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Zimbabweans prefer South African universities

Zimbabweans prefer South African universities
23/12/2014 – New Zimbabwe
by Staff Reporter
THE South African embassy in Harare has seen an increase in the number of prospective students seeking permits to pursue tertiary education in that country as thousands continue to shun local institutions.
In what could be interpreted as an indictment of Zimbabwe’s much-vaunted but waning education system, prospective students have been making a daily bee-line outside the embassy in their hundreds.
The trend has revived the long snaking queues reminiscent of the hyperinflation era of 2007-2008 when Zimbabweans sought visas to South Africa to escape the economic crisis.
Prospective students have been flooding the embassy since the beginning of last week as they try to beat the festive season shut down. Some people pitch up as early as 2am hoping to be among the maximum 100 people that the embassy attends to each day.
Efforts to obtain an official comment from the South African embassy were futile as their phones went unanswered. But some officials working inside the embassy confirmed that there has been an increase in the number of people seeking permission to study in South Africa.
When NewZimbabwe.com visited the embassy Tuesday about 500 people were in the queue. An official insisted on the 100 per day limit telling the rest to “come tomorrow very early to stand any chance of being served.”
One Takunda Sibanda, a prospective engineering student said: “There is no point in enrolling at the local universities where lectures are deserting as a result of low or no salaries at all.”
This year state universities lecturers were routinely not paid on time with many deciding to quit the profession.
Another student permit hopeful said: “The fees are almost the same but the cost of living is cheaper in South Africa than in Zimbabwe.”
Last year’s World University Web Ranking placed Zimbabwean universities relatively low in its rankings.
The top five African rankings are occupied by South African universities with the University of Cape Town first ahead of the University of South Africa, University of Pretoria, University of Stellenbosch and University of Witwatersrand.

Home Affairs and SA film industry simplify international access

Home Affairs and SA film industry simplify international access
23 Dec 2014 – Bizlike
Thanks to a simplified immigration regulation agreement between the South African film industry and the Department of Home Affairs, the promotion of South African film to international clients is set to get a boost…
Industry bodies such as the Commercial Producers Association (CPA), the South African Association of Stills Producers (SAASP) and the National Association of Model Agencies (NAMA) reached an agreement with the Department of Home Affairs earlier this week. This will simplify the process for international clients wanting to bring their business to the South African film sector.

Monica Rorvik, Head of Film Promotion at Wesgro, the Western Cape’s Official Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion agency, says the agreement takes into consideration two types of travellers to South Africa, namely: “the Oversight group, which consists of client, agency and production company personnel; and the Specialist group, which comprises actors, models, directors, DPs, technicians and art departments”.

Members of the Oversight group from visa-exempt countries can now travel to South Africa without having to pre-apply at a South African embassy. All they need to do is present their DHA 84 form, copy of their travel itinerary and a letter from the CPA/SAASP/NAMA to the immigration officials at the airport. Their passports will then be endorsed with S11 (1)(a) authorisation.

You’ll still need to apply to the South African embassy if you’re part of the Specialist group, but this process has also been streamlined – you’ll need to present just your DHA 84 form, travel itinerary and a letter from the CPA/SAASP/NAMA.

Zim workers urged to regularise SA permits

Zim workers urged to regularise SA permits
Posted on Dec 23 2014 – 9:52am by Nehanda Radio
By Lovemore Mataire
Zimbabweans living and working in South Africa have been urged to regularise their Dispensation for Zimbabwe Project Permits (DZP) before month-end by accessing the new Zimbabwe Special Permits as agreed between the Home Affairs Ministries of the two countries.
In a recent statement issued on the South African Home Affairs Ministry’s website, Minister Malusi Gigaba said all DZP permits would expire on December 31, 2014, regardless of the time issued and the expiry date.
The statement said most of the DZP permits were issued in 2010 and applications for the new permits needed to be submitted by end of December, failure of which applicants would only be able to submit their papers by April 30, 2015.
Minister Gigaba advised Zimbabweans travelling home for the festive season to shorten their holiday to enable them to file their applications before December 31.
He said the other option available for Zimbabweans travelling home for the festive season, was to file applications through the Visa Facilitation Services Global Outsourcing Company of South Africa.
“All the necessary paper work for the application of the special permits has to be done in South Africa so as to avoid the inconvenience of not being denied entry back into the country,” said Mr Gigaba.
The Minister said 64 percent of the 245 000 applications have so far been received and the adjudication process was complete for just 20 percent, giving an approximate number of processed applications of 31 360.
He said applicants must start making inquiries on their applications as some were ready for collection from Visa Facilitation Service Global Centres.
Mr Gigaba said those who had electronically submitted their applications would be able to travel to Zimbabwe without any challenges.
“During the festive season, Zimbabweans qualifying for this process will be able to travel home and return to South Africa without any challenges. Their applications will be available to us electronically thus enabling us to verify whether they would have been captured properly,” Mr Gigaba said.
Zimbabwe’s Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi said he had agreed with his South African counterpart for the processing of 245 000 permits.
He, however, expressed ignorance on new deadline for the application of the new permits.
“We have adequately concluded on the modalities of both the expiry dates and the deadline for the regularisation of permits. I have to contact my counterpart to get an update on the latest situation regarding the December 31 deadline,” said Mohadi.
The new special permits to be acquired by every Zimbabwe living in South Africa expire in 2017 after, which they would be renewed again in accordance with the laws that would have been enunciated by the South African government.
However, regardless of these challenges, the number of Zimbabweans trooping for the holidays has started swelling at the borders and reports say immigrations officers at the border are clearing an average of 20 000 people a day on arrivals alone. The Herald
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Home Affairs reveals new move on regulations

Home Affairs reveals new move on regulations

VINCENT CRUYWAGEN- Dec 23 2014 – The New Age
The Department of Home Affairs has agreed to new regulations that will make it easier for international clients to bring their business to South Africa.
The move is aimed at promoting the country’s film industry.The agreement between the South African Film Industry, the department, the Commercial Producers Association (CPA), the South African Association of Stills Producers (SAASP) and the National Association of Model Agencies (Nama) was reached last week.
Monica Rorvik, head of film promotion at Wesgro, the Western Cape’s official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency, said: “The development will make the requirements considerably simpler and gives some relief to the difficult situation faced by the film sector in recent times.
“The agreement takes into consideration two types of travellers to South Africa; the oversight group which consists of client, agency and production company personnel and the specialist group which comprises actors, models, directors, DPs, technicians and art departments.”
In terms of the agreement, the oversight group from visa-exempt countries are able to travel to South Africa without having to pre-apply at a South African embassy.
They will need to present a form (DHA 84), a copy of their travel itinerary and a letter from the CPA/SAASP/Nama to airport immigration officials who will then endorse their passports with a S11 (1) (a) authorisation, Rorvik said.
However the specialist group will still need to apply in advance to a South African embassy but the requirements have been streamlined to include the DHA 84 form, travel itinerary and a letter from the CPA/SAASP/Nama.
“These new developments are welcomed by all role players in the industry and we are delighted with the outcome reached with the Department of Home Affairs.
“The new agreement is a positive for us and goes a long way in facilitating the promotion and growth of the film industry,” Rorvik said.

Britain’s immigration system in intensive care, say MPs

Britain’s immigration system in intensive care, say MPs
Alan Travis, home affairs editor ,The Guardian, Saturday 20 December 2014

Committee report says failure to introduce system of ‘counting everyone in and out’ risks security and more illegal immigration
Britain’s immigration system has gone into intensive care, with serious doubts that a pledge to introduce 100% exit checks on all passengers leaving the country can be in place by the general election, say MPs.
The Commons home affairs select committee says a failure to introduce a system of “counting everyone in, and everyone out” of Britain within the promised timetable may increase security risks and illegal immigration.
The MPs’ latest six-monthly report on the state of the immigration system says that while more than 80% of those leaving the country by air face exit checks, they barely exist at all for the tens of millions of passengers who leave Britain by rail or ferry each year.
The MPs’ report says this week’s disclosure by the outgoing chief inspector of immigration, John Vine, of a forgotten backlog of Home Office files on overstayers has helped to push the total backlog of unresolved immigration cases to more than 304,000.
The committee’s chairman, Keith Vaz, said: “Our immigration system has left A&E and has entered intensive care.”
The expected failure to meet the promise to count everybody in and everybody out of the country is the second significant immigration pledge that is likely to be missed.
The home secretary, Theresa May, has already conceded that she will not meet the target of getting net migration below 100,000 by the time of the general election.
The MPs say they have been assured by the immigration minister, James Brokenshire, and Sir Charles Montgomery, the head of the UK Border Force, that 100% exit checks would be in place by 31 March 2015.
“We hope they can deliver this, and expect them to inform the committee if this no longer looks likely, and in particular to update the committee on this target,” they say in their report.
“It is very important that the system to carry out checks works efficiently, so that it can meet what are understood to be the aims of the policy, without introducing unnecessary queues and delays,” they warn.
“Any queues that develop as a result will be highly visible and could have a serious negative impact on business, trade and tourism. Transport operators have voiced serious concerns about the opportunities such delays offer to illegal migrants to attempt to board vehicles,” the committee adds.
The MPs say they share the concerns of the ferry and rail companies, such as Eurotunnel, that they will not be able to meet the official timetable to get the checks in place.
The official termination of the hugely expensive e-borders programme this year lies behind the delay in imposing exit checks.
At present, exit checks against official no-fly lists and warnings indexes for most air passengers are carried out by requiring them to supply their passport details in advance when they buy their tickets. But there is no advanced passenger information required for rail passengers and only 20% coverage for ferry passengers.
“To deliver exit checks, the Home Office needs to find a mechanism that can count all of the rail and maritime passengers as they depart the UK by the end of March,” they say.
Brokenshire disagreed with the committee’s assessment, saying the government was building an immigration system that was fair to British citizens and legitimate migrants and which had reduced the number of migrants coming from outside Europe by 50,000.
“Comprehensive exit checks are a crucial part of our work to build an immigration system that works in the national interest. These checks, which will be in place by April 2015, will increase security and target migration abuse,” he said.
“We will consider the findings of this report carefully and respond formally in due course.”

Ebola screenings clog Beitbridge border post

Ebola screenings clog Beitbridge border post
Posted on Dec 19 2014 – nehandaradio.com
By Andiswa Maqutu
LONG queues are forming at SA’s busiest land border post at Beitbridge as the Department of Health has sent only one scanner to screen visitors for Ebola.
The department says it will not compromise on its Ebola surveillance, despite the fact that Zimbabwe has not reported a single case of the disease. But the border is not a high-risk region and it will not be increasing the number of scanners, even to improve efficiency.
High-risk regions are Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, which receive travellers coming from further afield who could have been exposed to the virus.
OR Tambo International Airport is particularly high risk, necessitating closer surveillance. But no incidents of Ebola have been reported there as yet, according to the department’s spokesman, Joe Maila.
He maintained that screening for Ebola was not the only cause of delays at the Beitbridge border post, saying they were to be expected during the festive season.
“In December (delays) happen. Our main aim with the scanner is not to delay, but the issue is the virus coming into the country. We cannot compromise on that.” Travellers would have to be patient.
Holiday makers across the country are travelling to leisure destinations and to visit family and friends for the festive season. Mid-December is the busiest time of the year in terms of numbers of people travelling, according to airlines.
About 3,900 vehicles per day have been cleared at Beitbridge over the past three days, from an average of 2,200 vehicles in both directions, according to a source at the border who did not want to be named. To ease congestion at the post, SA has opened another route which separates cars and trucks entering the border compound.
However, further delays have been blamed on the Ebola scanner, which can only screen one person at a time.
It has been argued screening for Ebola is not effective in detecting the disease since the virus’s incubation takes nine days, during which a carrier of the disease may successfully go past a scanner.
But Mr Maila says, “It (screening) is one of the best ways to check whether people have symptoms”.
On Monday Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba visited the Beitbridge border post to assess its readiness for the annual upsurge in festive season traveller traffic. As in previous years, officials working at the border post raised concern about the need to increase the number of staff to speed up the movement of goods and people.
There were also concerns about inadequate infrastructure Department of Home Affairs spokesman Mayihlome Tshwete said. Facilities at the post, particularly on the Zimbabwean side, have long been described as grossly inadequate, with holiday travellers frequently being stuck there for hours, often having to endure the blazing sun.
SA has increased the number of officials on its side of the border, Mr Tshwete said and Mr Gigaba is looking into improving infrastructure at the border.
“Beitbridge is the busiest port after OR Tambo International Airport and the busiest land port. But it does not speak to that in terms of infrastructure,” said Mr Tshwete.
Last month, the main warehouse on the Zimbabwean side went up in flames, destroying confiscated goods and goods for which duties still had to be paid. The source of the fire was unknown. Plans to revamp the entire border complex are at the drawing stage.
Increases in personnel had been effected at SA’s other ports of entry, according to Mr Tshwete. Operating hours had also been extended at ports of entry in Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal for the festive season. Business Day Live
– See more at: http://nehandaradio.com/2014/12/19/ebola-screenings-clog-beitbridge-border-post/#sthash.2mDHex4T.dpuf

New agreement to boost SA film industry

New agreement to boost SA film industry
Cape Town – In a positive outcome for the South African film industry, an agreement between the department of home affairs and industry bodies – the Commercial Producers Association (CPA), the South African Association of Stills Producers (Saasp) and the National Association of Model Agencies (Nama) was reached this week.
The new development will go a long way in making it easier and more accessible for international clients wanting to bring their business to South Africa.

The development will make the requirements considerably simpler and gives some relief to the difficult situation faced by the film sector in recent times.

Monica Rorvik, head of film promotion at Wesgro, the Western Cape’s official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency, said the agreement takes into consideration two types of travelers to South Africa.
“The oversight group, which consists of client, agency and production company personnel and the specialist group which comprises of actors, models, directors, technicians and the art department are the two groups which are impacted by recent developments,” said Rorvik.

According to the agreement, the oversight group from visa exempt countries will now be able to travel to South Africa without having to pre-apply at a South African embassy.
They will need to present the relevant form, a copy of their travel itinerary and a letter from the CPA, Saasp or Nama to the immigration officials at the airport, who will then endorse their passports with the relevant authorisation.

The specialist group will still need to apply in advance to the South African embassy, but the requirements have been streamlined to include the relevant form, travel itinerary and a letter from the CPA, Saasp or Nama.

“These new developments are welcomed by all role players in the industry and we are delighted with the outcome reached with the department of home affairs. The new agreement is a positive for us and goes a long way in facilitating the promotion and growth of the film industry in The Western Cape and South Africa,” said Rorvik.

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