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19-10-2017 20:03:16 (GMT +02:00) Pretoria / Cape Town, South Africa

Court decision a victory for asylum seekers
03. Oct. 2017 Groundup
  Zimbabweans get four-year grace
02. Oct. 2017 Mail & Guardian

The ruling by the Supreme Court of Appeal that the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office must be opened is a victory for asylum seekers. The court found that the director-general of the Department of Home Affairs had used his power unlawfully. On 29 September, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) found the decision of the director-general of the Department of Home Affairs to close the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office to be unlawful and set the decision aside; overturning a High Court decision. The SCA ordered the Department of Home Affairs to re-open the office within six months. This is the second time that the closure of the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office has come before the Supreme Court of Appeal. The director-general (DG) first decided to close the office in 2012; however, the decision was set aside by the High Court and an order given that the office must be re-opened. V.4064
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Zimbabweans have become part of South Africa’s fabric. There are anywhere between one and three million Zimbabweans living and working in the country. More than 200 000 Zimbabweans are here on a special visa that will expire at the end of the year. Although government has outlined paths for them to remain in the country legally, the process is clouded by confusion and bureaucratic hurdles. V.4059
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Spain emerging as top investment for South Africans
02. Oct. 2017 MoneyWebb
  July Arrivals: The verdict is in
02. Oct. 2017 Tourism Update

As more South Africans look to invest in property abroad, Spain’s golden visa programme is offering them one of the best deals in global real estate. With the Spanish property market in full growth phase and Spain’s GDP growth nearly double the Eurozone average at 3.2%, Spanish real estate is emerging as a strong investment for foreign nationals. For South Africans looking to buy property overseas, the benefits of investing in the Spanish market are two-fold; buyers can make a return on their investment and can easily rent their second home to either locals or the millions of tourists who visit Spain each year. V.4060
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Stats SA has released its latest tourism and migration report and the verdict on July arrivals is in. Total arrivals are up by 2% and overseas arrivals are up 10%, with Central and South America leading the charge at 90% year-to-date growth. Brazil arrivals continue to grow exponentially with a year-to-date increase of 119%, as 17 524 arrivals in 2016 increased to 38 460 arrivals in 2017. Argentina isn’t far behind Brazil, at an 89% year-to-date increase and a 71% month-to-month increase. While Mexico has shown a 42% year-to-date increase. V.4061
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Home Affairs: a production-industry partner
28. Sep. 2017 CPA
  Visa changes keep immigrants offside
28. Sep. 2017 Cape Times

RSA visa applications just got easier for foreign production stakeholders If you’ve ever brought a foreign client or production specialist into the country for a shoot, you know how complicated visa acquisition can be. And in the fast-paced production industry, with specialists constantly on the go, you don’t always have the time or the means to meet the requirements, like regular travellers do. V.4062
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So the Supreme Court of Appeal found earlier this week. The judgment comes after Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize and department director-general Mkuseli Apleni appealed a previous high court ruling that asylum seekers were entitled to apply for visitors and work visas while in the country. The matter was brought to the Western Cape High Court in 2003 by the Legal Resources Centre on behalf of 13 asylum seekers. It was settled, and an order, which came to be known as the “Dabone Order”, was agreed on between the parties. Following the Dabone Order, the director-general soon issued a directive that asylum seekers in possession of a permit could apply for one of the temporary residence permits, as well as permanent residency. V.4063
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A growing need for specialised immigration practitioners
25. Sep. 2017 Sa Migration
  Rejection and Appeals: What to do when your application has been rejected.
25. Sep. 2017 Sa Migration

With the changes in law and variance in practice, there is a growing need for the assistance of specialised Immigration Practitioners. An immigration practitioner understands the Act and the processes to be followed to achieve, amongst other things, lawful outcomes. While any person is able to put together a visa or permit application, this person may not have the knowledge and/or expertise in understanding and complying with a legal process. V.4057
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As with any change there comes with it a lot of miscommunication and an increase in the number of failed applications. It appears that there has been a sharp increase in the number of visa and permit application being rejected and many prospective immigrants are left to wonder how on earth they can navigate this now even more complex immigration system. In this article we will unpack the reasons why some applications get rejected and when and how to do an appeal to have the decision reviewed. V.4058
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You have overstayed your Visa, now What!!!
21. Sep. 2017 Sa Migration
  Why Treasury wants to keep the 183 day rule for expat taxpayers
20. Sep. 2017 Fin24

Overstaying ones visa is a common occurrence among expats in South Africa and in recent months overstaying one visa has moved from being a minor inconvenience to a possible criminal offence with potentially serious ramifications. The changes brought about by the new immigration laws have made overstaying ones visa a very serious affair which needs a careful and smart approach to remedy. In this article we will explore the effect of overstaying ones visa and what steps to take to correct this now serious matter. V.4052
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Cape Town " National Treasury believes that the 183 day threshold for South Africans working outside the country should remain in the proposed amendments to the tax laws. National Treasury is in the process of repealing tax exemption laws on income earned by South Africans working overseas through two bills, the 2017 Taxation Laws Amendment Bill and the 2017 Draft Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill. If planned new legislation goes through Parliament, South Africans who work overseas could be taxed locally for foreign earnings from March 1 2020. V.4053
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Why Treasury wants to keep the 183 day rule for expat taxpayers
20. Sep. 2017 Fin24
  New SA Permits Relieve Zimbos
20. Sep. 2017 ZIMEYE

Cape Town " National Treasury believes that the 183 day threshold for South Africans working outside the country should remain in the proposed amendments to the tax laws. National Treasury is in the process of repealing tax exemption laws on income earned by South Africans working overseas through two bills, the 2017 Taxation Laws Amendment Bill and the 2017 Draft Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill. If planned new legislation goes through Parliament, South Africans who work overseas could be taxed locally for foreign earnings from March 1 2020. V.4054
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Zimbabweans staying in South Africa have commended the host government for introducing a new four-year permit known as the Zimbabwe Exemption Permit (ZEP) for those wishing to study or work in that country. The ZEP is valid between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2021, and replaces the Zimbabwe Special Permit (ZSP) whose lifespan expires on December 31 this year. According to South Africa’s Home Affairs Department, the ZEP facility is only available to 197 941 holders of the ZSP permit. In separate interviews yesterday, Zimbabweans said the new development brought about an end to months of speculation on reports that the country was introducing tough measures for immigrants. “This is a relief to the thousands of Zimbabweans who have endured several months of speculation on their status at the expiry of the ZSP,” said Mr Giyani Dube a representative of Zimbabweans staying in South Africa. V.4056
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Refugee children miss school to renew asylum permits
12. Sep. 2017 Groundup
  German arrivals on the up
11. Sep. 2017 Tourism Update

“My mom says I should be strong, but my feet always hurt from standing in the long queues” - grade 4 child Chido, Esther and Irvin, aged 12, ten and six respectively, are missing school. Instead of going to class they are queuing at the Desmond Tutu Refugee Centre in Pretoria to renew their asylum-seeking papers. “I grew up in these long queues, coming to get our asylum papers,” says Chido. Her family is originally from Zimbabwe but Chido was born in South Africa. To date her family has not yet been granted refugee status. She says t V.4055
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German arrivals continue to grow, even during SA’s winter months. German visitors to South Africa have increased by 15% according to the latest report released by Statistics SA. The German market has shown a steady increase over the last few months, with arrivals up by 24% for the month of June compared with June last year. Growth in May was 5% and April 15.91%. V.4051
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Immigrant pupils fear expulsion
14. Jul. 2017 The Witness
  Angolan former refugees exempted
14. Jul. 2017 Times Live

Immigrant pupils in the city fear expulsion after they were asked to submit either a South African identity document, a valid passport or study permit to their schools. V.4047
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Government brought brief relief to Angolan former refugees when it granted a blanket exemption to those who qualified but would not provide reasons why it was limited to a period of four years. V.4048
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Angolan former refugees exempted
14. Jul. 2017 Times Live
  How home affairs plans to collect and use your personal data
07. Jul. 2017 Business Tech

Government brought brief relief to Angolan former refugees when it granted a blanket exemption to those who qualified but would not provide reasons why it was limited to a period of four years. V.4049
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One of the key proposals of the document is a complete restructuring of Home Affairs, taking steps towards becoming completely self-sustainable. V.4042
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Home Affairs closed this weekend as wage dispute continues
07. Jul. 2017 Traveler 24
  Constitutional Court protects rights of detained immigrants
30. Jun. 2017 The Citizen

Cape Town - If you were planning to collect your passport, smart-card ID or visa documents on Saturday, best you make alternative plans. V.4044
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This despite the fact that it will now become very expensive to process the arrests of undocumented migrants. Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) has welcomed a unanimous Constitutional Court ruling upholding the rights of all detainees " also alleged illegal immigrants " to access our courts. V.4040
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Constitutional Court protects rights of detained immigrants
30. Jun. 2017 The Citizen
  Industry reacts to Rwandan permit increase
27. Jun. 2017 Tourism Update

This despite the fact that it will now become very expensive to process the arrests of undocumented migrants. Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) has welcomed a unanimous Constitutional Court ruling upholding the rights of all detainees " also alleged illegal immigrants " to access our courts. V.4041
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Rwandas permit hikes may be in response to the surge in high-end tourism development. The recent doubling of Rwandas gorilla permits from 0 to rdaddphp 500 has resulted in concerns from some operators over the potential impact of the increase. V.4038
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Home Affairs faces 50 new lawsuits every week
27. Jun. 2017 IOL
  Home Affairs wants to start collecting and selling your personal data " and charging for it
26. Jun. 2017 Business Tech

Johannesburg - The Home Affairs Department is being slapped with about 50 cases of litigation on a weekly basis, deputy director-general for institutional planning and support Thulani Mavuso said. V.4039
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On 30 June, the ANC’s National Executive Committee will meet to review ANC policy and makes recommendations on amendments or new policies to the National Conference. V.4043
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5 ways Cape Town and Western Cape plan to maintain investor confidence
25. Jun. 2017 Fin 24
  ALERT: Home Affairs services hard-hit due to insufficient staff
24. Jun. 2017 

Cape Town After engaging with stakeholders the Western Cape investment agency Wesgro has set out five ways in which investor confidence can be maintained in Cape Town and the Western Cape after SA recent credit ratings downgrades by ratings agencies. V.4037
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Cape Town - The Department of Home Affairs confirms that over 90% of DHA offices are closed on Saturday due to insufficient staff numbers which Home Affairs says is not inline with the recent settlement agreement with the Unions. V.4033
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Over 90% of Home Affairs offices closed on Saturday
24. Jun. 2017 Timeslive
  South Africas asylum seeker figures questioned
20. Jun. 2017 TimesLIVE

Over 90% of the Department of Home Affairs offices were not operating on Saturday despite a settlement agreement reached with trade unions just over a week ago the department confirmed. V.4036
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South Africa has been singled out for the skewed figures representing the latest global asylum-seeker population according to the UN Human Rights Council. V.4027
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Home affairs to brief parliament on Guptas’ naturalisation
20. Jun. 2017 Citizen
  Uprooted Zimbabweans may soon be forced to leave SA
20. Jun. 2017 Times Live

The department maintains the application to grant the controversial family citizenship was lawful. V.4029
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Zimbabweans who came to South Africa after the economic collapse of 2008 are facing the threat of having to uproot themselves once more as their visas expire. V.4031
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South Africa’s borders may become even more unwelcoming to asylum seekers
20. Jun. 2017 The Daily Vox
  SA promises to improve processing of refugees on World Refugee Day
20. Jun. 2017 Times Live

Asylum seekers may face greater difficulties entering South Africa once Parliament enacts legislation to create a new agency that will have full control of the country’s borders and ports, and once the department of home affairs opens new processing centres for asylum seekers. V.4032
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South Africa has offered hope for refugees and asylum seekers promising to digitise its systems to make their lives easier. Home affairs deputy minister Fatima Chohan said the department would soon be introducing biometric smart cards for refugees similar to the new identity cards for South African citizens. V.4034
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MPs call for Gigaba testimony after home affairs minister DG fail to appear
20. Jun. 2017 Mail & Guardian
  Refugees struggle to renew papers at Home Affairs
19. Jun. 2017 Groundup

On Tuesday a parliamentary portfolio committee was set to grill Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize and director general Mkuseli Apleni over alleged malpractice in the naturalisation of Atul Gupta and his family. However Mkhize and Apleni failed to appear citing a schedule conflict. V.4035
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Cape Town - A number of refugees from Somalia say they keep getting turned away at the Customs House foreshore offices of Home Affairs when trying to renew their documents. V.4046
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Whose democracy is it anyway? Home Affairs’ chilling move on your money, and your freedom
18. Jun. 2017 Daily Maverick
  Home Affairs makes U-turn on disciplinary action against workers
17. Jun. 2017 ECN

Within 10 years Home Affairs wants to be at the centre of South Africas security and economic development. To fulfill its vision the departments recently published discussion document proposes raising own funds by requiring institutions from public schools and hospitals universities " but also banks conveyance attorneys and airlines " to verify a persons identity against a fee with Home Affairs’ biometric database before accessing services. The document also proposes raising funds through identity verification provided to the commercial sector. This move into the heart of governments security cluster may just turn into a nightmare. By MARIANNE MERTEN. V.4025
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Home Affairs agreed to enter negotiation with unions after the Bargaining Councils conciliation hearing on Thursday. without paying them overtime. V.4020
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Home Affairs Dept ordered to appear in Parly over Guptas SA citizenship
17. Jun. 2017 ENCA
  SA and UNHCR to mark World Refugees Day with tolerance exercises
16. Jun. 2017 News Ghana

JOHANNESBURG - Parliaments portfolio committee on home affairs has ordered the Home Affairs Department to appear before it and provide details around the naturalisation of the Gupta family. V.4021
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The Department of Home Affairs and United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNHCR) have announced that they will jointly commemorate World Refugee Day in eThekwini Municipality to promote social cohesion, tolerance and peaceful co-existence among refugees, asylum-seekers and host communities. V.4019
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New Home Affairs says Gigaba granted Gupta’s citizenship lawfully
15. Jun. 2017 Destiny Reporter
  Gigaba hammers media for helping to peddle ‘lies’ about him
15. Jun. 2017 The Citizen

Former Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba did nothing wrong in granting the Gupta family South African citizenship, his successor Hlengiwe Mkhize said on Wednesday “I have looked at all the documentation and I thought [that] if I was in a similar position I would have considered the request in a favourable manner,” Mkhize said, adding that there was therefore no reason to investigate the matter further. V.4023
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The minister alleges a paid campaign started being waged against him since he became finance minister. “We must try, to the best of our abilities, to avoid being information peddlers,” Gigaba told journalists at the end of a media briefing in Pretoria on Thursday after speaking about the state of the economy. V.4024
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#GuptaLeaks: Delhi Daredevils staff member contacted Guptas for SA visa assistance
12. Jun. 2017 Daily Maverick and News24
  Gigaba pushed through Guptas SA citizenship - EFF
12. Jun. 2017 News 24

Leaked emails show that a visa application for somebody connected to the Delhi Daredevils cricket team was expedited when the side made it to the semi-finals of the Champions League T20 tournament in South Africa in 2012. But only after he had contacted Ajay Gupta directly Much has been written about Malusi Gigabas time as home affairs minister. Particularly how a senior Gupta employee Ashu Chawla repeatedly asked officials to fast-track visas to benefit Gupta businesses. Now further leaks show that these officials were pulling favours even before he took up the post. V.4017
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Cape Town - The EFF says it has received reliable information that whilst Malusi Gigaba was minister of home affairs he unduly granted the Gupta family South African citizenship. V.4018
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Pupils register for school with health passports
09. Jun. 2017 The Namibian
  Will the Zimbabwe Special Permit be renewed? Zimbabwean immigrants want clarity as permit expires in six months
09. Jun. 2017 Groundup

EDUCATION permanent secretary Sanet Steenkamp yesterday said some schools were registering children who only had baptism certificates or health passports to ensure that they are not left out. It is government policy that children must have a birth certificate to register for school but in certain circumstances exceptions have been made. V.4016
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The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has told holders of the Zimbabwean Special Permit (ZSP) not to panic, but to await the decision by the department on the extension of their permits, due to expire on 31 December 2017. V.4026
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Will the Zimbabwe Special Permit be renewed?
09. Jun. 2017 Groundup
  Home affairs wary of looming strike by staff
08. Jun. 2017 ANA Reporter

Will the Zimbabwe Special Permit be renewed? Zimbabwean immigrants want clarity as permit expires in six months V.4030
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Pretoria " Home Affairs director-general Mkuseli Apleni on Thursday announced that his department had been served with a notice to strike by unions representing front office staff. V.4015
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March arrivals up 6% but top market dips
06. Jun. 2017 Tourism Update
  Controversial German directive passes with reduced sting
06. Jun. 2017 Tourism Update

Arrivals from the United Kingdom dipped in March. Arrivals from the United Kingdom to South Africa dropped 8% year-on-year in March, while year-to-date arrivals from the UK are down 0.19%. The growth in overseas arrivals has also slowed when compared to January and February. V.4013
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Controversial German directive passes with reduced sting The EU package travel directive was passed into German law last week. The German travel trade were taken by surprise late last week when the controversial EU package travel directive (PTD), expected to drag on for some months yet, was passed by the German Bundestag. V.4014
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Is it time to ask the Constitutional Court to examine the workings of Home Affairs?
04. Jun. 2017 Tourism Update
  Home affairs minister vows to fight ‘corrupt’ individuals to tighten immigration limits
03. Jun. 2017 The South African

One of the key issues not raised in all the discussions around the changes in South Africa’s Immigration laws since mid-2014, relates to the general processes and conduct of the Department of Home Affairs in the execution of its duties. V.4010
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Hlengiwe Mkhize has promised to fight the corruption within the immigration authorities, so South Africa can firmly control who they decide to let into the country V.4009
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Home Affairs DG demands answers from officials implicated in #GuptaLeaks
02. Jun. 2017 ENCA
  Dear Tony Gupta I Have Top Secret Clearance
02. Jun. 2017 Pieter du Toit Deputy Editor, HuffPost South Africa

PRETORIA " Home Affairs Director-General Mkuseli Apleni says he is initiated an investigation and called on immigration officials implicated in the latest Gupta leaks to explain themselves. V.4011
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Dear Tony Gupta I Have Top Secret Clearance Kindly find attached copy of my resume and note that I have been vetted by SSA for top secret clearance and awaiting my evaluation. 02/06/2017 13:14 SAST | Updated 02/06/2017 15:17 SAST • Pieter du Toit Deputy Editor HuffPost South Africa V.4012
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Renewing general work visas challenging in South Africa
29. May. 2017 By: Stefanie de Saude
  Lengthy visa delays threaten key emerging market
26. May. 2017 Tourism Update

General work visas are proving virtually impossible to renew, since the implementation of the current immigration laws on 26 May 2014, when the Department of Labour took on a more significant role in the process. V.4007
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The issuing of tourist visas for Indian national is taking anything up to 20 days, if not longer. The inability by South Africa’s consular offices to process visa applications from Indian nationals timeously is forcing operators to postpone and rebook travel arrangements, all while pleading with suppliers to keep the ori V.4008
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Massive strike looming at Home Affairs
25. May. 2017 By JacarandaFM News
  Woman with no fingerprints battles to get ID
25. May. 2017 Daily Voice

The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) and the Public Servants Association (PSA) are threatening to down tools at Home Affairs over working conditions. V.4005
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Cape Town This Cape Flats woman has been battling to get a new identity document from the Department of Home Affairs because she has no fingerprints. V.4006
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I’m not dead
24. May. 2017 Germiston City
  Rough welcome: Could South Africas new border detention centres turn deadly?
24. May. 2017 bhekisisa

Primroses Hendrick van Niekerk has been battling to prove he is not dead for several years. Hendrick van Niekerk has been battling for years to prove that he is still alive. V.4003
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Experts warn that the countrys overburdened asylum system could leave people trapped at processing centres for years South Africa is to begin building massive border camps that could eventually house the more than 70 000 people who apply for refugee status annually. But civil society organisations warn that these centres could put migrants’ rights and health at risk. V.4028
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Home affairs on course to digitise records
23. May. 2017 ITWeb
  Three generations kept from school due to not having IDs
23. May. 2017 Vryheid News

The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) will step up the digitization of records using the earmarked R10 million per annum received from National Treasury. This is the word from minister Hlengiwe Mkhize during a presentation of the DHAs budget vote in Parliament. V.4002
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Three generations stuck at home unable to apply for anything not even a basic education. The Speaker of eDumbe Cllr ST Hlatshwayo with Siphiwe Ndwandwe Home Affairs supervisor DB Kubheka and Mr M Mbatha from the eDumbe Head Office. (Photo submitted) V.4004
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Get cracking on border agency, says home affairs
18. May. 2017 Business Day
  Gigaba re-enters fray with Oppenheimers Fireblade
18. May. 2017 Business Day

Opposition parties say if Border Management Authority Bill were passed in its present form, it would usurp customs and excise function of South African Revenue Service The Department of Home Affairs was pushing for the Border Management Authority Bill to be passed through Parliament, Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize said just before her budget vote on Wednesday. V.3998
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Fire blade is seeking to review his decision as home affairs minister to block customs and immigration services at its terminal at OR Tambo Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba has re entered a legal battle between the Department of Home Affairs and Oppenheimer aviation company Fire blade over a rejected application for customs and immigration services at its OR Tambo terminal. V.3999
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Minister shares vision for tourism
17. May. 2017 Tourism Update
  National campaign launched to galvanise support for tourism
17. May. 2017 Tourism Update

Transformation and skills development will be key priorities for newly appointed Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa. Xasa, who was Deputy Minister for about nine years, and Deputy Tourism Minister, Elizabeth Thabethe, met with industry captains at a breakfast on the sidelines of Indaba on Wednesday morning. V.3996
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The ‘I Do Tourism’ campaign will remind South Africans that tourism is everyone’s business, says SA Tourism CEO, Sisa Ntshona. South African Tourism this week launched the ‘I Do Tourism’ (IDT) campaign at Indaba. V.3997
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Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize: Home Affairs Dept Budget Vote 2017/18
17. May. 2017 
  Home Affairs prioritising immigration policy
17. May. 2017 Home Affairs prioritising immigration policy

Speech by Home Affairs Minister Hon. Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize On the occasion of the Budget Vote for the Department of Home Affairs Theme: Secure and Efficient Service to the People V.4000
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Home Affairs prioritising immigration policy Cape Town " Home Affairs had made improving South Africas international migration policy a priority Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize said on Wednesday. V.4045
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Government plans to track all South Africans who leave the country for longer than 3 months
15. May. 2017 Business Tech
  Evolving partnerships drive South Africa’s digital identity program
15. May. 2017 Biometric Update

Government plans to track all South Africans who leave the country for longer than 3 months: report Government plans to track all South Africans who leave the country for longer than 3 months: report V.3992
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South Africa took a major step toward the use of digital identity to secure the delivery of a variety of government services in 2013, with the introduction of a national smart ID card embedded with fingerprint data. V.3993
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“Border guards” will be part of the Border Management Authority " Minister
15. May. 2017 DefenceWeb
  Home Affairs working towards scrapping Visas for all African citizens
15. May. 2017 The South African

Addressing the National Assembly, Home Affairs Minister Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize gave another indication the proposed Border Management Authority (BMA) will be active only at recognised ports of entry leaving by far the bulk of border protection to the military. V.3994
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The Department of Home Affairs is working towards allowing all African citizens to enter the country without visas. There is a catch though, initially, so-called “trusted travellers” will be the only ones to benefit. Trusted travellers? These are diplomats, academics, business people and students. V.3995
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South Africa: SA Working On Scrapping Visa for All African Citizens
15. May. 2017 News24Wire (Cape Town)
  10 reasons why super-rich flock to SA
14. May. 2017 Fin24

South Africa is working towards allowing all African citizens to enter the country without visas but at first trusted travellers like diplomats officials academic business people and students will be the only ones to benefit. V.4001
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Cape Town - South Africa has over twice as many millionaires (HNWIs) as any other African country, because there are certain things that attract them, according to the South Africa 2017 Wealth Report by New World Wealth and Honeybee Communications. V.3991
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Why the end of the green ID book is on the cards by 2022
13. May. 2017 Talk of the Town
  Alleged sex-trafficking pastor in SA illegally
13. May. 2017 ENCA

Don’t get too attached to your ID book because in five years no one will have one. The Department of Home Affairs wants to replace all 38 million green booklets with smart ID cards by 2022. V.3989
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PORT ELIZABETH " A Nigerian pastor charged with human trafficking and sexual assault was found to have been living in South Africa “illegally” after it was discovered that at least one of his permits was “issued fraudulently”, it emerged in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Friday. V.3990
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Home Affairs’ ‘child trafficking’ cases don’t stand up to examination
12. May. 2017 Tourism Update
  Illegal immigrants walk past the dock and out the court door
12. May. 2017 Lowvelder

Home Affairs has revealed that some of the cases it reported as child trafficking, actually involved parental abduction and illegal adoption. V.3987
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MBOMBELA " Twenty-six illegal immigrants who were arrested on Monday spent just enough time in court to walk past the dock and out the front of the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court door, on Wednesday. V.3988
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SA Home Affairs department lose 4,616 permanent residence applications
09. May. 2017 Bulawayo News
  Cosatu boss deported
07. May. 2017 City Press

Re-application for PRP for those who applied prior to 02 June 2014. The Department of Home Affairs received permanent residence applications prior to 02 June 2014 utilizing the Track and Trace system . The Department has noted that it does not have 4616 applications on hand as per Track and Trace system. V.3986
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Satawu is adamant that general secretary is still in the country. A powerful unionist in the tripartite alliance has been deported to Zimbabwe after the department of home affairs’ investigation into his nationality revealed he was living in South Africa without the necessary permits. V.3984
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Saturday workdays at Home Affairs must be referred to conciliation‚ says top court
04. May. 2017 Times Live
  Inspectors enforce labour law with vim
04. May. 2017 iol.com

The Constitutional Court has dismissed an appeal by the Department of Home Affairs about whether employees can refer a “mutual interest” dispute to the bargaining council for conciliation. V.3980
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Cape Town - A crackdown on companies employing more than 40% foreign labour is being vigorously pursued by the new minister of Home Affairs. V.3981
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Home Affairs Dept signs trial phase deal with banks to increase service points
27. Apr. 2017 EWN
  Namibia Home Affairs Encourages Child-Naming Before Birth
26. Apr. 2017 New Era (Windhoek)

JOHANNESBURG - Newly appointed Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize says the department has signed a contract with banks to conduct a trial phase, in which it will increase the number of service points made available to alleviate the long queues which often plague home affairs branches in Gauteng. V.3985
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Eenyama " Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana has urged parents particularly fathers to name their babies before they are born to enable delivering mothers to register their children at birth. V.3979
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Home affairs aims to ease entry for skilled migrants and to tackle asylum seeker and refugee backlogs
25. Apr. 2017 BusinessLIVE
  Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize intends to clear bottlenecks
25. Apr. 2017 Business Day

Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize intends to clear bottlenecks Home affairs aims to ease entry for skilled migrants and to tackle asylum seeker and refugee backlogs V.3978
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Home affairs aims to ease entry for skilled migrants and to tackle asylum seeker and refugee backlogs Home Affairs Minister Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize has two immediate tasks to attend to in her new portfolio: making it easier for skilled migrants and investors to get through the system, and clearing the huge backlogs in processing asylum seeker and refugee applications. V.3982
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Hlengiwe Mkhize: Home Affairs needs to change old systems
25. Apr. 2017 EWN –
  SAA ‘knew’ its consultants were violating immigration laws
22. Apr. 2017 The Citizen

JOHANNESBURG - Newly appointed Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize says while there are a number of challenges facing her department, they are looking at immediate issues. V.3983
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New York-based consultants allegedly worked without the right paperwork, and Malusi Gigaba allegedly failed to respond to the issue. V.3976
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Refugee Amendment Bill “restricts and excludes” says attorney William Kerfoot,Panelists call for better implementation by Home Affairs
21. Apr. 2017 Groundup
  Cabinet reshuffle could clear the obstacles to border agency Customs and excise collection at the centre of a row between home affairs and the finance ministry
21. Apr. 2017 Business Day

The proposed changes to the Refugees Amendment Bill “restricts and excludes” those seeking to work and study, according to William Kerfoot, an attorney at the Legal Resource Centre. V.3973
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The Border Management Agency could soon assume all functions of border control and customs and excise collection, courtesy of President Jacob Zuma’s recent cabinet reshuffle. V.3974
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Home Affairs will appeal decision to allow DRC prophet asylum in SA
18. Apr. 2017 Business Day
  SARBs new loop structure allows foreign investment for startups
18. Apr. 2017 Bizcommunity

The Department of Home Affairs is fighting to keep self-proclaimed prophet Paul Joseph Mukungubila out of SA. Responding on Tuesday to news reports that the Congolese pastor had obtained asylum Home Affairs said it was appealing against a decision by the High Court in Johannesburg to allow Mukungubila to apply for asylum. V.3975
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Local unlisted technology media telecommunications exploration and other research and development companies can establish companies offshore in order to obtain foreign investment without prior Reserve Bank approval according to a recent circular from the Financial Surveillance Department of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB). V.3977
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