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19-02-2018 11:34:21 (GMT +02:00) Pretoria / Cape Town, South Africa

Australia`s African community swept up in debate over crimes by `African gangs`
29. Jan. 2020 The Straits Times in Sydney
  Namibia introduces biometric passports
19. Feb. 2018 Xinhuanet News

Australia`s African community is relatively small but it has regrettably found itself at the centre of a heated national debate in recent weeks. V.4132
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WINDHOEK, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Namibia will from Jan. 8, 2018 issue biometric or electronic passports, an official in the home affairs ministry said Friday. V.4148
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Immigration hurdles block Ramaphosa’s vision to lure capital
09. Feb. 2018 Business Day
  Citizenship is hard to come by for skilled immigrants who create jobs
09. Feb. 2018 Sa Migration

Cyril Ramaphosa’s first speech as the new president of the ANC left many South Africans hopeful and enthusiastic about the country’s future. Virtually all interested parties in the immigration industry are urging him to engage with our sector urgently to discover the hurdles blocking his ambition to make SA attractive for foreign investment. V.4141
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Immigration attorney to challenge in court the unlawful and arbitrary 10-year permanent residency regulation Almost seven years ago, I arrived in SA as a 24-year-old unemployed university graduate from Israel and the US. I had met my then South African partner while on holiday in Cape Town, and due to the US Defence of Marriage Act, which forbade US citizens from sponsoring same-sex partners for green cards, our only option was for him to sponsor me to move to SA as his life partner on a temporary residence visa. V.4142
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Motorbike tourism: A growing niche for Southern Africa
09. Feb. 2018 Tourism Update
  96% of refugee applications are refused, say lawyers
08. Feb. 2018 Groundup

With the growth in tourists looking for unique and interesting experiences, motorbike tourism is a niche but growing market in Southern Africa, with the potential to grow even further. V.4147
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Home Affairs is “institutionally xenophobic”, Human Rights Commission told About 96% of refugee applications are rejected according to Lawyers for Human Rights, which has described the Department of Home Affairs as “institutionally xenophobic”. V.4140
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African gang’s reign of fear in Melbourne’s West
06. Feb. 2018 The Australian
  Angola-South Africa entry VISA free exemption a big boost for tourism, trade & investment in the Cape
04. Feb. 2018 SAMI

Victorian Premier Daniel ¬Andrews is under mounting pressure to combat Melbourne’s street gang crisis after another night of mayhem across the city’s suburbs with four brutal attacks, ¬including a violent home invasion. V.4139
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Wesgro, Cape Town and the Western Cape’s official Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency, warmly welcomes the decision by the South African and Angolan governments to exempt each other’s ordinary passports from visa requirements. V.4138
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Interpreter sentenced
31. Jan. 2018 News 24
  Number of foreign students studying in US drops
31. Jan. 2018 The Boston Globe

A court interpreter for the Department of Justice at the Galeshewe Court has pleaded guilty on two charges of corruption and defeating the ends of justice. V.4133
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New data show that the number of foreign students studying in the United States has dropped for the first time in five years. V.4137
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New refugee offices for Cape Town
30. Jan. 2018 Groundup
  Chinese citizens account for 60% of all `golden visas`
30. Jan. 2018 The Portugal News

Meanwhile refugees don’t have enough toilets at current offices Portable toilets have been removed at the Cape Town Refugee Office, forcing some refugees to use the filthy grounds outside. But a new refugee office for Cape Town is on the way, says Department of Home Affairs spokesperson David Hlabane. V.4134
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Cumulative investment in Portugal by citizens of China who have applied for ‘golden visas’ ` fast-track residence permits for major investors ` totalled €2.06 billion at the end of last year, official figures show. V.4135
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Ramaphosa extends an open invitation to investors
13. Jan. 2018 News 24
  Zambia suspends passport issuance in capital amid cholera outbreak
09. Jan. 2018 LUSAKA

East London - ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa has promised to resuscitate the country’s ailing economy while implementing the ruling party`s policies on free education and radical economic transformation. V.4130
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The Zambian government on Tuesday announced a temporary suspension on issuance of passports and national identity cards in Lusaka, the country`s capital, following an outbreak of cholera. V.4127
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Two passengers arrested at Allama Iqbal airport in Lahore
08. Jan. 2018 Pakistan Today
  THE PAIN OF QUEUING FOR A STUDY VISA
07. Jan. 2018 Swazi Observer

LAHORE: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Immigration Wing arrested two passengers on charges of fake permits at Allama Iqbal airport on Monday. V.4126
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48 hours queuing is no guarantee for a visa or study permit at SA High commission says Nelisiwe Mabuza who started queuing on Tuesday morning at 2am and only got her documents on Thursday after going through trying conditions. V.4144
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Fireblade customs service up, running
05. Jan. 2018 The Citizen
  Fireblade customs service up, running
05. Jan. 2018 The Citizen

In terms of a court order granted by consent, Home Affairs agreed to immediately give effect to a ruling that the department must provide an immigration service to international travellers at Fireblade’s terminal. V.4131
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In terms of a court order granted by consent, Home Affairs agreed to immediately give effect to a ruling that the department must provide an immigration service to international travellers at Fireblade’s terminal. V.4136
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`Stateless` man struggles for citizenship
23. Dec. 2017 Pretoria News
  Hawks called on to probe Home Affairs social media scam
21. Dec. 2017 AAN7

However, he has no birth certificate to prove it and thus cannot get a South African ID because it is said he is not a South African citizen. Ngubane is therefore stateless and belongs to no country. Home Affairs refuses to issue him with a South African ID because he is unable to provide documented evidence that he was born here. The department also said it was not justified to grant him permanent residence in the country under the circumstances. V.4124
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Home Affairs Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has warned of a criminal syndicate operating on social media networks. This comes after a fake account bearing the name of the minister was created a week ago, as a platform to solicit money through a purported contract deal to the amount of R25 million. “The minister is not involved in any deal of the nature described in this fake correspondence. In addition, the department will also never ask people to pay money through social media for any of its services and anyone who comes across such requests should report these to the authorities,” Dlodlo said. V.4125
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Cape Town refugee centre must be opened by end of March
15. Dec. 2017 Groundup
  Border Management Authority to become operational next year
15. Dec. 2017 Defence Web

Cape Town - On Thursday the Constitutional Court rejected an application by the Department of Home Affairs for leave to appeal, in a matter relating to the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office. The Department was appealing a decision by Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA). The SCA ruled in September that Home Affairs must `reopen and maintain a fully functional refugee reception V.4122
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According to the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Cabinet is expected to approve the long-awaited establishment of the Border Management Authority (BMA) early next year. SAnews, reporting on this week’s DHA briefing for festive season plans at South Africa’s authorised ports of entry, names the new entity as the Border Management Agency. This was the name given when it was first mooted but was subsequently changed to “authority” so as to give it more standing. V.4123
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Family caught up in home affairs nightmare
11. Dec. 2017 Times Live
  Dlodlo to appeal over Oppenheimers’ private international terminal
11. Dec. 2017 Business Live

When Florette and Nsongoni Mulowayi renounced their Democratic Republic of Congo citizenship, it was with the promise of a new life in a country they `want to serve`. Their eldest son had already been granted citizenship, having been born in South Africa in 2011, and they thought awarding the same status to them and their baby would be a formality. V.4120
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Home Affairs Minister Ayanda Dlodlo will approach the Supreme Court of Appeal to challenge the Oppenheimer family’s court victory in October to run a private international terminal at OR Tambo International Airport. On Friday the department lost the second round in a battle that has pitched the Oppenheimers against the Guptas when the High Court in Pretoria dismissed its application for leave to appeal against the October judgment. V.4121
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SA September arrivals increase ` Brazil, France continue to perform
10. Dec. 2017 Tourism Update
  Cape tourism bucks up for grabs
03. Dec. 2017 City Press

A year-on-year comparison between 2016 and 2017 for Q3 shows that the number of overseas tourists increased by 5%. September arrivals increased by 2,1% year-to-date, from 1 273 734 in September 2016 to 1 300 502 in September 2017. A month-to-month comparison indicates a small drop of 0,1%, from August 2017’s figure of 1 302 312. V.4119
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Capetonians, bless them, have been a little smelly recently. The water-deprived residents have been walking about with unwashed hair as they’re restricted to two-minute showers and that’s on a good day and their town doesn’t smell so good either, City Press noted on a trip last week. Despite the water crisis that has seen residents of the country’s oldest city limited to using 81 litres a day each, the Western Cape provincial government is going into overdrive to save its tourism industry, which is also suffering in the drought. V.4115
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#LoveSA: Why you don`t need to spend those precious rands overseas
03. Dec. 2017 City Press
  344 547 foreign nationals overstay visitor visas in 2016
03. Dec. 2017 Politics Web

Kate Turkington does country style in luxury in Dullstroom; battles a gale in Wakkerstroom, one of the world’s best birding spots; and catches a tiger fish on Jozini Dam - in one week. Mpumalanga may be one of our smallest provinces, but it’s packed with beauty and things to do. And you don’t need lots of time, foreign exchange or finicky visas to travel to some of its amazingly diverse destinations. V.4116
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Zimbabweans are main culprits, followed by Mozambicans and Malawians Minister Dlodlo must immediately resolve dire inefficiencies at Home Affairs In a reply to a DA Parliamentary question, Home Affairs Minister, Ayanda Dlodlo, revealed that at least 344 547 foreign nationals failed to leave South Africa before or on the date their visas were set to expire. V.4118
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SA September arrivals increase ` Brazil, France continue to perform
30. Nov. 2017 Tourism Update
  Cyber piracy strikes at tourism
23. Nov. 2017 Tourism Update

A year-on-year comparison between 2016 and 2017 for Q3 shows that the number of overseas tourists increased by 5%. September arrivals increased by 2,1% year-to-date, from 1 273 734 in September 2016 to 1 300 502 in September 2017. A month-to-month comparison indicates a small drop of 0,1%, from August 2017’s figure of 1 302 312 V.4117
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Cyber piracy in the tourism industry is fast becoming a major problem, with websites mimicking those of legitimate reserves and lodges. A concerned reader recently alerted Tourism Update to the growing prevalence of cyber piracy within the tourism sector, with companies creating websites that mimic those of reserves and lodges in order to mislead travellers into booking with them instead. V.4113
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