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23. Nov. 2023 iol

Cape Town woman allowed to emigrate with her two children to live in Dubai with US fiancé


The Western Cape High Court has granted a Cape Town woman permission to relocate to Dubai with her children where they will be living with her American fiancé.
The woman was married and got divorced from the father of her children in January 2016.
The children were eight and three when their parents divorced. At the time of the divorce, both parties lived in Durban.
In March 2019, the woman relocated with the children to Cape Town. The father would visit the children and sometimes they would visit him.
In 2020, she started dating GJ, an American citizen. She said for almost two years, they have been living together with GJ as a family.
GJ, a consultant to a London-based law firm, has run his practice from Cape Town. The law firm, however, now requires him to resume his role at their Dubai office as soon as possible.
In her application, she said the children have developed a close relationship with GJ, who helps to care for them, and who has taken an active interest in their schooling, sport and social activities.
To add to that, in January 2023, they all went to America to meet GJ’s family. They met his mother, sister and other members of his extended family.
She said she has always been the children’s primary caregiver and wishes to continue living with them in Dubai.
Moreover, she will still be able to continue with her current employment and broaden her career opportunities, which is not an unreasonable aspiration, as she contributes significantly to the children’s financial support.
She said the relocation would not affect the father, as he has, for the most part, not been involved in the children’s education and extra-mural activities.
She volunteered to cover the costs of two return flights when the children visit their father.
In response, the father said the mother failed to discuss the move to Dubai with him first and he only heard about it from his child who said to him: “Dad, do you know that we are going to Dubai and that we have been accepted at a school there?”.
The father contended that the mother’s failure to consult with him prior to taking steps towards relocating was contrary to the provisions of the parenting plan.
The mother reasoned that she didn’t mention it at first because she wanted to first explore whether the move was feasible before raising it with him.
A family advocate who met with the children, told the court that the children were happy with the idea of moving and have been to Dubai before and were impressed by the country.
One of them said: ‘I loved it - Dubai is beautiful. It has great restaurants and nice people it was my favourite place before I even knew I was moving there’’.
The advocate said both children reiterated that they did not think there would be any difference in their relationship with the father, should they relocate.
It was further submitted that the mother does not appear to be trying to alienate the children from the father and the children are of an age and level of maturity to participate in decisions regarding their care and contact.
After hearing the arguments, the judge said the mother had carefully weighed and balanced the reasonableness of her decision to relocate, that her decision was genuine and reasonable, and that the relocation is in the best interests of the children.



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23. Feb. 2024 SABC news

SCA dismisses Motsoaledi’s bid to appeal ZEP ruling

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has suffered a blow in his bid to appeal the judgment of the High Court Pretoria. The court had invalidated his December 2021 decision to terminate the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP) and an interim interdict, which stopped government from detaining or deporting any holder of the permit. Motsoaledi turned to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein in November last year to appeal the judgments, which he argued had set a dangerous precedent. V.5203

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23. Feb. 2024 Businesstec

Disky, The Top-Rated WhatsApp Licence Renewal Service in South Africa

Disky stands out as the premier choice for South Africans seeking a hassle-free vehicle licence disc renewal, and its outstanding online reviews speak volumes. Click here to renew your vehicle licence disc with Disky. Customers on the renowned review platform HelloPeter have awarded Disky an impressive rating of 4.03/5 from over 250 reviews. This rating is particularly noteworthy, considering HelloPeter users` reputation for being discerning and critical of businesses on the platform. Disky has garnered love from HelloPeter users due to its simplicity and efficiency. The renewal application is completed over WhatsApp and typically takes less than seven minutes. What`s more, this service is available across all nine provinces in South Africa, and users are not required to create an account. V.5204

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23. Feb. 2024 The Citizen

Motsoaledi Urges Action Against Employers of Illegal Foreigners

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi advocates for stricter measures against business owners knowingly employing undocumented foreigners. Motsoaledi, in collaboration with Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane, addressed stakeholders in Gqeberha during a service delivery monitoring session. Following a request from the provincial government, Home Affairs deployed mobile trucks to assist citizens in obtaining documents. Motsoaledi calls for sanctions against employers of undocumented foreigners, proposing by-laws to prevent them from operating businesses. He emphasizes the importance of parents registering their children to prevent cases like that of Thabo Bester. V.5206

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23. Feb. 2024 News24

Motsoaledi`s bid to appeal Zimbabwean permits ruling dismissed in court accreditation

The Zimbabwean Exemption Permit programme will not end any time soon, following a Supreme Court of Appeal dismissal of the Minister of Home Affairs` request for leave to appeal. The Zimbabwean Exemption Permit programme will not end any time soon, following a Supreme Court of Appeal dismissal of the Minister of Home Affairs` request for leave to appeal. The Supreme Court of Appeal has dismissed a bid by the Minister of Home Affairs to appeal a ruling that the termination of the ZEP programme was unlawful, unconstitutional and invalid. The court ruled there were no reasonable prospects of success. Last year, the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ordered Minister Aaron Motsoaledi to reconsider the termination of the programme following a fair, consultative process that complied with the relevant laws. V.5207

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22. Feb. 2024 The Citizen

Motsoaledi Calls for Action Against Those Who Knowingly Employ Illegal Foreigners

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has advocated for stricter measures against business owners knowingly employing undocumented foreigners. During a stakeholder engagement and service delivery monitoring session in Gqeberha, Motsoaledi, along with Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane, called for sanctions such as imprisonment or fines for guilty employers. The department had dispatched mobile Home Affairs trucks to assist citizens in obtaining their documents, responding to requests from the provincial government. Motsoaledi suggested implementing by-laws to prevent businesses operated by those who employ undocumented foreigners. He also urged parents to register their children to avoid situations like that of Thabo Bester. V.5202

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20. Feb. 2024 The Star

Asylum seekers, Newcomers be aware

People going to any Refugee Reception Centre in Cape Town , Gqeberha ( Port Elizabeth ) Marabastad Pretoria & Mesina know this if you never reported to border post to get an asylum transit visa when you go for the first interview for asylum you will be arrested if you don’t have this and you will be brought before a magistrate to explain why you never got it . If you cannot convince magistrate you will be deported Gauteng High Court rules in favour of Motsoaledi on detention of illegal immigrants V.5200

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14. Feb. 2024 iol

Gauteng High Court Rules in Favor of Motsoaledi on Detention of Illegal Immigrants

The Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg has ruled in favor of Home Affairs Minister Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi in response to an application by a group of illegal immigrants. The immigrants claimed that their detention at the Modderbee Correctional Services Centre in Benoni was unlawful and violated immigration and refugee acts. V.5199

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12. Feb. 2024 City Press

Weak rand a tourist magnet, as their dollars and pounds go much further than back home

The rand may have lost value against foreign currencies, but this makes South Africa an attractive tourist destination It`s probably not the prospect of cheap cappuccino in South Africa that attracts foreign tourists here, but it`s obviously welcome if your foreign currency gets you further. Mary Curtis, a strategist, and Andrea Masia, a senior economist, both associated with RMB Morgan Stanley. said: Consumers can easily drink three cappuccinos in South Africa for the price of one in America. You can also spend four nights in a Cape Town hotel for the same price as one night in London `In the bigger picture, the low relative prices of goods and services in South Africa are just another example of the value in South African assets.` V.5197

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12. Feb. 2024 The Conversation

SA must clean up the mess Motsoaledi has made at home affairs

This particular mess was triggered by Aaron Motsoaledi’s failure to amend an unconstitutional law that allowed for the detention of irregular migrants for 120 days. Legal grievances against the South African department of home affairs, including contempt of court cases, are depressingly common. Too frequently, the minister has to apologise to a court or ask for more time on behalf of the department. Most of the court cases involve the operations of the department regarding visas, and permits for foreign visitors, immigrants and prospective refugees. V.5198

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10. Feb. 2024 Businesstech

New laws for remote worker and critical skill visas in South Africa

The Department of Home Affairs has published the draft second amendment of the Immigration Regulations, which deals with two key categories of visas ` the remote working and critical skills visa ` and ancillary matters for public comment. The new regulations come after extensive lobbying by the Western Cape Government since 2021 for the introduction of a digital nomad visa and reforms to the visa regime to enable South Africa to attract skilled individuals to South Africa, to help develop and grow the economy. “To boost tourism, facilitate foreign investment, and allow digital nomads to work in South Africa, while spending their earnings here, we need to make it as easy as possible for them to access South Africa,” said WC MEC Mireille Wenger. V.5193

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10. Feb. 2024 IOL

Home Affairs is in need of a major clean-up

Legal grievances against the South African Department of Home Affairs, including contempt of court cases, are depressingly common. Too frequently the minister has to apologise to a court, or to ask for more time on behalf of the department. Most of the court cases involve the operations of the department regarding visas and permits for foreign visitors, immigrants and prospective refugees. Just a few months ago, Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said in legal papers: “I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere apology to the Chief Justice, all judges of the high court and Constitutional Court, the President of South Africa, Minister of Finance, Lawyers for Human Rights and its legal representatives and the people of South Africa for the mess created by officials of the Department of Home Affairs V.5194

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10. Feb. 2024 Businesstech

Canada extends ban on foreigners buying property what it means for South African emigrants

Canada has extended its ban on foreigners buying residential property, but South Africans living in the North American country should not worry. In 2022, the Canadian government passed the Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by the Non-Canadians Act to stop foreign investors from buying residential property in Canada. This was intended to ensure that Canadian citizens were not priced out of the housing market. Chrystia Freeland, the Canadian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, said that the government now intends to extend the ban by an additional two years. The ban on foreign ownership of Canadian housing will thus be extended from January 1, 2025 to January 1, 2027. V.5195

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10. Feb. 2024 The South African

How to expedite a South African smart ID card application in 2024

Forget the ‘green mamba’ and say ‘howzit’ to expediting your South African smart ID card application online. A South African smart ID card application in 2024 has never been easier since the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) embraced digital technologies. If you need to expedite a smart ID card application, here’s what you need to do before wandering into a DHA branch and wasting everyone’s time. There are plenty of reasons you’ll want to speed up a smart ID card application. You may just be moeg of the ‘green mamba’ or perhaps your ID has been stolen or cloned and you need a new one. Whatever the case may be, you can speed up the smart ID card application process by going online first. Here’s what to do and how much it costs V.5196

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08. Feb. 2024 The Guardian

UK care firm charged workers from Africa thousands more than cost of visa

Zimbabweans say they paid large sums to Gloriavd Health Care but got far less work than expected and were squalidly housed A care company serving NHS patients has been charging migrant workers from Africa thousands of pounds to work in the UK when the cost of a visa is only a few hundred pounds, the Guardian has learned. Care workers from Zimbabwe were told to pay the sums to Gloriavd Health Care Ltd in return for arranging social care jobs in and around Leeds and Bath. They also claimed they were given far less paid work than they had been led to expect, were housed in overcrowded rooms and faced a threat that their conduct could be reported to the Home Office, leading them to fear deportation if they complained. One woman alleged she sold her home in rural South Africa to pay £6,500 in fees to the company operated by Gloria Van Dunem only to find she and her colleagues had so little work they had to rely on food banks. V.5192

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04. Feb. 2024 Daily Investor

Bank of America expects South Africa’s economic growth to triple in 2024

Bank of America expects South Africa’s economic growth to triple to 1.5% in 2024 from a paltry 0.5% in 2023. Sub-Saharan Africa economist at Bank of America, Tatonga Rusike, told CNBC Africa that this growth rate is nothing special and not good enough for the country. Rusike said 2024 will be a very tumultuous year for South Africa, with national elections, interest cuts expected in the second half, and deteriorating public finances. V.5190

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04. Feb. 2024

Foreigners are flooding to South Africa ` but we’re still playing catch-up

Tourist arrivals in South Africa have increased in recent years, but they are still far off pre-pandemic levels. According to Stats SA, in December 2023, 3.5 million travellers were recorded at South African ports of entry/exit, beating the 2.9 million seen in December 2022. The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) said that there were an estimated 1.3 billion international tourist arrivals in 2023, which is 88% of pre-pandemic levels. With worldwide tourism rebounding, South Africa is experiencing a similar trend. In 2021, the number of international tourist arrivals was 77.9% lower than the pre-pandemic levels of 2019, dropping from 10.23 million tourists in 2019 to 2.26 million in 2021. In 2022, this figure improved to approximately 5.70 million ` 44.3% lower than pre-pandemic levels. In 2023, tourist numbers stood at 8.48 million tourists in 2023 ` 17.1% below the pre-pandemic levels. V.5191

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02. Feb. 2024 The Street

A country just went visa-free for visitors with any passport

The president said that `it shall no longer be necessary for any person from any corner of the globe to carry the burden of applying for a visa.` As anyone who has traveled internationally will know, the passport one has will make it significantly easier or more difficult to visit certain countries. In 2023, Japan was taken over by Singapore for the status of the most powerful passport in the world. Citizens of the city-state can visit 192 of the world`s 227 countries and travel destinations without a visa while Germany, Italy and Spain tied for second place. The U.S., which was in first place in 2014, is curre. V.5156

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02. Feb. 2024 Le Monde

South Korea, the world`s lowest fertility rate sinks lower and lower

Researcher Sébastien Lechevalier reports on how the causes of declining fertility among Korean women vary from generation to generation. Falling birth rates affect most of the developed countries of East Asia and Europe, resulting in accelerated aging of the population. However, the scale of the phenomenon is greatest in South Korea. In 2021, the country`s total fertility rate (total amount of children per woman of childbearing age) was 0.81, compared with 1.16 in China, 1.19 in Spain, 1.25 in Italy, 1.3 in Japan, 1.58 in Germany and 1.8 in France. Most importantly, it`s a long-term situation: The fertility rate has been below 1.3 for two decades V.5189

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28. Jan. 2024 Businesstech

Big win for thousands of South Africans who lost their citizenship ` including those who didn’t even know

A law that strips South Africans of their citizenship is expected to be removed by the South African government. As per section 6(1) of the Citizenship Act, South Africans automatically lose their citizenship if they voluntarily obtain citizenship with another country. This is a continuation of an apartheid-era law. This law exists despite the Constitution stating that no South African may be stripped of their South African citizenship. Removing the right to citizenship also violates other rights enshrined in the Constitution, including the right to vote, the right to reside in South Africa, the right to stand for public office and the right to choose any occupation. Those who would like to retain their South African citizenship under the standing laws would need to apply to the Minster of Home Affairs to do so. V.5184

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28. Jan. 2024 Businesstech

Home Affairs is showing tourists in South Africa the door

Due to the backlog and long turnaround time for visas processed by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), some tourists have been advised to leave the country by the end of February. The DHA issued a directive on 21 December 2023 that will require tourists who wish to extend their stay in South Africa to leave the country by 29 February 2024. According the Democratic Alliance, this will do incredible damage to the country’s tourism industry, as any visitors who wished to extend their stay over a busy holiday season would now be denied ` all because of the department’s backlog. “Tourists, when entering South Africa, can be issued with a 90-day visa and subsequently apply for a 90-day extension if they wish to stay longer. “South Africa stands to lose millions in lost revenue by not allowing them to extend their visas during the busiest season,” said DA MP Angel Khanyile. V.5185

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23. Feb. 2024 SABC news

SCA dismisses Motsoaledi’s bid to appeal ZEP ruling

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has suffered a blow in his bid to appeal the judgment of the High Court Pretoria. The court had invalidated his December 2021 decision to terminate the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP) and an interim interdict, which stopped government from detaining or deporting any holder of the permit. Motsoaledi turned to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein in November last year to appeal the judgments, which he argued had set a dangerous precedent. V.5203

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