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Fort Hare professor expelled from SA over bigamous marriage PhD graduate who renounced his Nigerian citizenship has nowhere to go

Edwin Okey Chikata Ijeoma, a professor of public sector economics at the University of Fort Hare, had his citizenship revoked by the ministry of home affairs after he fraudulently relied on a bigamous marriage to a South African woman to obtain naturalisation and citizenship.
Edwin Okey Chikata Ijeoma was no intellectual slouch when he arrived in SA from Nigeria on a study permit in 1998 to pursue academic studies at the University of Pretoria. His hard work saw him obtain a PhD in economics in 2003.
However, the man who became professor of public sector economics at the University of Fort Hare (UFH) in the Eastern Cape had his citizenship revoked by the ministry of home affairs after he fraudulently relied on a bigamous marriage to a South African woman to obtain naturalisation and citizenship.
Ijeoma took home affairs on review to the Bhisho high court, but in a 2020 judgment the court held the minister had not erred in finding Ijeoma had made false representations about his marital status to the department or in determining his SA citizenship was null and void.
Acting judge Mickey Mfenyana has denied Ijeoma leave to appeal her ruling, stating another court will not differ from her finding that he was disingenuous, if not dishonest, and that there was no reason to interfere with the minister’s decision.
The confirmation of the home affairs action rendering him an undesirable inhabitant of the country means Ijeoma, who previously renounced his Nigerian citizenship, has nowhere else to go.
The head of the UFH school of public administration is under suspension by the university in connection with the illegal registration of axed health MEC Sindiswa Gomba for an honours degree in public administration when she was not entitled to register for postgraduate studies.
Ijeoma was granted permanent residence in SA in the same year he graduated from Tukkies, having been exempted from immigration restrictions due to his marriage to a local woman two years earlier. In 2005 he was granted SA citizenship through naturalisation but by 2007 he had divorced his South African wife, ostensibly because the couple was unable to conceive a child.
He was then joined in SA by a Nigerian woman, Anne Tomo. Home affairs officials were tipped off that Ijeoma had committed bigamy by marrying the SA woman after Tomo in her application for permanent residence, attached a copy of her 1993 marriage to him in Nigeria.
Officials said Ijeoma’s sole mission in marrying the SA woman was to acquire citizenship.
In her original judgment, Mfenyana found Ijeoma had presented contradictory reasons for his bigamous actions — that, as an African man, he believed he was entitled to marry more than one wife; and that he represented himself as single because he was not aware SA recognised customary marriages.
She said he failed to disclose the existence of his marriage in Nigeria on three occasions: when he applied for permanent residence in SA, when he got married in the country and when he applied for citizenship.
Slating the highly qualified academic “who by his own admission is of good and sound mind and an intellectual giant”, she said it was highly improbable that, throughout his stay in the country and his encounters with immigration matters, he remained ignorant of the implications of not disclosing his Nigerian marriage.
Ijeoma told the court he obtained a permanent residence permit because of his “good and sound character” rather than his marriage to the SA woman.
He said home affairs had failed to take into account his contribution to SA as a result of his work as an academic and within the New Partnership for Africa’s Development.
Mfenyana said the exemption certificate clearly indicated the marriage was the basis for his exemption and Ijeoma had also admitted during a 2015 plea for home affairs to have compassion on him, that he obtained citizenship by naturalisation as a result of the marriage.
Home affairs provided the court with the certificate for Ijeoma’s marriage in Nigeria to dispel the notion it was a customary marriage. In any case, the Nigeria Marriage Act prohibited marriage where one of the parties was already married to another person under customary law.
In two immigration submissions in SA, when he had to indicate an immediate family member still residing in Nigeria, Ijeoma listed Anne Ijeoma as his sister.
Officials also said Ijeoma would have remained a permanent resident for five years had he not been exempted because of his marriage to the SA citizen.
Mfenyana said the court’s role was not to reconsider the minister’s decision but to review it for legality and reasonableness. The court found the minister was bound by the law, which determined the misrepresentation which Ijeoma had committed was a criminal offence.
UFH spokesperson Thandi Mapukata said she would need time to check with the university’s human resources department what steps might be taken after the court’s finding against Ijeoma.
“The university wasn’t aware of this development until now. We will contact law enforcement agencies to obtain a full briefing.”
Mapukata declined to provide a reason for Ijeoma’s suspension, but Dispatch reported in October last year that it was related to Gomba’s illegal registration.
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Brits returning from SA must pay R35,000 for quarantine hotel, face jail for lying about trip

• The UK has announced stricter travel rules with harsher punishments for non-compliance, which will come into effect on Monday 15 February.
• This extends to travellers from South Africa, who will have to foot the bill for their mandatory quarantine stay at around R3,500 a day.
• UK nationals or residents, returning from South Africa, who lie about where they’re coming from or where they’ve been will be fined £10,000 [R203,199] and or up to ten years in prison.
The United Kingdom has tightened its travel regulations for ‘red list’ countries – which includes South Africa – by imposing mandatory quarantine for returning residents. The costs associated with the ten-day quarantine will need to be covered by the traveller, and misleading authorities to avoid self-isolation can lead to serious jailtime.
There are only two types of travellers currently permitted to enter the UK from South Africa and 32 other countries confined to the ‘red list’. British and Irish Nationals, or third-country nationals with residence rights in the UK, will be allowed to return but must submit to a series of stringent Covid-19 protocols.
From Monday 15 February, all residents returning to the UK from South Africa must present a negative Covid-19 test result, obtained within 72 hours of arrival, prior to boarding. Even with a negative PCR test result, UK nationals and residents will be forced to endure a ten-day quarantine period at a state-run hotel.
This mandatory stay will need to be paid for by the traveller prior to departure. The UK’s Health Secretary Matt Hancock has detailed aspects of this mandatory “quarantine package” which must be purchased via a dedicated online portal and includes:
• Assigned government transportation (from the airport to the quarantine site)
• Accommodation in a government-approved facility
• Food and drinks (while quarantined)
• Two follow-up Covid-19 tests (on day two and day eight of the ten-day quarantine)
• Security and welfare (observation by healthcare professionals)
This package will cost £1,750 (R35,540) per person. Hancock confirmed that 16 hotels, comprising of 4,600 rooms, had been contracted as quarantine sites. These quarantine hotels will be situated near key transit areas in Heathrow, Gatwick, London City, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Aberdeen.
UK airport hotel chain Best Western confirmed that it had offered to assist with these quarantine packages but has yet to receive a detailed proposal from the government.
And for those travellers hoping to avoid the mandatory quarantine period, and the costs associated with it, by misleading government officials about their pervious travel itineraries, a host of hefty penalties await.
“Anyone attempting to conceal that they have travelled in a ‘red list’ country on their [passenger locator] form could face a £10,000 [R203,199] fine or prosecution and up to ten years in prison,” explained the UK’s department of health and social care.
This applies to any person who has travelled from or through South Africa in the last ten days. The passenger locator form, which needs to be completed before boarding, requires travellers to list their passport details, travel information, Covid-19 test results and address of self-isolation in the UK. Falsifying any of these details is a criminal offence, warns the department.
Travellers who abscond from a quarantine facility, without the health department’s approval or permission, could face a fine of between £5,000 (R101,680) and £10,000 (R203,199). Refusing to undergo the first test while in quarantine will result in a £1,000 (R20,336) penalty and rejecting the second test will be an additional £2,000 (R40,672) penalty.
Failure to comply with any of the UK’s quarantine measures will extended the mandatory isolation period.
Travellers from South Africa will have a hard time finding direct flights to the UK, following British Airways’ suspension of flights, which has since been extended to mid-April. Connecting flights are currently offered by Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines and Air France.
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Here’s SA’s draft new critical skills list, aimed at attracting foreigners

South Africa’s critical skills list includes a long list of engineering jobs. Photo: Getty Images
• Government has compiled a new proposed list of critical skills, which should make it easier for some overseas workers to get visas to work and live in South Africa.
• The list was last updated in 2014.
• New additions include jobs like general accountant, investment manager, digital artist, and chef.
On Thursday, South Africa finally released a proposed new list of critical skills that can make it easier for foreigners in certain jobs to work here.
Those who meet the requirements on the list can get easier access to a visa to work and live in South Africa.
The existing critical skills list was last updated in 2014, and the new list was gazetted for comment on Thursday.
The new document includes much of the long existing list of technology-focussed, as well as engineering, financial and medical critical skills.
New additions include university lecturer, general accountant, company secretary, management accountant and investment manager, fraud examiner, digital artist, chef, and carpenter.
But some of the jobs that were on the 2014 critical list were scrapped, including corporate general manager, millwright and pipefitter.
Some jobs require honours degrees for professionals to qualify for special immigration treatment but only one job – that of university lecturer – requires a master’s degree.
Here is South Africa’s new list of jobs that require critical skills:
Policy and planning manager (Membership in the Institute of Directors in South Africa “will be preferable”)
Sales and marketing manager
Research and development manager
Agricultural farm manager
Manufacturer
Manufacturing operations manager
Engineering manager (requires registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa)
Construction project manager (requires registration with the South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professions)
Airport or harbour manager
Chief information officer
ICT project manager (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable”)
Data management manager (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable”)
Application development manager (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable”)
Information technology manager (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable)
Information systems director (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable)
FET college principal (Requires registration with the South African Council for Educators)
Call or contact centre manager (Membership in the Contact Centre Management Group will be preferable)
Caravan park and camping ground manager
Dockmaster
Travel accommodation inspector
Travel agency manager (Membership in the Association of Southern African Travel Agents will be preferable)
Geologist (Requires registration with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions)
Geophysicist (Requires registration with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions)
Materials scientist (Requires registration with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions)
Mineralogist (Requires registration with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions)
Hydrologist (Requires registration with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions)
Oceanographer (Requires registration with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions)
Actuary (Requires registration with the Actuarial Society of South Africa)
Food and beverage scientist
Industrial engineer (Requires registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa)
Industrial engineering technologist (Requires registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa)
Civil engineer (Requires registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa)
Civil engineering technologist (Requires registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa)
Mechanical engineer (Requires registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa)
Mechanical engineering technologist (Requires registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa)
Aeronautical engineer (Requires registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa)
Aeronautical engineering technologist (Requires registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa)
Naval architect
Quantity surveyor (Requires registration with the South African Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession)
Agricultural engineer
Agricultural engineering technologist
Architect (Requires registration)
Digital artist
Multimedia designer
Web designer
General medical practitioner (Requires registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa)
Registered nurse (child and family health) (Requires registration with the South African Nursing Council)
Registered nurse (community health) (Requires registration with the South African Nursing Council)
Registered nurse (medical) (Requires registration with the South African Nursing Council)
Registered nurse (medical practice) (Requires registration with the South African Nursing Council)
Registered nurse (mental health) (Requires registration with the South African Nursing Council)
Nurse educator (Requires registration with the South African Nursing Council)
Hospital pharmacist (Requires registration with the South African Pharmacy Council)
Industrial pharmacist (Requires registration with the South African Pharmacy Council)
Retail pharmacist (Requires registration with the South African Pharmacy Council)
University lecturer (Requires at least a master’s degree)
General accountant (“There are a number of professional bodies dealing with accounting; the person needs to register with one of those many bodies”)
Management accountant (Requires registration with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants)
Tax professional (Requires registration with the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners)
External auditor (Requires registration with the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors)
Accountant in practice (“There are a number of professional bodies dealing with accounting; the person needs to register with one of those many bodies”)
Financial accountant (Requires registration with the Institute of Accounting and Commerce)
Forensic accountant (“There are a number of professional bodies dealing with accounting; the person needs to register with one of those many bodies”)
Investment analyst (Membership in the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa “will be preferable”)
Investment manager (Membership in the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa “will be preferable”)
Investment advisor (Membership in the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa “will be preferable”)
Financial investment advisor (Membership in the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa “will be preferable”)
Management consultant (Membership in the Institute of Management Consultants and Master Coaches of South Africa “will be preferable”)
Organisation and methods analyst
Business development officer
Policy analyst
Company secretary (Membership of a relevant body “will be preferable”)
Organisational risk manager
Accounting officer (“There are a number of professional bodies dealing with accounting; the person needs to register with one of those many bodies”)
Business administrator (Membership in the Institute of Management Consultants and Master Coaches of South Africa “will be preferable”)
Internal auditor (Requires registration with the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors)
Regulatory affairs officer
Intellectual property special advisor
Fraud examiner (Membership in the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners South Africa “will be preferable”)
Advertising specialist (Membership in the Marketing Association of South Africa” will be preferable”)
Market research analyst (Membership in the Southern African Marketing Research Association “will be preferable”)
Marketing practitioner (Membership in the Marketing Association of South Africa “will be preferable”)
Market campaign analyst (Membership in the Marketing Association of South Africa “will be preferable”)
Communication coordinator (Membership in the Marketing Association of South Africa “will be preferable”)
Communication strategist (Membership in the Marketing Association of South Africa “will be preferable”)
Corporate communication manager
ICT systems analyst (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable”)
Data scientist (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable”)
Software developer (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable”)
Programmer analyst (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable”)
Developer programmer (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable”)
Multimedia specialist (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable”)
Web developer (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable”)
Applications programmer (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable”)
Computers quality assurance analyst (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable”)
Database designer and administrator (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable”)
Network analyst (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable”)
ICT security specialist (Membership in the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa “will be preferable”)
Information services manager (Requires registration with the Professional Librarian Library Association of South Africa)
Mechanical engineering technician
Pressure equipment inspector
Aeronautical engineering technician (Requires registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa)
Draughts-person (Requires registration with the South African Council for the Architectural Profession)
Production/operations supervisor (manufacturing)
Statistical and Mathematical Assistant
Property manager
Chef (Requires registration with the South African Chefs Association)
ICT communications assistant
Computer network technician
Marine GIS technician
Contact centre resource planner
Contact centre forecast analyst
Carpenter and joiner
Carpenter
Joiner
Metal machinist
Fitter and turner
Industrial machinery mechanic
Diesel mechanic
Mechatronics technician
Lift mechanic
Weapon systems mechanic
Electrical equipment mechanic
Armature winder
Transportation electrician
Quality controller (manufacturing)
* Several of the listed jobs require registration beyond that detailed here, but the exact requirements were not included in the draft list.
Here are full details of requirements, including the minimum educational qualifications needed for each job:

Europe looks to crack open data encryption on messaging services like WhatsApp

• End-to-end encryption is a security tool used by some apps and services — including WhatsApp, Signal and Facebook Messenger — to provide a greater level of privacy.
• Messages sent using this tool are encrypted before they leave the sender’s phone or computer, with a key unique to the devices at either end of an exchange.

WhatsApp and Messenger are highly popular messaging apps.
The EU appears to be laying the groundwork for a move against data that has received end-to-end encryption after a spate of terrorist attacks in Paris, Vienna and Nice.
In a joint statement released earlier this month, home affairs ministers from EU member states called on heads of state to “consider the matter of data encryption so that digital evidence can be lawfully collected and used by the competent authorities.”
The statement comes after several EU internal documents on encryption were leaked. One, originally published by Politico, framed measures against end-to-end encryption as a way to fight child abuse, suggesting “the fight against this type of illegal content has been the least controversial.”
End-to-end encryption is a security tool used by some apps and services — including WhatsApp, Signal and Facebook Messenger — to provide a greater level of privacy.
Messages sent using this tool are encrypted before they leave the sender’s phone or computer, with a key unique to the devices at either end of an exchange. Even if they are intercepted during transmission by a hacker or a government agency, the messages are unreadable, since the only devices able to decode them are those belonging to the sender and the intended recipient.
This secrecy poses a problem for state actors trying to monitor criminal communication: The ability to intercept illicit messages is only useful if you can actually read them.
EU lawmakers have long searched for a fairer balance between privacy and the ability of police agencies to do their jobs, an EU spokesperson told CNBC.
Member states have, on multiple occasions, “called for solutions that allow law enforcement and other competent authorities to gain lawful access to digital evidence, without prohibiting or weakening encryption.”
As set out in July’s Security Union Strategy, the bloc is in favor of an approach which “both maintains the effectiveness of encryption in protecting privacy and security of communications, while also providing an effective response to serious crime and terrorism.”
EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove has sought to do this by eschewing a “back-door” approach in favor of what he sees as its “front-door” counterpart, whereby a third party works with, rather than without, the consent of the encryption provider.
Ray Walsh, researcher for privacy education and review site ProPrivacy, says this approach is impossible. “No matter whether you choose to call a purposefully developed secondary access point a ‘front-door’ or a backdoor, the result is the elimination of data ownership and access control which inevitably results in a fundamental vulnerability,” he told CNBC.
“Ministers want to have their cake and eat it, and they don’t seem to understand, or want to acknowledge, that this is impossible and would result in vulnerability by design,” he added.
“If this kind of legislation came to pass it would be hugely detrimental to the general public.”
Alex Clarkson, a lecturer in German and European & international studies at King’s College London, points out that measures like those being discussed have “been an ongoing part of the agenda for governments for a while.”
Both he and Walsh emphasize that they remain mere discussions at this stage.
Clarkson characterizes the proposals as simply “what bureaucracies do,” part of a political “wish list” made up of a whole range of options. “Some parts of these systems will have an impulse towards these things, and another part of the system will check against it, and balance against it,” he said.
“That doesn’t necessarily mean that they choose those options.”
Still, Walsh is wary that the “back-door” approach is up for debate. “This stands to create problems for national security, and for data privacy, without actually reducing the likelihood that criminals will find covert ways to communicate, either through the dark web or via other encrypted means.”
“Being able to communicate freely and privately is a fundamental human right in any free and open society,” he says. “Removing the ability for citizens to share information without being observed will lead to greater levels of self-censorship and the inability for people to exercise freedom of expression.”
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More people are taking their money out of South Africa – what you should know

The current climate of economic and political uncertainty means that wealthier South Africans are moving significant amounts of money out of the country, either through offshore investments or through physical migration, says Tim Powell, forex director at Sable International.
Depending on why you are taking money offshore, Powell said that there are a range of considerations that you need to look at review the following before you go ahead.
As a starting point, Powell suggests you think about key questions such as:
• How much money can you transfer?
• Do you need to open a foreign bank account?
• Where will the money be invested?
• Can you leave your South African bank account open?
• If you emigrate, what do you do with any assets left behind e.g. rental property, shares, retirement annuities?
In terms of SARB exchange control, South Africa residents are entitled to two annual allowances:
• R1 million Discretionary Allowance (DA) – this can be used for travel, gifts, study, alimony and foreign investment without having to apply for tax clearance
• R10 million Foreign Investment Allowance (FIA) – requires tax clearance for foreign investment
“The R1 million DA and R10 million FIA allowances run from 1 January to 31 December,” said Powell.
“Tax clearance applications for foreign investment have been taking longer than normal with Covid, so it is advisable to get applications in as soon as possible. Also, from mid-December SARS tend to go on skeleton staff and the probability of getting approval gets lower the later one leaves their application.”
“Even if you have used your 2020 allowances it’s a great time to get tax clearance and make sure that as early as the first week of January 2021 you can then start utilising your 2021 allowances.”
Powell said that there are generally three types of circumstances in which South Africans will be taking money offshore:
Investing offshore
South Africans living in the country are allowed to have offshore bank accounts and invest offshore. I am still amazed at how many clients still think this isn’t legal, said Powell.
“Establishing an offshore bank account is a relatively straightforward process.We can easily open offshore accounts in the Channel Islands that can be Pound, Dollar or Euro denominated. We can also open some onshore EU accounts.
“Many people wanting to invest offshore may have waited this year to see if there has been any recovery in the Rand after the volatile year we have had ,and now urgently need to put in their applications to make this year’sallowance cut-off.”
For those investing offshore, people often choose to use their bank to move the money, where it may be more cost-effective to use a forex broker, said Powell.
Emigrating
There are those emigrating who are inevitably selling their homes and liquidating assets, said Powell.
He said that those planning to emigrate and move their investments, should obtain a professional assessment of their personal circumstances, specifically considering:
• Investment allowances
• SARS tax clearance applications for foreign investment
• Emigrating and the cross-border tax implications
• Maintaining bank accounts in SA
“If you leave South AFrica as a family unit (e.g. husband and wife), you would have a R22 million allowance in the year of departure that you could transfer, plus further annual allowances for your children dependent on their ages,” he said.
Powell said that some may need to consider financial emigration if they wish to access their retirement annuity savings.
“It can be a confusing time with all the exchange control rules and the banks are quick to suggest that you financially emigrate. This would require you to complete a form called an MP336 and to close your bank accounts in South Africa, transferring everything into a blocked rand account.
“However, financial emigration is only required in specific circumstances, and you should obtain professional advice from migration specialists before taking any drastic steps,” he said.
He said that other South Africans may need to consider tax emigration. However, he warned that this is a complex process and each situation needs to be individually assessed.
Investing in Plan B
Powell said that there are also a group of investors staying in South Africa, but looking for a plan B, effectively looking at “investment migration”.
“These are generally high net worth individuals who have ability to invest in countries that have programs that enable residence or citizenship, such as Portugal, USA EB5, Malta or Montenegro,” said Powell.
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In the City of Cape Town? Here’s an alternative to standing in queues for vehicle licences

•*The licence grace period has been extended.*
•*Vehicle, learners’ and driving licences which expired between 26 March 2020 and 28 February 2021 will be valid until 31 August.*
•*Third party services could renew your vehicle licence on your behalf.
With the latest grace period extension now being stretched once again, motorists can breathe a bit for a few weeks.
Earlier in January, Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula announced that “the validity of learner’s and driving licences, vehicle licences, professional driving permits, operating licences, accreditation certificates for tourist services” which have expired from 26 March 2020 to 28 February 2021 will be *deemed valid until 31 August I urge all motorists to rather stay home, and stay safe during these crucial next few weeks as we try to flatten the curve of the pandemic.
If you have comorbidities, I strongly advise to stay home, or make use of alternative means by those offering third party services. If you’re in Gauteng or the Free State, you can contact ChatBack via WhatsApp and send all your documents through the app. Transactions should cost you about R250.
There are also other third party small businesses doing the same all over the country. We don’t usually give free punts to businesses, but if we can help our readers find alternatives during this pandemic to relieve the stress of vehicle licence renewals, I sure will do what we can. One such person or small business rendering such a service in the City of Cape Town metropole, is JP Pater.
Pater says: “We can help those that really can’t or are afraid to stand in the lines. I have a long list of customers with Covid-19 related issue. It helps; I drop their new disc in their post box, or mail it to them. “If we can continue to do it now for most of the people, at least there wont be those long queues extending for kilometres once the lockdown is over.”
He says he currently advertises his services on Facebook and relies on word of mouth. Pater explains: “For me, the most important is customer service, something not found too often these days. To mention but one example, the person who designed my card had three of his vehicles renewed by me. That day it was so busy, he actually called me while on his way to stand in the line, (after seeing my add on Facebook) and I was already in the queue. Stories like this make me LOVE what I do. “When someone contacts me, I ask them what needs to be done, and then offer to supply them with any document they need.”
*How it works*
Those who need to renew vehicle licences for their spouse or loved one will need the following (as I would):
1. A signed permission letter to have it done on the vehicle owner’s behalf and a copy of the person receiving permission’s ID
2. A signed form for the transaction in question
3. A copy of owner’s ID
4. Proof of address (this is not always needed, but the day when the system requires a FICA, and you don’t have it, the transaction won’t proceed).
“Only when the vehicle owner decides to do this themselves, will they basically only need a previous disc or reg paper. Easy as that. Nothing else. “After completion of the transaction, I arrange for delivery or collection of the new disc. For the outbound areas we either use PostNet/Pep or maybe a family/friend that lives close enough.
“I prefer the Strand Licencing department to do most of my transactions (and we stand the queue daily while they are open). They are really moving the lines; they are fair and also very helpful. Doing it all this time, you get to know the people, both working there as well as the ones in the queues. And of course, we know the trees and shade spots by now.”
*For Roadworthy, all you need is: *
1. A licenced vehicle (temp permit or up to date licence, not expired)
2. Registration papers
3. Copy of ID of person taking the vehicle in.

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Land borders to open Monday, with new rules. SA to ban those with fake Covid certificates for years

• After being closed for more than a month, SA’s twenty biggest land border posts will reopen on Monday.
• New rules have been implemented to prevent the “super-spreader” congestion at these posts.
Twenty South African land borders that have been closed for more a month, will re-open on Monday.
On Saturday, cabinet gave the go-ahead for the reopening for these border posts:
South Africa’s land borders have been closed since 11 January after large traveller volumes caused massive bottlenecks, particularly at the Beitbridge border with Zimbabwe and Lebombo post with Mozambique. These quickly developed into “super-spreader” events, with more than 100 confirmed Covid-19 cases recorded at Beitbridge border alone.
For the past month, travel into and out of South Africa through these border posts were limited to only a number of reasons – including the transportation of fuel, cargo and goods as well as emergency medical treatment.
A host of new interventions are being implemented to prevent the chaos witnessed over the festive period, including that trucks will be limited to a 700-metre queue. As soon as the queues become longer than that, trucks will be diverted to rest stops.
More staff have also been deployed and a ticket system adopted to limit the number of Covid-19 tests that can be done at the border posts.
In addition, the reopening plan includes a crackdown on fake Covid-19 test certificates.
Any person presenting themselves at any of the borders with fake Covid-19 certificates will be denied entry and barred from visiting South Africa for a period of at least five years, said Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi in a statement on Saturday.
Travel regulations require all persons entering South Africa from abroad – whether via land or air – to present a negative Covid-19 test result, and a number of fake tests results have been seized at the borders.
Motsoaledi will be at the Lebombo border post on Monday, Deputy Minister Njabulo Nzuza at Beitbridge and Director General Tommy Makhode at Maseru Bridge and Ficksburg on Monday, when the land ports of entry reopen.
www.samigration.com

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