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Nov 21, 2015 - Business Permit    No Comments

Home Affairs official arrested for fraud

19 November 2015 – ENCA
JOHANNESBURG – A Durban Home Affairs official has been arrested for fraud.
The woman who is accused of stealing more than R100,000 last month, was taken by surprise when a policeman came to arrest her.
It’s believed the woman has stolen more than a-hundred and 30-thousand rand from the office’s October revenue.
She’s worked as a cashier for the department for ten years.
Home Affairs has welcomed her arrest.

Nov 21, 2015 - Business Permit    No Comments

W Cape gets advanced Home Affairs office

Thursday 19 November 2015 – SABC
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has launched a new Home Affairs office in Somerset West outside Cape Town.

The office has been fitted with a new electronic payment system as part of plans to modernise the department.

Gigaba says the shift towards electronic payment with debit and credit cards is part of the department’s modernisation programme started two years ago.

The new payment method has been piloted in Johannesburg and the new office unveiled on Thursday is the first in the Western Cape to have this facility.

Gigaba says this means applicants will no longer need to carry cash, making it more convenient.

Over the next several months until March, the department plans to rollout 38 more smart ID card offices, over the current 140.

Nov 20, 2015 - Business Permit    No Comments

W Cape gets advanced Home Affairs office

Thursday 19 November 2015 – SABC
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has launched a new Home Affairs office in Somerset West outside Cape Town.

The office has been fitted with a new electronic payment system as part of plans to modernise the department.

Gigaba says the shift towards electronic payment with debit and credit cards is part of the department’s modernisation programme started two years ago.

The new payment method has been piloted in Johannesburg and the new office unveiled on Thursday is the first in the Western Cape to have this facility.

Gigaba says this means applicants will no longer need to carry cash, making it more convenient.

Over the next several months until March, the department plans to rollout 38 more smart ID card offices, over the current 140.

Nov 20, 2015 - Business Permit    No Comments

Home Affairs slams visa law critics

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 – iafrica
The Department of Home Affairs has denied that thousands of jobs have been lost due to South Africa’s visa regulations.
“The claims made by DA MP James Vos about job losses and billions of Rand lost due to visa regulations join the unsubstantiated claims that have defined the debate around this issue,” the department said in a statement last week.
“These claims have never been substantiated and our media has never asked those who make them to provide the evidence of thereof.”
In October, Vos released a statement saying that 9 300 jobs had been lost as a result of the visa regulations.
“It has been just over a year since the ill-advised VISA regulations were promulgated and already over 9 300 jobs and R9-billion in revenue has been lost,” Vos said.
Home Affairs slammed its critics’ stance on the visa laws.
“So much so that debate is based on the false premise that weighs child safety against business interests. The debate, at its most rudimentary level, declares that children travelling with the permission of parents will somehow destroy our tourism sector,” the department said.
“Would the detractors of child safety go further to say that children travelling without passports would boost our tourism economy further?”
The department said that while the debated was based on “careless assumptions”, the department’s motivation behind the laws was good intent.
Home Affairs also said that officials had simply been obeying the law and Constitution.
“We must [now] find legal remedies in contradiction to our constitution that allows us to make distinctions between children from Europe and those from China,” the department said, referring to the future visa law changes which will require people from certain countries to produce Unabridged Birth Certificates, while others will be strongly advised to do so.

Nov 20, 2015 - Business Permit    No Comments

Hawks arrest 18 cops, 2 officials at border post

EWN – 18 November 2015
JOHANNESBURG – Eighteen police officers and two Home Affairs officials have been arrested at a border post between South Africa and Botswana in the North West province.

The suspects were this week taken into custody while on duty for allegedly helping smugglers.

The Hawks say they’ve been linked to more than 50 criminal charges, including fraud.

More arrests are imminent.
The Hawks’ Hangwani Mulaudzi said, “They were aiding smugglers with bringing contraband products into the country and also targeting visitors from Botswana, where they don’t search their vehicles, don’t search their luggage but when they pass, they will follow them and demands bribes from them.”

Nov 18, 2015 - Business Permit    No Comments

MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS AND IMMIGRATION

November 17th, 2015 | by New Era Staff
Permanent Secretary of Home Affairs, clarify to all Zimbabweans why you are deporting everyone going to visit at Hosea Kutako International Airport? To my understanding Zimbabweans have 90 days to come to Namibia per year on a visitors’ visa. That is all being ignored now. Is it still about lack of water or xenophobia? Are the South Africans, Tswanas and Americans also being treated like this?
Response: The ministry needs proof of Zimbabweans being deported! Otherwise this will just be a vague allegation. The truth is that the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration arrests illegal immigrants or those who overstay regardless where they come from.
The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration is guided by the Namibian Act (Immigration Act of 1993) under article 7 that a person seeking to enter Namibia shall before entering Namibia present himself or herself to an immigration officer at a port of entry and satisfy such officer that he or she is not a prohibited immigrant in respect of Namibia and is entitled to enter and to be in Namibia.
The ministry can only deport a person with illegal documents or who overstayed in Namibia. All persons from countries with whom Namibia has signed a Visa Exception Agreement are allowed to come to Namibia on a Visitors Entry Permit (VEP) for up to 90 days per year. It is up to the individual visitor to break the days into intervals of either two weeks VEP or one month VEP or 2-month VEP or exhaust 90 days at one go. If you go beyond 90 days, the law will take its course.
In short, the ministry does not only arrest Zimbabwean nationals who violate our immigration laws but each foreign national who becomes an illegal immigrant or who overstays while our police officers arrest those who commit criminal offences.
Query: Minister of Home Affairs, why do you have to ask for a work permit if a foreigner wants to marry a Namibian? I have a child with my boyfriend and we love each other and all that we want is to tie that love in the form of a wedding because his entry visa is expiring this month. Where can he get a work permit fit for marriage? Your strict rules will expose people to corruption. People could end up applying for study permits instead.
Response: The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration advocates that all foreign nationals who intend to marry Namibian citizens must have valid status in Namibia before their marriages (in case such marriages are to be solemnised inside Namibia).
Should they decide to marry Namibian citizens inside Namibia, they will not have domicile in Namibia due to the lack of valid status at the time of marriage. Marriage between a Namibian and a foreigner can only be solemnised in Namibia if the foreign national can provide a valid permit or visa.
Query: Minister of Home Affairs, what does a work permit and a study permit have to do with marriage? You did not marry your boyfriend because of that. Introduce marriage permits in your office then. Work and marriage cannot be linked.
Response: Kindly take note that all foreign nationals entering or residing in Namibia must be in possession of a valid permit/ visa. It being a work, study or visitors permit or visa. It’s only then will it be legal to marry a Namibian if you have legal status in the country.

Nov 18, 2015 - Business Permit    No Comments

MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS AND IMMIGRATION

November 17th, 2015 | by New Era Staff
Permanent Secretary of Home Affairs, clarify to all Zimbabweans why you are deporting everyone going to visit at Hosea Kutako International Airport? To my understanding Zimbabweans have 90 days to come to Namibia per year on a visitors’ visa. That is all being ignored now. Is it still about lack of water or xenophobia? Are the South Africans, Tswanas and Americans also being treated like this?
Response: The ministry needs proof of Zimbabweans being deported! Otherwise this will just be a vague allegation. The truth is that the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration arrests illegal immigrants or those who overstay regardless where they come from.
The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration is guided by the Namibian Act (Immigration Act of 1993) under article 7 that a person seeking to enter Namibia shall before entering Namibia present himself or herself to an immigration officer at a port of entry and satisfy such officer that he or she is not a prohibited immigrant in respect of Namibia and is entitled to enter and to be in Namibia.
The ministry can only deport a person with illegal documents or who overstayed in Namibia. All persons from countries with whom Namibia has signed a Visa Exception Agreement are allowed to come to Namibia on a Visitors Entry Permit (VEP) for up to 90 days per year. It is up to the individual visitor to break the days into intervals of either two weeks VEP or one month VEP or 2-month VEP or exhaust 90 days at one go. If you go beyond 90 days, the law will take its course.
In short, the ministry does not only arrest Zimbabwean nationals who violate our immigration laws but each foreign national who becomes an illegal immigrant or who overstays while our police officers arrest those who commit criminal offences.
Query: Minister of Home Affairs, why do you have to ask for a work permit if a foreigner wants to marry a Namibian? I have a child with my boyfriend and we love each other and all that we want is to tie that love in the form of a wedding because his entry visa is expiring this month. Where can he get a work permit fit for marriage? Your strict rules will expose people to corruption. People could end up applying for study permits instead.
Response: The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration advocates that all foreign nationals who intend to marry Namibian citizens must have valid status in Namibia before their marriages (in case such marriages are to be solemnised inside Namibia).
Should they decide to marry Namibian citizens inside Namibia, they will not have domicile in Namibia due to the lack of valid status at the time of marriage. Marriage between a Namibian and a foreigner can only be solemnised in Namibia if the foreign national can provide a valid permit or visa.
Query: Minister of Home Affairs, what does a work permit and a study permit have to do with marriage? You did not marry your boyfriend because of that. Introduce marriage permits in your office then. Work and marriage cannot be linked.
Response: Kindly take note that all foreign nationals entering or residing in Namibia must be in possession of a valid permit/ visa. It being a work, study or visitors permit or visa. It’s only then will it be legal to marry a Namibian if you have legal status in the country.