gang of tech-savvy criminals based in the country. The gang’s modus operandum is to target vulnerable females and establish romantic online...
24 Dec at 6 PM 2019

Police warn UK expats in Spain over Correos postal service scam

Expats living, working and retiring in Spain are now being warned about a financial scam using the Correos postal service. The scam first came to light when expatriate and local victims began reporting unauthorised withdrawals from their bank accounts. A police investigation then revealed links between the withdrawals and an already active group of criminals using the same modus operandum involving Spain's most popular and widely used postal service. Expats with little command of the Spanish language are considered to be especially at...
23 Dec at 6 PM 2019

British expat vigilante group set up in Spain to deter street crime

Following a spate of muggings, British expats in Spain’s Costa Blanca have been forced to form a vigilante group to patrol the streets. A number of concerned expat parents are now tackling the increasingly violent muggings in their home town by taking matters into their own hands and forming a vigilante group. The original idea came from builder Paul Canfield, who organised the group of mothers and fathers in order to protect the expat community from being robbed by gangs of thugs. The formation of the Los Alcazares group, now...
28 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Pornographic beachside sculptures enrage Brit expats on Costa Blanca

As if the Costa Crime Wave isn’t enough, expat families on Spain’s Costa Blanca now have pornographic metal artworks backing the beach. British expats in Alicante’s popular Altea town are in a state of shock/horror and have been rushing to complain to their local authority about a new feature backing a favourite family-oriental beach in the popular city. The sexually-graphic sculptures appeared almost overnight and started a riot amongst expats and tourists alike. X-rated sex including threesomes was the main theme of the...
22 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Brit residents and expats warned yet again about financial scammers

According to the UK’s financial regulator, very few retirement savers are smart enough to spot a financial scam. In spite of numerous, regular warnings from the UK’s financial regulators as well as from other online sources, both British residents and expats are too slow to spot financial scammers. A recent report estimates that the majority of those approached either online or offline decide to follow the scammer’s advice within just 24 hours of receiving an offer. The report doesn’t discriminate between British residents...
13 Nov at 6 PM 2019

Brit expats can now banish toxic energy in the home with Feng Shui

Brit expats in Spain’s Costa del Sol can now have their homes Feng Shui’d by an expert. Originally from China, Feng Shui is an incredibly ancient and still ongoing method of ensuring your home is happy and full of positive energy by identifying the aspects of the house’s placing, design and contents which are contributing to the destructive force of bad energy. Granted that it’s considered weird at best and a con at worst by Westerners in general, belief in its power has still helped many Westerners cut back on worry and...