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Medical Visas for Batswana patients going to SA

16 August 2018 – Mmpegi Online
The Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs advises nationals travelling to South Africa for medical purposes to always obtain Medical Visas before leaving the country.

In an interview with Mmegi, the ministry’s permanent secretary Dr Temba Mmusi said SA, which is a sovereign state, took the decision and the basis for the decision was not known.
He stated that in the past, Batswana travelling to South Africa seeking medical attention were not being expected to obtain Medical Visas.
“The challenges that the two countries encountered due of lack of Visa application by Batswana who seek medical attention in SA without Visas are unauthosired stay in RSA medical facilities which is against international laws and may sour diplomatic relation between Botswana and
RSA together the two countries and Batswana being declared unwelcome in RSA which means that they will not be able to travel to RSA to visit, receive service or do business,” he said.
Mmusi therefore advised Botswana citizens going to RSA for medical reasons to apply for medical permits. He highlighted that the application could be obtained through the South African High Commission in Gaborone.
“Proper arrangements should be made with the SA High Commission offices before departure. Batswana are urged to take heed of this advice to avoid any inconvenience,” he added.

South Africa: Zimbabweans in Despondent Wait for New SA Permits

CAJ News – 17 August 2018
Johannesburg — THE euphoria that greeted the announcement by South Africa regarding the extension of permits for thousands of Zimbabweans has turned into despair for scores of the migrants who are yet to receive their documents, almost a year after the process began.
The uncertainty comes amid a lack of clarity after the exercise, which was initially anticipated to be concluded in a matter of weeks, has dragged on for 11 months.
While some of the estimated 200 000 applicants in the Zimbabwe Exemption Permit (ZEP) have received their permits, the wait continues for a majority who are yet to get the much-needed document to enable them to work, study or run businesses in the neighbouring country.
“This year has been a horrible one without my permit as I have lost my job at a private firm as management say I am in the country illegally,” said an applicant who declined to be named, fearing this could jeopardize his prospects of getting a new permit.
“It has been a long and frustrating wait for the document. I applied last October but there has been no progress at all. This worsens the stress from the loss of my job,” he added.
Human rights advocates this week told CAJ News Africa how some applicants had lost their jobs and bank accounts in the wake of their failure by authorities to regularise their stay in South Africa.
“The atmosphere among applicants is now one of despondency and desperation, especially as some of them are now being fired from work. Others are also having their bank accounts frozen,” said Advocate Gabriel Shumba of the High Court of South Africa.
“However, we are not aware what the reason for the delay is. Home Affairs has of late not been directly engaging with stakeholders, which poses serious problems of communication,” Shumba continued.
He added: “We have sought engagement with the Department (Home Affairs) over this and await their response. That notwithstanding, we have also raised these concerns in writing and they were sent directly to the Minister and Director General.”
Malusi Gigaba is the minister while Thulani Mavuso is the Acting Director General following the recent resignation of Mkhuseli Apleni from the unstable department.
Three ministers have been at the helm of the department since the ZEP exercise resumed last September.
Hlengiwe Mkhize, who had earlier succeeded Gigaba, was minister when the announcement of ZEP was made. Ayanda Dlodlo succeeded her last October but President Cyril Ramaphosa re-deployed her in February, paving way for the return of Gigaba.
It is believed the chopping and changing of personnel has impacted on the conclusion of the exercise.
“We are worried about the delays in issuing out ZEP to applicants,” said Ngqabutho Mabhena, Chairman of the Zimbabwean Community in South Africa.
“We were told that the process takes about eight weeks now it has taken almost eight months (Ed’s Note: eleven months). We have engaged the manager of ZEP, who keeps on saying its work in progress,” Mabhena added.
Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) Global, the outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions, manages the ZEP applications.
The company said it would be unable to comment on enquiries by this publication as the Department of Home Affairs “cannot guarantee the outcome or the length of time an application takes to process.”
“Neither can it guarantee the return of decision within a certain timeframe,” VFS Global stated.
The company, which accepted ZEP applications at ten offices around South Africa, said this was due to the fact that applications were assessed individually and “individual circumstances” could mean processing times might vary and result in longer decision times.
“Therefore you are requested to wait until a decision on the application is taken since VFS Global does not have any control over the processing time,” a spokesperson stated.
Thabo Mokgola, the Home Affairs spokesperson, contacted for comment, said, “Kindly note that the Department will be convening a media briefing to provide a detailed update on the ZEP process.”
ZEP was put in place of the Zimbabwean Special Permit (ZSP), which started in 2014.
Applications for the new permit were accepted until February. The permit is issued for a maximum period of four years, effective from January 1, 2018 and expiring on December 31, 2021, notwithstanding the date of application.
South Africa first issued special permits for Zimbabweans in 2010 under the Dispensation for Zimbabweans Project (DZP), which saw about 245 000 nationals secure the permits.

Gigaba hosts naturalisation ceremony, over 200 receive citizenship

17 August 2018, IOL
Johannesburg – Around 278 foreign nationals from around the world are currently receiving their South African naturalisation certificates from Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba at a naturalisation ceremony in Durban.
Gigaba says that the department had decided in 2016 to conduct naturalisation ceremonies to officially induct naturalised South African citizens into the country.
“From today onwards, you too are part of the rich history of our country and the rich tapestry of what constitutes our nation.
“Over many years of its existence our country has continued to evolve to accommodate in its rich fabric ever newer elements of people all whom, individual and collectively, enrich our understanding of who we are as well our standing in the world,” Gigaba says.
He said that the department did not treat the issue of South African citizenship as a routine administrative matter hence they undertook the decision to conduct the ceremony in a formal induction process.
“You bring into our society not only the learned experiences of your countries of origin, but also the rich diversity that helps enrich who we are and makes us better people ready for future challenges in a highly complex and diverse, but very integrated and globalised world,” says Gigaba.
Amongst those who received naturalisation certificates, were siblings Aldona Tommy, 19, and Akhil Tommy, 22, who respectively flew from Pretoria and Port Elizabeth to attend the ceremony.
“I was born in India in 1999 and came to South Africa after my birth, but my parents moved to South Africa in 1993,” Aldona, a second-year Medical student at the University of Pretoria says.
She said that although she was happy to finally receive her naturalisation certificate, having applied for citizenship in 2016, it did not feel any different because she has lived in the country her whole life.
“South Africa has felt like home for as long as I can remember,” she says

Calls mount for reopening of refugee reception office in Cape Town

Calls mount for reopening of refugee reception office in Cape Town
16 August 2018, – IOL
Cape Town – The University of Cape Town’s Refugee Rights Unit has called on the Department of Home Affairs to re-open its Refugee Reception Offices for first-time asylum applications.
The unit appeared before Parliament’s portfolio committee on home affairs, where it made a submission on the proposed amendments to the Immigration Bill.
Attorney at the Refugee Rights Unit at the University of Cape Town Popo Mfubu said the re-opening of the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office (CTRRO) for new asylum applications, would assist with the backlog of asylum applications.
“The things we want changed with the system include opening of refugee offices, we don’t want undocumented people. People also don’t want to undocumented, it is not enjoyable to be detained,” he added.
Home Affairs disregarded a court order last year, instructing it to re-open its refugee reception office in Cape Town by 31 March 2018.
The country has five Refugee Reception Offices, however, the department suspended the services to first-time applicants in two of these offices.
The office building is open for renewal permits for asylum seekers who registered at the Cape Town office prior to its closure in June 2012.
Mfubu charged that the suspension of services of the offices in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth have added pressure on the remaining offices that still assist first applicant asylum seekers.
He said officials who assist refugees must also apply legislation in the correct manner to ensure that the backlog for undocumented immigrants is resolved.
“We are currently doing a case now where we are challenging the manner in which the Cape Town refugee office documents dependents of refugees. There are many undocumented children because Home Affairs is just not joining them to their parent’s files. They have created an administrative barrier for them to be able to make those kind of applications.
“Our refugee system is amazing, the framework is amazing. It is just the application that is a problem,” said Mfubu.
The portfolio committee chairperson Hlomane Chauke said he was concerned there was “no relationship between the organisation and Home Affairs”. He said the committee would discuss the matters raised by the organisation with the department.

Medical Visas for Batswana patients going to SA

Medical Visas for Batswana patients going to SA

16 August 2018 – Mmpegi Online

The Ministry of Nationality, Immigration and Gender Affairs advises nationals travelling to South Africa for medical purposes to always obtain Medical Visas before leaving the country.

In an interview with Mmegi, the ministry’s permanent secretary Dr Temba Mmusi said SA, which is a sovereign state, took the decision and the basis for the decision was not known.
He stated that in the past, Batswana travelling to South Africa seeking medical attention were not being expected to obtain Medical Visas.
“The challenges that the two countries encountered due of lack of Visa application by Batswana who seek medical attention in SA without Visas are unauthosired stay in RSA medical facilities which is against international laws and may sour diplomatic relation between Botswana and
RSA together the two countries and Batswana being declared unwelcome in RSA which means that they will not be able to travel to RSA to visit, receive service or do business,” he said.
Mmusi therefore advised Botswana citizens going to RSA for medical reasons to apply for medical permits. He highlighted that the application could be obtained through the South African High Commission in Gaborone.
“Proper arrangements should be made with the SA High Commission offices before departure. Batswana are urged to take heed of this advice to avoid any inconvenience,” he added.

Reddit suffers massive breach as all user data before 2007 is compromised

Reddit suffers massive breach as all user data before 2007 is compromised

2 Aug, 2018 – ITPRO
SMS-based two-factor authentication is “not as secure as we thought” the company admits
Reddit has announced it had suffered a “serious attack” in June after a malicious actor intercepted its employees’ SMS-based two-factor authentication (2FA) setup.
An attacker compromised a handful of Reddit employees’ accounts between 14 and 18 June and gained access to some recent user data, such as email addresses, and all data from between 2005 and 2007, including account credentials and email addresses.
Announcing the breach following an investigation, the social news aggregator said it now realizes text message-based 2FA is “not nearly as secure as we would hope” and has recommended everyone moves to token-based 2FA – after identifying this as the most likely point of intrusion.
“Although this was a serious attack, the attacker did not gain write access to Reddit systems; they gained read-only access to some systems that contained backup data, source code and other logs,” CTO Chris Slowe posted on Reddit’s announcements page.
“They were not able to alter Reddit information, and we have taken steps since the event to further lock down and rotate all production secrets and API keys, and to enhance our logging and monitoring systems.”
Slowe said the company became aware of the breach the following day, on 19 June, and had been working with cloud and source code hosting providers to best understand the full extent of what was compromised.
Among other information accessed were tailored ‘email digests’ sent to users between 3 and 17 June this year, each linked with a username and email address, as well as other data such as Reddit source code, internal logs, and employee workspace files.
Reddit says it has reported the incident to the relevant authorities and is forcing password-resets for users who may have been affected by the incident. Moreover, the company is taking measures to improve security beyond SMS-based 2FA – including enhanced logging, more encryption and token-based 2FA.
The incident highlights the frailty of SMS-based 2FA, with industry voices overwhelming castigating text message as a secure authentication method in the wake of this breach. Phone number hijacking, for instance, spiked shortly after SMS-based 2FA became widely adopted, according to Toby Murray, a computing lecturer at the University of Melbourne.
Even in 2016 the US Federal Trade Commission’s chief technologist Lorrie Cranor issued a warning about the ease by which attackers can steal mobile phone numbers in order to bypass 2FA and compromise their sensitive data, after it happened to herself.
“Having a mobile phone account hijacked can waste hours of a victim’s time and cause them to miss important calls and messages. However, this crime is particularly problematic due to the growing use of text messages to mobile phones as part of authentication schemes for financial services and other accounts,” she wrote on the FTC’s website.
“The security of two-factor authentication schemes that use phones as one of the factors relies on the assumption that someone who steals your password has not also stolen your phone number.
“Thus, mobile carriers and third-party retailers need to be vigilant in their authentication practices to avoid putting their customers at risk of major financial loss and having email, social network, and other accounts compromised.”
Meanwhile, Reddit’s Chris Slowe also announced the company had hired its first head of security two-and-a-half months ago, who he would not identify by name, adding “he has been put through his paces in his first few months”.

Are you cyber aware? Top 4 cybercrimes in South Africa

Are you cyber aware? Top 4 cybercrimes in South Africa
8 August 2018,
Cybercrime is ranked globally as the second most perpetrated economic crime. South Africa is a hotspot for cybercrime with 29% of the respondents to the Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey 2018 by PWC responding that they had experienced cybercrime in the past two years.
What types of cybercrimes are the top ones in South Africa?
• Malware attacks
Malware is short for malicious software. These attacks are designed to secretly operate on a user’s system without them being aware. They can be ransomware, spyware or control and command, to name a few. The malware is designed with a specific objective in mind to either siphon information from the system, disrupt the operations of systems or to demand payment from the user. They are usually infiltrated into the system through Trojans, viruses or worms. They can be distributed through electronic communication (email, compromised websites, text, and vulnerable network services) or via physical media (USB sticks, CDs, DVDs, etc).
• Attacks against cryptocurrency exchanges
With the rise of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, there is a rise on attacks on the exchanges. These attacks are usually Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks where the cybercriminals will cause the system to crash continuously and demand a ransom to stop the attacks.
• Data breaches
According to Investopedia, a data breach is an unauthorised access and retrieval of sensitive information by an individual or software system. The biggest case of this type of breach was the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica data breach. This can be very detrimental to a business’ reputation as well as the legal cases which could be brought against the directors if this breach should occur.
• When people enter a computer or system without authorisation you may be considered that you are hacked. There is ethical hacking where people hack into systems to test the securities, but the hacking we are considering is when people break into a system with the intention of creating damage. The hacker will change the system requirements or information. They may also hold the system to ransom through their hack. Hackers use a variety of tools to break into systems. They are vulnerability scanners, password cracking, packet sniffers, spoofing attacks, root kits, Trojan horses, viruses and key loggers.
Now that we know what types of cybercrimes are being predominately committed in South Africa.
How can we become cyber-aware?
• Get educated.
It is important to train users of best practices when it comes to potential cybercrimes they could encounter. Teaching your employees how to prevent the distribution of malware and also how to identify malware you will be well on your way to protecting your systems against cyber-attacks.
• Use a reputable anti-virus programme.
It is important that you have the latest antivirus program installed on your computer and kept up to date.
• Secure your network.
It is important you have excellent network securities in place. You should ensure you have a firewall in place and should your employees need to log in to the network remotely, they should do it over a secure VPN.
• Do regular website security audits.
This will protect your business as well as your customers from potential attacks by making sure your website is not vulnerable to attacks.
• Create regular back-ups.
It is important to have physical back-ups of your information which has been verified that it is not infected. This will ensure that you won’t lose too much data should you be a victim of a cybercrime.

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